During my trip to Curacao, I spent three nights at the ultra-posh Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. The first thing that struck me was the mere size of the property. Besides the unrestricted ocean views, there's a Pete Dye designed golf course, resort pools that overlook the ocean, top-notch tennis courts, a luxurious spa and plenty of fine-dining to go around.
While I wasn't there for a wedding or honeymoon, I can certainly see the appeal. Couples choose Santa Barbara for a variety of reasons—whether it's for the ocean views, the spacious grounds or the somewhat-isolated feel from downtown Willemstad.
What's equally impressive about Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is the service. The staff is top-notch and there's a team that can help finalize all the details for your big day, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself. Simply mail out your travel inspired "Save the Dates" to set the mood and provide guests ample time to look for airfare. The rest is taken care of when you arrive.
While the Santa Barbara is on the pricey side, the resort does offer several packages to help cut costs. Their "Love is in the Caribbean" package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, a couples Massage at Atabei Spa, dining experiences and more. There's also fresh flower petals, chocolate covered strawberries and chilled champagne at the ready.