Inspiration

Dushi: The Heart of Curacao

Can you speak Papamientu? That’s okay, most people have never even heard of it. This unique local language is part of what makes Curacao so unique. But since you likely aren’t fluent in Papamientu, which is a lovely blend of Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, English, and French, you may not have heard of or understand our beloved word: Dushi. 

Inspiration

The 3 P’s of National Plan for Vacation Day

Do you have plans for January 28? If you are hoping to take a vacation in 2020, you should! The last Tuesday of January is National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD). NPVD is a notable and worthy holiday, especially if you are planning a getaway! 

Being a new holiday, there are not the usual traditions to follow when planning for the day, but plan for the day, you must! Here are three different ways you can spend National Plan for Vacation Day. 

Inspiration, Lifestyle

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is Leading the Way on Sustainability on Curacao

More people and organizations, than ever before, are rallying together to make moves to help mitigate the damage happening to the planet. With new data continually being accumulated on the adverse effects of human waste and pollution, the momentum to clean up our act, literally and figuratively, is going strong.

Inspiration

Psst, You Can Be in On The Secret Too – Here Are Our Most Popular Blogs of 2017

There are few things we love more than sharing our island insights, on-site adventures, and all the tips on planning and executing a trip to Curaçao we can think of! Our small, idyllic island is absolute paradise, and though some days we may want it all to ourselves, ultimately sharing is caring! Thank you for reading all about Curaçao and Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort throughout 2017, we can’t wait to see what will unfold in our blog in 2018!

Inspiration, Meetings & Events

Attract Top Talent When Your Annual Corporate Events Are at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

An organization is only as good as its weakest link, as the saying goes. With that in mind, the end of the year is an opportune time to brainstorm how to attract the top talent to your organization in 2018.

Finding innovative, passionate, hard-working and dedicated individuals is no easy task. Especially if your industry is ripe with competition. One of the best ways to attract top talent is to be a top organization to work for. How does an organization become a top choice? There may not be any single way, but one method we’re familiar with is corporate events.

Family Travel, Inspiration, Travel

Savor Every Drop, 7 Magnificent Ways to Enjoy The Caribbean Sea

It sparkles in the sun, changes hues throughout the day, and is comfortingly warm. What might these descriptors be for? Why the Caribbean Sea of course! The Caribbean dazzles all who are fortunate enough to live alongside it, visit it, or even just lay eyes upon it from afar. There are many tropical seas around the world beckoning vacationers, but the Caribbean Sea is by far one of the most magnificent.

Adventurist, Inspiration, Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons

Take These Steps to Create the Engagement of Her Dreams and Become a Real Life Prince Charming

Forever is a big deal.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to find the one person you envision spending the rest of your life with… well, cheers! The question now remains – how to give your sweetheart the engagement of her dreams?!

She must be something special if you want to become her husband, and there’s no better way to simultaneously show her how much she means to you and kick-off your forever together than with a spectacular proposal.

It’s important to keep in mind, friends and family will be asking to hear your engagement story for years to come, so a word to the wise – create an engagement that will become an incredible story to tell and listen to!

Flavor Of, 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.

Flavor Of, 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.

Inspiration

You Can Add a Little Sweetness to Your Suitcase This Holiday Season, by Packing For a Purpose

Packing, the infamous word that makes many of us groan with displeasure. Having to fit all of the necessary, or if we’re being truthful, not so necessary at times, items into one suitcase. Worrying about the weight limits, size limits, items that aren’t allowed for security purposes.

Yet, for most of us, the packing struggle is for our own cause – to have all of our favorite items while on vacation somewhere beautiful, new, or exotic.

This holiday season, at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort on Curacao Island, guests have the chance to add another layer to their packing, they can Pack For a Purpose.