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
My husband and I were at this Curacao Resort for couple days and had amazing service from Jaymy our poolside bartender from the Splash bar. He was very courteous, fun and provide us with an outstanding service. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.
so the santa babara is the king of hotels that it is depand what are you looking for. if your are couple and want to enjoy togther, its better to go to the resorts at the west part of the island, most of the guests were from south america alot of familes.. the staff wasnt that welcoming as I expected them to be. its king of the hotels that you get what you paid for.
the hotel is 8-10 min drive from the entrance. and about 40 min from the central of the island. its better to take a hotel in the center or at the west if you want to see the island.
This was one of the most romantic resorts I've ever stayed in...during the day everything is beautiful the beaches, restaurants ,golf course and the pool. At night if you wanted to party this isn't the resort for you. Quiet nights but beautiful days
My husband and I returned this week from a stay and the Santa Barbara Resort. In order to be brief, I will list the pros and cons of the resort.
The attitudes of the wait staff and housekeeping = excellent. We have visited many of the Caribbean islands and found the hotel personnel to be the most pleasant that we have encountered. We were always greeted with a smile and hello.
Housekeeping: Our room was always cleaned by 2:00 (thoroughly) with a full complement of cleans towel left.
Room: We stayed in Tula Suite 1227. It has a wonderful view of the grounds and a slight view of the water. We especially loved the separate living room where my husband could enjoy the NBA finals while I watch my show in the other room. The room was refreshingly cool after a warm day at the beach, It is also about a 3 minute walk to the beach.
Beach. Yes it is a man made beach. Since I had researched the hotel before making my reservations, this was not unexpected. My husband is an avid swimmer and he was able to do long laps in the deep portion ( at least 10' deep). I personally enjoyed the shallow end since I generally use the beach as a cooling. station. I didn't need my water shoes as there were minimal rocks as I entered the water.
Food. Yes it is expensive, but this is the Caribbean. We chose the the breakfast plan only which worked for us since it was a buffet. We found it to be quite good. Unlike many of the other resorts we have stayed, the plates were removed quickly and I didn't encounter any unwanted guests swarming the buffet area. For dinner,we chose to eat mostly at Bella Italia. The food was quite good and reasonably priced. The gelato was excellent! We did eat at Shore for our anniversary. My husband ordered the lamb and I ordered the Filet. Both were succulent . Our waitress was great and provided a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. There were also fresh flowers on our table and we were given a wonderful oceanview...Nice touch..
Cons... Not to many but here are the things we found to be a bit bothersome...
Food. While the breakfast buffet was good, they should offer more a varied daily menu. From a price perspective, it would be nice if Splash was open til 9 for more evenings.
Overall we had a great time and would definitely recommend this resort to any visitor to Curacao!
Stopped on the island during a cruise and 6 of us went to Santa Barbara Resort on a day pass.
Gorgeous property but the service was HORRENDOUS and NON-EXISTENT.
I'm typically not one to complain and go with the flow, especially considering "island time" but the poor service here is worth writing this review.
Once we arrived we waited approximately 1 hour in a long line to check-in and receive our wristbands. This was angst provoking since we only had a few hours to enjoy this property. For a resort that advertises day passes to cruisers they did not have this set up in an efficient and expedient manner.
There was a wedding party at the resort that day and ALL of the staff attended to them and literally ignored the other customers. Waiters walked past us multiple times and did not ask if we wanted anything and did not bring us anything even when we reached out and ordered food/drinks.
We then went to the bar to obtain food/drinks and were literally told to wait by the extremely rude staff and then the staff never returned.
Resort is beautiful and the pool was amazing but if you expect the food, drinks and service that come with the day pass you may be disappointed.