An all-inclusive stay at a lush resort on the Caribbean island of Curacao, with five-star facilities and show-stopping scenery from $415 a night
The five-star Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort takes the concept of tropical paradise to a whole new level. Situated on the Caribbean island of Curacao, this resort spoils its guests with a Pete Dye-designed golf course, an on-site spa, three swimming pools, four tennis courts, and a swimming lagoon with water so clear, you’ll have to pinch yourself to believe it’s real.
And it is – along with the island’s 2,000 acres of unspoiled beauty waiting to be explored. From SCUBA diving to hiking – and even ostrich riding – there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the outdoors at this lush getaway.
Take advantage of the island’s capital of Willemstad, a 25-minute drive away. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, the city’s Dutch colonial heritage is evident in its vibrant architecture and iconic Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, which opens regularly for passing ships. Willemstad’s streets come alive at night with locals and tourists alike, drawn to its host of casinos, local clubs, jazz lounges, and restaurants.
Soak up the property’s natural beauty from one of the resort view rooms, which look out onto the landscaped grounds and feature either a furnished patio or balcony. At 410 square feet, these rooms come equipped with a flat-screen plasma TV, bath amenities, a refrigerator, and one king-size bed or two queen-size beds. Over 70 of the rooms are interconnecting. In keeping with the island’s natural beauty, rooms are decorated in wood, stone and soothing earth tones. Upgrade to Partial Water-View and Full Water-View rooms for ocean vistas.
– Furnished balcony or patio
– Tea pot/ coffee maker
– Wireless Internet access (charges apply)
– Ceiling fans
– Daily housekeeping service
– Laundry service available
The property’s four restaurants offer unique dining experiences, from the Shore American Seafood Grill’s spectacular ocean views and fine-dining menu, to Medi, which turns out everything from tapas to pizza and Italian comfort food (best enjoyed al fresco on the restaurant terrace). Cocktails and sushi go hand-in-hand at Jun’s sushi bar (a guest favourite), and at Splash Pool Bar & Grill, the Frio-Frio snow cone drizzled with locally made syrups is a definite must.
A state of bliss awaits at property’s glass-walled Atabei spa, which relies on locally grown ingredients for its treatments The spa includes four treatment rooms, an outdoor rain shower, and a private patio. Treatments all start with a herbal water foot-cleansing, and run the gamut from a Curaçao Laraha Scrub, which incorporates locally distilled Curaçao liqueur, brown sugar and citrus peel to the ultra-relaxing Stemps massage which promotes relaxation with the use of sachets of locally-grown herbs dipped in organic oil.
The island of Curaçao is serviced by Hato International Airport, which is a 35-minute drive from the property. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf resort is in Nieuwpoort, and is also within close proximity to Jan Thiel beach resort, where guests can enjoy the on-site seawater-filled pool, and Zanzibar Beach & Restaurant. Elsewhere off-property, guests can explore the island’s pristine surroundings by bike, which can be rented through the hotel. Eight hiking trails and cave exploration awaits at Christoffel National Park, and at Sheke Bota national park, visitors can walk the limestone bluffs for an unparalleled ocean view. Additional local attractions include Curaçao Sea Aquarium Marine Animal Park, an ostrich farm, and an aloe vera plantation
Deal Ends 22nd June 2014