£194.81 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 16 Feb 2015 Check-out 17 Feb 2015

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

5 stars
Santa Barbara Plantation, Porta Blancu, Nieuwport,
Guest Reviews (77)

Ratings and reviews for Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
77 out of 77
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
4.6
Location:
3.8
Value:
4.3

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
joseph s.
Business
east meadow
18 Jan 2015

Paradise!!

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!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Vacay on Holiday
Business
Atlanta, GA
1 Dec 2014

Friendsgiving in the Caribbean

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Young Vacationers
Business
Texas
1 Oct 2014

Beautiful Property

This resort is physically stunning. It sits on a large piece of property away from busy Willemstad, and features an incredible beach and great pool area. The hotel itself is beautiful and well-maintained as well. In my opinion, though, it falls short of a four or five star resort. The food was mediocre at best, and the service in certain areas left something to be desired. We still had a great stay, and it is currently a great value, but don't expect a five star treatment. This resort could be something great, but it's not there yet.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
fun in the sun 1
Business
New York
24 Sep 2014

Great Getaway

Recently stayed at the beautiful Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort. Although far from the airport, worth the trip to a gorgeous calm beachfront resort. Only drawback: free wifi was only available in the hotel lobby, would be great if free wifi was available in guest rooms.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Honeymooner 8214
Business
Seattle, WA
13 Aug 2014

Great Honeymoon far Away from Home (Seattle)

My Husband and I stayed at Santa Barbara for our week long honeymoon. The hotel and property is absolutely amazing! The grounds are kept pristine and all of the staff is very friendly and helpful. The property was quite and I did not witness screaming children as others had complained about at this property. The beach is great as well as the pool. The first night we ate at Medi restaurant. We waited for over 15 minutes before we were greeted and poured a glass of water. It took another 20 minutes to order our food. I ordered a pizza and my husband ordered a chicken dish. The food took about 30 minutes to come. My pizza was less than pleasant but my husbands dinner was great. The next night we ate at Shore. The service was spectacular as well as the food. The prices are a bit high but not much more than Medi and the service and food is a lot better. We never ate at the pool bar Splash. We would get gelato almost every night from Bella Italia but never ate dinner there. It is a must to rent a car when staying at this property. There are so many amazing things to see on the West side of the island. The beaches are astonishing in Westpunt. There are also a ton of great restaurants for much cheaper prices and better quality food. Our absolute favorites were: Espetada, Seaside Terrace, Rib Factory, and Baoase. The only complaint that I have which is very, very disappointing is that my husband left his sunglasses in the room as we were checking out. Once he realized he had forgotten then, he ran back to the room to find the maid already there cleaning and his sunglasses were gone. I would not ever accuse someone of stealing unless I knew for a fact that this had happened. I saw his sunglasses right before we walked out of the room and assumed he would grab them, but with his hands full of our luggage he had forgotten. It is a shame that this had happened and we were sure to search all of our bags inside and out before coming to the conclusion that they were taken. Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel. Just be sure and use the in room safe and rent a car.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

After exiting the hotel property, once you get to the first round about take a right and on the left hand side is an AMAZING restaurant called Espetada! You must go here at least once for dinner. They even have a shuttle that will pick you up from the property. You will not be disappointed.

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sunil961
Business
New York. USA
20 Apr 2014

Family vacation

Stayed for five nights with family. Overall a good experience. Excellent well kept and beautiful property. Food however is very*** expensive. Todd is definitely not value for amount spent. Buffet choices are limited. On last day a staff in Medi restaurant was quite in appropriate with us and refused to join two tables to accommodate us. Our neighboring tables had this done. We had to do it ourselves. Shore restaurant is good but pricey. Activity centre is suboptimal. Usually have to look for staff and once we found someone at 11.45 am, we were told to return the next day as it was time for them to wind up. They lost our business

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tomoriger
Business
Chicago, IL
31 Mar 2014

Good service and clean clean clean

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for one week Mar 2014. It is a massive beautiful property on a secluded part of the island. The photos on their website are exactly what you will see. The service is impeccable, and the staff is super friendly. If something is not right, and you say something it will be fixed. No matter what the request is their answer is always... yes. We actually took notice of a couple requests that other guests had, some ridiculous, but the answer was always yes. It's like the staff is trained, "... when in doubt, just say yes." --- more importantly after they say yes, they get it done. They will go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied and have a good experience. A personal example... we arrived late in the evening at the hotel and we were hungry. We wanted to try a local restaurant as we had a whole trip to eat at the hotel so we asked the staff for a recommendation. They weren't sure what would be open at that time of night so 2 of them called, must have been 10 places, to find a place we could eat at while we had a cocktail in the lobby. They eventually found a place, reserved us a table, and printed us directions. The restaurant they sent us to stayed open for us and was fantastic (The Boathouse). Our favorite points of the hotel were... - it's secluded (30 mins from downtown, 45 mins from airport, 1.5ish hours to westpunt). Private beach, private tennis, private paths along the beach, private bonfires... private private. - Live music outside every night - The rooms are spacious and super clean - Everything is super clean (beach, pool area, lobby, public restrooms, the grounds, everything) - Everyone has a "can do" attitude which is great - Everyone from the front desk to the towel guy is super friendly - The food at Medi is very good (we did not eat at Shore or Splash) - Everyone speaks English (everyone speaks English, Dutch, Spanish, Papiamento, and some German and Portuguese) I only have good to say about our experience at this hotel. I would absolutely come again, and will recommend it to friends and family. Tips... - bring a snorkel and fins. If you don't have one buy one and bring it. - bring scuba shoes or aqua socks. Many of the beaches are rocky outside of the hotel grounds. - rent a car. This is a big island, taxis are expensive, gas is cheap, and everything is spread out. - try to arrive and depart between 9-5 that way your options for car rental are the biggest at the airport. - brings lots of sunblock... it is super duper expensive everywhere on the island.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ktspaladin
Business
Tallahassee
29 Mar 2014

As good as advertised

This is a former Hyatt on the ocean. The place is gorgeous. The staff is phenomenal and go out of their way to help. My only suggestion would be to have more variety on the restaurant menus. And they need some type on nightly entertainment that takes advantage of the beautiful views from the lobby or pool area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

The major boat tours will pick you up right at the dock!

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Eubanks
Business
Las Vegas
13 Mar 2014

Gorgeous hotel is quiet location

I had my first solo trip of my life and am very thankful I chose the Santa Barbara Beach Resort. The location was quiet and off the beaten path so you will need a car if you wish to explore the island. You would never need to leave the resort if you didn't want to though. The restaurants were all great and the lobby bar was very inviting. Mainly because of Heavenly who was so pleasant every evening she worked. The views from every area of the hotel are stunning. The grounds are gorgeous and the front desk staff was very professional.....they would call you by name. The pool area was beautiful as well and the hotel is extremely clean. This resort is worth every penny and was an extremely great value. I would stay here over and over and over again on the island of Curacao.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
travel plenty
Business
santa barbara curacao
27 Jan 2014

romantic getaway

not a 5 star hotel by any means. very nice property but lacked housekeeping and amenities. I asked for a new box of tissue after 3 days of an empty casing, the housekeeper made a point to tell me it was the last box on the property. and wanted a tip. fine dining was horrible, we waited for an hour to watch several plates pass us by only to receive a cold plate. the chef is supposed to be someone of a high caliber but we, and several others have nothing good to say about a $200 second hand cold steak and lobster. When you order filet mignon, you are really getting tenderloin. and cold at that. eat off of the property. there is a great restaurant right at the end of the road at the entrance to the resort. go there!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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