Just returned from a week in Curacao. We selected the Hyatt because it is new and was reviewed very favourably on Trip Advisor. The start of the holiday did not go well as we were given the wrong room and had to change rooms the following day. Both rooms had the same furnishings it was that the new room had the desired Caribbean view. Rebecca at the front desk handled the situation very well. The beach is really different as it is situated along a manmade dock separating the water from various boats. Lounge chairs and beach service is excellent. Food at the Swim restaurant is excellent. The other restaurants were good as well but we preferred the Shor to the Medi. The staff cannot do enough for you but their systems drive you to drink at times. Reservations are a must or you did get turned away as we witnessed several times. We scratched our heads as empty tables became available within 5-10 minutes and guests could have been served. This could pose a problem for the first nighters just arriving from Canada (or other countries) tired and hungry. We were all inclusive and we did have to sign for everything-no band system here. The hotel communication was a bit confusing regarding the drinks and premium brands in terms of what was paid for and this could be sorted better for the future. Just make sure you know what is considered all inclusive at the time of ordering either food and/or drinks. The bar service at all the restaurants was tops. At times the large groups pose a challenge for the staff but they do carry it off very well. You meet staff from all around the world and I mean that-at least 20 different countries. The real dilema for this resort is that if you do golf and any water sports are extra. The hotel is isolated and transportation to other restaurants and into town during the evening/nightime hours adds up quickly. Take a cab or rent a car to see the island. The hotel grounds are lovely and having a balcony overlooking the sea was great. So, the bottom line is good accommodation, good food and very good service just not five star as we did not have a stocked mini bar and we were not given the little things to warrant the five star treatment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort captures natural Caribbean charm and delivers it with an international elegance and sophistication. Just 35 miles from Aruba and served by a modern international airport, escape to paradise and embrace Curacao’s magical sea, sky and sun on 27 acres of rare natural preserve. At the same time, feel that every need is provided for, with exceptional service and refinement. Enjoy superior amenities like the Pete Dye designed golf course, a luxurious spa, resort pools with Caribbean views, an alluring white sand beach with a swimming lagoon, and sophisticated dining. Relax with the rare luxury of privacy on a secluded island within an island sequestered from the hustle and bustle of town center, and explore unlimited diving, snorkeling, boating and geo adventure right outside your door. Whether you are seeking an intimate retreat, or a lively and invigorating amenity-filled vacation, the resort creates a truly magnificent opportunity to experience the best of both worlds, and create your own. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa And Marina Hotel