Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba GoldenSpree

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GoldenSpree Holiday Inn Resort Aruba invites you to join a fantastic free program that gives our 60+ guests exclusive privileges, along with a commitment to personal attention, all from a name you trust.

Your GoldenSpree Membership opens the door to a world of excitement and fun, delivered with the special treatment that you deserve. Come on, join today and let the fun begin!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Aruba This Morning

Aruba: This is the view from De Palm Pier at Palm Beach this morning.

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba Sit On One of Aruba’s Best Beaches

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Are Proud that Aruba Beaches Were Ranked By Travelers on TripAdvisor As Runner-Up to Providenciales As the Best Beach Destination In the World

Aruba Beaches Rated #2 in the World in TripAdvisor 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards

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Oranjestad, Aruba – Anyone seeking the ultimate beach vacation will enjoy basking in the sun and sand at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives.  In addition to the opportunity to experience one of the “Top 25 Beach Destinations in the World" per TripAdvisor’s rankings, guests receive added value from the use of all facilities, services and amenities at two adjacent all-inclusive beachfront resorts with nine dining options and seven bars, most with ocean views.

Friday, March 23, 2012

When to Purchase International Airfare to Aruba

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When to Buy- For the cheapest international airfare, purchase your airline tickets between five months and between six weeks/one month before departure. Also, try to buy international airfare when an airline has an sale, but since these are not regular events, sign up airfare alerts which will let you know when prices come down.

Flexible Travelers Only- If you wait to purchase inside the 30-days before departure window, you may see an occasional good deal but these are usually worthwhile only for those whose travel dates are extremely flexible.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aruba: Vino Vince

Using various types of grapes and local fruits in several combinations, Vicente Kock has been able to produce local wine for the past quarter century. Shamu grapes (of Indian origin from Surinam), Galland grapes (Mediterranean grapes), and costa grapes (coastal grapes) are mixed with local fruits such as of the cashew, also found on trees in his gardens. From cuttings, Mr. Kock has also been able to grow such European grape varieties as sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and red and white muscatel, also added to the mix.
Taking into account the harsh sunlight and wind, as well as pests such as lizards, iguanas, birds and insects, producing the 400 bottles of wine annually is miraculous! Mr. Kock has mastered the art of grafting various varieties to create more hearty plants that can better weather the elements. The wines are for local use only and not for export. They contain no chemicals or preservatives. No machines are used in production. Aruba's arid desert soil is actually good for growing grapes. "The worse the soil, the better the grapes!" he explains.
TOURS AND INFORMATION: To obtain more information or visit the vineyard in Santa Cruz (Sombre 22-A) where Vino Vince is produced, call Vincente Kock at 585-3995 or 567-6623. Visits are generally scheduled for Monday and Thursday at 10 am.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Timeshare Marketplace Announces Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts

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For the fifth year running, leading timeshare marketplace releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

For the fifth year running, leading timeshare marketplace releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

7-Up is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce 7-Up to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. She came to the sanctuary in 2010 when the volunteers received a phone call that there was a roaming donkey in the vicinity of the Palomarga Racetrack. Catching this donkey proved to be very easy, as she was seriously ill. According to the vet she had anemia and she needed a series of drips. During the entire time that she received extra care, the volunteers also gave her extra vitamins, but nothing seemed to work. However, 7-Up had a surprise: she was around five months pregnant. Unfortunately she lost her baby; normally donkeys have a gestation period of eleven to fourteen months. After her miscarriage, 7-Up got her strength back and now she is as good as new.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Andrew is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Andrew to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Andrew is the 1-year old son of mother Sasha. A name giving contest was held and Andrew was chosen; actually his full name is Andrew Pikabu, but that name is too long. Andrew really listens to that name. He is a nice and quiet donkey; the only bad habit he has is that he keeps on biting the fence. He takes a good bite into the wood and inhales deeply. It is a strange habit, which sometimes occurs when horses or donkeys are bored. But Andrew is not bored at all; he is interacting with the other donkeys and has a whale of a time. So now and then we just replace the wood of the fence and that is that.

This beautiful donkey has been provided with a chip, just like all the other donkeys. On the chip is information about the donkey and its medical history. The donkeys at the sanctuary have a lot of friends with whom they can play all day long. And they love living there: they are well-cared for, they are fed and watered and when they are sick the vet is called. Yes, they are expensive customers for the sanctuary.

The volunteers are trying to cover the various costs with all kinds of activities and the sale of great donkey memorabilia in the shop. Fortunately, there are also visitors who wish to adopt a donkey, who buy something at the donkey shop or who make a donation. Thus they help support us. Everyone is welcome to visit the sanctuary, which has opening hours from 9 am until 4 pm and in the weekend from 10 am until 3. Entry is free of charge and one can enjoy a soft drink, a cup of coffee or a refreshing ice cream.

The volunteers of the sanctuary are hoping that somebody will adopt this friendly, lovely donkey. Of course the donkey will keep on living at the sanctuary; you only need to pay AWG. 30,-- per month for the donkey’s keep. With this amount you help support the sanctuary as well as your own donkey. And you will receive a beautiful certificate and a super T-shirt and your name and photo will be posted on our website. So please call the sanctuary at 593-2933; you can also register via the website or donate money on bank account number 40.03.025 at the Aruba Bank! Just do it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2012 Best Beaches in the World

Travelers’ Choice Award-winning World Beach Destinations

#2. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its annual 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Beach Destinations awards. One hundred eighty-one top beach locations were named around the world, covering 21 regions including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and the U.S.

Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated beach destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Canadian Olympic National Synchronized Swimming Team

You may be thinking, "What does the Canadian Olympic National Synchronized Swimming Team have to do with Aruba?" If you are a Canadian in need of pool training, in winter when there are meters of snow on the ground, Aruba is a perfect training destination.

Since 2010, and through their friendship with the Aruban synchronized swimmers, this is the second time that the team has been invited to choreograph and practice their routine at the Roly Bisslik Olympic Pool facilities. According to team coaches, when it comes time to practice for the Olympics, the warmth of its people is what attracts the team to Aruba.

Building on this experience, Aruba will continue to offer athletes from around the world an ideal destination to boost their training programs with it’s near perfect weather and top notch facilities.

About Aruba
Aruba, One happy island, is truly an extraordinary experience. Located only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City, the island is ideally situated in the southern Caribbean and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82 Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year. Aruba serves up 28 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous spas, vibrant casinos, extraordinary international and local cuisine, exclusive shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, world-famous festivals and events, clubs and cafes with live music and world class beaches. The backdrop of a cosmopolitan tropical destination with warm, hospitable people is the perfect place for first-time guests and loyal visitors. For more information, please call 1-800-TO-ARUBA, visit them online at or on Facebook.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chippie is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Chippie to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Chippie has been with us at the sanctuary since 1997. He used to be the leader of the herd, but he has lost that position to Chocolat. Although he is not a leader anymore, he has not lost his dominant traits and now and then he will show clearly who is the boss. Other than that he is a really nice donkey, who loves to be petted. That is because he grew up as a domesticated donkey. The people who took care of him, could not do so anymore and that is how Chippie came to live with us. His owners just called us and brought him to the sanctuary. That is how we like it: this is a much better way than turning an animal loose with all the risks of accidents and injuries that might cause.