Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Curacao
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Unlike Aruba, its famed neighbor to the northwest, Curaçao isn’t packed to the gills with splashy resorts. But there’s plenty to see and do here, such as world-class diving, gorgeous pastel Colonial architecture, the floating Queen Emma Bridge (suspended by pontoons), and a beautiful 18th-century synagogue.

More of a night person? Not to worry: When the sun sets, there are bars and nightclubs aplenty. If an all-inclusive resort is your go-to when you travel, there is a small handful of good ones here, where you can plunk yourself under a short, stout divi-divi tree with a beachy book—and forget about the tab.

Sunscape Curaçao

This family-friendly all-inclusive is the real deal, with packages that encompass food, drink, taxes and gratuities at four à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a café, and seven bars.

Kids can stay for free, depending on how many adults they have in tow, and once they’re at the resort they have a plethora of activities from which to choose. They might tuck into the sand castle competition for the day, or hit a movie night while mom and dad go for a romantic dinner, or bop to the nightly live music.

Don’t expect luxe rooms; the resort is fairly down to earth on that front. (They’re more likely to splurge on beachside paella loaded with fresh seafood instead of schmancy suites.) Visiting without tots in tow? Check out the casino, take a catamaran cruise, or go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters. Boom: You’re on vacation.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Gotta love a place that offers variations on an all-inclusive depending on your travel priorities. Love teeing off? No problem: There’s an unlimited golf plan here. Have a super-active family and just want access to free water sports, the kids’ club, bike rentals, and tennis? Check out the Active Vacation Plan.

We’re partial to the Ultimate Vacation Plan, which includes three meals daily, unlimited drinks by the glass, water sports, tennis, bikes, kids’ club, and your choice of rooms. (As this went to press, for a random three days in March 2017, a room with a partial water view, a king bed, and the Ultimate Vacation Plan came to $580 per night, per couple, including tax.) This golf-centric resort is a bit farther from the international airport, so plan on at least a 40-minute drive, but the privacy of the local beaches—not to mention the fish tacos made from the bounty pulled from those waters—lure repeat visitors.

Tip: As always at a place that isn’t technically an all-inclusive, watch out for add-ons and get your package in writing in advance when you book.

Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort

Meander into this tropical resort, and someone might hand you a couple of fresh coconuts to drink on your way to your room. It’s a nice touch at a well-regarded resort where the rooms have luxe accents, the pools are saltwater, and the beach lounges get their shade from thatched umbrellas.

Though not a traditional all-inclusive hotel, the $75 per person daily meal plan here—$37.50 for children from ages 2 to 12—includes three meals and tax. Drinks and gratuities are up to you, but when dinner includes an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert, as it does here, our ears perk up.

Keep in mind that the Cabana Beach, as it is called, is host to some late-night reveling, so ask about a quieter room if you tend to turn in early. Or enjoy it—that mojito isn’t going to drink itself.