What We Love
- Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers a huge variety of activities and amenities on-site. But don't miss a chance to get out on the water for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Things to Know
- Old Quarry Golf Course is quickly becoming a top Caribbean course and is well worth the visit. From Atabei Spa to scuba lessons, there's something for everyone!
Of course, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort has more than just great golf. At Atabei Spa, rejuvenate with a massage, facial, wrap or scrub in the chic treatment rooms, or schedule a session with your significant other in a couple's room. And to get the full benefit of Caribbean sunshine, you can opt to enjoy it outdoors.
In addition to golf and spa services, guests enjoy the added convenience of a marina right at the resort. Why not take a catamaran to Klien, the small nearby island known as "Little Curacao?" You can make arrangements for a scuba trip to Boca Tabla Sea Cave. To add to the fun, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf has three pools and a private beach, where you can stretch out on a complimentary lounger to gaze out at the sparkling azure sea.
Family-friendly, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort features fun for the little ones, too! At Camp Arawak, kids ages 3-12 can learn and play with archaeological excavations, sea discovery expeditions and even nature hikes that bring them up close and personal with iguanas!
After a busy day of tropical activities, your family can sit down together for dinner at SHORE. This open-air restaurant serves up juicy steaks, as well as the fresh catch of the day. During the day, SWIM Bar & Restaurant serves casual, Latin-influenced fare and cocktails, poolside. End the day with a Caribbean-themed martini and a cigar at SHORE--the perfect accent to an exceptional place.
This hotel is NOT All-Inclusive. Food and drink must be purchased separately.
Unless otherwise specified, all services are available for an additional charge.
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 Rating3375 reviews
We booked 4 nights in a beautiful, expensive suite with uninterrupted ocean views. Two of those nights were wasted because the hotel booked large events on the beach outside with live bands, djs and fireworks going until 1-2am. The manager was very nice and comped is a day trip to Klein Curaçao to make up for our trouble. However, when we got our bill and I remembered that we were spending almost $1,000/night for a room filled with the noise of two 300-person parties, I felt like we’d chosen badly for that part of our honeymoon. It wasn’t romantic and we don’t have great memories because of the hotel really being an outdoor event space. Our room in Willemstad wasn’t as beautiful but was quiet and a one-third the cost with a great beach pool.
Karen and Bob
We spent a wonderful week at this lovely resort. The food was fabulous especially at the Shore restaurant in a very romantic setting. We also found the breakfast buffet to be varied and interesting with lots to choose. Our room was always clean and very comfortable. The golf course is spectacular. No where else can you go from the ocean to the desert in an old rock quarry and then to a marina area. The holes were breathtaking and while challenging very enjoyable. The beach was lovely. We were kept refreshed by Jaymy with his interesting assortment of drinks. While we have come back home to a pandemic we have wonderful memories to keep us going through these trying times.
Beautiful location, great beach, very good food
My husband and I spent a week at Santa Barbara Resort on an all-inclusive plan, which we were very glad about as food and drinks are really expensive. We were there just when the Coronavirus was starting to become a pandemic so many people had cancelled their reservations and the hotel was quiet. In the last few days one by one the restaurants were closed and only takeout from the main restaurant was offered. The staff had to deal with a challenging situation and were nice about it. Even before that however we felt that some things were great but there was room for improvement and overall it isn't a 5-star resort. The Positives: - long beach with powdery white sand on an enclosed lagoon next to the marina - Great service for drinks and food on the beach (thank you, Jaymey!) - Lots of palm trees and flowering bushes like an oasis in the desert because Curacao is a very dry island; Very clean grounds - The Shore restaurant has beautiful views, especially at sunset, lovely decor; excellent food (I ordered the seafood curry twice as it was so delicious) - The Medi - very good food at the breakfast buffet and for dinner (especially the flank steak with red wine sauce and the spaghetti with clams) - Sushi on the terrace of the Great Room; excellent service too - Two swimming pools side by side in the pool area so there was no defined kiddie pool. Kids were screaming and splashing in both pools. There were no poolside activities and loud music like at most resorts. - Lots of beach chairs at the pool and on the beach so there was no rush to claim a spot in the morning like at most resorts - Shuttle to Willemstad but you must buy tickets the day before - definitely worth going to the town for a day! At night you would need to take a taxi. - Generally the hotel was very quiet and great for sleeping but that week it wasn't full so perhaps that isn't the case during crowded holidays - Decent fitness centre with view (we didn't use the spa and cannot comment) The Negatives: Check-in - we had booked a Partial Oceanview room and didn't expect a full ocean view but when we saw the room there wasn't even a small glimpse of the ocean, just a wall and palm trees; they were very decent about allowing us to choose between 2 other rooms when we spoke to the supervisor. Luckily the hotel wasn't too full or perhaps we wouldn't have had a choice however. At check-in make sure you get what you paid for! Also at check-in we weren't told what was and what wasn't included. We assumed all-inclusive but found out that the pizza and gelati were not; and got a fright when we saw our daily bill on the TV that also charged us for Premium drinks ($18US). When you check in, make sure you are informed about any extras Pizza and Gelato Cafe - was not included in the all-inclusive plan which we felt was wrong. There weren't many options for lunch if you didn't like burgers or other fried foods at Burgers and Beer on the beach or Splash (very salty fish tacos) The room - nice but nothing special; we were on the ground floor with an outdoor patio close to everything The bathroom - definitely not 5 star. A single sink, deep bath tub that would be very challenging for anyone who is elderly or under 5'4" to step out of; no rain shower Service - some staff were welcoming and smiley whereas others didn't go out of their way Eating breakfast outside on the terrace at Medi involves many birds, which we loved watching. You can't leave a plate of food on the table however to grab something you forgot at the buffet. If you don't enjoy birds make sure to get a table inside! Entertainment - there's not much in the way of entertainment other than occasional musicians at the restaurants. If you're looking for a party atmosphere, this is not the resort for you but it is perfect for golfers! If you're not on an all-inclusive plan this resort is very expensive and you may feel it's overpriced.
“Over the top!”
We spent 8 nights at this magnificent resort! The staff is warm and welcoming, the grounds are magnificent. Our room was spacious with luxury amenities. The pool area allowed lots of sunbathers and a splash area for kids. The actual coastline was not swimmable - not a beach and way too rough. They have a very calm beach around the property with a protective wall on their waterway canal. Because the resort is so distant from other local amenities, you have to do all-inclusive. If you “pay as you go”, costs would rise very quickly.
Nice hotel - but expensive
Nice hotel, good service, nice and friendly staff There is a shuttle buss to Willemstad - but not possible during evenings - and at a high cost. It is a expensive environment - and "all costs" - There migth be many things we missed- as there is not a lot of communication / advertising of events happening - which is a shame