Santa Barbara Beach And Golf Resort
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Reading the comments here, I asked for a quiet room away from the parties (apparently KIA booked the resort for a few days during my stay). I couldn't have gotten a much closer one to the music in the end.The Resort is way off from anywhere within walking distance or public transport so one should consider a rental upon arrival. Just the transfer from the airport is $70 one way.Beach is perfect and cleaned every day. Both coral and sand beaches available.Two to three restaurants were open at different times and catered to the all inclusive. Due to the very pricy selection in food and drink I would suggest the all inclusive package. It was off season so service was great. Jaymy at Splash, Angela at Medi and all the others (sorry if I forgot names) were truly accomodating and fun to talk to.Altogether a great place to be at the beach.But - checking out of the Hotel, I was told my account was balanced and my credit card would not be charged (I had presented a voucher upon arrival, prepaid my travel agent). The comments online suggested that financial errors do occur frequently at the resort and I wanted to make sure I was ok.A day later SBR went on to withdraw over $1000. I had paid twice for my stay. Mails to the Hotel went unanswered, even one to Darren Law the manager. My travel agency and credit card company tried from their end to ask them to return my money. Two weeks later I was refunded. Without a word or reaction. To this day I have not gotten an explanation or apology. Not from the Hotel itself nor any kind of reply from the manager. Mistakes can happen but at the very least communication at Santa Barbara needs improval. Treating guests in that manner does not speak on their behalf. Neither I nor my family and friends would ever book this Hotel again. I was also told beaches are nicer elsewhere on the Island.
We spent 2 weeks at the Santa Barbara Ressort and we really love it. It is an extremely nice resort with a wonderfull sandy beach, a big spacious pool and a wide garden with lots of Palms and bougainvillas. The rooms are spacious and well furnished and all with a little terrace. The staff is extremely friendly. The resort is in the south of the island. You can take the hotel bus shuttle or have your own car to discover the island. Or you just enjoy beach or pool and relax and watch the friendly leguans which are present at the beach.
The hotel property is very clean and beautiful. Well worth the price we paid because we went in the off-season so, no price gouging. Overall, we thought the estate was a good choice for what we enjoy --a beach vacation. However, the hotel is far from the real Curacao experience and therefore there are a lot of limitations with things like food and nightlife without a vehicle or cab previously set up. The food choices were limited to 4 spaces in the hotel + room service but, every night at least one restaurant was closed and in some cases reservations were needed but staff did not inform us of this. We experienced the best restaurant to be Splash for easy meals and good drinks on the beach and at its designated space. Don't upgrade to an ocean view room --not really worth it. Those rooms are super loud and realistically there is a mountain alongside the ocean that obstructs a real view. Staff ranged from really amazing (like Missy at Splash) to nice but vague on details or knowledge of the facility. Overall, the beach was beautiful. Make sure you rent the snorkel equipment, there is plenty of sea life swimming with you and it's simply amazing. We had a good vacation and and the price was economical.
Nice food, really nice beach (not so crowded like other beaches on the island), friendly staff, nice rooms... with a car, its the best you can get, i think. Good for couples, also gay couples, families and business trips. Beverages are too expensive - but water is free and the food is payable
The employees here was hit or miss. A few of them may have been friendly, but most of them that I encountered had the attitude that they didn't want to be bothered and could care less that we were guest.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 350 Rooms
- 3 Pools
- 24 hour Fitness Centre
- Spa (fee)
- Tennis Courts (fee)
- PADI Scuba Dive Centre (fee)
- 4 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
- Internet access (fee)
- Golf, 18 Holes (fee)
- Meeting Rooms available (fee)
- Safety Deposit Box at Front Desk
- Concierge services
- Car Rental Desk
- Gift Shop
- Tour Desk
- Day and evening shuttle service to Willemstad and Jan Thiel area offered at a nominal fee.
- 1 King bed or 2 Double beds (King bed is always on request)
- Furnished Balcony
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Safety Deposit Box
- Iron & Ironing board
- Wi-Fi (fee)
- Tea maker
- Deluxe bath amenities
- iHome stereo with iPod docking station
- Flat Screen Plasma Television
- Maximum Occupancy 4, Maximum Number of Children 2
Resort Location Map
Santa Barbara Beach And Golf ResortCuracao,Curacao
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Santa Barbara Plantation Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort Curacao
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