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The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Launch Brand New App
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 15 november 2019 11:43

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives have launched their brand-new official app. Designed to enhance the guest experience by helping them get the most of out their visit before, during and after their stay on property, the new app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play for free download and installation.
In this digitally-connected world where everything is just a click away, our new app will help us to ensure that we are meeting the demands of today’s tech-savvy travelers with a mobile-first, touchscreen enabled, user friendly app,” said Aracely Sansone, Vice President of Marketing for Divi & Tamarijn Aruba. “From booking their stay to helping them physically navigate their way around the resorts to learning about activities and entertainment or staying up-to-date on new contests to enter, the app is intended to augment our guests’ engagement with and experience of the two sister resorts.
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Fun and easy to use on smartphones and across all devices, the app performs a number of functions for guests. Upon opening the app, users are prompted to create a profile. Users’ profiles include their name, photo and email with options to add a description of themselves, their location, to receive message notifications from Divi & Tamarijn Aruba and to connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once a user’s profile is complete, the app features a scrollable homepage with a tappable menu button appearing at the top left.
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Upon scrolling through the homepage or menu, users have options to book their stay at the Divi Aruba or Tamarijn Aruba with a flight or hotel-only. The Book Here page also includes a booking option for travel agents, phone numbers to call for reservations, past guest comments, images of the properties’ awards and recognitions, links to Divi & Tamarijn Aruba’s websites and buttons to connect to the properties’ social media pages, call or book now. Users can also book tickets to Guy Bavli’s “Master of the Mind” show, learn more about all the facilities, amenities and services available at the resorts, book golf tee times at The Links at Divi Aruba golf course conveniently located just across the street from the properties, book tennis court times, reserve car rentals, learn about island excursions offered by De Palm Tours, book a spa treatment at the Indulgence by the Sea spa located at Divi Aruba, learn more about the adjacent Alhambra Casino or view the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba Instagram feed.
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In addition, users can learn about activities available at the properties and a Geo-locator button at the bottom right provides the option to view their location on a map and route themselves to easily navigate to where they want to go. They can also check out the properties’ restaurants and premium restaurant upgrades, which also feature Geo-location and routing along with hours of operation, theme nights and menus (premium restaurant upgrades also include a link to book reservations). Further, users can view the weekly fun schedule or the nightly entertainment schedule at both Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba with options to leave a comment or share with a friend, contact the manager, or simply tell the properties about their stay.
Smart room connection is coming soon and will allow a user to control the lights in their guest room directly through the app.

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*Article written by Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives
*Photos by Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Hilton Aruba’s Blue Energy Committee Sponsors 2019 Meal Packaging Event
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 13 november 2019 15:24

On Saturday October 19th, 2019, Fundacion Pa Nos Comunidad (FPNC), held its 2nd annual Meal Packaging Event, at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. The room was lined with work-tables and teams of volunteers, empowered to become heroes in the communities, filled with a deep sense of satisfaction and social responsibility, while having a good time.

The project titled “Connect to Impact� was set to package 50.000 meals in just one day. These 50.000 meals would be given to FPNC registered families in need, throughout the year.

Each package can feed up to four people. This year FPNC added different types of food to enhance the monthly provisions: Spanish rice, mac & cheese, apple & cinnamon oatmeal and rice & beans.

This meal packaging project is very important, explains Director Gianaika van der Biezen, because it contributes to hunger fight on Aruba and simultaneously promotes FPNC’s goal to provide healthy and nutritious food for local families in need.

This year’s community event at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino was attended by teams from various local companies. In order to participate, companies ‘purchase’ tables and formed work-teams consisting of 10 people, against a donation of AWG 1500,- to FPNC.

In return each group was given all products and materials necessary to create the food packages, weighing and assembling all ingredients, for home use. FPNC ran several four-hour shifts that day, and by the early afternoon, its goal was achieved; 50.000 boxes were neatly assembled ready for use in the months to come.

FPNC is the official Food Bank of Aruba. Its mission is to prevent and fight poverty, emotional distress and social exclusion and to promote participation, poverty-care and the general welfare on the island. The foodbank has aided families with financial challenges in Aruba, covering basic needs, since 2009. This wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of individuals, and the wholehearted donations from patrons and organizations.

The Blue Energy Committee at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, which helps plan the different community service activities, felt the project fits in perfectly with the company’s philosophy investing in the local community for more than 100 years, determined to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for all.

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Take a peek at last year’s “Connect to Impact” event below:

*Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

*Photos by  Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino


UB40 ft Ali Campbell & Astro and Others in AITO Concert
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 01 november 2019 17:07

After much anticipation the 2nd Island TakeOver Festival takes place tonight a The Harbor Arena downtown Aruba. The festival started on Wednesday with the Atech conference and continues tonight with the main concert night. The line-up will consist of legendary Reggae band UB 40 ft. Ali Campbell and Astro celebrating their 40th anniversary. From Red Red Wine to Can’t help falling in love, fans will be singing their hearts out their music selection. Also, the concert will have latin sensations Sech, Lunay, Alex Sensation, Dimelo Flow & Chris Jeday. These artists have the biggest hits in Reggaeton at the moment and will give an extraordinary performance.

The doors open at 7 pm and the concert ends at approximately 1.30 am. Besides the main concert the festival continues on Saturday and Sunday. If you purchase a VIP ticket, you are able to attend all of the events.

Tickets are still available at Gas Stations Citgo Boulevard., Citgo Essoville, Citgo Palm Beach, Superfood, Fun Miles, Craft and online at www.islandtakeover.com.

Starting at noon on Saturday, EF and Partai will host the famous Pool Party at the Renaissance Hotel Pool Deck with DJs like Roberto Surace, April Love, Vainc, Jean Perez and more. The pool party is accessible to people who have VIP or Table tickets. At night Palm Beach lights up with the Block Party at The Village Mall located in front of The Hilton Hotel. Earlier in the evening at the Marriott Resort there will be a “Chef’s Takeover Pop Up“. Here international chefs from Peru, Argentina, Aruba and Venezuela, will take over the lobby for an incredible culinary night. Closing the festival on Sunday, Pelican Pier at The Holiday Inn will be the backdrop.

Island TakeOver is a made possible by The Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba Trading Company and SETAR NV as sponsors and a thank you to Marriott Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, Holiday Inn, The Mill Resorts, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Aruba Renaissance Hotel, Divi Resorts, Barcelo , Eagle Resort, Atech, Funmiles, EF, Elite Productions and Amigo Car Rental.

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Article written by Island TakeOver Team


Grow a tree initiative PlantAruba invited the public to BAN LANTA Y PLANTA
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
dinsdag 29 oktober 2019 09:47

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort hosts press conference of PlantAruba, a local initiative to enrich the quality of life for our residents and future generations, with trees.

The goal is clear: Ban Lanta y planta. The initiative is the brainchild of Ewald Biemans, Chief Environmental Officer of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, who was inspired by a story on social media where planting trees by a couple over some years led to reforestation of a previously stripped and barren expanse of land. After sharing the story on social media, inspired local community members organized and activated a fresh and powerful initiative and called it PlantAruba. The founders consist of environmental activists and local conservationists in the field and together they created an action plan to motivate the community to achieve a greener and cooler Aruba with the beautiful simplicity of planting trees. During the press conference, the architects of the plan shared their vision and objectives of the planting of (indigenous) trees, including regional fruit trees on residential plots, government land, and commercial land.

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Photo by Ban Lanta y Planta

The Ban Lanta y Planta campaign from October 25 – November 25 is a social media contest where those entering have an opportunity to win prizes if they plant a tree, film the planting, and share and like it on facebook. Further details can be found on the Ban Lanta y Planta social media pages. Anita Aerts, chairwoman PlantAruba explains, “If every homeowner will plant one tree, we will have about 40,000.00 additional trees on the island. Start small with just one tree and you will make a difference. The added bonus is that you will add shade and a cooler space in your garden, which ultimately will help with energy costs if the tree is planted strategically.� Aerts added.

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Photo by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Inaugural Mango Tree (Pictured left to right) Mr. Ewald Biemans – CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Ms. Suzy Maduro – PR PlantAruba, Dr. Rudy Lampe – Minister di Enseñansa, Ms. Anita Aerts – Chairwoman PlantAruba, Mr. Roy Maduro – PlantAruba

After the press conference, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort launched the program by planting the first tree, a Mango tree, and two other fruit trees in its Resort garden. Ewald Biemans explained: “Planting these trees is just the beginning as we aim to plant many more. We hope this beautiful inaugural Mango tree will inspire the community and inform of the benefits of planting indigenous and regional trees. Trees help against CO2 output, offer shade, cool their surroundings and possibly bear fruit. After some time to take root, trees do not need a lot of water. Let’s all Ban Lanta y Planta for a greener Aruba�, Biemans added.

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Top Travel Journalists Honor Bucuti & Tara Aruba Resort Founder
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
maandag 28 oktober 2019 17:09

Ewald Biemans, owner/CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, was delighted with a surprise award this week with a 2019 Phoenix Award from the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Founded in 1955, the esteemed group’s goal is to inspire travel through responsible journalism. Its members include more than 1,000 travel writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, public relations experts and hospitality industry representatives from the United States and Canada.

The Phoenix Award is SATW’s highest recognition bestowed to individuals, businesses, organizations and communities who have demonstrated exceptional efforts in preserving, conserving, beautifying or protecting the historic, cultural and natural resources of an area. These tangible results enhance the economic, socio-cultural heritage, and/or environmental benefits to the destination and its value to tourism. This year’s honorees were announced Monday, during the SATW Annual Convention in El Paso, Texas. Biemans was the only individual among the three winners. His leadership in driving Bucuti & Tara to become the first and only certified carbon-neutral hotel in the Caribbean was a highlight during the event.

“In 1969, long before the term ‘eco-tourism’ became a buzzword, SATW created an award to recognize conservation and preservation efforts around the world. Fifty years later, the Society’s members continue to nominate individuals, communities, and organizations that have contributed to a quality travel experience through their conservation, preservation, beautification or environmental efforts. SATW’s Board of Directors is proud to honor this year’s three outstanding winners,â€� said David Swanson, SATW President.

“I am overwhelmed and truly grateful to be honored with the 2019 Phoenix Award from the dedicated professionals of the Society of American Travel Writers,� shares Ewald Biemans, owner/CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. “In particular, I’m thankful to writer Bob Curley who nominated me and has long helped share Bucuti’s story and that of Aruba with the world.�

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Article written by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort


Grand Opening Wind Creek Seaport Casino
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
donderdag 24 oktober 2019 17:08

After months of preparation and renovation, we are ready to welcome you to a brand new casino where ‘Island meets modern Dutch’; Wind Creek Seaport Casino. The Grand Opening takes place on Saturday, October 26th starting at 10 AM with 12-hours of nonstop fun, music, food, drinks and $20.000 in cash prizes!

Grand Opening
You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of Wind Creek Seaport Casino on Saturday, October 26th starting at 10 AM. The opening starts with a local brass band presentation to kick off the big celebration by dancing on this contagious Caribbean rhythm followed by a traditional folkloric dance of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Alabama representing the blessing for a new beginning. After the official opening ceremony, the celebration continues with 12-hours of nonstop fun, music, food, drinks and $20.000 in cash prizes!

Nonstop Celebration!
Be part of our big celebration with free play and drawings held every hour from 10 AM till 6:30 PM. You’ll receive one entry ticket for every 75 base-points earned at both Wind Creek Crystal Casino and Wind Creek Seaport Casino from 7 AM on Monday, October 21st through 6 PM on Saturday, October 26th. On Saturday starting at 2 PM, all the fun moves to Wind Creek Seaport Casino, where you’ll earn double the entries for the grand prize cash giveaway. Drawings begin at 7 PM with prizes every hour and at 10 PM we ring the bell and conclude this celebration where one lucky player will be walking away with $10.000 cash!

We start the celebration at 11 AM with special musical performance by Bambu Band till 2 PM. After Bambu Band we take you to the Caribbean with some steelpan tunes and give you the chance to explore and discover the new Wind Creek Seaport Casino with the latest in new gaming machines and technology, table gaming, lights effects and much more. Starting at 8 PM at the side stage of the Renaissance Marketplace, NFuzion Band will be performing live till 11 PM.

More chances to win
To make this grand opening even more special, we’re giving you extra chances to earn more entries so that you can walk away with the grand prize of $10.000 cash. With every $50 spent on Saturday at Renaissance Mall, Renaissance Marketplace, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, Aquarius, Okeanos Spa or Fresco, you handover your receipt at player services, become a Wind Creek Casino Member with a chance to win the grand prize. Entry ticket is valid for every drawing on the hour starting at 7 PM. Last call for entries is at 9:30 PM. In order to qualify and participate in the drawing, you must be present and be actively signed in into your rewards account.

Join us Saturday, October 26th and be part of this Grand Opening of Wind Creek Seaport Casino. Don’t forget to visit the ‘Player Services’ of Wind Creek Casinos Aruba to sign up and receive your free rewards card and start earning points. Wind Creek Crystal Casino is open 24-hours and Wind Creek Seaport Casino opens at 10 AM thru 4  AM.

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Article written by Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino


Aruba Makes Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
dinsdag 22 oktober 2019 14:08

Lonely Planet has just revealed their annual “Best in Travel” lists comprised of 10 top countries, cities, regions, and best value destinations to visit in the next year ahead.

The lists include best destinations, journeys and sustainable travel experiences for the year 2020.

We are excited to announce that our little happy island of Aruba has made the top countries list, coming in at number four!

View Lonely Planet’s full “Best in Travel 2020 Top Countries” list.

The reputable travel guide not only mentioned Aruba’s breathtaking, pristine beaches but also the colorful, thriving and culture-filled city of San Nicolas, also known as “Sunrise City”.

In addition to the island’s sought out beaches and offered cultural experiences, Aruba’s contribution and action towards renewable energy solutions and sustainability was recognized.  As recently, it has been announced by Prime Minister, Evelyn Wever-Croes that Aruba has plans to be a platform for multiple countries to test and demonstrate different sustainable solutions.

Discover all you need to know about your travel and stay in Aruba!


Boardwalk to Re-open in November as Boutique Hotel
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
maandag 14 oktober 2019 16:39

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba will officially re-open on November 15, 2019. The hotel, now celebrating 30 years, is adding 32 new casitas, a multi-experience pool, fitness & spa facility, an inviting Lobby and on-trend food and beverage offerings at the added Lobby Café. The property’s existing 14 spacious casitas were recently refreshed and refurbished.

The family-run hotel set on the lush and secluded grounds of a historic coconut plantation is best known for its barefoot luxury and spacious rooms in comfortable Caribbean-style casitas. The 32 new casitas feature unique characteristics and a well-thought aesthetic for each one. Guests can stay in various intimate suites, oversized one and two bedroom casitas, a stand-alone villa equipped with a private plunge pool, and a palapa-style lodge offering stunning sea views and a wrap-around terrace. Four coco casitas feature one-of-a-kind, hand-painted murals depicting Aruba’s local flora and fauna, as well as outdoor showers just off of the indoor bathrooms.

The boutique hotel’s signature patios, barbecue grills, and hammocks are featured with every casita, as well as large living spaces and fully-equipped, modern kitchens and kitchenettes. The addition of 32 new casitas extends the Boardwalk’s lush coco oasis, adding more outdoor seating areas for reading and relaxation. The new multi-experience pool caters to the entire family with intimate pool-decks, over-water hammock, water features, a kid-friendly pool entry and daily poolside bar service. A second pool offers secluded indulgence in a lush oasis.

Maintaining eco-friendly operations and minimizing their footprint, solar panels, double glassed windows and doors, ultra-efficient energy management systems, and 100% led lighting are some of the measures that have been included in the property updates. All 32 new casitas are Green Buildings, constructed with Nudura and Insuldeck isolating materials, while all of the 46 casitas feature in-room dispensers with locally made shampoos and conditioners, instead of offering individual plastic containers.

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel guests will find dining, shopping, and entertainment just steps away on famed Palm Beach. The hotel’s dedicated beach area, now even more spacious than before, is easily accessible by a new complimentary shuttle service. Beach service includes free use of beach huts, towels, lounge beds and F&B offerings delivered by Segway, at a fee.

Consistently ranked Aruba’s #2 hotel on TripAdvisor, Boardwalk embodies a rare, authentic sense of place, effortlessly synergizing a laid-back island lifestyle, exceptional service and dedicated attention to detail. Boardwalk is a family-run boutique hotel, managed by local owners and operators.

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Article written by Boardwalk Hotel Aruba


Condé Nast Traveler Names Bucuti & Tara a Top Caribbean Resort
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
dinsdag 08 oktober 2019 09:04

The votes are in РBucuti & Tara Beach Resort has been named by readers of Cond̩ Nast Traveler among the Top 50 Resorts in the Caribbean.

The romantic enclave made a major jump on the highly coveted 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards list, up 13 spots to No. 26. Additionally, Bucuti & Tara leads the four winners from One Happy Island. At just 104 rooms, the resort topped the three other Aruba winners, all being large hotels with at least 360 rooms each.

“Being recognized by the very guests we strive so hard for in providing a sustainable, laidback luxury vacation is a true honor for us from Condé Nast Traveler,� shares Ewald Biemans, owner/CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. “As competition increases, I’m proud of our Bucuti associates who continue to raise the bar and lead the guest service experience by providing an authentic, unforgettable stay.�

More than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers worldwide submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, countries, islands, hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines, trains, airlines, and airports—good or bad. Results will also be highlighted in the November print issue due on newsstands in late October.

United Nations recognition
The adults-only resort continues to make news with their environmental and guest satisfaction achievements. Most recently, it was named a finalist of the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Awards. The UN invited Bucuti & Tara to enter their climate action competition after learning of the resort’s achievement of becoming the first and only certified carbon-neutral hotel in the Caribbean.

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Article written by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort


The Eat Local Dinner Menu at Sunset Grille Highlights Aruban Favorites
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
maandag 30 september 2019 17:39

In honor of Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week, the Culinary Brigade of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino created a delicious, three-course dinner menu for just $40 per person, with three starter, three entrée and three dessert choices.

From October 1st to the 14th, patrons are invited to discover fine dining with local flair at the Sunset Grille.

The special Eat Local dinner menu features the restaurant’s famous Lobster Bisque, the classic Steakhouse Wedge and the traditional Caesar Salad, among appetizers.

Entrees include: Organic Chicken Breast with Crisp Panko Parmesan Crust, Sautéed Spinach, Mushroom Risotto, Dijon Sauce, and Parmesan Mousse; Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna with Fennel Marmalade, Togarashi Aioli and Wakame Cucumber with a side of Grilled Vegetables and Polenta; The island’s signature local Red Snapper, “caught by the resort’s own bellman Johnny�, served with Tomatoes, Herbs, a modern Creole Sauce, Zucchini and Friend Plantain, just the way the locals love it.

For dessert, patrons may choose between the Chocolate Cake, New York Cheesecake or Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Ponche Crema sauce.

Sunset Grille is one of the leading restaurants on the island, serving dinner nightly, seven days a week, open from 5:30pm to 10:30pm, offering indoor and outdoor seating, on the spectacular deck overlooking tree tops and a waterfall.

Make a reservation or view more information on Sunset Grille.

Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino 

 


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