Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
What We Love
- Curacao’s only championship resort golf course, an 18-hole Pete Dye beauty that looks out on the water
- The resort has an on-site diving company for snorkeling and scuba excursions
- Beautiful water views from Shore, the on-site seafood restaurant
- Create your own scrub from indigenous sea salts and oils at the Salt Bar in the spa
- All 350 guestrooms have balconies
What To Know
- The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from Willemstad; it's 10- to 15-minute drive from downtown Jan Thiel, which has a casino and some nightlife options
- The beach is private and reserved for resort guests; drinks and meals are served on the beach
- An 25.19 percent hotel service charge will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Part of the ABC islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire), Curaçao is situated between Bonaire and Aruba in some of the Caribbean’s clearest waters. Popular year-round, the island has a balmy climate and some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort has an enviable setting along the Caribbean and the calm ripples of Spanish Water Bay. Curaçao’s colorful capital, Willemstad — with its pastel Dutch colonial buildings — is about 25 minutes away and well worth visiting. If you’re going to Curaçao for a private beach and water activities, this hotel should be at the top of your list.
Bed & Bath
All 350 guestrooms have balconies and flat-screen TVs, and most have water views (which are frankly far more compelling than anything available in HD). The natural tones of Curaçao’s arid interior carry through in the earthy color scheme of the guestrooms, where a variety of tans and browns are accented by bursts of color.
Scuba divers and snorkelers are big business in Curaçao, and both are catered to at the on-site water sports shop, Ocean Encounters, where guests can also rent gear, kayaks and Hobie Cats. Golfers get a serious challenge at the property’s championship Old Quarry course, designed by Pete Dye, where several holes sit right on the water. There are also well-maintained tennis courts, jogging trails and volleyball courts. Three on-site restaurants offer a decent amount of diversity. Hit Medi for wood-fired meats and pizzas, and save Shore for when you’re craving local seafood in an upscale waterfront setting. An outdoor bar serves lighter meals throughout the day and is prime for cocktails. Nothing quite says Caribbean like a poolside daiquiri, after all.
In the Area
Explore on land and sea. There’s a lot to see in Curaçao’s World Heritage Site capital, Willemstad, where 17th- and 18th-century Dutch colonial architecture abounds, while the Curaçao Underwater Park just offshore from the hotel offers the chance to snorkel and see a plethora of tropical fish. History buffs should hire a guide to explore the Hato Caves to see petroglyphs dating back 1,500 years or visit the Kura Hulanda Museum for a lesson on the island’s past.
How to Get There
We stayed here for a week as a family of four, our children are 14 & 12. We chose an option that included daily breakfast & we stayed in a sea traditions room. Full disclosure, we don’t usually choose resorts, but Santa Barbara really was wonderful. The staff are gracious, helpful and kind but never intrusive. SBR offers something for everyone - be lazy or active, pampered or independent. We rented a car a couple of times to explore the island, tried scuba, golf and tennis at the resort (all amazing!!) took a day trip to Klein Curacao, among other things. The SBR staff were extremely helpful in helping us decide and arrange our excursions. Food wise, the breakfast buffet is a great choice: excellent scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, tons of food and we loved the omelette station (thanks Raju!). Serita was a wonderful waitress as well 😊! We tried all the restaurants but also enjoyed eating off the resort as well, which is why we didn’t choose the all inclusive option. There is a fantastic restaurant that’s not part of the resort but just above the dive shop - Boca 19, which I would highly recommend. You can walk there and the food is wonderful in a laid back, relaxing atmosphere.
While we liked the Sea Traditions room, it’s good to know that it’s a bit of a walk from the main building and pool, it can feel like you’re a bit cut off from the fun... but on the other hand it was great to get some extra exercise walking back and forth and the staff will come and pick you up in a golf cart any time you wish if you don’t want to walk. Just good to know depending on what you want.
My daughter and I also enjoyed the spa: absolutely lovely staff, so quiet and relaxing and excellent service.
All in all, it was an amazing and wonderful week. Thank you SBR!!
Simply beautiful resort. Expansive, has the best views ever.
We enjoyed every moment. We were there for 8 days. The kids, 14 and 6 had a ball.
From swimming in the pools to the private beach area ,we spent most of our time in the gorgeous water.
My daughter in law and I did a spa day. We came out feeling marvelous.
The staff at the Medi was a mixed bag. Our waitress, day one and on the last day was Cerine. She was the best, friendly and extremely accommodating.
One evening we arrived for dinner after waiting for over an hour for our meals ,we left. We were told the kitchen was backed up. There was an event going on and a new system being tested. We were not happy.
Splash is fun restaurant and has great food and drinks.
The gelato and sorbets at Bella are the best dessert on the island.
My son and daughter in law have been to this resort two times before and love it.
We will Be Back.
This hotel is so amazing. Although a little secluded, the property & surrounding beach are absolutely beautiful. I planned this trip as a surprise for my boyfriend’s 37th birthday and he loved every minute of our stay. Thank you for exceeding our expectations!
We stayed here for a week, but definitely could've stayed longer. The resort is gorgeous, well-kept, and just amazing. It's a little ways away from the downtown area, but that's only a 20 minute drive away. The rooms are well kept and the beds are very comfortable. We were there during a quiet week, so sitting on the balcony was great and it was very easy to come by a beach chair every day. The staff was very helpful and sincere. So much to do - organised hikes, bike rides, yoga, fitness, spa, etc. Bella Italia had wonderful pizza and the room service for breakfast was delicious. One of the best Caribbean resorts we've been to.
My wife and I were booked to stay at this resort March 16 - 22, for our 35th wedding anniversary, booked through Travelocity. On the day of our trip, our American Airlines connecting flight was delayed, then cancelled. The next available flight was March 19, so we had to push back our trip 3 days, from March 19 - 25. When the Travelocity agent spoke to the manager at Santa Barbara, she was informed that we would have to pay $164 for the late cancellation, and that they would have to book us at a new rate and we would have to pay them an additional $865 ! We were devastated, because we could not pay the additional amount. They obviously had the room available, but rather than shift it back 3 days and accommodate us, they chose to gouge. We thought about cancelling the whole trip. But we chose to pay them their $164 and book somewhere else. At this last minute we could not find as nice a place to stay within our original budget. Everyone else here has been very accommodating, especially the car rental place (Advance) on our last minute changes. Thank You.