Santa Barbara Beach And Golf Resort
What it is
A 2,000 acre tropical playland with doting service, a spa inspired by the indigenous Arawak tribe, and the region’s best golf course.
What it isn't
Lacking in fun. Options for your daily exploits also include kayaking and SUP-ing on loaner boards, dive lessons in glass-clear turquoise seas, expert-guided hikes to nearby caves, and so much more.
What we think
Let’s dispense with the big news first: this resort’s Pete Dye-designed Old Quarry Golf Course was voted the best Caribbean course by USA Today. But we wouldn’t be surprised if the resort was “best” in myriad other ways, as well. The Tafelberg Tennis Oasis has four Hydrogrid clay courts and lessons from actual tennis pro Jon Kooy; the four on-site restaurants include The Great Room, where Asian-influenced dishes include Mahi Mahi corn dogs with lemon aioli and sriracha; and the 24-hour gym also has rental mountain bikes and weekly yoga and pilates classes. Did we mention the daily average temperature here is a perfect 85 degrees?
You're here because
The golf course is set on a 19th century former limestone quarry where iguanas roam, and frankly, you want the bragging rights.
One of your favorite desserts is a lemon bar, so when you spied the Lemon Salt Bar Scrub on the spa’s menu, you said: “Yaaaaaaas!” You select your scrub-down yourself from what’s essentially a spa buffet—a little Himalayan salt here, a little coconut oil and yerba buena there—then allow your therapist to get to work while you chillax like never before. Delicious.
A mere ten minute drive from Hatu International Airport. Don’t miss at least one diving or snorkeling excursion to Alice in Wonderland (local name: Playa Kalki) where the reefs teem with moray eels and star coral.
Restaraunts & Bars
Medi - Mediterranean dishes along with traditional favorites and artistic Caribbean cocktails. Also, outdoor seating with a view of the sea is available for those who prefer to dine al fresco.
Splash Pool Bar & Grill - Relaxed poolside restaurant featuring Pan Latin infused creations complemented by refreshing cocktails.
Shore - offering fresh seafood for dinner served in a contemporary setting. The perfect venue to enjoy the tranquility of the Caribbean.
Jun's Sushi Bar - indulge in exotic flavors and entice your palate with unique and exquisite creations at JUN's SUSHI.
Medi's upscale lounge offers creative tapas menu and artistic Caribbean cocktails as does Shore's.
A variety of programs are available for children from 3 yrs old to 12 years. The two pools are kid friendly with plenty of toys available. Other points of interest: Curacao Sea Aquarium, Christoffel National Park, Dophin Academy, Maritime Museum, Boca Tabla Sea Cave and the Curacao Ostrich Farm