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Curaçao welcomes Sandals’ 16th property

If the shoe fits… celebrate Sandals’ Suite 16!

Mind you, the celebrations aren’t for the age of the all-inclusive resort chain (it’s now about forty in that department), but for the size of its ever-growing litter in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Sandals Royal Curacaowhich opened hard on June 24 (a bit fashionably late, thanks to the supply chain) was born in the island’s Santa Barbara Estate, where a Hyatt (later Gator) once resided.

Last weekend — decked out by DJ Menasa, the Blue Man Group, sexy phonist extraordinaire Nelson Braveheart, and violinists CJ Opus and Clari Montero — visitors and brass alike headed to a tropical party held in his honor at the beach alumnus of the now defunct Netherlands Antilles.

Beautifully nestled in the Deep South of the Caribbean, SRC is the brand’s first property to open in five years as part of its ‘2.0’ expansion.

Not to get too clickbait-heavy, but let’s just go ahead and unleash the listicle. Here’s how to try on the #16 sandals in a variety of ways.

Buy the numbers

Outside the shore, the property is adjacent.
The host boasts a lot of coast.
Sandals Royal Curacao

Sandals’ newest resort isn’t afraid to be flexible in terms of numbers, offering 351 rooms and suites in 24 categories on 44 acres of “Hyatt who?” waterfront. Lawn, and all within 3,000 acres of the famed Santa Barbara Estate of Cedilla flaunted Island. If you must, ugh, there’s 38,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, the largest on the island.

Bon bini to cura chow

The fresh spot also has 11 restaurants (including one floating on an authentic ship and three food trucks) and, more importantly, a dozen bars. Dushi Bida!

in the plain

Dying for more digits? Here’s a fun one: Royal Curaçao is only 15 miles from the airport. There are no ridesharing services on the island (they do have plenty of taxis though) so don’t hesitate to run a half marathon from Hato Int’l. Incidentally, the island enjoys non-stop service from NYC, Charlotte and Miami.

Wear it

Outdoor shot of wedding managers at the resort.

Would-be brides run the risk of being styled over by Sandals’ wedding managers.


Exterior view of a cocktail waitress at the resort.

A Caribbean blue cocktail set appears to rise out of the sea like a mermaid.


Outdoor shot with an evening butler.

The resort’s elegant butlers will rarely find an empty jacket pocket.


If you’re a travel freak, you’ll be delighted to know that these fresh new sandals bring award-winning “Father of Fashion Week” Stan Herman’s stagecraft to the unis of all employees – from concierges and restaurant crews to butlers and event managers and everyone in between. Think plenty of pocket squares, sun-washed colors, frilly shirts and custom “S” pins. we are stan

table manners

SRC has a spa. It’s called Red Lane. Never been touched by the Dutch? Book now, thank us later.

solar power

Sunrises are for suckers. SRC is a west-facing resort, so expect glorious sunsets over the yin-yang.

mini me

Exterior of a Mini Cooper at the resort.
Wheels of Fortune: Curacao’s streets have funny, very dirty-sounding names like Jan Donker and Kaya Semikok. Ride in style with a complimentary Beemer.
Sandals Royal Curacao

did you ring? Guests staying at the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows and Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows will not only have stewards, but also private pools and access to BMW Mini Coopers to roam around the island. German tourists? Not for everyone. German engineering? Everyone’s cup!

Off site is on point

Many Caribbean resorts generally try to keep you captive on their property for security (and expense) reasons — and often for good reason; There can be quite a bit of inconvenience out there in the Thar Tropics. But SRC encourages you to take a culinary excursion instead, partnering with eight off-site restaurants as part of their ‘Island Inclusive’ program. Book seven nights in a butler suite and receive a $250 restaurant credit to redeem in the real world.

Bartender, get me a pool – and make it double, with a squirt of squirt

The resort's two-level infinity pool.
We see your infinity and raise you to infinity says the Dos Awa Pool on two levels.
Sandals Royal Curacao

You don’t need a degree in discrete math to know that 2 infinities > than 1. Royal Curaçao’s split-level infinity pool proves it, QED.

move ballers

A dish with Bitterballen.
These roast meat-filled snacks are scoops, pair with beer, get over it.
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One word (although it sounds like a few more): Bitterballen.

Plastic surgery

It’s a net positive! Sandals Resorts International’s philanthropic arm, the Sandals Foundation, teams up with the Dutch AFC Ajax team to launch Future Goalsa program that turns ocean fishing nets and recycled plastic waste into soccer goals for the kids.

attention span

Exterior of pedestrians on the Queen Emma Bridge.
Willemstad Floating Bridge moves and shakes – take the Golden Gate!
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You’re only seven miles from Willemstad, which while itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is even more impressive for having a funky pontoon bridge that swings open on a hinge when boats need to pass through.

After three years, carnival is back, baby!

Unfortunately, this year’s comeback fest is already over after the quarantine, but there’s always a next year (one hopes!). If you don’t come home from a Caribbean carnival with at least a mild concussion, you’ve done something wrong. Trust me I’m a pro.

PADI cake

Curaçao has more than five dozen dive sites Take a 3-hour scuba diving course on-site at the Aqua Center and dive under the sea for $120/person per day. Or, step up and do the fully certified PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) route for $480/person, part of which you can pre-e-learn before you travel.

adults swim

Due to a specific ruling by a specific highest court in our country, it has never been more timely for Sandals to remain true to its cherished adults-only policy at Royal Curaçao.

It’s a cheap date

All inclusive rates starting at $341 per person per night? Curaçao, Cura-sold!

https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/curacao-warmly-welcomes-sandals-16th-property/ Curaçao welcomes Sandals’ 16th property

Emma Bowman

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