About Wanapa Lodge

"Wanapa" was named after the area in which the country house is located. Most likely the original inhabitants of Bonaire, the Arawak indians, called the area Wanapa after one of the oldest natural wells on the island located at what is now Lac Cai. Wanapa has been designed to take advantage of the wind, which reliably blows from the east, for natural ventilation to maintain agreeable temperatures throughout the accommodation, even if all rooms are fitted with ventilators and air-conditioning.

Wanapa Lodge Accommodation Bonaire

People visiting Bonaire for its nature will love the setting and vistas of this small-scale lodge. Built in traditional Antillean country house style, "Landhuis Wanapa" offers its discerning guests a great place to find tranquility and take a break from hectic life back home. At the same time, it is a perfect location from where to explore the island of Bonaire. Although only minutes by car from the bustle of Kralendijk, Wanapa is an oasis of quietude with no other light intrusion than what the sun, moon and stars provide.

The Wanapa estate borders the nature reserve of Lac Bay, a mangrove lagoon where flamingos, herons and a range of other birds nest, and is near the most beautiful beach of Bonaire, Sorobon which is considered as one of the world's best windsurfing locations.

Henk Roozendaal

At Wanapa every room is decorated with the colorful paintings of Henk Roozendaal. Henk Roozendaal moved in 1999 from the country of Rembrandt and Van Gogh to diver's paradise Bonaire. Starting as a muralist he had to 'reinvent painting again'. To avoid very fast fading in the tropical sun the artist decided to use only 100% saturated colors. He discovered how to paint hard edge flat colors with a 3-dimensional result. This is how he developed his very recognizable 'stylized realism'.

In and beyond Bonaire Roozendaal is known for his portraits that really seem to 'catch people's soul'. Together with author Guus Gerritsen he produced two volumes of 'Portraits of Bonaire'. Two wonderful publications with painted and written portraits of dozens of remarkable islanders.

To find out which paintings can be found in the rooms check out our Photo Gallery. For more information about the artist visit www.henkroozendaal.com.