The Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit 2017 recently hit the news stands and the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curacao has a starring role.
With a reach of more than 60 million readers worldwide, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit went back to its beach roots to showcase the world’s most exceptional beaches.
“Swimsuit hasn't been to Curacao in over 30 years,” says M.J. Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s assistant managing editor, in a written release. “Its unique characteristics like the beautiful brightly colored houses in downtown Willemstad set it apart from every other island in the Caribbean. The location really worked for our photographer, Ben Watts, as he loves to shoot in really colorful and vibrant environments. It was a match made in heaven.”
Whether exploring 300 year-old forts and the colorful capital city of Willemstad, sampling delicious cuisine at one of the local markets, or relaxing at one of the island’s 35 beautiful beaches, Curacao provided no shortage of worthy backdrops for the SI Swimsuit shoot.
Curacao’s Avila Beach Hotel welcomed the SI Swimsuit crew and top models Vita Sidorkina, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Myla Dalbesio for the 2017 photo shoot.
To celebrate Curacao’s appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017, clients can re-create the experience that the models enjoyed on island with Avila’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit-themed “Strike a Pose and Get Spoiled” package which includes a three-night/four-day stay in Avila’s Octagon Deluxe room where the models’ stayed; a one-hour Rolls Royce drive, including a one-hour photo shoot by Claudia Sanches from Wow Weddings, as well as makeup and hair on location by hair and beauty experts from Cherie, a $100 food and beverage credit at Avila’s Blues Bar & Restaurant, a couples massage at the Santai Spa and a private boat excursion.