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Sandals Royal Curaçao: Where Amazing Comes Together

The newest Sandals Resorts is perfect for a couples scuba diving getaway
By Scuba Diving Partner | Updated On October 12, 2022
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Sandals Royal Curaçao: Where Amazing Comes Together

Ariel view of the resort

Sandals Royal Curaçao is set on forty-four captivating oceanfront acres.

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Guests staying at Sandals Resorts have come to expect suites that offer luxury at every turn, scrumptious cuisine, a host of fabulous pools and a staff that elevates customer service to a whole other level. For scuba divers, though, the vacation is not complete unless the location serves up an extraordinary underwater experience. They can now have both — all the features and amenities of a sumptuous all-inclusive, adults-only Sandals Resorts, plus diverse, exploration-worthy reef and wreck diving. Sandals Royal Curaçao has officially opened, making it the 16th property owned by Sandals and the newest one in the Caribbean. It offers all these features and amenities, and so much more!

The luxurious resort is set on 44 acres of a private preserve known as the Santa Barbara Estate. From here, guests can experience all the natural beauty and colorful culture of Curaçao, including its beaches, limestone caves and the pastel-colored buildings in Willemstad, the island’s capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A MINI Cooper parked in from of colorful buildings

A convertible MINI Cooper is included for guests in the Kurason Island Suites and Awa Seaside Bungalows.

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Scuba Diving at Sandals Royal Curaçao

The Caribbean Sea is known for its warm, azure waters that divers love, but Curaçao’s fringing coral reefs and wrecks offer a delightful twist that is unique in the Caribbean. The variety of diving off Curaçao often surprises first-time visitors, starting with the reefs that are mere yards from the island’s shores, making many sites accessible by boat and from shore.

At dive spots that are both famous (such as Mushroom Forest) and lesser known (such as the Blue Room), divers will find a kaleidoscope of colors on the reef — healthy populations of corals and sponges, schooling yellow snapper, triggerfish, passing turtles, spotted morays and barracuda. Slow down and you’ll discover the little gems of the ocean — macro critters sheltering in crevices and protected spots, such as frogfish and seahorses.

Underwater view of ship wreck on the sea floor

See the beautiful waters of the Caribbean firsthand when you go scuba diving at Sandals.

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On the world-famous Superior Producer and Tugboat wrecks, you’ll get a taste of wreck diving in amazingly shallow and clear water, and if you venture on a boat ride to Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited island that is southeast of the main island, you’ll find thick forests of pristine soft and hard corals patrolled by schooling barracuda and snapper.

PADI-certified divers can dive once a day with two tanks or twice a day with one tank, which is included in your Sandals booking.

If you’re not certified, you can try a PADI “Discover Scuba Diving Experience” for an extra fee. This is a 3-hour program that will qualify you for one open water dive (maximum depth is 40 feet) during your stay. No prior experience or certification is required. If you want to get your full Open Water of Advanced Open Water certification, you can purchase a PADI eLearning course for open water or advanced scuba diving and complete the classroom portion at home before your arrival. Then once you arrive, you can complete the in-water portion of your certification (for an additional cost).

Group of divers looking at a sea turtle

Sandals offers expert guidance from PADI® certified diving professionals.

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The resort offers a special excursion to Klein Curaçao that’s ideal for snorkelers. A super yacht transports guests to the uninhabited island, where you can explore a pink lighthouse and shipwreck site, as well as enjoy light refreshments and delicious appetizers. The highlight of this excursion is the snorkeling. You’ll will find treasures in sunlit shallow waters, including colorful tropical fish that are the butterflies of the reef — angelfish, blue chromis, blennies, damselfish, and, of course, butterflyfish! There’s also plenty of time for relaxing on the beach before sailing back to the resort.

Accommodations at Sandals Royal Curaçao

Among the resort’s 351 room there is a wide variety of rooms and suites with ocean or garden views, including ocean-view suites with private balconies; ocean-view swim-up suites and beachfront walkout suites with Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ on the private patio; beachfront suites with private balconies; and secluded walkout suites with three private patios (one with a Tranquility Soaking Tub) and access to a semi-private pool. Romance, luxury and customer service are at the heart of every Sandals Resorts experience, and Sandals Royal Curaçao maintains a superb level of luxury and customer service while adding its own unique flair, including amenities that are a first in the all-inclusive resort category.

Bed overlooking a deck and pool

Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalow with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub.

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The two new luxury suite options offer butler service, private pools and their own MINI Cooper convertible for touring around the island. Nestled alongside the water, the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows feature private pools for incredible ocean and sunset views, private patios with extended sun deck and Tranquility Soaking Tubs. The Kurason Island Suites are set in a lush private garden surrounding a secluded lagoon and overlooking a heart-shaped pool (with an island in the middle that is exclusively for guests in the suites). These Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows also feature private patios with extended sun deck and Tranquility Soaking Tubs.

All rooms have a mini-fridge stocked with water, juice, soda, Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks Wine, and beer, plus there’s Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend coffee that you can make in your in-room coffeemaker.

Private soaking tub overlooking a private pool

Tranquility Soaking Tub with privacy curtains.

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Dining at Sandals Royal Curaçao

Curaçao is recognized as one of the best places in the Caribbean for foodies, which matches Sandals Resorts’ approach to dining. The resorts are known for offering both authentic regional specialties and global cuisines. There are 11 restaurants at Sandals Royal Curaçao, which serve up an array of international fare, from European fusion to Mediterranean, seafood, sushi and steaks. There are also three beachside food trucks, also a first for Sandals Resorts: Toteki, serving traditional Curaçao fare; La Palma, offering Spanish tapas; and Kishi, creating Asian fusion dishes. The all-inclusive part of a Sandals package includes premium house wines and unlimited premium liquors. Guests in butler suites can enjoy the Island Inclusive Dining program to enjoy some of the best restaurants located off the resort property.

Large swimming pool overlooking the ocean

Gaze out into the endless azure waters in Sandals first 2-level infinity pool.

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Pools at Sandals Royal Curaçao

Along with being known for its beach and dining experiences, Sandals is known for its fabulous pools. Sandals Royal Curaçao boasts a two-level infinity pool called “Dos Awa.” Guests can relax at this expansive pool, which has an upper and lower deck for views of the mountains and Spanish Water Bay.

Bars at Sandals Royal Curaçao

Guests staying at the resort will have plenty of options for sipping their favorite tropical cocktails — there are 13 bars on the property including a swim-up bar and beachside bars. The resort faces west, so no matter where you’re kicking back in the evening, you can catch spectacular sunsets over the Caribbean.

Woman in pink top riding a bike among palm trees

Explore the 3,000-acre estate on Dutch bikes.

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Activities at Sandals Royal Curaçao

If you prefer a more-active vacation, there is an on-site fitness center, tennis court, shuffleboard and beach volleyball, plus a host of watersports available at the resort’s white-sand beach — guests can try snorkeling, sailing a Hobie cat, paddleboarding and kayaking.

For exploring the resort and island estate, Dutch bikes are provided for all guests. If you want to explore the island, the resort’s tour desk can help you book island excursions for an additional cost.

The Red Lane® Spa at Sandals Royal Curaçao

Why not indulge in a little pampering during your stay? A variety of soothing treatments are offered at the Red Lane® Spa, such as the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, the Scents of Love Couples Massage and a Tropical Glow Facial.

What’s Included at Sandals Royal Curaçao

A Sandals Resorts’ all-inclusive rate truly does include everything — accommodations, unlimited gourmet dining, unique bars serving premium liquors and wines, and land and water sports (even diving!) — with just a few exceptions like spa services and optional excursions.

For More Information

Book a stay at Sandals Royal Curaçao today!

1-800-SANDALS (888-726-3257)