Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2012

Benchmark Hospitality International Adds Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao to Luxury Portfolio

THE WOODLANDS (Houston), Texas – Benchmark Hospitality International (Benchmark), one of the world’s leading independent hospitality management companies, has announced the addition of the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao to its growing portfolio of luxury properties.

Located on the exquisite Caribbean island of Curacao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao was formerly known as the Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort & Spa.

All reservations are being honored. Guests may call + 5999-8401234 from any international location, 1-855-590-2266 from the U.S., or 840-1234 from Curacao regarding existing or new reservations. Visit the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao at santabarbararesortcuracao.com.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao to Benchmark Hospitality International,” said Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s President of Business Development & Finance. “After decades of managing a wide range of leading hotels, resorts, and conference centers, Benchmark is proud to add this luxury resort as our flagship property in the Caribbean market.”

The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao, is a 350 room property nestled on 27 acres between the Caribbean Sea and Curacao’s Spanish Water Bay.  The full service luxury resort receives its new name from the property’s location in the center of the exclusive Santa Barbara Plantation.

The resort includes 15 suites, all with private balconies or patios. Three private buildings feature the exclusive Sea Traditions guestrooms and suites.  Each guestroom features flat screen televisions, an iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, and stunning views of the Island and Caribbean Sea.

Resort dining selections include the Golf Clubhouse Grill, which is located in the resort's contemporary oceanfront golf clubhouse and offers American fare with fresh seafood selections; and the MEDI Restaurant, with its more traditional Curacao-influenced cuisine, a show kitchen and indoor/outdoor seating opportunities. Also available is the SWIM Pool and Bar Grill featuring Latin-infused fare served pool-side.

Activities abound at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao. The resort is surrounded by an 18-hole Pete Dye-designed championship golf course.  For beach lovers, there is a 1,500 foot white sand beach.  The four clay tennis courts feature lighting for night play.  Water sports are endless with the resort’s marina, snorkeling, diving and much more.  The property also features the Atabei Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao is ideal for special celebrations, weddings and corporate meetings. More than 36,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor gathering space is serviced by professional event planners on site – to ensure the property provides world-class service.

The Exquisite Island of Curacao

Imagine an island where hidden coves reveal an emerald-blue sea.  Where arcs of golden sand stretch out beneath vibrant, multicolored sunsets.  Where a rich historical heritage meets Caribbeanvitality.  Where the only thing guests need to worry about is deciding how to spend their next day in paradise.  Imagine Curaçao, long considered the best-kept secret in the Caribbean.

Just 35 miles from its sister island, Aruba, Curacao was chosen as the Favorite Caribbean Destination for 2012 by the readers of About.com; one of the Top 10 Destinations for 2012 by Frommer's; and a 2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot by Condé Nast Traveler.  The intimate yet bustling island of Curacao has become one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbeanfor discerning travelers.

Curacao is a paradise for scuba drivers and nature lovers alike. Its ruggedly beautiful landscape provides endless opportunities for adventure. Visitors can enjoy exhilarating hiking, biking, ATV tours, or immerse themselves in mysterious and colorful underwater worlds at more than 60 diving locations. Curacao’s beaches are intimate and secluded.

For shopping and nightlife, Curacao’s capital city, Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a lively port featuring high-end retailers, restaurants and nightlife.

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

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