- OUR STORY -
Hi! We are Titia and Ruud van Dijk. On December 12th, 2013 we have opened the boutique hotel, restaurant and fashion shop after months of renovation work on the two beautiful monumental buildings in Pietermaai, where we are located. A new challenge in a new area.
A little bit of history: In 2003 we decided to leave our hometown Waalre to move to Villereal in France to revive the campsite of Les Ormes. The normal life in the Netherlands did not suit us anymore. Spending a lot of hours in the office, not much time for the family and every day seemed the same. We felt it was time for a change. We left our lives in the Netherlands and moved to the South-West of France. As a family we often celebrated our holidays in France but camping Les Ormes was new for us. With 20 hectares of land, space for 600 guests and each year new innovative projects, we worked very hard to make it a great success. In France we felt at home and the campsite was busier than ever. After 9 seasons we were satisfied and the desire for something new, a new challenge, was getting bigger and bigger. We decided to search for a new project and sold camping Les Ormes in 2011.
In the meantime, we as a family, have discovered Curacao bit by bit by visiting this beautiful island for the holidays. Searching for a location in the neighborhood we bumped into these two beautiful monumental buildings in the lively Pietermaai. At this moment we knew this was going to be the location where we would open our boutique hotel, restaurant and store. With the perfect location in these two gorgeous buildings we could do anything we wanted to do. A couple of months later we moved to this amazing island while the renovation had already started while we were in the Netherlands. Our daughter Britt and her partner Edwin went along with us. Without them we couldn’t have done or dared to do this at all. Our son Bas stayed in the Netherlands to finish his study. After a lot of work, finally our hotel was ready to be booked! We called the hotel ‘’BijBlauw’’ because blue stands for the colour of the sea and the sky, which gives us positivity and happiness. The most important thing for us to give to the guests is enjoyment. BijBlauw is a new project for us where we want to put in all the energy we have and where we hope our guests will have the best time of their lives. This new adventure offers a new chapter to our lives, but this book is not finished yet.
Titia & Ruud