(This was formerly the Breezes Resort. Sunscape took it over in December of 2012) Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard #78 Curacao
"Nice Resort with lots of potential"
Posted by: Debbie and Pat
on Nov 15, 2015 >
10 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Oct, 2015 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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We chose this resort as we had not been to Curacao before, and Air Canada Vacations had a good special on for this resort (free upgrade to business class on Air Canada Rouge and free room upgrade). Kudos to Air Canada Rouge, flights were on time both ways (actually early) and service was good.
There were two busloads of people from our flight going to this resort, so we expected a chaotic checkin, but everything seemed very organized and we were on our way to our room in minutes. I had emailed the hotel prior to our arrival with our room requests (had asked for a room with a tub and shower, as most just have a shower), on a higher floor. All our requests were met.
We were in the newest building on the resort, the Tower. It has 5 floors and is the only building that has an elevator.
The room was very large and had a nice big private balcony. We were on the back side of the building facing away from the resort, but had an ocean view of the property next door. Upon arrival we had only one chair and a table on the balcony and it took several requests to get a second chair, but we finally did. They really need to replace their balcony furniture, we have thrown out better.
Furnishings in the room were a little dated, but everything was clean and bright. There was a minibar in the room with beer, pop and water, and it was replenished every day.
In the Tower for some reason they only have one 110V outlet in the room, so if you have dual-voltage items to plug in, take along an adapter for them. We just had a travel kettle and a laptop, so the one outlet was sufficient.
We paid $30.00 US to have wifi in our room. Not the greatest but fine for checking mail, etc. depending on the time of day. There is free wifi in the hotel lobby, but it can get crowded there. Or, if you are in a Sun Club room, I believe wifi in your room is included.
Maid service was good. The first few days it was late in the day which we didn't like, but for the rest of the time they came in the morning. You might want to pack a facecloth or two, they were difficult to get, at least on our floor.
Air conditioning in the room was okay, my husband would have preferred it to be a little cooler, but it was adequate.
It was a bit noisy some evenings, as there is entertainment at Mambo Beach a few doors down that goes til the early hours, but after the first night we didn't notice it anymore.
Restaurants and Bars:
The restaurants here are all open-air (ie. not air-conditioned) except for part of the Da Mario Restaurant.
The main buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food was okay.
We only ate dinner here once, and it was a disaster. We arrived around 7:15 p.m. and there were no plates, and more than half of the food trays were empty. They did eventually replenish the food and brought out more plates, but this shouldn't have happened.
The buffet restaurant seemed totally disorganized most of the time. There are staff standing around, and when you ask for something, they tell someone else, and they tell someone else, and you may or may not ever get what you asked for, be it a drink, water, or coffee.
Himitsu Restaurant is their Japanese hibachi style restaurant. It was pretty good and service was very good.
Bluewater Grill Restaurant was pretty good, we ate there a couple of times. Had steak the first time, found it tough, as they only have the cheaper cuts - skirt steak and flank steak. I had ribs one night though and they were very good. Again, service was pretty good, although they were slow on refilling wine glasses.
This restaurant is also open for lunch, the only option besides the buffet. They only serve hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage or chicken and French fries.
Oceana Restaurant- I don't like seafood except for shrimp, so my choices were limited here. I had grilled chicken but it was very dry. My husband had a salmon steak and enjoyed it. I was also able to get a shrimp cocktail.
Da Mario Restaurant - We ate here a couple of times, it was pretty good. Again, very slow to refill the wine glasses.
The restaurants don't take reservations, you just show up and they will give you a beeper if they're full. Only once was the restaurant we wanted to go to full, so we just chose another one.
We're not big drinkers, so can't comment much about the bars.
They have a coffee bar that is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The girls that worked there were great.
The resort is very compact, and everything is right there.
The grounds of the hotel are kept very clean. They have one employee named Kenneth who is constantly raking the beach area and picking up garbage.
The pools are nice and there are several beach areas. This is not a long walking beach. There are a lot of rocks in the water, might be worth taking water shoes.
My husband likes to snorkel, and he said snorkelling was pretty good, right off the beach along the rocks.
Again, many lounge chairs at the beach need replacing.
We never had a problem finding chairs in the shade.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We went into Willemstad one day. The hotel does have a free shuttle that goes twice a day, but you have to sign up the day before. We opted to take the bus and it worked out well. Bus stop is across the road from the resort. There are regular buses and van-type buses. Either one is $2 US a person. We had the van-type bus and it was a quick trip into town. They drop you off in Punda. This is the area where the locals shop and prices are cheaper than across the bridge in Otra Banda. You can cross the pontoon bridge to the Otra Banda side to find the designer stores. US dollars are accepted everywhere.
The people are very friendly here and always willing to give directions or information.
There is a casino at the resort. We were given match play coupons for the slots so decided to go in. Actually found the slots quite confusing, so only stayed there for about 20 minutes, but we ended up netting $28 US between us, so that was okay.
There is a spa on site, had a couple of massages there, they were quite nice.
There was entertainment every night, but we didn't really see much of it as we are early risers and ready for bed by 10 o'clock.
The weather was sun and cloud every day. It rained briefly a few times. Very hot - around 32 degrees every day and it only dropped a few degrees at night.
Overall, the resort was nice. I would actually give it 3-1/2 stars, but with a little effort it could be a 4-1/2 star.