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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Thursday, March 8, 2012

{Hyatt Regency - Santa Barbara Plantation Curaçao}

Pieter did treat both of us with a free flight to Curaçao for his 70,000 frequent flyer miles on American Airlines. That proved to be a great choice! Together with the newly build Hyatt Regency at the 1,500 acres (607 hectares) Santa Barbara Plantation it worked out perfect. Over the years we have narrowed down our airlines and hotels for the best possible bonuses. Hyatt is one of them and ever since Pieter was Vice President Training & Development for Campbell's Soup, he has kept his Platinum card valid. Since he's over 62, there are quite some benefits and special rates. So we booked our ocean view room with a king size bed in paradise. The Hyatt's botanical gardens are 27 acres or 10.9 hectares and such a joy to walk, bike, golf, swim or whatever outdoor activity one prefers. There is a great Marina and the best Golf Resort as well. Click: Santa Barbara Plantation Curaçao for seeing more of this tropical paradise. 
Pieter took this photo from the blue sky with the palm trees and the great architecture of this Hyatt.
It was a local architect who designed it and he did a marvelous job. 
In April it will be only two years since it opened and the gardens are incredible.
Lots of lime stone used for building walls in the gardens.
The gardens are irrigated of course.
You get an idea about the outlay of the gardens, together with the rooms.
Adjacent grounds are also being sold as Estates for some luxury homes in this 1,500 acres (607 hectares) gated area of Santa Barbara Plantation.
The Pro Shop is to the left with adjacent the Shor, seafood restaurant.
To the right you see two old wagons on a piece of rail with the famed Curaçao marble from the old Quarry. The legendary Pete Dye designed, the par 72 Old Quarry Curaçao golf course, named after the historic quarries.
Standing at lobby level, this is the view on the pools and the bay where the Marina is. Also a beautiful white beach, where you also can go for a stroll or for sunbathing.
From the same lobby area a view on paradise...
Pieter and I had just gotten back from a walk.
Just look at the details...
Incredible architecture with great eye for detail.
Look at the details above...
View from our balcony, we were at the 2nd level and there is still one up.
Walkways everywhere...
It was such a joy to sit on the balcony with this view!
Looking straight to the south, into the ocean.
We were only some 35 miles away from Venezuela, actually my iPhone showed Caracas time.
From the room looking onto the balcony and the ocean.
The good thing is that this tropical island of Curaçao is hurricane free!
Now we get some coffee!
We also watched Dutch TV... funny for being in one of the countries within the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Dutch newspaper and Dutch language we did hear, with Spanish, English and Papiamento.
We sure had a happy time!
This was after breakfast inside, you also can sit on the patio.
That was our experience at the Hyatt Regency, Curaçao. 
Meanwhile it is no longer under the Hyatt group... but no less a dream place!
Good enough for wanting to go back again!
Stay tuned for some more photos from the island...

Related articles:
{Back Home from Curaçao} | previous post by me
{Our Curaçao Vacation} | previous post by me


  1. Oh sweets! How lovely you could make this wonderful trip. You hubby is soooo handsome. I also love his name!

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  2. Dear Mariette,
    I am glad you are both home safe and sound!

    It is a beautiful place and I am glad you had such a nice holiday!

    I am sure you missed the kittens and they are happy you are back!!

    PS..you are most welcomed my sweet friend!

  3. My dear friend Mariette,
    I'm so happy you and Pieter had a wonderful vacation, I can see you both enjoy it a lot, and it seems the weather was wonderful too.
    The pictures you took are wonderful, send you a big hug my sweet friend,
    Con cariño,
    Laura =)

  4. Hi Mariette, precious pictures of your vacation and stay in Curacao, so much to see! Everything looks relaxing! Greetings, Rose M

  5. WooHooo, dat ziet er heerlijk uit, Mariette! Genieten!!!
    Wat een prachtige omgeving.
    Wij zijn ook een weekje naar de zon geweest, Florida, ook al zo genieten.
    Een heel fijne woensdag voor jou, mine is coming to an end xxxx

  6. Um pedacinho do paraíso, sem dúvida.
    Boa continuação da semana!

  7. How nice place, so you've been "close to heaven" as it says here.
    Certainly well rested ...
    Thank you for allowing us and we enjoy the beauty of the island through pictures,
    and what was mentioned in previous post.
    Have a wonderful Women's Day!

  8. What a beautiful resort!! The gardens looks wonderful and I love the view of pool and bay. I'd love to visit Curacao some day, too.

  9. Lovely post!!
    Happy women's day!!!!
    Ciao Alessandra

  10. Dearest Mariette,
    what a lovely place you have been! Wonderful pictures, thank you for showing us!
    Have a happy week and a happy women's day ;O)
    Sending love and hugs

  11. Hallo Mariette,
    das sieht nach einem echten Verwöhnurlaub aus. Wirklich ein tolles Hotel.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  12. Beautiful place and lovely pictures Mariette!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Love and hugs

  13. Dat ziet er uit als een droom vakantie...heerlijk....!!...liefs Ria...xxx..

  14. 8 Marzo..Quanta strada è stata fatta in questi ultimi decenni nella direzione della emancipazione e liberazione della donna, ma ne rimane ancora tanta da fare, che 8 marzo sia festa della donna tutto l'anno!!...ciao

  15. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist fast wie im Paradies.

    Sonnige Grüße


  16. What a beautiful place to be. No doubt you had a fabulous time. Thanks so much for the link to that wonderful idea for cans. Love it! Best wishes as you get settled back in at home. It's the weekend here. Yea! Hugs, Tammy

  17. Dear Mariette,
    What a gorgeous place to spend a holiday!

  18. What a beautiful place!


  19. Alsof je in Dubai bent geweest...
    Behalve dan voor die paar bergen, het ziet er hier net zo uit.

  20. Beautiful photos, it seems to be a very nice place to stay and relax. Thank you for sharing this beauty.


  21. Hey Mariette....Fabulous holiday retreat ...How could you not enjoy yourself....The picture say it all....in such fine detail...Thank you for sharing...Hugs

  22. "Maravilhoso é ser mulher!"
    Com altos e baixos, sorrisos e lágrimas.
    Parabéns pelo nosso dia!

  23. The photos are lovely and sounds like you had an enjoyable time. Looking forward to more pics from your travels.

  24. Thank you for taking us on a wonderful tour of the Hyatt Regency - Santa Barbara Plantation Curaçao. What a glorious destination! I think your lovely photographs should be used in the hotels brochure. Looks like a beautiful place to take a vacation. I can almost hear the rustle of the palm fronds.

  25. hach, liebe Mariette, bei diesen tollen Fotos gerate ich in's Schwärmen;
    einfach paradiesvoll schön!!

    einen lieben Gruß schickt Dir Traudi

  26. Dearest Mariette,
    Oh, flyer miles!!! It sure was worthwhile for you two♬♬♬
    I enjoyed the beautiful pictures, my dear friend. Your wonderful husband Pieter sure deserves this GORGEOUS vacation with you. Loved to see hom relaxed a lot.
    Many Hugs from east, xoxo Miyako*

  27. Looks like you were having a great time! Great photos of Pieter. He looks so relaxed and happy. It was a beautiful resort. Thanks for sharing, Ginger


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