Santa Barbara Beach And Golf Resort
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The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort exceeded our expectations by far. We were fortunate enough to have read reviews by other guests before coming to this property, and wanted to give back to others that are thinking of staying here (something we don't usually take the time to do).This property is absolutely beautiful. The staff for the most part are friendly, approachable and go out of their way to ensure your stay is the best it can be. The food is excellent and the selection is great.We traveled as a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (aged 12 and 10) from Canada, and were a bit worried our kids might be a little bored staying here. This ended up not being the case, the kids didn't want to go home at the end of our stay and had a fantastic time.We were fortunate enough to book a package that was 'all inclusive', we did find the drinks and food to be a bit expensive, and might not have enjoyed the resort as much if we had not opted for this package. As others might have said, even with the 'all inclusive' package (wristbands we had to wear), we still had to sign for all of our meals and drinks so we got to see what it would have costed us without this plan (just about every drink including the kids specialty drinks were $10US, buffet breakfast average about $150US for 4, lunch close to the same, bar bill for the day (and we are not heavy drinkers) between $200-$300US, and dinners for 4 about $200-300US depending on drinks etc.).The Shore restaurant that we were only entitled to once during our stay, was one of the best dinners we have had in a long time. Not only was the food and service excellent, but the views are incredible. Make sure to reserve your table when you arrive at the resort, and request an outside seat (even though the restaurant is mostly open space, there are a few tables on the outside of the restaurant that provide amazing views of the golf course and ocean.The Medi restaurant was also very good, during the weekdays they provide different themed buffet style dinners (American, Mediterranean, BBQ, Caribbean and Seafood). On the weekends it is a la carte with enough menu items for the entire family.The Splash Bar also had its own menu of food for lunch and dinner, we had dinner there a couple nights as well. A special shout out to Rolly @ Splash, who made our stay just that much more enjoyable.The pool was clean, and seats to be had both at the pool and beach without having to reserve and/or fight for space.
The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort a solid 3 star resort for us, but considered slapping 4 stars onto this review in light of the great deal we got for our recent stay (we booked 5-6 months ago and got a great Black Friday discount on their web-site, meaning we got pretty good quality for the money.) We had a very good time although the stay featured some things they could improve. They seem keen on offering deals so definitely look for a way to book and save some money here. The Good:Rooms are modern, clean and pretty spacious. The resort is relatively new and is in good shape. The service – don’t expect a Four Seasons, but everybody was friendly and we were very pleased at how they responded to a couple of issues we had. They sent us a bottle of wine after we complained about loud music one night (more on that below), and they took 20% off of our dinner bill when the food was terrible and the menu poorly communicated (more on that below, as well). Shore – This is a really nice restaurant in a nice setting. Service is attentive and helpful for the most part. We had 2 very good meals here and 2 disappointing ones. I mention the disappointing ones below, but the good ones involved them using their grill on cuts of meat (tenderloin and a bacon wrapped chicken were very good) so I’d focus on those sorts of things when dining here. Even with a couple underwhelming experiences after the good ones, Shore punches above its weight for this resort. It’s the type of restaurant you would expect to find at a more expensive resort. The golf course is pretty fun and is in relatively good condition for the Caribbean. The wind is almost always blowing so it is a real challenge when you’re playing into it. There are some solid holes on the course, and it doesn’t get a ton of play. If you are a golfer you’ll definitely want to log a few rounds here. The beach is great for little kids. It’s very calm and shallow and our 2 year old had a blast playing in the water. The Not So Good:The wifi charge is annoying. I still don’t understand why hotels want to nickel and dime you in 2017 with wifi charges. Just make it free!Housekeeping was a mixed bag. They didn’t come back one day (after they came in the morning when we were in the room, and we asked them to come back later) so our room wasn’t cleaned that day. Water from the melted ice in our ice bucket wasn’t cleaned one day. A glass we used one day wasn’t replaced for a couple of days. The golf course charging for driving range tokens is annoying. It’s a legit golf course designed by one of the biggest names in golf course design, and for resort guests they should make the tokens complimentary. Fine to charge for guests coming in to play who aren’t staying at the resort I suppose but for resort guests make the balls free. The tub/shower is a little tricky to step out of. You have to take this big step out of a wet tub onto a wet floor, and I’d be surprised if that hasn’t led to somebody getting dinged up. There was a loud party outside one night that went until a little after 11pm one night. Even with ear plugs jammed into our ears it was as if the live singer was inside our room yelling into our ears. Understand that parties and events will happen at a place like this, but I’d suggest they put a curfew of 10pm onto them. People with little kids aren’t usually staying up till 11, and there are lots of people with little kids that stay at this resort. The Wagyu burger at Shore was TERRIBLE. They charged almost 40 bucks for this thing. It came with a terrible looking piece of foie gras on it that I didn’t even try to eat. It also came without a top portion of bun – it was just sitting on a bun on the bottom so I had to use a fork and knife to eat it – what kind of burger is that?! And the flavor was non-existent. A $1 junior bacon cheeseburger at Burger King is more pleasing and I’m not exaggerating. Avoid the burger unless they improve it. The sushi is also not very good. Gigantic pieces, which are mainly gigantic because of all of the rice they jam into these things. Also the sushi rice didn’t taste right. Disappointing. Some Things To Know:Resort is definitely family-friendly. There were tons of kids there.The Medi restaurant is always some type of buffet. Shore is a spot for a la carte ordering.Don’t miss Boca 19 as a dining option. It’s all the way at the very end of the beach. Good casual spot with nice views.They had live music at Shore one night, which was amazing. It was a guitarist who I think was a guy named Alex Montero. He played mostly electric, covering popular songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. They should invite him back every week to be a regular as it was a good time and improves the ambience on a Friday/Saturday night. The Ostrich farm is nearby the resort and is a good activity for kids. The resort is a good 30 minute drive from Willemstad, where all the “action” is. That was fine for us as we didn’t want too much of that action, and were planning on basically staying at the Resort for most of the entirety of our stay. The little store in the pizza/ice cream place has some beer and wine for sale, which you may want to take advantage of as there is nothing in the mini bar in the room. Prices were a bit steep though, so you may want to hit a grocery store instead.
Beautiful hotel. Clean and spacious rooms. Excellent service. Far from the city and the food is a bit expensive but well worth it. A lot of activities and a very helpful concierge. The beach is excellent for kids. Very safe enviroment
The trip to this plantation resort from the airport was a long one but well worth it! The staff was friendly, the room was clean and the food was good...be sure to eat at the Shore Restaurant...it won't disappoint! The beach was small but nice, the service at the Splash bar was friendly but slow. It was fun for a quick winter getaway!
Amazing stay, friendly staff, amazing service, Great ambiance. Food was very good. Property was clean and beautiful. Room was nice, clean and we had a great view. In one word amazing! We will def. Be back.
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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- 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
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Santa Barbara Beach And Golf ResortCuracao,Curacao
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Santa Barbara Plantation Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort Curacao
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