From the brilliant blue and turquoise hues of the Caribbean sea to its year-round blissful temperatures, there are countless reasons to fall in love with Curaçao. Today we want to highlight the most delicious reason – its unique cuisine offerings.
For some, a vacation is a chance to lay on a beach all-day, every day. For others, vacation is hiking through the jungle or dining on delicious cuisine. And then there are the travelers who visit a destination to experience an event. There’s something extremely exciting about going to a festival or celebration somewhere exotic and far from home.
Every bite of ceviche is an explosion of flavor upon the palate. That is, every bite of Chef Victor Cleonares’ ceviche is! To summarize If you’re less familiar with the dish, ceviche is a recipe originating in Latin America and the Caribbean. It combines raw fish and seafood marinated in some form of citrus juice and garnished with ingredients such as onions, cilantro, avocado, and more.
Not only is Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s an island famous for having delicious cuisine!
Serenely situated on 2,000 acres of Caribbean island paradise on Curacao, lies Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. The resort is widely known for its breathtaking surroundings and a never-ending array of amenities and activities.
When it comes to the island of Curacao and cocktails, the story begins with a certain blue liqueur. A blue liqueur that isn’t originally blue in color, but we’ll get to that later.
There’s just something about Caribbean islands and cocktails, right? It must have to do with the vacation vibes in such destinations, and the delightfully warm and sunny weather year-round.
Yes, that’s exactly it. The natural climate of Curacao, and the Caribbean in general is conducive to growing the produce needed for the iconic cocktail alcohols many of us have come to know and love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are nearly endless reasons visiting the Caribbean is a magnificent experience. Pristine beaches, sparkling blue waters and rum punch for days are a few that stand out.
Often overlooked, but equally spectacular, is the cuisine. Nothing beats ending a snorkeling adventure with a bliss inducing lunch. Or, treating your taste buds to their own indulgence after a relaxing spa treatment.
Few islands in the Caribbean are as diverse and rich in culture as Curaçao, one of the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean, a mere 40 miles north of Venezuela.
Here at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, we are grateful to have Curacao born, European trained and immensely talented, Chef Heinrich Hortencia, as our Chef de Cuisine at Shore, our oceanfront fine-dining restaurant.
Chances are when you visit Curaçao, you’ll want to explore the culinary scene as thoroughly as possible, so we’ve asked Heinrich to let us in on some of his favorite dining establishments.
So, aside Santa Barbara’s wide variety of dining options, here are Chef Hortencia’s recommendations for delectable cuisine to enjoy throughout your trip. Enjoy!
1) Restaurant & Cafe Gouverneur de Rouville: Beautiful historic building, with awesome scenery of St. Anna Bay harbor and the Unesco World Heritage site – Capital Willemstad. They feature a diverse menu and offer excellent service. Heinrich’s wife suggests trying the Cuban style banana soup.
2) Zest Mediterranean at Jan Thiel: An incredible beach lounge vibe will really put you in the Caribbean mood. The chef has a very unique style and they have fantastic food.
3) Restaurant Komedor Krioyo at Landhuis Dokterstuin: Great, authentic local food. Very basic, but also very delicious!
4) Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant: This is an excellent luxury restaurant. Heinrich says this is, “his style of food.” Features very well thought-out food. Expensive, but well worth it.
5) Restaurant Kome: Just great food, and will make a great night out.
6) Landhouse Klein St. Martha: Absolutely enchanting view. Fantastic service. Uncomplicated and delicious food. All around excellent experience.
Hopefully you enjoy your experience at these restaurants just as much as Heinrich and his wife do!
For further suggestions and insight for your Curaçao trip don’t hesitate to reach out to the Santa Barbara team! We are more than happy to guide you through the ins and outs of our beautiful island!