Food, Lifestyle

Do You Travel to Eat? The Island of Curacao Should be Your Next Destination

Some folks travel to explore new landscapes, others to lay out on a tropical beach, and for a great many of us – the cuisine! For all the foodie travelers out there, let us recommend a destination that is a hidden foodie gem. A destination that features a treasure trove of cuisine flavors and influences. Any guesses?

The Caribbean island of Curacao.

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Destination, Family Travel, Food, Luxury Travel, Travel

Vacation Bliss Awaits at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort With This Four Day Example Itinerary

Congratulations! You’ve booked your stay at one of the most spectacular and luxurious resorts in the Caribbean. We can’t wait to meet you and help you go into full-on vacation mode! Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers an immense amount of things to do, and not do, but you probably already knew that!

To ensure you get the most out of your stay with us, we’ve designed an example itinerary of how to spend four days at our resort. Of course, you can do everything on the itinerary, a few things, or none at all – completely up to you! But if you love to plan, then this guide might help you determine which activities you want to when! You might also discover activities that you didn’t realize were offered at the resort. Without further ado, check out our 4-day vacation bliss at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort:

These four example days are full days, not the days of travel and departure.

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Destination, Luxury Travel

For The Ultimate Curacao Vacation Experience, Seek Out Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

In the mood to start planning your next trip or vacation? With spring and summer break happening soon, there’s no better time to consider where you might want to jet off too!

Keep in mind, there’s a difference between a trip and a vacation. Typically speaking,  a trip is visiting somewhere with some sort of purpose, other than relaxing, i.e. visiting family, exploring a new destination, learning about a new culture, business, etc.

A vacation typically means one wishes to go someplace beautiful and warm, where total and complete relaxation awaits. A trip is going to Peru and visiting Machu Picchu. A vacation is jetting to the island of Curacao and relaxing at a luxurious resort. Both are fantastic options! It’s just a matter of choosing which one you desire.

Often times, vacationers-to-be think they’re going on vacation, but because of one mistake, end up having more of a trip. What mistake is that?

Not staying at a hotel or resort that is a vacation within itself.

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Food, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Chocolate… in Food? Why Yes, 5 Crazy Delicious Ways to Cook With The King of Sweets

Do you fancy yourself as a chocoholic? Do you live, breathe and dream chocolate? Even if we don’t all think about chocolate all the time, it’s safe to say that the sweet treat holds a special place in our hearts and bellies.

Chocolate transcends mere sugar, for many, it’s an experience, a way to celebrate, show affection, continue traditions, bond with our children, and much more. At its core, chocolate is love.

And having a little more love sprinkled in here and there can only be a good thing, right? It is the month of love (and chocolate) after all. In honor of the iconic brown sugary goodness, here are 5 unique and exciting ways to cook with chocolate. Oh yes, chocolate need not be reserved only as a dessert or treat, there are ample ways to include it in your cooking! Check it out.

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Romance

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day – A Match Made in History

If you’ve ever been on the receiving or giving end of a beautiful heart-shaped box of chocolates around Valentine’s Day, you may have wondered why. Year after year of seeing and enjoying chocolate for Valentine’s Day begs the question why do we eat, and give, chocolates as a way to celebrate and show love?

An excellent question to be sure, and to help answer it, let’s go on a quick historical field trip.

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Food, Inspiration

Calling All Chocolate Lovers – Meet This Crazy-Talented Dutch Chocologist Who Lives and Works on Curacao

Hidden, far far away on the beautiful, idyllic, and exotic island of Curacao lies one of the greatest chocolatier and pastry chefs to ever exist.

Ok, some of that is an exaggeration. Curacao isn’t all that far away, but it is in the Caribbean. Wouter Tjeertes isn’t hidden, but he really is a sugar genius.

In honor of this sugar-loving month, we decided to take a moment to introduce everyone to Wouter and his mouth-watering creations. His official title is Executive Pastry Chef, the position he holds at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, a luxury resort on Curacao.

Wouter is a mere 37 years old, originally from a small town in the Netherlands called Wormer, just north of Amsterdam. According to Wouter, the region he’s from is the largest cocoa harbor in the world, and as a result, he grew up smelling chocolate as he rode his bicycle home. Talk about idyllic! He now resides on Curacao and is happily married with two sons. We asked him quite a few questions to get to know who he is, what he does, and what he has in store for the future.

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Health & Wellness

7 Undeniable Reasons Why SUP Yoga is an Incredible Mind, Body, and Spirit Experience

Within the past decade Stand Up Paddling, aka SUP, has exploded in popularity, and for a good reason. It’s awesome. A relatively peaceful activity that allows the paddler to be out on the water soaking up the sun and getting a nice strong core and arms. It’s an all around blissful way to spend a few hours.

Like any great activity, SUPing is evolving, and now not only can you take SUP classes or rent the boards anywhere with warm weather and some sort of body of water, you can also take a SUP yoga class.

That’s right; we’re talking downward facing dog on a floating board on the water. Sure, if balance isn’t exactly your strong suit this may sound like a recipe for disaster, but trust us, it’s crazy fun and surprisingly tranquil.

If you’ve yet to experience the joy that is SUP yoga, read on for our quick list on exactly why you should give it a try!

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Culture, Destination

Carnival Curaçao is as Unique And Dynamic as The Island Itself

The most exciting time of the year in the Caribbean has arrived! Carnival! Though it may take place across the Caribbean, Carnival celebrations greatly differ from island to island. Curacao has a very unique twist on it’s Carnival celebrations, and to understand just how Carnival goes down on Curacao, we’ve interviewed none other than Curacao native Ezzie Cijntje.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Curacao – A Fitness AND Vacation Destination For 2017

New year, new you. The beginning of each new year is ripe with opportunities to evolve into the finest version of ourselves. There’s something about a fresh 365 days ahead that often times leaves us feeling invigorated and ready to tackle new goals.

One widely popular new year’s resolution is to become fitter, stay fit, or take previous fitness abilities to a new level. The challenge of reaching a goal is overcoming any obstacles that arise. Going on vacation could be one such obstacle.

A break in normal routine often times results in a break in one’s fitness routine, but we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. We can’t vouch for every vacation destination, but here on Curacao, there are plenty of ways to stay fit this new year. Whether you prefer to be indoors, outdoors, on land, or in the water, Curacao boasts quite an array of fitness activities across the board. To ensure your fitness goals are reached, even on vacation, here are many of the ways you can stay fit on Curacao.

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Destination, Family Travel

Bask in the Spirit of The Season This December at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Though it may seem like a holiday year round on Curaçao, the magic of the holiday season makes this time of year more thrilling and wonderful than any other time.

On Curaçao, you can trade in snow for sand, and grey skies for a soft warm breeze and sunny skies. Looking for holiday festivities and cheer? We’ve got it on tap around here.

At Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, the weather is delightful year-round, especially during the holidays, allowing our guests to be festive in mind, body, and spirit.  If you’re wondering just how we celebrate the season on our idyllic, sunny, and blissfully warm island, just take a peek at some of our magical holiday happenings!

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