A Curaçaoan Adventure: A Vibrant Fusion Of Food And Culture

Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Curaçao beckons with its stunning landscapes, rich heritage, and adventurous spirit; it’s where the charm of the Caribbean meets a tapestry of new cultures and culinary delights. From exploring the impressive architecture to snorkelling in azure waters – Curaçao is a jewel of natural beauty offering adventure to travelers seeking a unique and immersive experience.

aerial view of sandals royal curacao

Nestled on the South Coast, where the Tafelberg Mountain meets the horizon, Sandals Royal Curaçao stands out as the best place to savor Curaçao’s charms and explore the island’s laid-back, beach party vibe. With 11 dining options, including eight restaurants, three food trucks, and 13 bars to awaken your senses, the resort ensures an authentic journey into the island’s culinary culture. Indulge in live entertainment, a whole host of watersports, and unlimited food and drinks, all included in your stay, as you embrace the vibrant rhythms of Curaçao.

Ripe For Exploration

Begin your journey in Curaçao by immersing yourself in the island's rich heritage. Explore the colorful streets of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where pastel-hued buildings line the waterfront, showcasing Dutch architecture with a Caribbean twist. Wander through the iconic Handelskade and visit historic landmarks such as Fort Amsterdam and the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue - the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas.

woman in yellow dress exploring willemstad curacao

Adventure Awaits

For thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts, Curaçao offers an adventure to satisfy every craving. Dive into the azure waters teeming with marine life and vibrant coral reefs, where snorkeling and scuba diving wonders await. Explore hidden coves and secluded beaches along the picturesque coastline or embark on a hiking expedition through the island's scenic landscapes, discovering hidden waterfalls and panoramic vistas along the way.

aerial view of willemstad and surrounding azure water

A Journey Of Culinary Delights

What truly sets the island apart is its culinary landscape; a celebration of flavors influenced by Creole, Latin, and Dutch cuisines. Some traditional island fare includes dishes such as Keshi Yena (read on to find out more!), Kabritu Stoba (goat stew), and fresh seafood delicacies infused with local spices and flavors. When you stay in a Butler Suite at Sandals Royal Curaçao for 7 nights or more, you get the opportunity to experience all of this with our Island All-Inclusive dining program. Choose from a curated collection of local restaurants that serve up delectable authentic cuisine reflecting Curaçao's diverse cultural influences.

Click here to learn more about the program.

table of curacao food dishes

Why not transport yourself to the island and embrace the laid-back rhythms of Curaçao from home? Our “A Love for Adventure” playlist will put you in the mood with a curated mix of upbeat anthems while you cook some of the island’s culinary delights.


Satisfy your tastebuds with an exploration of Curaçao’s food and drinks

Keshi Yena

Representing their cultural heritage, Curaçao’s national dish is prepared on special occasions and as a staple in local households.


1 large onion
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 dill pickles, minced
1 large green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
8 large stuffed green olives, sliced
1 1⁄2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
1⁄4 cup golden raisin
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1⁄2 cup ketchup
1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chopped cashews
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 lb gouda cheese, sliced


1: Melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the onions and sauté until they turn a golden brown color.

2: Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the cheese.

3: Butter a baking pan and line it with slices of Gouda. Then pour the chicken mixture on top, and top with the rest of the cheese slices.

4: Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, then put it under your broiler for a few minutes, just long enough to start browning the cheese.

zuka restaurant at sandals royal curacao

Dive into Zuka at Sandals Royal Curacao, where Latin Fusion cuisine meets exquisite cocktails in a stunning atmosphere. Exclusive to Sandals guests, Zuka promises a unique culinary journey with vibrant flavors and innovative dishes. Experience the essence of Latin culture in every bite.

Why not pair this traditional Curaçaoan dish with a cocktail made from one of the island’s most well-known products – Blue Curaçao Liqueur:

Purple Rain cocktail


1.5 oz. Appleton Estate V/X
1 splash Blue Curaçao Liqueur
1 splash Sweet and Sour Mix
1 splash Soda Water
1 oz. Cranberry Juice


1: Take your Appleton Rum and put it into a highball glass with ice. Top with cranberry juice.

2: Add Blue Curaçao, sweet and sour mix and soda.

3: Shake your glass gently then add more Blue Curaçao. The goal is for your mixture to turn a neat royal purple colour. When this happens, garnish if desired, and serve.

woman enjoying tranquility soaking tub at sandals royal curacao

Sandals Resorts in Curaçao has unearthed a whole new island adventure that epitomizes the Caribbean identity that so many of us yearn to experience. Whether you’re seeking culinary diversity or hoping to explore the island’s natural treasures, it’s time to awaken your senses to a harmonious blend of color, culture and creativity.

Follow us on Instagram, jam along to our A Love for Adventure playlist, and let the warming sounds of Curaçao give you a sense of island life.

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