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Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed for 7 nights at the on general holiday. Overall, our experience was great. The hotel is about 30-40 minutes from the airport, very remote. Once you are at the resort plan on staying there to eat, drink, and experience most activities. Check-In: Our flight arrived later in the evening and did not arrive to the resort until 11:30pm. Resort staff were there to great us an check us in. Overall the process only took about 5 minutes. However, little orientation information was provided, just a printout of daily activities. They failed to mention that in order to take advantage of Orbitz VIP "perks" we'd have to mention "Orbitz" every time we ordered a drink or food. We found this out later once we checked out. The room: Amazing, very clean. Was a partial sea view, but actually fully faced the ocean channel and was about 100ft from the water. The food: Amazing, with one very big caveat. The Shore restaurant is 5 star quality and offered a-la-carte items. While the other main facility Medi, was buffet only during our entire stay. The buffet was quite pricey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Shore pool bar food was good as well, however service was poor. Oddly enough, we found the best option for food was to order room service. The prices were cheaper than menu items.

The restaurants were excellent, breakfast was wonderful there were many choices. Omelet station was well staffed and omelets were made perfectly. Great choices of elegant dinner or just pizza. Reception desk was very helpful. Room was very nice, large and excellent view. We had a very bad experience with the eco kayak trip. We booked the trip at the dive shop at the far end of the beach, We were told to meet at THAT area at 10:00 am. We were still waiting at 11:00 for someone to arrive with kayaks. We asked the staff 3 TIMES why we were not picked up yet. Each time he asked to see our receipt and said...yes there is where we stay. We finally asked him to call someone and were were then told...sorry we were supposed to be at the pool area to get the tour. It was now 11:15 and it took about 15 minutes more just to get the 2 kayaks in the water. There was NO eco tour. We just paddled with no description of the area birds, mangroves or anything in the area. We arrived at the tugboat area to dock the kayaks and were not helped out of the kayaks. When we arrived at the beach there was no help entering or exiting the water,Our guide swam out without us as we could not keep up because there were no fins available for us. There was no help entering or exiting the water. We were 2 woman on our 60's and both of us almost fell on the rocks. Please see below.

Best place me and wife have stayed in the Caribbean !

The hotel grounds are beautiful, well kept and maintained but it's too far from everything and everyone. There is no hotel entertainment.

Nice old fashion hotel, has it's own beach, quiet at nights, car a must, offers some activities

Stated at property for a week. Very nice and well maintained property. The issue is it is an isolated area in the desert, although on a Rocky beach. Beautiful surroundings but nothing to do. 30-40 minute drive to the closest activity or restaurant. Do not come here unless you have a car. There is nothing to do. After one day at the nice pool, was getting board. Everything at the hotel is extremely overpriced. They know that you are isolated from everything so they try to take advantage of you. Breakfast buffet is 30 USD. A cup of coffee is $5+ USD.

Pros Beautiful resort. Well maintained. Three restaurants a mini general store and nice pool. Private "beach" area Cons Beach was small but worked okay since it seemed slow. The resturant near the pro shop was pricy and food was just ok. It takes 15 mins to get to the hotel from the entrance. Our golf cart broke down halfway through golfing. It took 45 mins just to reach someone and another 30 to get rescued... I think we should have been refunded for the round. When we get back to the states I will be calling management.

This is a beautiful place. Very private. Private beach. The rooms are nice and the staff were friendly. They give you a drink when you arrive. They do charge a 16% fee on everything. Certain restaurants in the resort are open on certain days. The food is a bit pricey. They accept US money. $1=$1.78 their money. Get a rental car!

the place is awesome, but its really far from everything it even takes 7 minutes to drive out of the front entrance, thats the fastest i tried driving, but it does have the best beach in all the hotels, trust me! we snuck in to the other hotels its no good and on sunday they have family day, the local people rent out boats and they have cookouts and play games on the side of the hotel beach, everyone was pretty cool just show up with a bucket of beers and join the party. The philippine husband & wife that serve on the beach & restaurant was great they are very helpful & friendly, also the guy who brings you your bags to your room knows about great things to do on the island so make sure you rent a car is really needed and easy to drive. the only thing i didnt like was the manager decided to shut off the wifi because the manager felt nobody was paying for the wifi in the room, because everyone would just go to the lobby to use it for free, that was kind of petty. you do need wifi so you could get directions on your phone, to drive around in the island, and the island is very safe... overall it was alegre!

My husband and I cannot say enough about our stay. The grounds were gorgeous and the rooms were always clean! We enjoyed utilizing the pool and the beach during our stay. The only downside was that wifi was not free in our room.

This resort is truly a 5-resort. Everything about it was just perfect. From the lobby, to the room, to the hall ways, the pools, and the restaurants. Our room was always clean right before we got back from our excursions. The staff at the lobby were very helpful. The only downside is that is so far away from everything, but my boyfriend rented a car from Budget (which is located inside the resort) and we explored much more instead of paying for taxis. I will definitely do all-inclusive because it can get pricey in the long run.

The hotel room was very comfortable, the view from the balcony was beautiful, and the amenities were excellent. The one thing we really missed was free high-speed wifi in the rooms.

The resort is beautiful. It was approx. 30-40 minutes from the airport. I rented a car for the duration of the trip since I read it was best in Curacao. Not sure if Santa Barbara provides a shuttle. You have to pay for wi-fi in your room, but I decided against it. When I wanted to connect onsite, I used wi-fi in the Great Room (it's free). This allowed me to save data for navigating to various spots on the island. The staff is super friendly and very helpful when needed. The food at Medi and Splash is just okay. Typical to what is served in the US, but a bit more expensive due to it being served at a resort. I decided not have dinner at Shore because I assumed it would be more of the same. Since they have three restaurants on site, it would be nice if one of them served strictly local cuisine. If you are like me and want to venture out and truly experience the food/culture, you will have to leave the resort.

The property is undoubtedly a 5 star property. It's beautiful, secluded, and has a private beach. My wife and I stayed at this hotel last year and thought it was one of the best places we've ever been. The service and the food were outstanding. This year was not the case. While the property hasn't changed the hotel has slipped dramatically, in my opinion, from a 5 star luxury resort to more of an average 3 star hotel. My biggest issue of the stay was the restaurant, Medi. Last year the food was outstanding. They had a full menu and if you wanted anything off menu, they would make it happen. The staff was outgoing, friendly, and seemed genuinely excited all the time. This year, they only allow you to order the dinner buffet. It's not great. There's nothing great about food that's been sitting out and picked over... especially at their high price. You could opt for the salad bar buffet that comes with soup and pizza which is more reasonably priced. However, the food quality and availability is not reliable. For example of the 5 times we ate there during our 2 weeks, pizza was only available 3 times. My issue with quality is the fact that the dressings for the salad are not fresh. They come from and get put back into the refrigerator. Service is spotty. We got the impression that if you're not drinking alcohol, you're not worth servicing. Also, they seemed to frown upon requesting the lower priced salad buffet, and 5 out of 5 times charged us for the full buffet so that we had to ask to have the bill changed. On our last visit there, they actually insinuated that we lied about eating the salad bar. The full menu is still available, however, but it's for room service only. Our next issue was with our maid service. Our first set of sheets were not clean, and our towels were typically understocked (missing face towels, wash clothes, and floor towels). Also the towels were never quite clean either. My last major issue of the hotel is the fact that they now sell day passes to their private beach and pool to people not staying at the hotel. They didn't do this in previous years, and I think it definitely effected the quality of service and condition of the amenities. The hotel is extremely remote which has its pluses and minuses. However, if the food, service, and amenities are mediocre, then you have to ask yourself if it's worth driving 2 hours a day (the city is 30-40 mins away, and the other side of the island is 1-1.5 hours away). We would not recommend this hotel. It's not worth it for us to spend a lot of money for a room only to share our private amenities, not be able to eat the food we want, and then on top of it all have to spend 2 hours a day driving to find those things.

We arrived at Santa Barbara after a horrible stay at another hotel. We were pleased with how clean and beautiful the property is. The rooms were clean and a great size. We had a great stay!

My husband and I spent a week at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort in March. This place is absolutely gorgeous, well maintained and clean. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We loved the Shore restaurant even though it was a bit on the expensive side. Each fish dish we ordered there was not only fresh (as we expected, being in the Caribbean), but also perfectly seasoned and cooked. Also, the view from the restaurant is truly breathtaking. We also ate at Splash frequently, and found the bartenders there to be particularly friendly and helpful. Our only complaint is that we wish there were more dining options. The resort is far from town, so it isn't easy to eat off-resort. We ate almost every meal at the resort for a week, and since we don't really like buffets (offered at Medi), our options were pretty limited. Splash wasn't open every night we were there, and our wallets certainly would not allow us to eat at Shore every night. We did enjoy take out pizza from the resort store/gelato shop a few nights though - we are from New York, and we thought it was really good! Overall, we thought Santa Barbara was outstanding and well worth the money we spent there. We would go there again in a heartbeat.

Hotel was very nice... It's far from everything so you need a rental or you'll be paying high taxi rates and stuck in the hotel. Cleaning staff used some of my makeup products, which was pretty gross, so I recommend locking up everything. Everything is very expensive so get ready to spend especially at the hotel. The pool was very nice and it's only the hotel with a Beach on the property.

We really enjoyed our stay. Our room was beautiful, very clean, and well maintained. The pools were very nice and warm, my family enjoyed swimming for hours. The restaurant was great as well. The staff was very helpful, provided great customer service. We would return to this hotel and recommend to our friends.

The Santa Barbara resort was beautiful. A little out of the way but well worth it!! the food was good and the service was excellent. Definitely worth a trip!!

Everyone at the resort and on the island were very friendly. A little far from downtown, so perfect if you want to stay on the resort. We rented cars and took a lot of cabs, but the cabs are not cheap. There is enough to do at the resort if you are looking to relax.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Marina

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort places you 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Curacao Ostrich Farm and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Fort Beekenburg. This 350-room, 4.5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 3 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a golf course. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to Jan Thiel Beach.


Dining

There are ample dining options with 6 onsite restaurants, including Medi, which specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and Shore with pleasing ocean views. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6 AM to 11 AM.


Rooms

All 350 air-conditioned rooms feature balconies or patios, iPod docks, and refrigerators. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 37-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Pillowtop beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free newspapers, and ceiling fans are also standard.


Property features

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort features a private beach, a golf course, and a marina. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 42 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a full-service spa, 3 outdoor pools, and a children's pool.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Partial Ocean View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Partial Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Premier Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Premier Room, 1 King Bed, Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Everyone (6) Couples (41) Business (1) Family (18) Friends (12) Other (8)
4

excellent resort off the beaten path

Couples

We stayed for 7 nights at the on general holiday. Overall, our experience was great. The hotel is about 30-40 minutes from the airport, very remote. Once you are at the resort plan on staying there to eat, drink, and experience most activities. Check-In: Our flight arrived later in the evening and did not arrive to the resort until 11:30pm. Resort staff were there to great us an check us in. Overall the process only took about 5 minutes. However, little orientation information was provided, just a printout of daily activities. They failed to mention that in order to take advantage of Orbitz VIP "perks" we'd have to mention "Orbitz" every time we ordered a drink or food. We found this out later once we checked out. The room: Amazing, very clean. Was a partial sea view, but actually fully faced the ocean channel and was about 100ft from the water. The food: Amazing, with one very big caveat. The Shore restaurant is 5 star quality and offered a-la-carte items. While the other main facility Medi, was buffet only during our entire stay. The buffet was quite pricey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Shore pool bar food was good as well, however service was poor. Oddly enough, we found the best option for food was to order room service. The prices were cheaper than menu items.

By , from Philadelphia, PA on Feb 23, 2018

Review comment responded on Feb 27, 2018

Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao. We do take great pride in our product and service execution and receive excellent feedback from our guests on a regular basis. We strive to have every guest leave satisfied. We hope to welcome you again during your next visit to the island. Rob de Bekker General Manager

5

excellent

Everyone

The restaurants were excellent, breakfast was wonderful there were many choices. Omelet station was well staffed and omelets were made perfectly. Great choices of elegant dinner or just pizza. Reception desk was very helpful. Room was very nice, large and excellent view. We had a very bad experience with the eco kayak trip. We booked the trip at the dive shop at the far end of the beach, We were told to meet at THAT area at 10:00 am. We were still waiting at 11:00 for someone to arrive with kayaks. We asked the staff 3 TIMES why we were not picked up yet. Each time he asked to see our receipt and said...yes there is where we stay. We finally asked him to call someone and were were then told...sorry we were supposed to be at the pool area to get the tour. It was now 11:15 and it took about 15 minutes more just to get the 2 kayaks in the water. There was NO eco tour. We just paddled with no description of the area birds, mangroves or anything in the area. We arrived at the tugboat area to dock the kayaks and were not helped out of the kayaks. When we arrived at the beach there was no help entering or exiting the water,Our guide swam out without us as we could not keep up because there were no fins available for us. There was no help entering or exiting the water. We were 2 woman on our 60's and both of us almost fell on the rocks. Please see below.

By on Feb 10, 2018

Review comment responded on Feb 20, 2018

On behalf of the management and staff of our beautiful resort we would like to thank you for your recent stay with us and for taking time to review your stay. May I assure you that your valuable comments will be shared with our team so we may learn and discover ways to improve our product and services. I do hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you and your family again at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao. Rob de Bekker General Manager

5

4th time at the santa barbara ... one word excell

Everyone

Best place me and wife have stayed in the Caribbean !

By , from Massachusetts on Aug 23, 2017

Review comment responded on Aug 29, 2017

On behalf of the management and staff of our beautiful resort we would like to thank you for your recent stay with us and for taking time to review and rate your stay. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Rob de Bekker General Manager

3

hotel is nice but far!

Everyone

The hotel grounds are beautiful, well kept and maintained but it's too far from everything and everyone. There is no hotel entertainment.

By on Jun 4, 2017

Review comment responded on Jun 7, 2017

Thank you for your review. We will certainly take your comments into consideration to improve the on property experience of our guests. We hope to welcome you back.

4
Everyone

Nice old fashion hotel, has it's own beach, quiet at nights, car a must, offers some activities

By on May 9, 2017

Review comment responded on May 16, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to rate us and sharing your experience. Our facilities, beach and peaceful nights are assets that should be taken advantage of. We hope to welcome you back!

4

very nice hotel but desolate

Families

Stated at property for a week. Very nice and well maintained property. The issue is it is an isolated area in the desert, although on a Rocky beach. Beautiful surroundings but nothing to do. 30-40 minute drive to the closest activity or restaurant. Do not come here unless you have a car. There is nothing to do. After one day at the nice pool, was getting board. Everything at the hotel is extremely overpriced. They know that you are isolated from everything so they try to take advantage of you. Breakfast buffet is 30 USD. A cup of coffee is $5+ USD.

By , from warwick,ri. on Apr 13, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 20, 2017

Thank you for taking some time to write us a review. Your comments will be taken into account in order for us to improve our on-property experience. We would not want a guest to leave and think that we took advantage of them, it is disappointed that you have felt that way. We hope you give us another opportunity in the future.

4

beautiful very secluded resort

Everyone

Pros Beautiful resort. Well maintained. Three restaurants a mini general store and nice pool. Private "beach" area Cons Beach was small but worked okay since it seemed slow. The resturant near the pro shop was pricy and food was just ok. It takes 15 mins to get to the hotel from the entrance. Our golf cart broke down halfway through golfing. It took 45 mins just to reach someone and another 30 to get rescued... I think we should have been refunded for the round. When we get back to the states I will be calling management.

By , from California on Feb 17, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 21, 2017

Thank you for taking your time and writing us a review. I'm disappointed to hear about your incident at the Golf Course; it will be communicated to them. On the other hand we are glad that you enjoyed the rest of our vacation with us. Hope to welcome you back!

5

private resort

Everyone

This is a beautiful place. Very private. Private beach. The rooms are nice and the staff were friendly. They give you a drink when you arrive. They do charge a 16% fee on everything. Certain restaurants in the resort are open on certain days. The food is a bit pricey. They accept US money. $1=$1.78 their money. Get a rental car!

By , from Texas on Jul 24, 2016

5

great place to go for the holidays!

GetawayWithFriends

the place is awesome, but its really far from everything it even takes 7 minutes to drive out of the front entrance, thats the fastest i tried driving, but it does have the best beach in all the hotels, trust me! we snuck in to the other hotels its no good and on sunday they have family day, the local people rent out boats and they have cookouts and play games on the side of the hotel beach, everyone was pretty cool just show up with a bucket of beers and join the party. The philippine husband & wife that serve on the beach & restaurant was great they are very helpful & friendly, also the guy who brings you your bags to your room knows about great things to do on the island so make sure you rent a car is really needed and easy to drive. the only thing i didnt like was the manager decided to shut off the wifi because the manager felt nobody was paying for the wifi in the room, because everyone would just go to the lobby to use it for free, that was kind of petty. you do need wifi so you could get directions on your phone, to drive around in the island, and the island is very safe... overall it was alegre!

By on Nov 20, 2015

5

great first anniversary

Couples

My husband and I cannot say enough about our stay. The grounds were gorgeous and the rooms were always clean! We enjoyed utilizing the pool and the beach during our stay. The only downside was that wifi was not free in our room.

By on Nov 18, 2015