Looking for your next great trip? Take a peek at the Sandals Curacao all-inclusive gem
If you want to have a great adventure in 2024, I have the perfect place for you! Today, you will discover everything you need to know about the Sandals Curacao resort, which you can find within the Santa Barbara estate in Willemstad. This is a true Caribbean gem! It has been gathering positive reviews left, right, and center with its lush setting, exceptional service, delectable dining, and much more. Would you like to join me on my journey today? I will be talking all about the amenities and the activities you can enjoy while staying in one of the best Curacao resorts – it’s what makes people return to this Caribbean gem every single time!
Have you ever imagined what a European city would look like if it were suddenly removed from its position and placed in the middle of the Caribbean? Some tweaks are bound to happen. It seems as if the same thing happened to Willemstad, switching from a European fantasy to an ecstatic Caribbean destination. The city in itself is an incredible site. Beyond the colors it offers, you can see the true charm of Curacao unfolding – amazing beaches, colorful marine life, and a cultural mosaic including elements of the Dutch, Latin, and Creole cultures. Sandals Royal Curacao manages to bring everything you wish closer to you and does it with such excellence that you will never want to leave.
The grand opening of Sandals Royal Curacao happened in June 2022, and I just had to visit it and see what all the fuss was about. Now, I am sharing my experience with you – discover Sandals Curacao’s magic and start planning your next adventurous escape in this all-inclusive resort.
What is Sandals Royal Curacao best for?
There are a few sections that I would love to mention in terms of this amazing Curacao Willemstad resort. From my experience, the first thing that came to mind when I asked myself this question included:
- Scuba diving – the resort has some excellent dive sites, and the on-site dive team makes this a haven for scuba enthusiasts.
- Romantic couple getaway – because it provides an intimate and tranquil setting, along with luxurious suites and discreet amenities, the resort is perfect for romantic getaways.
- For the foodies – I will not forget to mention the foodies here! The eight restaurants and three food trucks make Sandals Curacao an excellent choice for those who appreciate diverse and gourmet dining experiences.
- People who want to relax – sit back and enjoy the serene atmosphere, accentuated by the first 2-level infinity pool and a natural salt-water ocean-fed pool. If you want to unwind, this is the place for you.
- Adventure seekers – the resort offers many activities, including snorkeling, kayaking, and exploring the island’s unique attractions, making it an ideal pick for adventure seekers.
- Travelers who go late in the season – due to its perfect location in the Western Caribbean “ABC” islands, Sandals Royal Curacao is generally less affected by hurricanes, making it suitable for late-season getaways.
The current Sandals specials
There are many current deals for this Curacao all-inclusive resort, and you surely don’t want to pass on them. Take a look at the incredible opportunities for a shorter or a longer vacation, with their special prices and unique amenities.
I am happy to help you one-on-one with your Sandals vacation and there is no extra fee. I love this island and have all the current Sandals special offers and even the 7-7-7 Sandals specials that I get weekly offer even more savings. I just need some additional details about your vacation to get you a free vacation quote.
Now, let’s go into the ratings and overview of Sandals Curacao. I’m happy to share that its TripAdvisor Rating is currently 4.5, and it has received the amazing 2023 Traveler’s Choice Award. It also racked up a few wins at the World Travel Awards, pointing out that this was the Leading All-Inclusive Resort in 2022 and 2023. With that in mind, there is no way you wouldn’t want to visit this Curacao Willemstad resort!
So, let’s start with the very beginning. Sandals Curacao is located in Santa Barbara, Curacao, and has a 5-star rating, presenting an incredible atmosphere the moment you walk in. When it comes to connecting you to the rest of the world, it is just 15 miles from the Curacao International Airport, making it a convenient destination for many. The excellent ratings are because of their magnificent service, their Sandals suites that scream luxury, a stunning double infinity pool, fantastic top-rated scuba sites, and the unique “Island Inclusive Dining” program.
Guests have described the atmosphere as laidback and elegant – and who doesn’t want that? The beach is long; there are 8 world-renowned restaurants, 3 food trucks, and 13 bars, including a swim-up bar. How’s that for a culinary experience? And the activities? Oh, they range from PADI-Certified SCUBA diving to volleyball on the beach, so rest assured, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
You are probably wondering about guest reviews by now…
Are you curious about guests’ experiences? Sandals Royal Curacao, located within the expansive Santa Barbara estate across 44 lush beachfront acres, has received praise for its one-of-a-kind ambiance. Everything I just mentioned – the amazing suites, excellent service, and unique amenities, including Sandals’ first 2-level infinity pool and a natural salt-water ocean-fed pool, have left guests in awe.
The Curacao all-inclusive resort was said to have a beauty to it and a friendly touch, thanks to the incredibly helpful staff. The guests also highlighted the garden, and the simple way to find the beach loungers appealed to many. Again, the culinary experience is deemed unmatched because there are so many things to choose from, and the guests loved every single dish presented to them. However, some guests note the limited sandy seaside area as a point of concern, especially those who are fans of “typical” beaches.
The rooms are said to offer comfort and a stunning view. I had to check this one myself, and everyone was right – all suites are truly amazing. Another thing the guests have mentioned in their reviews is the need for more shade around the pool area, but I guess it all comes down to personal preference, as some people liked it.
You can immerse yourself in a unique beachside experience because a dock creates a small lagoon next to the swimming beach. It is the best spot for scuba enthusiasts, who can take dive trips straight from the resort. Sandals Royal Curacao can truly create a balance with a combination of natural beauty, expansive suites, amazing pools, and fantastic scuba sites, making it the first choice of many for a Caribbean vacation.
What are the basic things you need to know before you go there?
As I was planning my trip to this wonderful resort, I realized that I needed to learn many things – as any other experienced traveler would. So here is what you need to know before you depart.
Location – Curacao is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, part of the “ABC” islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao)
How is it pronounced – “kur-ah-sau”
What is the nearest airport – Curacao International Airport (CUR)
What is their currency – Antillean Guilder (ANG)
How can you get to the resort – it’s just 15 miles from the airport, with round-trip transfers included.
What is the best time to go there – since Curacao is safe from the worst of the Atlantic’s hurricane season, this is the perfect year-round destination with gentle tradewinds and exquisite temperatures.
How to book your stay?
For all of you looking for the best prices, look no further! I have a team of Pixie’s (Travel Consultants) that are here to help you every step of the way. Best of all our services when booking with a Pixie are 100% free. You can also book here through the Sandals Resort website. Either way, you will get the optimal rates and a hassle-free experience when choosing the perfect room for your visit.
A little more about its location
Located within the 3,000-acre Santa Barbara Estate in Willemstad, Curacao, Sandals Royal Curacao faces west. This way, you get an ideal vantage point for the perfect Caribbean island sunsets. There are stunning beaches, amazing sea life, and a vibrant culture that pleasures every part of your being.
What to expect while you’re there
While I was on my way to this Curacao all-inclusive resort, I looked forward to experiencing the breathtaking beaches and the sea wonders through snorkeling and scuba diving. I just couldn’t wait to immerse myself in this UNESCO Heritage Site of Willemstad. And for all of you who are nature and history lovers – you can enjoy the hikes at Shete Boka and Christoffel National Parks.
The Sandals experience is truly luxurious! Every aspect and service can simply be described as impeccable. You may get a promise of a relaxing vacation, but once you step on the Sandals ground, you will be treated to much more than that.
What are your room options?
Sandals Royal Curacao offers a vast room variety, with 24 different options spanning three class levels and two new types of signature suites. The categories, ranging from Luxury to Club and Butler levels, offer various amenities and luxuriousness.
Honeymooners love it!
Do you want to celebrate a special occasion like a honeymoon or an anniversary? The romantic poolside, combined with the beachfront suites, can make up for that, and choosing one of the “Love Nest” suites enriches your experience. Be prepared for even more pleasure if you opt for the Butler suites – just the name alone is enough to let you imagine the luxury you could experience!
Yes, there are butler bungalows, too
The introduction of the Awa Beachfront Butler Bungalows sets a new standard in beachfront luxury. These suites redefine opulence with private pools set directly on the shore and expansive private decks offering ocean views. The Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows boast extended sun decks, private patios, and personal butler service for enhanced privacy.
There are so many more luxurious rooms and suites for your consideration
- Awa Beachfront Butler Suite with Private Pool
- Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalow with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
- Asombroso Rondoval Butler Villa w/Private Pool
- Sunchi Swim-up Club Level Oceanfront Junior Suite with Deck Tranquility Soaking Tub
For the travelers who are on the go
For those who prefer spending most of their time at the beach or go on adventures, the Sandals Curacao’s Luxury rooms offer various amenities and great tropical garden views at the most affordable price among all rooms at the resort.
What is included while visiting Sandals Curacao?
Everything is included in the daily rate per person, with just a few exceptions, like spa services and optional excursions. This encompasses unlimited gourmet dining, specialty bars serving premium liquors and wines, and an extensive range of land and water sports.
Sandals has curated a range of amenities, some common from the “Luxury Included” experience and others setting new standards in the all-inclusive resort world. For those planning weddings, Sandals is renowned for Caribbean destination weddings and honeymoons, offering celebration packages for various occasions.
First-time visitors often find themselves pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food compared to other Curacao all-inclusive resorts. Sandals Curacao features “five-star global gourmet” dining, showcasing both authentic regional specialties and international culinary styles.
Known for breathtaking pools, Sandals Curacao introduces the brand’s first two-level infinity pool, aptly named “Dos Awa.” This expansive pool offers both upper and lower decks, providing views of the mountains and the Spanish Water Bay. Another aquatic feature is the natural sand-bottom saltwater pool carved out of the rocks along the coastline, providing a unique swimming experience right at the shore.
How to dine while you are there?
Culinary enthusiasts like myself are in for a treat with 11 all-new dining concepts, including three innovative food trucks. From gourmet European fusion at Vincent to exotic sushi creations at Gatsu, this Curacao Willemstad resort promises a culinary journey spanning Central and South America, the Mediterranean, and beyond.
On the other hand, you can experience a lot from the beachside food trucks, which are an amazing addition to the resort. They add quite an authentic feel to your entire culinary experience there. From the traditional Curacao fare at Totepi, Spanish tapas at La Palma, and Asian Fusion with bao buns at Kishi – you get a diverse choice.
Do you have special dietary requirements?
The concierge desk at the Sandals Curacao ensures you are not excluded from the deliciousness that awaits you! They are ready to help you with all your special dietary requirements, such as food allergies, etc.
The bars at Sandals Curacao
There are 13 bars on the premises, all serving unlimited premium beverages 24/7. This is such a spoil for all the guests – no wonder it’s one of the best Curacao resorts! As you can see, the options are many – from the swim-up bars to a traditional English pub or an evening beachside bar, the variety of unique tropical cocktails and premium house spirits ensures you are always refreshed.
The dine-out credit – island-inclusive dining
Sandals always tries to bring an innovative touch to the table. It has introduced its very own dine-out program. By getting bookings of 7+ paid nights in certain room categories, like Butler suites, you can earn a $250 Dine Out Credit. As a guest, this allows you to choose from a collection of eight local restaurants to explore authentic cuisine prepared by local chefs. A round-trip transfer to these restaurants is included, only to help you expand your overall culinary experience.
What can you do at Sandals Royal Curacao?
A fitness center, tennis court, and beach volleyball are some of the options for all the guests who want to be active, while the stunning white-sand beach offers countless water activities, including snorkeling, Hobie cats, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking. Dutch bicycles are provided for all those who wish to explore the island, and the tour desk can help you book island excursions if you want to discover more beyond the resort.
Now, for those who wish to remain within the lines of the resort, here is a list of all the activities provided just for you!
- Scuba diving – Known for offering the Caribbean’s most comprehensive scuba programs, Sandals Resorts continues this legacy at Sandals Royal Curacao. The PADI-certified divers can help you enjoy life under the sea’s surface, exploring vibrant reefs, underwater caves, and the famous Mushroom Forest. If you are a beginner, the resort provides the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program for a taste of the underwater world.
- Get scuba certified – with an amazing course you can purchase, you can complete a classroom portion at your own pace – anytime and anywhere. After that, you can go to the resort and complete the in-water part of the certification! Even though it is at an additional cost, there is no better place to get certified than in a resort!
- Book a Mini Cooper – if you want to explore the magnificent island of Curacao, there is no better way to do this than to get access to a complimentary Mini Cooper! You can reserve a one-time session through your Butler as soon as you arrive. In addition, you get it for 3 and a half hours, complete with water and soda, gas, a guided map, a picnic basket with snacks, and a fully functioning GPS to help you navigate.
- Red Lane Spa – Sandals Curacao also offers the Red Lane Spa, where you can relax and enjoy some of the wide range of signature treatments. It is located in the middle of a tropical garden. This spa promises a calm retreat for those seeking relaxation and wellness.
What to wear on your trip to this amazing destination?
Okay, so you need a foolproof packing list, and there are a lot of things you need to bring along. From the things that first come to mind, pack footwear, cover-ups, bathing suits, and clothing. Sandals Royal Curacao has a restaurant dress code, and it goes as follows:
- Casual resort clothes – anything from polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, and jeans will do. Footwear and shirts are always required, and your bathing suit must always be covered.
- Evening resort clothes – for this category, men can wear jeans or dress pants with a shirt with either short or long sleeves, with or without a collar. Men can also wear sandals or dress shoes. No t-shirts, no sleeveless shirts, sneakers, flip flops, slippers, or t-shirts. Caps and hats are also not allowed.
- Medicine and toiletries – these can be limited and pretty expensive on-site, so pack everything you need at home. A painkiller, anti-allergy medicine, and anti-nausea medicine is the best way to go.
- Additional things to pack – don’t forget your reef-friendly sunscreen, after-sun cream, and insect repellent. Don’t forget to bring something against mosquitoes – those in the jungle always seem thirsty.
The one thing you don’t need to worry about is power adapters. They have the same chargers as in the USA, and there are hair dryers in every room, too, so you can skip those items from your packing list.
What about tipping?
When you book your Sandals experience, tips and gratuities are included, except for the rule about massage therapists and personal butlers. In other words, you are not allowed to tip the concierge staff, entertainment team, cleaners, bartenders, wait staff, and all the other employees at Sandals because your tip has already been calculated in your booking. However, if you stay in a butler-level room, tipping your butler is an allowed, even an encouraged thing.
What is not included?
Some things are not a part of your extravagant experience here. These things include gift shop items, phone calls, refresher courses or scuba certification, optional tours, spa treatments, gold caddies (mandatory for golfers), and medical assistance. For the last bit, even though there is a resident nurse with complimentary services, you will still be charged for any medication or a doctor’s consultation (if you need one).
As I end my exploration of Sandals Royal Curacao, I can only say that I am left in awe. The resort, its unique features, incredible dining experience, and the array of activities make up for a Caribbean getaway like no other. So, no matter what you are looking for – a romantic retreat, an adventure-filled escape, or simply a luxurious place to unwind, Sandals Curacao is ready to deliver on all points!
So don’t wait much longer – book your stay! And keep reading our blogs – there are so many new places to discover!
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