Curaҫao is a gem of the Caribbean, a holiday destination with something for everyone. The island is known for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal azure blue waters bathed year-round in sunshine yet cooled and made reassuringly temperate by the trade winds even in the hottest months. But it’s much more than that. Here, we explore the Sandals Royal Curaçao, a resort specialising in all-inclusive luxury and how, this year, you can discover your very own Caribbean paradise.
Sandals Royal Curaҫao offers more than just an idyllic location, its world-class amenities and impeccable service make it a haven of relaxation and indulgence. ‘Luxury’ and ‘all-inclusive’ are synonymous with Sandals Resorts and with good reason, they have been leading the way in all-inclusive luxury for more than 40 years. Their holiday experiences have been recognised with just about every award and accolade in the travel industry, including being voted the World’s Leading All-inclusive Resorts at the World Travel Awards for the past 27 years in a row.
With such a fine legacy, Sandals’ 17 resorts across the Caribbean have established themselves as destinations of choice for discerning travellers. Sandals Royal Curaҫao is the latest to open its doors and you’ll find that every luxury is at your convenience, from gourmet dining serving cuisines from all over the world to land and water activities like beach volleyball and paddle boarding. All this while relaxing in stunning accommodation, with glorious beaches, expansive pools and unlimited premium drinks (if that’s your bag).
The press blurb describes Sandals Royal Curaçao as the resort “where amazing comes together,” and it is not an understatement. High luxury and fantastic facilities and activities continue to raise the Sandals’ benchmark for providing exceptional holidays in the Caribbean.
The resort gives you the space to take your holiday at your own pace, including lounging by Sandals’ first-ever two-tier infinity pool – with a carefully crafted cocktail – or, if you’re seeking a more active experience, snorkelling in crystal clear waters while admiring the beautiful sub-aquatic habitats. In addition to these activities, the Sandals Royal Curaҫao also offers a Sandals first: Guests who stay in the luxurious Awa Seaside and Kurson Island Bungalows get a complimentary Mini Cooper convertible for use around the island.
While the Sandals Royal Curaҫao is an enticing destination, it is not the only reason to holiday on this captivating Caribbean island.
Curaçao is a unique and fascinating destination. As an autonomous country within the Royal Dutch Kingdom, lying 35 miles off the coast of Venezuela and making up the “C” in the ABC islands, Aruba and Bonaire being its sister islands. The island enjoys a year-round warm, sunny climate, and even through the hottest months (May to October), the temperature remains pleasant.
Curaçao is a bit of an anomaly among Caribbean islands as its semi-arid composition provides some striking desert-like landscapes with flora and fauna to match, such as prickly cacti. The island’s arid interior is offset by the beauty of its beaches and warm seas. However, beach holidays aren’t the only draw of Curaçao.
Heritage and history of Curaçao
Curaçao’s Dutch heritage is an integral part of the island’s history and culture. The European influence can be seen in the island’s architecture, which features colourful buildings with gabled roofs and ornate facades. Many of these buildings date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and have been preserved as historical landmarks in the capital city of Willemstad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for anyone visiting the island.
Brightly coloured houses built in 18th-century Dutch-style line Handelskade, a historic waterfront with outdoor cafes, and is a favoured visitors spot. You can immerse yourself in the spirit of the Dutch Antilles while staying at the Sandals Royal Curaçao by hiring Dutch bikes (at no cost) to take a pedal-powered tour of the area.
The legacy of colonial rule is clear but there are four languages spoken on the island, Papiamento (local creole), Dutch, English and Spanish, all of which have occupied Curaçao at one time. Their influence on Curaçoan culture can be seen in the island’s music, food, art, architecture and language, and it is this vibrant diversity that makes the island such a joy to experience day and night!
Flavours of the world
When it comes to food, you will delight in savouring the epicurean pleasures of the island and indeed, those of the Sandals Royal Curaçao. Inviting aromas will entice you to sample the flavours and authentic dishes of the island’s cafes and restaurants. For guests staying for seven nights or more in a Butler suite, Sandals Royal Curaçao provides an unparalleled dining invitation through its ‘Dine Out’ Programme. Through the service, you can eat out with a $250 credit voucher for lunch and dinner at select participating restaurants. The resort also provides round-trip transfers to and from restaurants, making your dining out experience even more convenient.
Sandals Royal Curaçao boasts an impressive range of gourmet dining options (there are eight restaurants at the resort) that will transport you on a gastronomic adventure around the world, showcasing a variety of international cuisines prepared by expert chefs, all in a romantic atmosphere with excellent service. From the finest Caribbean seafood dishes to the tantalising flavours of the Orient, you can indulge in a culinary journey like no other.
New for 2023, you can tempt your taste buds at three enchanting beach-side food trucks from which you can pick up tapas, traditional Curaçao fare and amazing Asian fusion. From Mediterranean and Asian to South American, the resort offers a culinary fusion experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
Apart from Sandals Royal Curaçao’s exclusive beach, there are 35 other beaches on the island for you to discover. This year, the resort offers guests a Sandals first, coupling luxury with privacy in the stunning, new Kurson Island or Awa Seaside bungalows. Guests booking a stay in these idyllic, intimate villas can also enjoy another Sandals first with your own Mini Cooper to explore the island and Curaçao’s other beaches. Don’t worry if you’ve chosen a different accommodation option, your hosts will be only too pleased to help arrange a taxi to take you to your desired destination.
If you’re looking for adventure and exploration, then Curaçao has plenty to offer. You can take a guided tour of the island and discover its history and culture or explore the underwater world by scuba diving or snorkelling. Cas Abao beach is a popular choice for tourists and locals alike and is also a well-known spot for scuba diving enthusiasts. The island has more than 65 dive sites, including coral reefs and shipwrecks, and with water temperatures averaging around 27C, it is ideal for aquatic activities.
For guests who want to learn to scuba dive, there are plenty of PADI courses available at an extra cost. While guests who are certified divers can take up to two free dives per day.
Scuba diving is just one of many activities that ensure you will always be active and enjoying your time at the resort. Guests have access to a variety of land and water-based activities, such as Hobie Cats, tennis, kayaking and fitness classes. If you’re keen to explore the islands beyond the resort, you can book an Island Routes excursion, which offers catamaran cruises, guided tours, Jeep safaris, and more, depending on your destination.
Curaçao is a beautiful Caribbean island that offers something for everyone, and Sandals Royal Curaçao is the perfect all-inclusive luxury destination for your next holiday. With world-class amenities, impeccable service and breathtaking views, you’ll take away memories that will last a lifetime. So why wait? Book your dream holiday today and discover your very own Caribbean paradise.
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