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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Great Location, Nice Pool, a lot of service (gym, spa and More), Wonderful Breakfast, you can eat really everything (sweet and salt, American, European). 15/20 minutes from Willemstad (in my opinion you need absolutely rent a car in this island to enjoy all the places)
Our family has traveled all over the world and I have to say that this resort was one of the best that we have been to. We enjoy the quiet location with a classy, family friendly atmosphere. All of the staff we encountered were so nice and willing to offer any recommendations we inquired about. AJ was great with recommending dive sites and activities. Jon, the tennis pro, was awesome with our family. Our two boys, ages 12&13, had so much fun playing tennis and hanging out at the pool and gelato store. My husband and I had a great time playing in the tennis mixer! The resort was a great location to scuba dive and rent tanks at Epsilon Dive Center. The dive guides there were very helpful with dive site information. The golf course was well manicured and well maintained. Our rooms were nice. We recommended adjoining rooms for a family with older kids. It was nice having our own room and our kids had their space. The breakfast buffet had everything you could want: omelet station, pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, coffee machines to make cappuccinos, lattes, espresso and hot chocolate. There was live entertainment and various activities throughout the day. I would recommend the hiking trail, which has a beautiful view at the top of the hill. The resort was clean, and well maintained. We rented a car and drove to various locations on the island. We live in a congested area back home, so driving 20-30 minutes to a different dive site or beach was no big deal. We felt very comfortable here and will return again!
It was the best place to relax with family.❤️???? Calm surroundings. Very good cleaning, clean and warm pool. Very friedly stuff. Was the parking place nearby. There are a little shop in the hotel, so you don't have to search around.