My husband I visited the Santa Barbara July 22-27 with two of our friends. We had a great experience. The hotel is very nice, the grounds are stunning. It's right on the water! The two pools were clean, kid friendly, with plenty of chairs around and you could get toys, etc for the kids to have fun with from the towel stand. The beach is nice but very small. Again plenty of chairs to relax at. Water is beautiful and clear but there is a boardwalk/pier/dock separating the beach area from the rest of the ocean. This would be great for families with small children, but if you're looking for more of a "real" open beach experience, I suggest renting a car and going off the resort. We tried the pizza the first night, it was fine but nothing special. The gelato shop was really good with flavors changing daily. We did the breakfast buffet at Medi the first morning, it was good but pretty expensive. But that is expected at a nice resort like this one. We ate off the resort for the rest of our meals with the exception of our last night, we made late reservations at Shore, the resort's "fancy" place. Again, food was decent but expensive. Same with their Blue Curaçao liquor signature drink- guests receive a complimentary welcome drink (delicious)- but they are pricey if you order any after that! But like I said, it's to be expected at such a nice resort. The hotel staff were all pleasant, but especially the gentlemen that escort you to your room and show you around along the way. They were so friendly and welcoming. The man that escorted us (so sorry I can't remember his name) and the one who escorted our friends, both remembered us the remainder of our stay and acknowledged us with genuine friendly hellos every time we saw them. Overall the resort has a quiet, secluded feel to it- it really quiets down after dark! Wifi is available for free in the lobby (runs slow when there are lots of patrons using it), or you can purchase it for $16/24 hrs and it will work wherever you go on the resort. I would recommend this place to everyone.