Extra Value: Buffet breakfast daily for two adults.
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.
LocationCuracao - Beach
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.
Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.
General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating3236 reviews
Just average. Nothing horrible, nothing great.
This is a challenging review as I need to be clear that my expectations are different than someone else. I have done extensive traveling and have stayed in everything from crap rooms that don’t deserve ratings to five-star resort all over the globe. In my opinion (that’s all these reviews ever are) The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is high three star resort that wants to do better, but doesn’t know how. Here are some main points: This was one of the few times I planned a trip using Travelocity for air and hotel. I usually have a travel agent manage most of my travel. When I arrived I realized this wasn’t an all-inclusive, but did have all-inclusive options which I thought I would add on at arrival. I was stunned to find they wanted $165 per person per day for their all-inclusive food/beverage plan. There is no option for food only. We opted for the $20 per day per person breakfast package. Since it included tax and tip it was basically a $15 buffet and was a reasonable price. Without the package it comes to about $29 per day per person. If the resort was smart they would make the meal plan more reasonable and more folks would stay on the resort. The majority of folks I met went offsite for dinner. 1) Smoking everywhere. This is a European resort with no restrictions on smoking. Smoke is offensive to me and I don’t want to deal with it at all, much less when trying to relax and/or eat. 2) Too many kids. My wife and I were not looking for a playground, we wanted to relax. Screaming, splashing kids are not my thing. Inconsiderate parents who don’t care what their kids do are even more undesirable. This resort had plenty of both, mostly Friday-Sunday. Monday through Thursday was mostly kid free. 3) Rooms were nicely appointed, clean and comfortable. My only complaint would be the noise from people above. It was not excessive, but when they moved a chair, we heard it (loudly). The sound reverberates through the ceiling and was frustrating at times. 4) The grounds were a mixed bag. They were very nice, typical island landscaping. However if you looked close you could find an occasional bottle top, used floss holder, plastic cup, broken glass, sugar packets, etc in various nooks and crannies of the resort. Please don’t take this as the resort being dirty, it was not. It’s simply the difference between a 3-star and 5-star resort. Those items that escape the ground maintenance crews, but are easily visible to guests, many of which were there for the entire week, so it wasn’t a timing issue with when I saw the items. Another interesting item was a project they were undertaking. A small area near the main restaurant (Medi). Next to a path was a area landscaped in large rocks (2-6 inch white rocks). On Tuesday workers removed the rocks from a small section, about 8 X 20 and raked it to the earth. The next day the workers laid gravel, small white pebbles and leveled it out. The next day they laid a roll of AstroTurf over the gravel. That roll was there until we left on Sunday. So I have no idea what they were doing, but they did a day’s worth of work in 6 days and whatever they are doing remained undone. Again, the difference between a 3 and 5 star resort. 5) Dining was a very mixed bag. The burgers at the pool (Splash) were decent, consistent and worth $13. Keep in mind that includes tax and gratuity. They came with fries, were rather large and always cooked to perfection. Daily breakfast at Medi was typical Caribbean buffet fare. Made to order eggs/omelets, yogurt, fruit, pastries, etc, etc, etc. There were a few times when getting seated was a challenge. Their process was not well organized. They needed staff to bus tables and not have waiters and hostess personnel handle it. Most of the staff in Medi seemed to care less about the guests and could use training in customer service. One hostess, Indira, was excellent. She truly cared, always wanted to do the right thing, but seemed frustrated with the way some of the stfff performed. The Italian spot (Bella Italia) is not owned by Santa Barbara. We ate there once for dinner. The pizza is a thin cracker style. If you’re expectations are low, you’ll be fine. We had two meals and they were of reasonable size, taste and price. We had their gelato daily as it was excellent and reasonably priced. We had a $30pp buffet ate Medi on the evening of an island wide power outage that lasted for 16 hours. The resort had back-up generators for their food supplies and emergency lighting. The power outage was NOT the fault of the resort. They did the best they could and put out a 6pm buffet with BBQ meats (chicken and steak). The problem was, they took roast beef or an eye round, slice it, grilled it and served it as BBQ beef. It was inedible. Couldn’t cut it, couldn’t chew it. You can’t cook a beef roast that way and an executive chef should have known that. No one ate the beef. So we paid $30 for a salad and chicken buffet. Three times, when asked how is everything, I mentioned that beef was too tough to cut or eat and no one ever had a response. They can say “great” when all is well, but they can’t respond when something is off. Due to this we ate outside the resort for all other meals, which is unfortunate. 6) Staff was generally blah, nothing horrible and nothing exceptional, except previously mentioned Indira. At any good resort the guest comes first, that’s not the case here. It’s a mindset that is not instilled in the staff. I can’t tell you how many times, a staff member cut me off while walking. It’s the little things that will keep this resort from reaching a higher potential. 7) Activities, nightlife, etc. Non-existent. This was the biggest surprise. The only music we heard was when their was a wedding on the beach and we got to listen to their music. There’s nothing to do after dinner. There are no beach activities, no pool activities, nothing. They have two pools which were clean and comfortable. The beach is across from their pier so you don't get the ocean view experience. There is a beach area with that view but it is unusable for going in and out of the water. The pier allows public docking which became an issue one evening when a boat was blasting undesirable music which was loud from our room, though it didn't go on too late into the night.
What a fabulous resort
Jaymy, our bartender, made our vacation time at Santa Barbara most enjoyable. He went above and beyond!! Thank you my friend❤️ Santa Barbara Resort is beautiful with the views, 2 pools, restaurants and relaxing atmosphere! Our excursion to Willemstad was fun as well and very colorful and the moving bridge was interesting. We also had a day where we visited some local beaches and the National Park. Very fun day!! Thank you Curaçao for a wonderful vacation!
Beautiful property and amazing staff
We stayed here for a week- November 2nd to 10th. Right from the moment we arrived we were treated amazingly well. Daan at the front desk told us we'd received an upgraded room with beach access- wow, did this deliver! Chilled prosecco, dessert and a killer view awaited. We enjoyed the property was so expansive and gave us lots to explore. Yes, you might want to rent a car to see the sights but this is easy to do as the hotel has a car rental agency. The one sour note would be the food. It's not made in house and relies on processed packaged foods. I detailed the dinner visits to The Medi elsewhere. We considered going to Shore but decided the lack of gourmet prepared local prices didn't justify the price. At home I can pay $48 CDN at a Michelin star restaurant, and know it will be top notch. Alas, this is why I can't give 5 stars overall.
This is the place if you want to relax!
The staff here is top notch and will do everything that they can to make sure you have a relaxing time. After a long day of flying we were greeted with a welcome cocktail as we checked in. Quick check in and then we were wisked to our room on a golf cart by the friendliest young man (sorry that I can't remember his name). I was a little hesitant to book here because I had read about the "wall" along the beach. Honestly we found it very entertaining to be able to watch all of the boats coming and going all day. Check out the yacht "Blue Ice" that is parked at the marina if you want to dream about what you would do if you won the lottery. Also go to the restaurant at the marina as we really enjoyed it. SB resort is a little far from town but if you want a quiet relaxing vibe it is perfect.
Great Honeymoon Destination!
My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon after staying at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort for 10 days and we were very pleased with our stay. The resort is completely secluded from the rest of the island and even has a private security gate at the entrance that makes the resort feel even more safe than it already is. The food was absolutely fabulous. The breakfast buffet each morning was filled with everything you needed and more. The various lunch options at the pool and beach hit the spot and the different dinner options, at least 2 per night, were out of this world. The Grand Room offered some of the best sushi we ever had and also had excellent hosts/waitresses/bartenders, led by Liza who was beyond great and displayed phenomenal customer service. Shore was the higher end restaurant with fantastic ocean views and the food and drinks were also top notch. I highly recommend the Poke Tuna appetizer and beef filet! The service at the pool and on the beach was also outstanding. A bartender by the name of Tico at Splash did a great job running the bar and making good stiff drinks. The pool/entertainment staff, Mauricio comes to mind, helped make our days at the pool very fun. And Jaymy who worked at the beach bar mostly was amazing. He ran to us anytime he saw we were low on food and drinks and made sure we were taken care of. If you like to jet ski, I highly recommend doing it at the hotel as well. Anna Maria was a fantastic jet ski guide and showed us some of the best beaches and water! The food and service at this hotel were outstanding, and even though there were more kids than we thought, our stay was fantastic. I highly recommend staying here!