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
Very nice resort with all the amenities you need.
There are also plenty of activities if you want to do that or just chill on there private beach and/or pool.
Great food and service.
They have a golf course that’s suppose to be challenging, and very beautiful.
We walked on it and took a stroll at night under the full moon along the ocean, and it was magical.
We where there to relax, and definitely did.
First time to visit Curacao and we could not have chosen a better resort to have a quiet, relaxing vacation. We enjoyed everything about the resort - room, beach views, beach area, pools, restaurants, and gym. The staff were excellent as well especially Jaymy (Splash bar), Lisa (Medi), and Raju (Medi breakfast.) Their warm hospitality and friendly service made our stay memorable. As others said in their reviews, the resort far from other popular places so a rental car is helpful to explore the island. There is also weekday traffic especially during rush hour so a trip to Pietermaai can take 35 minutes (25 minutes with no traffic.) Onsite restaurants can be expensive but the pizza place and Boca 19 offer less expensive options. The breakfast buffet offers the same food every singe day so it gets tiring after a couple of days.
I would go back to Curacao and Santa Barbara resort in a heartbeat!
Great golf, great food and great staff at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort. The rooms are clean and updated and most have balconies or direct access to the beautiful beach. The wait staff in the restaurants are always smiling and are very accomodating with dietary requests. The servers and bartenders on the beach are lovely. Shout out to Glenn the bartender for making the best Curacao Ice Tea! I would definitely revisit in the future.
We weren’t welcomed in a friendly manner to begin with and then we waited for over an hour to receive our food. The hotel looks amazing and is beautiful but the service is terribly poor. It’s a long way to drive to be treated poorly.
Very good resort with nice beach and lot to do in hotel. Complete water sport SUP, Kajak , Snorkeling, jet-ski ... , you can do Tenis and Golf. Room is big and comfort. Only problem if you want to go another place you need car or boat ;)