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Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao

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Updated 04/27/20


Travelers' Choice
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort captures natural Caribbean charm and delivers it with an international elegance and sophistication. Just 35 miles from Aruba and served by a modern international airport, escape to paradise and embrace Curacao’s magical sea, sky and sun on 27 acres of rare natural preserve. At the same time, feel that every need is provided for, with exceptional service and refinement. Enjoy superior amenities like the Pete Dye designed golf course, a luxurious spa, resort pools with Caribbean views, an alluring white sand beach with a swimming lagoon, and sophisticated dining. Relax with the rare luxury of privacy on a secluded island within an island sequestered from the hustle and bustle of town center, and explore unlimited diving, snorkeling, boating and geo adventure right outside your door. Whether you are seeking an intimate retreat, or a lively and invigorating amenity-filled vacation, the resort creates a truly magnificent opportunity to experience the best of both worlds, and create your own.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Golf course
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Dutch
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Sandra Regina C wrote a review May 2021
Gravatai, RS2 contributions1 helpful vote
The beaches in the city of Curaçao are wonderful white sand and warm water. The the buildings are more charming yet they are all in pastel colors.It is impossible not like this place. The place is ideal fro family holidays.
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Date of stay: June 2020
LaClo wrote a review Dec 2020
Antwerp, Belgium5 contributions2 helpful votes
Me a e my boyfriend went there for a day at the beach and even though there was just one car in front of us it took us literally 30 minutes to pass the gate. The woman at the entrance was extremely slow, lazy and rude with us and after we counted our spare money and didn’t manage to reach the right amount, she didn’t want to change a banconote of 100 even though the total piece was 50. She was basically kicking us out and we had to offer ourselves to pay by card (could she not have offered this at the beginning?!?). The beach itself was ok, but not relaxing at all due to all the boats that are coming in and out and groups of local teenagers that were playing loud music and shouting while playing football. Spend your money elsewhere!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
No_Worries32 wrote a review Jul 2020
South Jordan, Utah95 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed at this resort from January 29th to February 3rd. We ended up being upgraded to the Bungalows. Albeit, we ended up in a room with 2 double beds for my wife and I as they were out of king beds, but we made it work. Perhaps we slept better in different beds!? That was one downside, but being in the Bungalows we had our own sitting area outside the room that walked out to a private pool for guests in the Bungalows. That was a huge plus! I guess another downside to the Bungalows was the water pressure in the shower/tub was terrible. Again, we managed though. Overall, the resort was incredible. Our room was clean, beds were comfortable, AC worked well, and staff was incredibly nice. Whenever we needed something such as extra towels, housekeeping was very responsive and extremely nice. The views from the golf course are breathtaking. The views of the resort from the ocean are amazing. A good portion of the beach along the resort is soft sand and easy for walking and hanging out. If you make it to the resort, make sure you eat at Shore. We ate there our final 2 nights overlooking the ocean and had a blast. The girls were fantastic and even brought extra banana muffins for me. They were delicious. I kept asking for more, so they just brought a to go box for us. Thank you to the staff at the resort for making our stay a great one!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
TinK wrote a review Apr 2020
Markham, Canada2 contributions
Stayed at this beautiful resort from March 8-15. Property was beautiful and staff was very helpful. It is far from the town but had a good selection of restaurants and a good selection of activities. Pool area was wonderful and tried the yoga classes (additional charge) which were really good - instructor was excellent. The restaurant on the golf course did have a pretty serious problem with dung beatles in the evenings but they were working hard to resolve that issue. Golf course was expensive but very good.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from BHIGeneralManager, General Manager at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Responded Apr 23, 2020
Thank you so much for your excellent review and for taking the time to write it! We love our secluded slice of paradise and try to provide guests with as many options as possible for dining, adventure and serenity without leaving the resort. That said, we also want guests to be able to get out and experience our incredible destination with shuttle service to downtown and on-site rental car service to go exploring. You're correct that we do have beetles during certain times of the year, but do want to clarify that they're June Bugs who are coming into the open-air restaurant because they're attracted to the lights. I'm glad you enjoyed golfing at Old Quarry! It's definitely one of the best courses in the Caribbean. Thanks again for taking the time to review your stay. Be well and we look forward to welcoming you back to Curacao again very soon! Sincerely, Rob de Bekker General Manager
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Xen0phile wrote a review Apr 2020
London34 contributions27 helpful votes
I was greeted with a drink, but I waited in a queue of only 3 people for almost an hour. The staff was slow, and they got my booking wrong. There was hair in the bath when I arrived in the room and my floor was constantly sandy. The housekeeping staff barged into the room while I was in the shower despite me saying not to enter. The amenities are terrible and having them bolted to the wall of the shower makes the place feel cheap. I was in the room one day while the woman was cleaning, and she cleaned the floor with a dirty towel. The Medi restaurant is dirty and full of flies. I had to stop eating because the flies were getting into my food. The price is outrageous for the limited menu and the staff is horrible. I watched the man at the omelette station make an omelette wrong for a guest twice. He threw the pan when she corrected him the second time. When she wasn't looking, he made it wrong again in secret to spite her an openly mocked her to me and the other guests when she left. The restaurant is lovely, and the food is good, but the service is SO SLOW. We waited 15 minutes for menus. Once we got them it was another 30 minutes to order and then 30 mins for the food. The worst part is that we had a table by the grass and the sprinklers came on. We got soaked and the served just laughed as it happened. No help, no napkins, nothing but laughing at us. The hotel’s towel card policy is ridiculous. Everyone gets a towel card at check in so why should we have to wait at a booth by the pool to exchange them for towels? There was no one at the towel stand and, after waiting 5 minutes, I took my own towel. Someone came running and screamed at me like I was a criminal. We booked an excursion snorkelling through the hotel. The driver was late, and we didn't have time to go to the planned destination. The woman at the excursion desk said she would tell the driver where to take us that was good for snorkelling and was close to the hotel. The driver spoke no English and we had to stop at her home to pick up and drop off her son to translate. I explained that I'm fluent in Spanish and we don't need a translator. She picked him up anyway, wasting more time. We drove for over an hour to a beach that was filthy and, when we arrived, we were told that the water was polluted, and we couldn't swim. We turned around and went back to the hotel. We paid to snorkel and never even got to leave the car. We complained to the hotel and all they said is that that beach was not where we were meant to go, and we shouldn't have been taken there. We were told that, despite being booked and arranged by the hotel we had to pay the driver and there was nothing we could do about it. I am an Expedia VIP and was given a voucher for discounts at check in. No one on the property had any idea how to use them. Every time I tried, I was given a different answer or excuse why they didn’t apply. When I checked out, there were so many problems on the bill. Over charges, charges for things I was told were free because of my VIP status. It took 25 minutes to resolve while my taxi to the airport was waiting. The woman helping me was RUDE! She got the changes wrong many times. When I told her that my taxi was waiting (after the 3rd time the bill was still wrong) she said, "you can wait, or you can just pay the bill with the extra charges".
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from BHIGeneralManager, General Manager at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Responded Apr 23, 2020
First and foremost, I hope you and your family are healthy and safe during this challenging time. While I'm very disappointed to read about the experience you had, I thank you for taking the time to write a review. I have a variety of concerns with the events you describe, but I'm most saddened to read your comments about our staff and service levels. Timely and polite service is among our top priorities and clearly we missed the mark across a variety of touchpoints. I do want to address your feedback about our bathroom amenities and why we utilize dispensers in our showers for bath products. All of our bath amenities are locally sourced through CurAloe. Both the local sourcing and refillable dispensers are part of the resort's sustainability initiatives to avoid excess waste from single-use disposable products. While I wish I would've been made aware of your concerns at the time, I'm very sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. Again, thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I wish you and your family all the very best. Sincerely, Rob de Bekker General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Which popular attractions are close to Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Nearby attractions include Serena's Art Factory (4.6 miles), Mambo Beach (3.6 miles), and Curacao Sea Aquarium (3.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bowls Noodle Bar Curacao, Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant, and Brisa do Mar - Pop's Place.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fort Beekenburg (0.9 miles).