While we can’t welcome you to the spa right now, we want to help you bring the spa into your home. At the Atabei Spa we use all-natural products and ingredients to take you on relaxing journeys that awaken, hydrate, nourish and renew. As we navigate these challenging times, it’s so important to remain balanced and to find ways to just relax. Check out some of our favorite DIY spa treatments that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Vacation is a word that can encompass many things. For some, a vacation is a chance to dive deep into the culture of another country, and for others, it means sipping on piña coladas by the pool all day long. One thing is for certain though; a vacation is a chance to press pause on stress to press play on relaxation.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Well, for many of us here at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, it’s been trying SUP yoga, or Stand Up Paddle yoga, with our newly hired instructor. Yoga in and of itself is a challenging, wonderful, and peaceful movement form. Attempting yoga atop a floating board in the Caribbean Sea is another experience altogether, and one we are excited to share with you!
Dreaming of blue skies, endless sunshine, and the sparkling turquoise sea? Us, too. Except, we’re lucky enough to live in paradise every single day. Here on Curacao, we hope to share our blissful weather and surrounding landscapes with the world. Everyone should get to experience paradise!
Swish, squeak, thwack…. Ahhh the sweet, sweet sounds of summer. Wait, no, the sweet sounds of tennis. Summertime = tennis time, so either word fits, right?
As the days get longer and the sunshine gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to start working on your game. Dust off your racket and take a moment to learn five, quick, and useful tips to improve your tennis game.
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!
Surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming… the possibilities of water play in and around the Caribbean island of Curaçao are endless. Typically the initial draw of Curaçao is the glittering Caribbean Sea, yet it’s the expansive buffet of land activities also, that entices tourists to visit time after time.
Exploring Curaçao by water is spectacular, but there’s also Curaçao by foot, pedal, and hoof to entertain!
From world famous marathons to high-profile yoga festivals there’s a never ending supply of physical and mental wellness events and practices to engage with in the U.S.
But, this healthy living movement isn’t just happening in the U.S., it’s all over the world! Having been a coveted place to retreat to for a bit of mind, body and spirit rejuvenation, it’s no surprise that the Caribbean is following (or shall we say, leading) in the health and wellness trends of society.
Sparkling shades of turquoise, balmy temperatures year-round and a laid-back attitude combine to create the ideal water-getaway environment in the Caribbean.
For the vacationers craving a water locked paradise, the Caribbean island of Curaçao is ready to meet your getaway needs. Curaçao flies under the typical Caribbean radar due to its southernly position in the region. A mere 40 miles north of South America, Curaçao is a unique blend of cultures and landscapes.
By far and large, though, the most breathtaking landscape the island offers is its coastlines.
Water adventures abound on Curaçao. In fact, you may just have to take more than one trip to experience them all. One crucial detail to consider when planning a water-activity-based getaway to Curaçao, is when and where you’d like to relax. With so much energy exerted in the water, you’ll need time to rest now and again.
It’s entirely possible to have epic water adventures and epic relaxation – at Santa Barbara beach & Golf Resort.
A luxurious beachfront resort boasting 2,000 acres, Santa Barbara has everything you need to have your adventures and relaxation, too.
Without further ado, here are our top 3 favorite water activities at Santa Barbara:
The Adventure Unlike ANY Other – Klein Curacao
Seriously not an overstatement, a trip to Klein Curacao is totally unreal. Picture this – sailing out to sea headed towards a uninhabited island featuring pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. Imagine yourself swimming with sea turtles, exploring a deserted lighthouse and discovering an old shipwreck. We’re not joking when we say it’s an adventure. Oh, and don’t be surprised if your ship encounters rough seas on the voyage over! The best bit – this excursions leaves right from the resort so you can adventure right from home.
Nighttime Swim in The Protected Lagoon
There’s plenty of swimming to be had at the resort. There are a variety of beautiful swimming pools with unique features. Yet the one swimming experience that is unlike anything else, and totally unique to the resort, is the lagoon. The resort borders a crystal-clear and serene swimming lagoon protected from the turbulence of the open sea. This is a beautiful place to enjoy views of passing sailboats and yachts, or to peacefully float in under the Caribbean sun. Without a doubt, the coolest experience is to swim the lagoon at night where, with a little luck, you may get to witness the water light up with its splendid phosphorescence. There’s no better way to describe the experience than magical, and we hope you get a chance to see it for yourselves!
Explore The Underwater Kingdom
One activity Curacao is famous for worldwide is scuba diving. With an entire underwater world at your disposal, this is an epic opportunity experience not to be missed. Santa Barbara has its very own PADI certified dive center for your convenience. Schedule an intro to diving course or simply hire a guide and take a quick underwater tour. However you like to explore, the center will make it happen for you.
Sailing, diving and swimming – it’s safe to say you’ll sincerely appreciate that rum and coke as you watch the sunset and rest your happily worn-out body. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a top notch retreat for the water-junkie and an incredible place to relax your mind, body and soul!
Wind, sea, and surfboards… a combination that has resulted in one of the fastest growing watersports in the world.
If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking Kitesurfing.
What exactly is kitesurfing anyway?
Essentially, it’s an extreme water sport combining aspects of paragliding, surfing, and wakeboarding,
The kite-boarders (or surfers, the terms are used interchangeably) propel themselves across, and through, water on a surface resembling a wakeboard, using the power of large kites, similar to a paraglide, which are attached to the boards by a few lines.
It’s truly an extraordinarily thrilling sport, and offers the chance to feel connected to the elements in a way few other activities allow.
Initially new kitesurfers are learning how to balance and skim the top of the water, but as practitioners progress there are many spectacular movements that can be learned.
Even if you have no intentions of trying the sport yourselves, it’s mesmerizing to watch.
Kitesurfers will jump, fly and flip through the air looking as light as a feather as the wind supports their activities.
Unlike surfing, kitesurfing requires no waves, only wind, making it greatly accessible in many parts of the world.
One of the absolute best destinations for kitesurfing is none other that the idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao.
Curacao, 40 miles north of Venezuela and conveniently situated beneath the hurricane belt, is the “C” is the ABC islands and is part of the Netherland Antilles.
Due to Curacao’s steady 16-20 knot trade winds, relatively flat shallow open waters, and warm balmy temperatures year round, it’s an ideal destination for the sport.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been kitesurfing for a while, Curacao has the perfect spot to get a healthy dose of kitesurfing in.
Beginners Venture to…
St. Joris Bay. Calm waters and steady breeze define St. Joris Bay as an excellent spot to practice kitesurfing. It’s easy to spot the bay, especially on the weekends, since the telltale kites can be seen in the sky before the water even comes into view. The bay is pretty big, and is protected from the waves of the East side of the island, keep the water calm but the wind fierce. You can visit this site to check out the details on kitesurfing lessons.
Beginners and Intermediate Practitioners Venture to…
St. Willibrordus. Located on the West coast of the island, St. Willibrordus is another by protected from the waves. The water is flat, and has plenty of wind chop for good kitesurfing. Located behind the flamingo sanctuary.
Advanced Practitioners Venture to…
Klein Curacao. A small island 15 miles off the coast of Curacao, Klein Curacao (meaning little Curacao) is an incredible kitesurfing spot, but should be reserved for advanced surfers. Because the island is further out to sea, it has off shore winds which are fiercer than the trade winds that blow through the bays. There will also be other swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and boats roaming about. If you’re an advanced surfer, this will be a non-issue, but beginners are advised to avoid this spot.
Those are the three best spots for kitesurfing on Curacao island. Each spot is breathtakingly beautiful, and offers a unique experience. Curacao as a whole has a limitless supply of adventure, entertainment and relaxation, adding value to any kitesurfing trip. Whether you intend to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll surely fall in love with the welcoming island.
When planning your getaway, be sure to book your stay at the luxurious Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. More than just a resort, Santa Barbara is an island sanctuary, a haven you can return to between the excitement and adventure of kitesurfing.
We hope you have smooth planning and happy travels!