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Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is Proud to Introduce Executive Sous Chef Katia Soujol
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
maandag 16 september 2019 17:19

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino hosted a four-course wine dinner on Friday, September 13, with a delectable menu created by French-trained Executive Chef Matt Boland, and French-born Executive Sous-Chef Katia Soujol.

Chef Soujol recently joined the culinary brigade of the resort with a commitment to bring her vast knowledge including grandma’s traditional bouillabaisse and ratatouille recipes, to the kitchen, and pass them on to the next generation of Culinarians in Aruba.

The chef who hails from Provence, France, started cooking with her grandma in the countryside, then later followed her passion and her heart and graduated from the Culinary Institute in Nice, France.

From then on she garnered impressive accolades everywhere she went; from Master Chef of France, to Top French American Chef. Her nomad career took her to great Michelin restaurants in France, the UK, and Germany, and midway she joined Hilton in Colorado and later on in California, USA, combining her career with teaching Culinaria at the Art Institute of California and Long Beach Community College.

Her career continued to evolve as she spent time at famous Chef Pascal Restaurant in Newport Beach and served as Executive Chef of Pastis Restaurant in West Hollywood, California, later relocating to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a Four-Seasons Resort in glamorous Beverly Hills.

Chef Soujol shares that during one of her trips to China, she volunteered in a number of orphanages. Following the devastating earthquake on April 2015 in Nepal, she was compelled to volunteer for food and supplies delivery in the mountains surrounding Kathmandu. Katia is grateful to report that she survived the May 12th aftershock of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

That adventure, along with many others, including; cooking in Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and India, appearing in many magazines, radio and TV shows, promoting her special recipes, and making guest cooking appearances surely prepared Soujol for her role in Aruba, as Executive Sous-Chef at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

And while she admits that at first she had no clue where the island was located on the map, when the offer came, she was happy after two decades of traveling, to settle down on the One Happy Island.“If I ever get married on Aruba,� she banters, “my husband should not expect to have an award- winning chef in the kitchen.� “I really love dining out,� she declares. “Even fast food,� she adds, which is an indication that she has already caught on to the Aruban way.

View more information on Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

The Bahamas needs our support
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 13 september 2019 17:01

On September 1st, 2019, The Bahamas was hit by hurricane Dorian… A name that is now prominently engraved in Bahamian history as the worst hurricane that has ever hit the islands. Many of the residents of The Bahamas have lost their homes, and many are still missing.

These are challenging times, but please know that we are thinking about our Caribbean sister island. We would like to remind you on behalf of our fellow Caribbean sister, The Bahamas…that the islands are more than just a tourist destination with pretty beaches, it is home to people who are still hoping for a future for their country.

In order for them to have a more promising future, we urge you to show up as a tourist. Show your support for the Bahamians and visit the islands of The Bahamas that weren’t affected. Here is a map of the unaffected islands.

VisitTheBahamas Instagram

They are still beautiful vacation destinations with beautiful people who will welcome you with open arms.

Let us help the Bahamians in their road to rebuild their life in the country that has been a location where millions of fond memories have been created by not only the locals, but by the millions of visitors too.

For more information on how we can help please visit:

Aruba Island Takeover 2019 ARTIST LINEUP Released
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 06 september 2019 17:19

Last year was the official launch of the Aruba Island TakeOver Festival, also known under the acronym AITO, and by the final day in November 2018, people were already excitedly awaiting the 2019 event details.

During a press conference, one of the festival organizers, Elite Empire Entertainment, announced that the following artists will be performing for this year’s AITO event: the iconic English reggae and pop band, UB40, Panamanian singer, Sech, Puerto Rican singer, Lunay, Colombian musical artist, Alex Sensation, and Aruba’s own pride and joy when it comes to the world of music, Jeon.

What can you expect from Aruba Island TakeOver – the 2019 edition? Well, first of all it’s gonna be a 5-day event starting on October 30th (Halloween costumes and festivals, anybody?) with its final festival day set for Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.

Secondly, event organizers promise a multitude of diverse activities, unlike the year before, to spice up the festival feels even more.

Thirdly, the festival arrangers, also announced that even more names will be dropped in the following weeks with regards to entertainers who will be performing at Aruba Island TakeOver this year. So stay pending!


*Photos by ARTN Photography

“My Promise to Aruba,� Hilton Graduates Team Members with Zjeito
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 30 augustus 2019 12:00

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino invited its team members to participate in the official Mi Compromiso, the Aruba certification program, given by the Aruba Excellence Foundation, designed to make those working in the island’s hospitality sector into true Aruban ambassadors having reached exceptional knowledge of the island, paired with a commitment to provide best service to visitors, with Zjeito.

Mi Compromiso cu Aruba, meaning my commitment or promise to Aruba, is a government sponsored educational program targeting all persons working in tourism.

The program enhances participants’ knowledge of the island’s tourist product, with a focus on excellence in service and the sustainability of the island’s environment.

Designed by the Ministry of Tourism, it is an investment in people, improving the level of professionalism and upgrading knowledge of the island.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino hosted a number of rounds of the certification program, scheduling many employees. Together they explored the most important chapters of Aruba’s history and the development of the tourism industry.

They also reviewed natural resources, culture, attractions, service standards, and awareness of their own personal development, along with the official program curriculum which included Tourism, Sustainability, History of Aruba, Excellent Service, Excellent Communication and Winning Attitude.

Most importantly, the program revived an old Papiamento concept Zjeito, the secret of Aruba’s cordiality and friendliness. Together, the forum explored the deep meaning of the local Zjeito, and its manifestation in the island’s way of life and how it is transmitted to visitors.

Pictured here, the happy graduates smiling with Zjeito, and showing off their certificates of course completion.

Hilton Aruba Graduates with Zjeito
*Photo by Hilton Aruba


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Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino


Sunset Grille Presents a Night with Rodney Strong
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
donderdag 29 augustus 2019 16:11

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino celebrated its 60th anniversary last month, and launched a “60 days of celebration� campaign, highlighting the resort’s deep roots within the Aruban hospitality, history and culture.

The second in the series of Sunset Grille wine dinners on September 13th, 2019, showcases the steakhouse’s elevated cuisine in collaboration with a top-tier local wine supplier.

The four-course pairing dinner guided by Divino’s sommelier packs extra star power. The menu for the evening was created by French-trained Executive Chef Matt Boland, and French-born Executive Sous-Chef Katia Soujol.

Katia, who hails from Provence, France, started cooking with her grandma in the countryside, then later followed her passion and graduated from the Culinary Institute in Nice.

From then on she garnered impressive accolades everywhere she went, from Master Chef of France, to Top French American Chef. Her nomad career took her to great Michelin restaurants in France, the UK, and Germany, and midway she joined Hilton in the USA, combining her career with teaching Culinaria at the Art Institute of California and Long Beach Community College.

Cooking in Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and India, appearing in many magazines radio and TV shows, promoting her special recipes, and making guest cooking appearances surely prepared Katia for her role in Aruba, as Executive Sous-Chef at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. And while she admits that she at first had no clue where the island was located on the map, when the offer came, she decided to bring her knowledge to Hilton Aruba and pass it on to the next generation of Culinarians.

On the menu, for the second in the series of Sunset Grille wine dinners:

Coconut and citrus tiradito with salmon rillettes, paired with Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc 2017, as the appetizer.

Lobster Thermidor, paired with, Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2016, as the seafood course.

Lamb loin with mushroom gastrique and blue cheese pan bollo, paired with Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2015, as the main course, and warm chocolate and espresso cake paired with, Rodney Strong Symmetry 2014, for dessert.

The evening starts off with a welcome reception 6:30pm at Mira Solo Bar, and seating commences at 7:00pm in Sunset Grille, all at the reasonable $99 per person, in honor of the property’s 60th anniversary as the first luxury hotel on the island.

About Rodney Strong Vineyards

A family-owned winery based in Healdsburg, California, founded in 1959 by wine pioneer and former dancer, Rodney Strong, the winery focuses solely on Sonoma County grape growing and wines. Rodney Strong Vineyards sources from throughout Sonoma County and has 14 estate vineyards.

More Sunset Grille Info


*Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino



*Photos by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino



Snaps for Santos and BASHA Foundation’s Poetry Night!
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
donderdag 22 augustus 2019 12:22

On July 31st, 2019, Santos Coffee with Soul and Basha Foundation hosted a poetry night in Aruba titled, ‘Dedicated to…‘.

Their open-mic event welcomed one and all from the Aruban community and visitors alike to perform their own interpretation of the same-titled prompt.

Everyone was all smiles and very attentive when the poets took stage to perform their piece!


Santos was so pleased by the event that they shared the following caption on their Facebook page, along with some snapshots of the night:

“A week ago we had an amazing #poetrynight event at Santos Coffee with Soul. It was a night filled with great vibes, inspiration, beautiful people and overflowing talent!

Kudos to Basha Foundation this was an wonderful collaboration!

We also want to thank everyone for coming by!

Be pending of more events and memorable times at #santoscoffeewithsoul.”

Basha Foundation

Established back in 2016, Basha Foundation, focuses on collaboration with social, cultural and historical groups and associations, especially through the development and support of creative expressions via poetry and performance arts.

Santos Coffee with Soul

Santos is a quaint and Insta-worthy boutique coffee shop located next to Divi Aruba All Inclusive and across from The Shops at Alhambra specializing in fresh baked goods, caffeinated beverages, and specialty drinks. Furthermore, they have a tremendous happy hour deal where dollar priced drinks are switched for the local’s florin currency.

*Photos by Santos Coffee with Soul & Basha Foundation

The Divi Aruba All Inclusive Offers a Fall Foodie Getaway in 2019
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 21 augustus 2019 10:30

The Divi Aruba All Inclusive is offering guests a first class dining experience this fall with award-winning, Boston-based Chefs Chris Coombs and Adrienne Wright. The chefs will create an Aruba inspired exclusive 4-course dinner with 2 Amuses and wine pairing at Fusion Restaurant & Piano Bar on the nights of October 25 and 26, 2019.

While our guests always have the option to dine all inclusive at ten dining venues, hosting this special event allows us to present a sophisticated evening dinner that highlights our top-quality food and additional restaurant options,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba. “It is a means of raising the bar as we strive to exceed expectations for our culinary offerings.

Promotional rates start at $199 per person, per night and include the cooking demonstration event on either Friday, October 25 or Saturday, October 26 in addition to an all inclusive stay at Divi Aruba. Guests need only book their reservations by October 15 for a stay anytime between October 15 and November 3 using the booking code FOODIEGETAWAY. For more information about the dining event including the menu or to book the promotional offer, click here. For guests who already have existing reservations and would like to purchase the dinner separately, the cost is $120 per person.


Chef Christopher Coombs has become one of Boston’s top chefs and restaurateurs over the past decade. Known for his impeccable culinary technique and love for seasonal, local ingredients, Coombs oversees the culinary teams at his Boston Urban Hospitality restaurants: fine-dining mecca Deuxave; modern steakhouse, Boston Chops; and American Bistro, dbar. Under his leadership, Deuxave consistently shows up on Best of Boston lists, earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and just recently was named a Forbes Four Star Restaurant in 2018. Boston Chops in the South End opened five years ago and was voted Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Steakhouse” in 2014. Being named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2012 catapulted Coombs onto the national stage.

Chef Adrienne Wright is the executive chef at the Boston Urban Hospitality restaurant group. She works closely with Chef Chris Coombs and the culinary teams at each restaurant overseeing menu creation and execution across their three concepts. Adrienne was a finalist on season 16 of Bravo’s Top Chef and part of the winning team in Boston’s Culinary Fight Club in 2017. In 2015, Adrienne was featured on Zagat Boston’s “30 under 30” list for her menu creations at Deuxave, which are inspired by her own heritage as well as the cultures she has experienced in her travels. Her passion is making elevated dishes that blend flavors, techniques and ethnicities.

This gourmet dinner will afford guests the opportunity to sample intricate flavor combinations in addition to enjoying their trip to Aruba. Served in 4-courses with 2 Amuses and wine pairings, the creative menu features items such as Yellowtail and Hamachi Crudo, Spiced Long Island Duck Breast, Black Quinoa with Native Beans and Green Papaya as well as Spiced Mango Chutney and Coconut “Bolo Borracho.”

At Divi Aruba, ingredients are responsibly sourced for all of the restaurants including Argentinian grass-fed beef proven to be higher in certain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats, herbs and spices grown in the resort’s gardens and locally sourced ingredients incorporated into sauces, dishes and desserts. Breakfast buffets serve fresh local fruits each morning.

Located in Aruba, which is south of the hurricane belt, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby. Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties. All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of ten dining options, unlimited beverages at eight bars, the use of four freshwater pools, use of the brand new fitness and water sports center, a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment. The chic pool decks at both properties have become a central gathering place for guests of both properties to relax. The resorts offer a variety of packages including those for honeymoon, vow renewal, family, golf and wedding.


*Article written by Divi Aruba All Inclusive


*Photos by Divi Aruba All Inclusive



Guests Work Out to Keep the Lights on at This Top Caribbean Resort
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
dinsdag 13 augustus 2019 15:34

Now when guests at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort power up their workouts, they’ll be powering up the resort. The addition of SportsArt ECO-POWRTM exercise equipment now produces electricity – instead of consuming it. This is the newest initiative in the resort’s comprehensive wellness program.

Bucuti & Tara’s new line-up includes an electricity-generating indoor cycle, treadmill, recumbent bikes and upright bikes. The Caribbean’s first carbon neutral resort features a contemporary Fitness Centre with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters of Eagle Beach – the very environment Bucuti is committed to preserving. By working out on this new equipment, guests simultaneously work towards their personal wellness goals while protecting the environment since there isn’t a need to draw electricity.

How it works

Installing the new equipment is the same as traditional electricity-based workout machinery. Kilowatts generated by exercise are converted to AC power and sent back through Bucuti & Tara’s power grid to offset consumption. The innovative technology harnesses up to 74% of human energy and converts it to utility grade electricity. Resulting in carbon negativity, this new ECO-POWRTM equipment lets guests produce more energy than traditional electric-powered gym machines consume.

Powered by human energy

A single workout can produce 160 watt-hours of electricity. For comparison, on average, 100 watt-hours can power:

· A 50� LED television for 4+ hours

· Power mobile phone (fully drained and recharged daily) for 18 days

· 12w LED lightbulb (60w equivalent) for 8+ hours

· For fun, it can even power asking Amazon Echo to tell jokes – 25 of them to be exact!

Calculations are based on information from and Forbes.

Adding to the reward of guests knowing they’re reducing their carbon footprint while lowering energy consumption, Bucuti & Tara also integrated fun new metric tracking for guests’ workouts. In addition to tracking their own workout journey, the ECO-POWRTM cardio equipment featuring SA WELL+ technology lets guests see energy production tracking, even featuring a leaderboard portraying the top energy producers, both locally and globally.

Newest offering in comprehensive wellness program

Wellness at Bucuti & Tara has long been rewarding. A comprehensive program is staffed with wellness concierges who fully customize wellness itineraries. Services, instructors and personal trainers both onsite and offsite help health-focused guests pursue all the activities offered both at Bucuti & Tara and in Aruba. From private, onsite beach bootcamp, meditation and beach hut spa treatments, to offsite hiking, full moon yoga, watersports and even dance lessons, Bucuti’s wellness offerings are boundaryless.

Total wellness also includes dining. The resort’s Elements restaurant, popular on the food-forward Aruba dining scene, invites guests enjoy many healthy options including full menus of vegan/vegetarian, gluten free and world cuisine dishes. Additionally, Bucuti & Tara’s daily Healthy Hour, the first in the Caribbean, features nutrient-packed smoothies and mocktails served with a heart-healthy appetizer.

View more information on Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

Article written by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Sarah-Quita Offringa Secures Her Twelfth World Title in Freestyle Windsurf
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
donderdag 08 augustus 2019 10:25

2019 marked the 34th year in a row that the Windsurfing World Championship took place in Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria. Sarah-Quita Offringa, a local from Aruba, has been participating since 2006 in the championship with back-to-back  climbs to the number one spot.

This year is no exception, Sarah Quita has managed to crush the waves and overpower the winds at Playa Barca beach in Gran Canaria and in doing so, beat her Dutch competitor Maaike Huvermann in the final.  Aruba’s Windsurfing Queen has yet again climbed to the top of the championship podium, proudly celebrating her 12th World Title in Freestyle Windsurf for 12 consecutive years.

Sarah-Quita Windsurf World Champion
*Photo by PWA World Tour

The 28 year old has been practicing since she was 9 years old and with her latest Freestyle championship, she now has 16 World Titles under her belt windsurf board. Watch the video below for Sarah Quita’s winning moves.

*Video by  Continentseven

In Sarah-Quita’s favourite words: AWO TIN KOS!*

Thank you for keeping Aruba’s name at the top and we look forward to hear more about Sarah-Quita’s windsurf endeavors around the world.


*Translated loosely from Papiamento as ‘It’s about to go down!’


Hilton Aruba Manager of the Year Continues to Gain Praise from Team Members and Guests
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
woensdag 07 augustus 2019 15:49

Director of Front Services Nelson Winklaar started working at the Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in 2012. He was promoted to Director of Front Services in 2017, and won the coveted Manager of the Year award in 2018.

Wiklaar and his fellow team members at the Front Service Department are the ones entrusted with making that first impression on arriving guests. Starting with the team’s bellmen, standing at the resort’s entrance ready to assist guests with their luggage and directing them to the check-in area, to the smiling faces of the front office agents who then check them in, and the concierges on the Palm Beach Club level who further enhance guests’ experience.

For Winklaar, the first and last impressions are the ones that count the most, and he further explains that much of the guests’ vacation experience relies on his teams’ efficient and timely collaboration with each other, and other hotel departments.

Admittedly, Winklaar shares that there can be pressure at times, especially since his team aims to please all guests. With a resort running a high occupancy year round, team members are obliged to think fast and are empowered to handle all challenges that come their way, while still promoting Hilton Honors membership, the restaurants, and Aruba in general.

“What I appreciate most,� says Winklaar, “is the opportunity to teach and guide my multi-tasking team members, and have the sense of shared satisfaction when we meet our department goals.�

Winklaar, a university hospitality graduate, worked at several other properties on Aruba before being recruited by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, and he appreciates the local touch that is so prevalent in the resort culture, the most.

“That local feel�, he says, “translates into the guest experience�, and while Hilton International was named the #1 company to work for in the U.S., earning the top spot on the prestigious Fortune list in its 100th year, the Aruba property, now in its 60th year, also provides team members a place where they can grow and thrive, and interact with like-minded guests, looking for that home-away-from-home involvement and friendship.

Thank you Winklaar for your hard work and dedication to your team. Your leadership style of helping your team develop and perform as highly as possible has a deep and lasting impact on your department’s performance and the resort. Enjoy the compliments and keep them coming.

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Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

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