First, some background. This is my 5th all-inclusive - two prior in Jamaica, one in Mexico, and one in the Dominican. I’ve also been on 2 cruises. So I’m not an expert, by any means, but I have some history to compare things to.
I traveled with my boyfriend. We’re both mid-30's, both professionals. This was his first all-inclusive.
We did not pick this resort, but tagged along when some friends booked the trip.
First off, if you are expecting the uber-luxurious resorts of the Caribbean, this probably isn’t what you are looking for. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time - because we absolutely did - but it’s very different from past resorts I’ve been to.
The resort itself is very small. You can walk from one end to the other in just a few minutes. It doesn’t have the landscape that I’ve seen before. There are palm trees, of course, but not a lot of flowers and other tropical plants. So it’s not necessarily “pretty” to look at.
There are two different sides to the resort. The tower has the newer, remodeled rooms. The other side, where we stayed, has smaller, not-yet-renovated rooms. We spoke to one couple that was in the tower and asked to be moved to where we were, because there was a lot of noise in the tower. We spoke to another couple who asked to be moved from where we were to the tower because the room was too small for their liking. So I suppose it really depends on what your priorities are - quiet, small room or big, loud one? We had booked an ocean view room and did not try to move.
ROOM: as previously mentioned, was very small. There was a king-sized bed (I thought it was comfortable, but a little on the hard side), a love seat, a small table with one chair, a dresser, and two night stands. The room was definitely showing it’s age. The floor tiles were chipped and the paint job was a little shoddy. These things don’t bother me, so I hardly noticed (except to take notes for this review!) but you’ll be disappointed if this is important to you. The bathroom - no tub (sad face) but seemed to have been renovated more recently than the room. The shower had great water pressure, and never a problem with hot water that I’ve heard other people mention (although the temperature changed a lot and I had to learn to adjust frequently to keep it at a reasonable level). The bathroom is also very small - the door hit the toilet when opened, definitely not room for two people to get ready at once. There were no towel holders, but there was plenty of spaces to put one. I would have been more inclined to reuse towels if I had some place to put the wet ones! Toiletries provided were shampoo, lotion, bars of soap, and a shower cap. The towel situation was strange - the first day we had 2 wash clothes, 2 hand towels, and 3 towels (which was what we needed). The second day, we had no wash clothes, no hand towels, and 2 towels. Then for the rest of our stay we got 1 fresh wash cloth, no hand towels, and 2 towels. I don’t understand the rhyme and reason, but we made do and didn’t complain or ask for anything different. The beach towels (plenty available at the towel hut) that made it back to the room with us each day were never taken - we had quite a hoard after a few days and had to take them back to the hut ourselves. We had a decent-sized balcony (the AC did not turn off when the door was open, which we’ve seen before) with a table and two incredibly uncomfortable chairs. They provided a drying rack on the balcony, which was appreciated and got a lot of use from us. Our view was directly over Oceana, one of the restaurants, but remained pretty quiet. We had a pool in front of our view, too, but was only used by anyone on 1 day out of the 7 we were there - so if you want a quiet pool to read at, would probably be a good place to try. We were on the third floor, and there was no elevator. The AC worked incredibly well. We asked the maid for a blanket (yes, there is only a sheet on the bed) because I got cold, and it was provided immediately. There is a small fridge with 2 waters, a coke, diet coke, sprite, and 2 beers (and one day we got an OJ). Bottom line on the room - fine for us since we didn’t spend much time there.
FOOD: Overall, it was pretty good for an all-inclusive. Breakfast is only available at the buffet, and the food was pretty typical of what I’ve grown to expect. There was an omelet station, and then all the “usual” breakfast food. We ate at the buffet (a rather small buffet, btw) for one night at dinner and I had difficulty finding something I liked. Nothing terrible, nothing great. However, all the restaurants we went to - Himitsu twice, Oceana and the Bluewater Grill, we very much enjoyed our meals. Himitsu is the hibachi restaurant, and was our favorite. No fried rice - instead it is fried noodles. They serve miso soup, two small pieces of sushi and tempura vegetables as an appetizer. Then you get the fried noodles with beef, chicken, fish (grouper), and shrimp. No dessert. Oceana is the seafood restaurant (there is nothing on the menu that isn’t seafood) and we enjoyed our meal there as well. And Bluewater Grill - I was pleasantly surprised with how good the steak was (and the chimichurri sauce was so good I had to ask for extra). Bluewater Grill turns into the snack stand at lunch time, with burgers, hot dogs, and fries. We did not try the Italian place. There is an ice cream window next to the buffet, which I wouldn’t have known about but for asking a fellow guest where they got it from - it is NOT well marked. Additionally, there is a coffee stand that also has cakes. You won’t go hungry. Overall, I was pleased with the food.
BEACH: There are parts that are very rocky, so bring water shoes. Although there are a few places where you can enter the water that aren’t so bad. No seaweed whatsoever, which was really nice. The beach is big with plenty of chairs available. There is a man-made rock wall which keeps the waves at bay and makes for great snorkeling. Seriously, the snorkeling was the best I have ever seen (and have paid good money for snorkeling excursions in the past...this was free and you didn’t have to travel to do it!). We brought our own gear but I understand it is available at the dive shop. We ventured out past the rock wall (against the advice of the dive shop) and saw amazing coral...just stay close to the rocks so you don’t get hit by a boat! We saw lobster, lion fish, puffer fish, some sort of spotted leopard fish, and lots of others. We would return just for the snorkeling alone. Don’t miss it.
STAFF: For the first time, I don’t have much to say about the staff. No one really stood out to us, and they mostly left us alone. The entertainment staff was next to invisible. I’m used to them constantly bugging me to play in their games, but that didn’t happen here. We didn’t seek them out, either, so we just never interacted with them. One time, I think, we were asked to come to their foam party but they quickly moved on. It was refreshing, but different than what I’m used to. The photo shop guy, Gigio, talked to us one day and we did not take him up on his offer of a free photo shoot...but after looking at his photos of other people, I’m regretful that we didn’t - they were BEAUTIFUL. The front desk staff was helpful when we needed them. Our housekeeper was invisible, but did a nice job. The waitresses were always kind, but nothing that stood out. (We always got drinks promptly, which I noticed in a few reviews seemed to be a problem.)
A few random things - if you’re traveling to/from the U.S. on one of the twice-daily American Airlines flights, there is a shuttle to/from the hotel for $30 a couple. This is cheaper than a cab, which is $40.
There is a free daily shuttle twice daily to/from Willemstad. Just sign up in the lobby the day before.
The casino is ok, just know it is owned/operated by a separate company so food and drinks are NOT free within the casino.
Please feel free to ask me any questions on something I may have missed. Overall, we had a great time and informed consumers will be pleased as long as they know what to expect. This place doesn’t hold itself out to be 5 stars, and it isn’t. But I would recommend it to friends and would return but for the fact that we don’t travel to the same place twice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Endless fun in the sun.Enjoy a fun-filled getaway of a lifetime at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino (previous Princess Beach Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino). Located Soutern-western of the Caribbean and just off the coast of Venezuela, the 38-mile long island of Curaçao offers idyllic weather, exquisite beaches, spectacular snorkeling and much more to families, couples, singles and friends. At Sunscape Curaçao all guests will enjoy an Unlimited-Fun® vacation where everything is included from top-shelf spirits and daily refreshed mini-bar, to limitless food and beverages and endless daily activities. Guests can enjoy the on-site dive center at Sunscape Curaçao where they can catch a boat right at the resort to the National Underwater Park and enjoy diving and snorkeling at one of the most popular diving sites in the world. Located just 10 miles from the International Airport Hato and two miles from the capital city of Willemstad, guests can enjoy everything that Curaçao has to offer. ... more less
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