A Dutch Caribbean treat

Sandals Resorts to open 16th resort in Curacao.

We don’t know about you, but we absolutely love going to a first-class luxury resort that is all-inclusive. That’s why we love Sandals’ properties. Just about everything you want – such as gourmet dining, wine and spirits and watersports – is included in your hotel room rate, so you can simply put your wallet and credit cards into your safe – and forget about it. Once you get a true taste of an all-inclusive resort, you’ll never go back to booking a mere hotel room – where you are nickel-and-dimed for everything.

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) recently unveiled new details for its highly anticipated 16th resort and the company’s first venture in Curaçao, the newly named Sandals Royal Curaçao. Open for bookings, the brand is offering guests who book a stay now through Nov. 2 a special grand opening offer with savings of up to $1,000.

Situated on 44 acres within a private Santa Barbara estate, an exclusive 3,000-acre protected preserve on the Caribbean Island, Sandals Royal Curaçao entwines the natural world – desert, mountains, shore and ocean – with the resort experience. Here, couples will discover the beauty and geographic diversity of Curaçao, known for its adventurous terrain, pristine beaches, limestone caves and vibrant capital city, Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while still indulging in the Luxury Included Vacation experience Sandals Resorts is renowned for. (And since Curaçao is a Dutch island, make sure to stop at the supermarket to load up on delicious chocolate.)

Slated to open to guests April 14, Sandals Royal Curaçao is conveniently located just 15 miles from the airport. Its west-facing position regularly captures the allure of one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular sunsets, offering guests a visual treat. With 351 luxurious rooms and suites in 24 room categories, Sandals Royal Curaçao will have more all-inclusive luxury options than ever before, including two new signature suite categories, the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows and Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows, complete with Tranquility Soaking Tubs, private pools, butler service and sporty, stylish convertible MINI Coopers, complimentary for guests to drive while exploring the island.

SRI’s Executive Chairman Adam Stewart says that apart from the new destination, the sheer size of the private preserve surrounding Sandals Royal Curaçao will allow for new guest adventures.

 “At Sandals Royal Curaçao, guests will also be able to hike, bike and pick up a picnic basket to fuel days of discovery and exploration – pure romance. And they can continue this adventurous spirit beyond our gates where they will find a world-class destination of great restaurants, fascinating locals, fine art and visitors from all over the world. We have invested an additional $72 million in enhancements and improvements to complete the ‘Sandalization’ process of this already stunning property, and we can’t wait for our guests to be in awe,” Stewart said.

Sandals Royal Curaçao will be home to the brand’s first Dos Awa infinity pool with views overlooking the sea and the rugged mountain landscape, and The Duchess, Sandals’ first-ever floating restaurant and bar, constructed from an authentic 92-foot Dutch ship. With nine onsite five-Star Global Gourmet restaurants (eight of which are new and exclusive to Sandals Royal Curaçao), guests will indulge in international flavors from a melting pot of global cuisine, including a wine and Dutch cheese bar. Couples can also dine on-the-go at three new beachside gourmet food trucks offering traditional Curaçao fare, Spanish tapas and Asian fusion, or grab a drink at any of the resort’s 10 unique bars.

Sandals Royal Curaçao will carry on the brand’s reputation as an authority in romance with three oceanfront wedding venues. The resort will also feature a luxurious Red Lane Spa (where you’re sure to get a first-class facial and massage); expansive pools; access to the neighboring Pete Dye 18-hole championship golf course; 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island; two onsite marinas and 70 dive sites, ideally suited for guests looking to join the more than 100,000 divers who have already earned their PADI-certification thanks to Sandals.

Introductory rates at Sandals Royal Curaçao start at $341 per person per night, with butler category rates starting at $538 per person per night, based on double occupancy and a seven-night stay.

And while you’re at it, why not book and schedule a marriage vow-renewal ceremony? We’ve done it countless times, and believe us – it certainly reminds you of why you married your partner in the first place. It can work wonders for your relationship.

For more, visit sandals.com or read this blog here https://www.sandals.com/blog/curacao-sandals-latest-destination/. And follow Debbi on Instagram at @DebbiKickham.

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