I traveled to Curacao with my boyfriend (now fiance - we got engaged during our stay!) and stayed at Sunscape December 9 – 16. We booked through Cheap Carribean and originally selected a garden view room. As our trip began getting closer, we decided we wanted to upgrade to ocean view. I emailed Sunscape and corresponded with Marayah, who was very prompt and helpful in helping us upgrade. We ended up upgrading to ocean view with Preferred Club.
Upon arrival, there was a representative just outside the airport holding up a Sunscape sign. Our names were on the list and we boarded the free shuttle to the resort. Since we had upgraded to preferred club, we checked in at the Preferred Club lounge, which was air conditioned. We received a cool towel and a glass of punch. Check in went quickly and someone escorted us to our room, which was in Building 3. Our “Ocean View” room was actually Ocean Front – we could open the door to our porch and walk right onto the beach, another 20 yards and we would have been in the ocean. At night you could hear waves rolling onto the beach. We loved our room.
FOOD: There are multiple restaurants at this resort: Bluewater Grill (Steakhouse), Himitsu (Japanese Hibachi), Oceana (Seafood), and Da Mario (Italian), and the Buffet. We ate at each place at least once for dinner. Our favorites were Da Mario and Himitsu, but really they were all pretty good. Not all restaurants are open each day – there is a daily newsletter that tells you which restaurants will be open, and at what time. Usually, you receive this newsletter the night before, unfortunately this was somewhat inconsistent – we received it about half the time. No worries if you don’t receive it – near the towel hut there is an information board that displays the newsletter each day. Thursday evening the buffet was located on the beach, which was fun. If you are going to do buffet for one of the nights, I recommend picking the night they do the beach buffet. I enjoy drinking wine, and I have to say I was really pleased with the wine at the resort. I saw the back of the red wine bottle and it said it came from Chile.
PREFERRED CLUB: To be honest, I think this is an area of opportunity for the resort. The perks you get for being Preferred Club: the special check in area (same amount of people working at both desks – depending on how many people have preferred club you may still have to wait a bit to check in. The plus side is that the lounge is air conditioned). Wi-Fi in the lounge is included in the price (otherwise you have to pay $40 for the week). There is a special Preferred Club section of the beach – honestly, I don’t know how they would differentiate if you were Preferred Club or not. I felt like we could have went there and not been Preferred Club – actually, I would recommend you do so as this side of the beach had far less rocks when entering the water, and the beach chairs are more comfortable. Another benefit at the Preferred Club Beach is the Beach Butler service. Someone will walk around and take your drink orders and bring you a drink. Problem was, there were a few times it took close to an hour to get our drink. The Oceana bar was maybe a 5 minute walk away, so we would get our own while waiting. There is also a Preferred Club only pool – again, nothing special, and a non-preferred club member could easily go to this pool if they wanted to. So, at the end of the day, the only benefit of the Preferred Club was getting Wi-Fi included, which I could have paid extra for being a non-Preferred Club member and saved money overall.
RESORT PROPERTY: The resort itself is medium sized. Not a gigantic mega-plex resort, but still more than enough space to spread out. Just the right size, in my opinion. The snorkeling, like many other reviews have stated, is fantastic. We rented a car for part of trip and did snorkeling at other beaches, and we felt the snorkeling at the resort was the best. We saw a small octopus, barracuda, and many other fish. We brought a banana out with us one morning and got some great shots of the fish close up. There are kayaks, paddle boats, and windsurfing equipment that you can use as well.
ENTERTAINMENT: Each night the resort has some sort of entertainment. The daily newsletter will tell you what it is, when and where. We participated a few of the nights and met some great people and had a lot of fun. Tuesday they had a “Battle of the Sexes” tournament, which was heavily favored for the women to win. It didn’t matter though, because we all had a great time. The winners received a small bottle of Curacao liqueur, which was a great little souvenir to take home. On Friday night they had a “Game Show” night, which was really just trivia, and it was funny because some of the questions from Battle of the Sexes were repeated (as were many of the contestants). The first and second place winners received a larger bottle of Curacao liqueur, and third place received a small bottle similar to what we received on Tuesday. The resort has a “Disco” for late nights, it has foosball and a pool table, and karaoke is held here also. The building itself though, was kinda weird. We hung out there a few times, mainly because it was the only bar serving alcohol after 11, but the vibe was just weird.
OVERALL: I would absolutely recommend this resort to my family and friends. We had a great time and I’m glad we stayed here. For it to be considered a "3 Star" resort, I feel like they did a really great job. A few things that I think could make the resort even better:
1) Like I mentioned before, make improvements to the Preferred Club. At its current state, I don’t think it’s worth the extra money.
2) The room cleaning was very inconsistent. There were some days we’d come back after lunch and everything was done. There were other times it was 7 PM and no one had been there yet. One day, 4 different people came within the timeframe of 5-6 PM (One person to drop off towels, one person to drop off the newsletter, another person to stock our mini bar and then the maid). It was more of an inconvenience than anything else, not really a huge deal.
3) The beds in the room were incredibly uncomfortable, and much too hard. By the time we left, I felt like I needed to schedule a massage when I got home because by back was so stiff. Also, the bedding consists of one sheet. When I sleep, I like for the room to be cool, but for me to be warm/covered up. I resorted to wearing a sweatshirt and long pants to bed, just so I wouldn’t freeze at night. Another heavier blanket or comforter would be nice to have, even if it was just in the closet for the people who wanted it.
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