Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Adds to Caribbean Presence with Exclusive Resort in Aruba

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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba: Set for 2013 opening

MIAMI, Fl. — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to unveil plans for The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, an exclusive 320-room oceanfront resort situated on the Caribbean island’s famed Palm Beach. Ushering in a new level of elegance in accommodations and amenities to the island, the grand resort will offer beautifully appointed rooms and suites, four dining outlets, a luxurious 13-treatment room spa, two swimming pools and a 24-hour casino. The hotel will also include The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, a private floor accessible only by elevator key, offering a savory selection of light fare and dedicated concierge service throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

InselAir New Airline in Aruba

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA November 30th, 2012- by placing his signature on the Air Operating Certificate, Minister Otmar Oduber officially recognized InselAir Aruba as the newest airline of Aruba.

For over 18 months InselAir Aruba worked on the creation of a new airline in Aruba which aims to promote tourism in Aruba by operating new routes.

In a meeting between Minister Oduber and InselAir in 2011 it was discussed what would be the best way to promote tourism to Aruba. In this meeting it was decided that the Aruban airlines each would strive to operate to different destinations, so that maximum output is achieved from those destinations for Aruba.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Up for adrenaline? Holiday Inn Resort Aruba goes Green!

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ARUBA December 1st, 2012- “Going Green” is more than just a saying, it is essential to the success as a hotel, and our role in corporate responsibility, as well our collective well-being as a planet and for the island. At the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba they recognize the impact of the business on the environment and are committed to conducting the business in a way that ensures environmental sustainability. All Hotels pertaining to the IHG Group are members of the Green Engage. The Green Engage programme is to reduce the Hotel’s carbon footprint by monitoring the use of water, electricity and the amount of waste materials produced. All staff are reminded daily to: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle. Holiday Inn is Resort Aruba is dedicated in balancing their commitment to the Green Policy without compromising on the comfort, standards and enjoyment of its Guests. Holiday Inn Resort Aruba believes that environmental sustainability means good business! That’s why they are proud to be a leader in “greening” the hospitality industry in Aruba adding brand new premium bike’s as an amenity for their Guests. All Guests that stays on property with the Holiday Inn, can enjoy a complimentary thrilling bike ride or take a spin along Palm Beach on the low-impact biking trails which will leave them invigorated.

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Offering Tech-Free Zones for Travelers Who Crave a Braincation

New survey shows travelers ready for some “Digital Detox” on their vacations.

For everyone who has ever had to deal with someone talking loudly into a cell phone while they were trying to relax, or felt pressured to be connected 24/7 to their job or elsewhere, The Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts collection is offering a solution.

The collection of nine exclusive resorts in seven locations across the Caribbean and Mexico will offer new optional “Braincation” tech-free zones beginning in December and running throughout the winter months. Guests wishing to enjoy some “digital detox” can retreat to a Braincation zone at each resort where they can enjoy peaceful relaxation with no cell phones or electronic devices in use. The Braincation zones will operate on the honor system and signs indicating an electronics-free environment will be designed to encourage guests to disconnect, relax and enjoy peaceful reading, conversation or other tech-free pursuits.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Say "I Do" and Stay in Paradise with the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba

All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon Packages

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (December 12, 2012) – Whether looking for a picturesque sandy beach on which to exchange vows or a complete retreat for their first escape as husband and wife, couples will enjoy saying “I do” to the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon packages.

Brides and grooms who choose either the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive for their marriage ceremony will also receive an added gift of savings. Once their wedding party books a minimum of 10 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights through participating vendors at the Divi Aruba, the newlyweds will receive a FREE honeymoon stay with an Oceanview room for up to 7 nights including:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

IHG Announces Renovation Plans for Upscale and Resort Properties in Key Caribbean Markets

IHG Announces Growth and Investment in the Caribbean

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced renovation plans for upscale and resort properties in key Caribbean markets, alongside recent additions to the region’s existing hotels. Owner and franchisee community continues to demonstrate confidence in IHG’s portfolio of strong brands, growing the Holiday Inn® Brand Family, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express® and Holiday Inn Resort®, as well as Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts estate.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meet the Charming and Talented Chef Ever De Peña at Ike’s Bistro, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

While instilled with traditional values of Caribbean hospitality the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa delivers a rewarding contemporary guest-experience. By offering a unique blend of beach-life and gourmet cuisine, spa pampering, and high-tech amenities, the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa creates the perfect backdrop against which guests quiet their minds and de-stress. Recently, the tropical garden terrace has been repositioned as Ike’s Bistro, serving a modern twist on Mediterranean cuisine under the guidance of the full-of-surprises Chef Ever De Peña.

Manchebo Beach, Aruba (PRWEB) November 08, 2012- Just 26 years of age, the chef has nevertheless been cooking for the past 11 years. Venezuelan-born and raised in Aruba he entered the apprenticeship program at the local vocational high school at the age of 15, and for five years combined school and hands-on training, in some of Aruba’s finest restaurants under the watchful eye of the island’s top chefs. While the first dish he ever prepared as a young man was Pasta Primavera, he today deftly composes beautiful dishes with subtle and complex flavors, under-promising and over-delivering, on taste and on presentation, each time!

Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Pay for Your Vacation

Link: How to Pay for Your Vacation
You don't have to beg, borrow, or steal to indulge your wanderlust. Armed with these practical suggestions, your dream vacation may be more affordable than you think.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

RIU introduces Wi-Fi internet in the rooms and communal areas of its hotels in America

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Palma de Mallorca, 25th October 2012- In its constant effort to improve the service for guests and modernise its facilities, RIU Hotels & Resorts has just announced the introduction of wireless internet in its hotels on the American continent. Guests at RIU's resorts in Mexico, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, Florida (United States) and Costa Rica can now enjoy a high quality internet connection in all the communal areas and rooms. What's more, in the hotels of the Riu Palace range, this service will be free from 1 November.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Aruba Cocktails

Aruba Smash

2 oz. Spiced Rum
1 oz. 7-Up
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
dash(es) Orange Bitters

Mix in a highball and serve over ice

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mosquito Season in Aruba

Link: Mosquitoes

New Exquisite Lionfish Menu at The Old Man and The Sea

Aruba October 25th, 2012

This weekend The Old Man and The Sea will be presenting it’s newest exquisite lionfish menu paired beautifully witha glass of Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona on October 26th,27th & 28th. Music by : Carlos Bislip (please find attached for more information) Special Thanks to Natasha Richardson who during the Press Conference gave us a lecture on the impact that the fish has brought to the Island and it’s nutritional value. Why it’s important to eat lionfish? Let’s support our lionfish hunters to keep fishing more and more lionfish in order to lower the population of the lionfish.

During the week Chef Christiaan & Chef Mario from The Old Man and The Sea, visited Jair Britten (lionfish hunter/Chef) to inspect the lionfish for the new exquisite menu at TOMS.

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Bike Lane in Aruba

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PALM BEACH, ARUBA (October 15th, 2012)– Riding your bicycle in Aruba, just got a whole lot easier and fun too, check out the brand new bike lane, all around high-rise area, it’s time to give it a test drive, it’s been poven in other countries the health benefits of regular cycling significantly outweigh the risks due to traffic danger.

Story & Photo Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Monday, October 22, 2012

Orbitz 2012 "Best In Stay" Awards Recognize Highest Customer-Reviewed Hotels

Travelers Get $50 Off Vacation Packages to All Award-Winning Hotels

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- Orbitz today announced the winners of the 2012 Orbitz Best In Stay Awards which recognize top-rated hotels based on reviews by Orbitz customers.

Orbitz Best In Stay Award winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of nearly 200,000 hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked and stayed at hotels since 2011. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes on a scale of 1 to 5, including amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location, and value. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions, such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking and reputation of hotel staff.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thistle is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Thistle to you, one of the donkeys that is living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Thistle came to us by accident. One of the cactus fences, that keep the donkeys inside the Sanctuary, had fallen down and donkey Esmeralda had run away. The volunteers could not find her and they were worried, as she was roaming somewhere on the streets. After a few weeks there was a phone call from the neighbors: two donkeys were standing near their house. That was mystifying, as we were missing only one donkey.
When we investigated, it appeared that these two donkeys were unknown to us, but they were easy to catch and they happily walked with us to the Sanctuary, Thistle in the front with a halter on, and his friend Expresso sauntering behind us. Meanwhile Thistle has been moved to Sta. Lucia, because he escaped at Bringamosa. It was the same old story: a hole in the cactus fence and a missing donkey. Finally we found Thistle in the company of another donkey in San Nicolas. Fortunately Thistle is a friendly, easy-going donkey, so the could be caught without much fuss. And so he is back in the fold, loving every minute.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

False Killer Whales in Aruba

Pseudorca crassidens

The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean, and the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It lives in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known Orca (killer whale). Like the orca, the false killer whale attacks and kills other cetaceans. However, the two dolphin species are not closely related.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Visit Aruba

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Garage Centraal Aruba donates a car to the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

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Oranjestad – Recently Aruba Donkey Sanctuary received from Garage Centraal
Aruba a brand new pickup truck for use in their daily tasks.

With this car, an Isuzu pickup, the Sanctuary has another tool to help them manage their property, including the transport of produce, to their facilities.

The bad condition of the dirt road leading to the Sanctuary, makes this pickup truck an ideal vehicle for their use.
The dependable mechanism and durability of the Isuzu truck has been proven time again on our island by the many Isuzu owners; which made this a simple decision to make by our management.

For Garage Centraal Aruba, it has been a pleasure and privilege to cooperate with the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary, which was in dire need of a vehicle like the Isuzu pickup, so that they can continue with the preservation of the animals at the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tips for Getting Upgraded at Your Favorite Hotel

Radisson Aruba Blogging to Aruba
Tips for Getting Upgraded at Your Favorite Hotel

"Sometimes, the stars all seem to align—you arrive at your hotel, weary from your travels, and check in at the front desk. The smiling clerk announces you've been upgraded, and you make your way up to your newly assigned suite, enjoying its luxuries for the cost of a standard double.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The List - Aruba

The top 10 must-dos in Aruba:: GO: AirTran Inflight Magazine

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A wonderful way to spend your spare time!

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For fifteen years now, Aruban donkeys have been sheltered at the local Donkey Sanctuary, which is run by volunteers. A group of about fifty volunteers of different nationalities is taking care of the donkeys and of the Sanctuary as well. Besides that, many of the volunteers participate in activities to raise funds. The volunteers form a nice group that enjoys working together for the well-being of the Aruban donkeys.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is Re-Certified under The Green Globe Certification Program

August 2012, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa successfully completed the Green Globe re-certification for a further year under the global Certification program. The global program recognizes Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa’s commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Variety of Dining Options Distinguishes the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

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Guests Can Dine at Both Properties to Enjoy Cuisine from Asian Fusion to Italian

Pictured: Ginger Asian-Fusion Restaurant at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive.

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (September 12, 2012) – If variety truly is the spice of life, then guests of the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives who appreciate fine food are in for quite a treat. Featuring more venues at which to enjoy a meal and a surprising range of international cuisines, dining at these two sister properties is a memorable affair.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yankee is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Yankee to you: one of the donkeys that are living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. He is a youngster, for he is only one year old. His mom Riba delivered him when she had a broken hind leg. We feared the day that the donkey baby would be born, but fortunately everything went right. Yankee has the same trait as Riba: he is shy and does not like to be petted. That is very unusual, for donkeys mostly love a good hug. This donkey is a mama’s boy: he goes wherever she is going.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

She’s is back “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster

September 10th, 2012
  • SHE’S BACK. Sometimes in 2005 I dropped my Bati Bleki column in the Diario, I don’t remember why, maybe because some editor stuck it in the back of the newspaper, adjacent to the obituaries instead of its regular spot on page 14. The column ran in the Diario since mid April of 1994, imagine, before cell phones, and high-speed internet, definitely before Facebook and social media, and then the column died, though many people continued to remind me, it was part of their Monday routine which they cherished. So, here we are, I am making a comeback, with a weekly column loaded with unnecessary yet entertaining information; same time, same place. If Diario is sold out, catch it in the Aruba Daily. Send me your print-worthy news to , my ears are always wide open and my computer always on!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cowboy is Looking for Friends & Family Members

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We would like to introduce Cowboy to you; he is one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Thirteen years ago we received a phone call about an injured donkey that had a metal can wrapped around his leg. This was at Vader Piet, the area where the windmills are located. We tried to find the donkey, but we could not locate him. As there were often donkeys at Vader Piet, we regularly went there to feed the animals. One Sunday we saw a group of people standing around a donkey

Thursday, September 6, 2012

9/11 Day 2012- What Will You Do?

I will make a tribute on September 11.
I will not forget you.
I will remember by doing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aruba Tourism Authority Invites Kelly Ripa and New Co-host Michael Strahan to Go "Live!" on One Happy Island

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that Kelly Ripa has scored NFL analyst Michael Strahan as her permanent co-host, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) invites them to celebrate and go "Live!" on One Happy Island.

"We love Kelly's bubbly and positive personality and are thrilled she's found an equally energetic co-host she can have a blast with on camera," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe, CEO of ATA. "There's no better place than Aruba, One Happy Island, for this happy pair to kick off their new show, have some fun and entertain viewers back home."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wrinkle Free Packing

Dh and I held a "pack off" when he did not believe me that you could fit more rolled than he could folded. I won. I think it is pretty much a proven fact that not only does it save space, but also cuts down on wrinkles.

6 Tips for Wrinkle-Free Packing

From my years working in retail I have varied the instructions just a bit for folding.

For T-shirts, place face down, fold arms back plus an additional 2"-3" (depending upon the size of the shirt), take the rectangle and roll starting at the collar.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kodak is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Kodak to you, one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. It all started with a phone call that a severely injured donkey was roaming the area surrounding the Natural Bridge. Once there, it appeared that the donkey was badly wounded in his hind leg; it proved to be the much-feared screw worm, a disease where a fly lays eggs in a small wound. The worms then eat their way through the healthy flesh surrounding the wound, hereby causing it to grow larger and larger. Kodak was one of the first animals that was suffering from screw worm: something which is nothing to cheer about. It is also a very painful disease, so Kodak stood on just three legs during his first month at the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Extraordinary Sights At Aruba Dive Sites

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Despite its close proximity of just 18 miles from Venezuela, the 6 miles wide and 20 miles long island of Aruba is an idyllic location and is renowned throughout the Caribbean for its wonderful beaches, turquoise waters and magnificent water sport opportunities. Under the control of the Dutch for nearly 400 years, tourism now plays a huge part in its economy and whilst sailing and snorkeling are very popular, without doubt when it comes to water based activities in Aruba diving is by far the biggest draw, and brings people from all corners of the world to explore the incredible waters that lie off shore.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Coco is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce you to Coco, one of the donkeys that has found shelter at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Coco was found in the Seroe Colorado district. Although she was limping badly, she was not easy to catch. For these cases our stun gun is the only solution. Because Coco’s front leg was dislocated and she was walking on the side of her hoof, we went straight to the vet, but after looking at her X-ray, he stated that dislocation was the culprit. He straightened her leg right away; that was easy as Coco was still under sedation. The donkey then had to wear a plaster cast for three weeks; we kept her skin clean and disinfected and now she only has a tiny scar to prove that she has ever been injured. Coco is not limping any longer and together with her fast friend Maartje she is enjoying her life at the Donkey Sanctuary.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Beachside Fine Dining

Link: Beachside Fine Dining

A list of top 5 beachside restaurants, from toes-in-the-sand romance and Peruvian Ceviche at Flying Fishbone in Aruba, to upscale mod and Latin-influenced Pacific Rim flavors Havana Blue in St. Thomas.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Popular Timeshares That Made the Top 100 Vacation Resorts List

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DOVER, NH--Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012 - and Sell My Timeshare NOW have released the company's annual TOP 100 timeshares report, listing the timeshare resales and timeshare rentals that receive the most offers to buy or rent through the company's websites. Presented as two downloadable reports, "The Top 100 Resales" and "The Top 100 Rentals" reveal which timeshares consumers are choosing for affordable vacations at spacious resorts in the U.S. and around the world.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From Havana Cuba’s Tropicana, to Oranjestad Auba’s Cuba’s Cookin’

August 16th, 2012- A fantastic, glamorous cabaret floorshow has arrived to entertain family and friends, located at Renaissance Mall, across from the Cinemas. This hour-long, fun-filled show includes several fabulous, feather-plumed costume changes for a complete, full-cabaret experience where over six different choreographed Cuban dances are presented. Restaurant-owner Douglass Markus’s detailed eye watches over this 50s-style dining and club-like establishment. If you are a secret “Latin” dance lover, Cuba’s Cookin’ is your place!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Buri is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Buri to you, one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. He owes his name to the fact that he was found in Sjabururi. That in itself is quite a story. At first catching him was a breeze: together with someone from the fire brigade we lured him into a garden, but then the main artery in an old wound in his behind burst and it became a bloody situation. Once in the trailer the vet was called and he came in to stitch the wound and remove a rusty can from one of his hind legs. When Buri was healed he jumped the gate and disappeared in the cunucu. What we did not know at the time was that the vet had provided Buri with a chip. Years later a gorgeous, castrated white donkey was standing in front of our gate. Because we had no idea who it was, we looked for a chip. We could not find one, so we baptized him Mystery Man and chipped him. Two years later we discovered that Mystery Man already had a chip from the vet as well. And yes: Buri and Mystery Man proved to be one and the same. We had not recognized him as he had a reddish fur at the time; now he was very light in color.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hyatt Regency Aruba Announces Upgrades to It's Culinary Landscape

Including a Highly Anticipated New Dining Concept

Update and additional details on the Hyatt Regency Aruba upgrades

PALM BEACH, ARUBA August 13th, 2012– Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Casino & Spa announced today that it will unveil two exciting restaurant upgrades in time for the holidays. In continuation of the resort’s multi-million dollar refurbishments initially completed in 2008, Hyatt Regency Aruba will welcome a new, upscale Mexican restaurant and a refurbished Ruinas del Mar, its signature restaurant, by December 17.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TripAdvisor Beach And Pool Etiquette Survey Reveals Travelers' Waterside Code Of Conduct

Americans Name Blasting Loud Music and "Chair Hogging" the Top Beach and Pool Misdemeanors

NEWTON, Mass. – July 12, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 1,400 U.S. travelers, revealing that 83 percent of respondents believe people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, up from 74 percent in 2011. Thirty-one percent have asked a stranger to stop behaving rudely at the beach or pool, up from 26 percent last year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The best Caribbean beach bars & their drinks:

MoomBa: Aruba Bound
MooMba Beach, Aruba, Between the Holiday Inn and Marriott’s Surf Club

Published March 21, 2012

MooMba Beach Bar is a self-proclaimed “laid back beach bar featuring a myriad of tropical libations, call drinks, beer and wine.” Set just feet away from the shoreline, MooMba’s bar lies beneath a beautiful thatched-roof tiki hut called a palapa and serves countless fruity martinis and vacation staples including daiquiris, coladas, and the refreshing Caipirinha.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bandit is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Bandit to you: a donkey that finds his home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. We happened to discover him trespassing. During feeding time he jumps away from the herd, runs for a while and comes back to eat. And that ritual was not known to the volunteers, so they went to investigate. And yes, the donkey was an intruder, who had jumped the fence to come inside. Together with a few visitors, the donkey was herded into a coral, because a stallion is not allowed to be in the herd. The helpful visitors named this donkey Bandit, because of his `criminal’ behavior. After his castration Bandit was released into the herd and he was accepted really fast. Normally that might take a while, but Bandit was welcome after one day already. He is a gorgeous, but shy donkey. He is not dominant, but petting him or having him pose for a picture remains a problem.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Travelers' Praise for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Travelers' Praise for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Results in Distinctions from Tripadvisor, Travelocity & Expedia

Leading Travel Sites Continue to Recognize the Sister Properties for Excellence

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (July 30, 2012) – The reviews are in and travelers on TripAdvisor®, Travelocity® and Expedia® agree - the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are the tops!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homegrown Aruban Products

Looking for some novel ways to enjoy a taste of Aruba, or better yet, bring a souvenir of island culture back home to share with your family and friends? Aruba has several homegrown products that are great ways to incorporate a slice of island life into your stay here.

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Aruba Aloe Balm

Since 1890, Aruba Aloe balm has been in the business of growing and processing the Aruba aloe plant, and was one of the first companies in the world to make cosmetic products based on this curative gel. Today, the company proudly manufactures more than 50 different skincare and hair care products containing 100% pure Aruba aloe-vera gel. Aruba Aloe products will surely come in handy while visiting the island, especially the line of sunscreen and sun-care products, which are FDA-approved. The new Dessert Bloom products make up the company’s aromatherapy line made with organic essential oils and aloe-vera gel.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Textile painting at the Donkey Sanctuary

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The Donkey Sanctuary has thought up a nice activity for the summer holidays. Children are more than welcome every Tuesday afternoon to come and paint a nice tee-shirt or linen shopping bag. Seated among the donkeys, surrounded by a stunning piece of nature they can let their creativity loose while enjoying a soft drink and an ice cream. A team of volunteers will see to it that everything will go according to plan.

Your children can have fun on Tuesday afternoons starting from 1.30 pm; for AWG. 10,-- (shopping bag) or AWG. 20,-- (tee-shirt) they get a soft drink, an ice cream and the home-made result of their flowing creative juices. The dates are 17, 24 and 31 July as well as August 7. There is room for a maximum of ten children, so register fast at or via 593-2933. You can also register via Facebook: donkeysanctuaryaruba. Just do it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fred de Jong presents: weekly Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant on Aruba

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The first Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show will start July 5th, 2012 and the price is $55 per person.

Dinner Show (appetizer, entrée, dessert and a bottle of wine per couple) with live entertainment every Thursday from 7:30 till 10:00 pm featuring songs like:

  • "Fly Me To The Moon"

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Movie Stars Enjoy An Exclusive Evening from Divi Resorts

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Divi Resorts Hosts Virginia Madsen, Xavier Samuel, Other Film Industry Dignitaries & Media at an Exclusive After-Party for the 3rd Annual Aruba International Film Festival

Pictured at left: Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba and Bonaire Alex Nieuwmeyer with actor Xavier Samuel of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse fame at the Divi Resorts exclusive Aruba International Film Festival after-party; Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba and Bonaire Alex Nieuwmeyer with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor Virginia Madsen, also at the Divi Resorts exclusive Aruba International Film Festival after-party.

Oranjestad, Aruba – (July 23, 2012) – On Thursday night, June 28, 2012, the Divi Resorts group hosted a select assembly of film industry guests and international media for an exclusive cocktail social under the stars on an elegantly appointed outdoor terrace area at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hyatt Announces Groundbreaking Children's Menu

“For Kids by Kids and Three Course Organic Menu Developed by Alice Waters

Developed for Kids, by Kids, Hyatt’s New, Healthier Menu Offers Fun, Fresh and Flavorful items

CHICAGO (July 16, 2012) – Hyatt Corporation today announced the launch of a new, innovative menu, “For Kids By Kids,” which provides more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings for the three million children served annually in all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The menu is grounded in Hyatt’s industry-leading philosophy Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. – promoting healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities – and has been developed in association with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). As part of the roll out, separate from its PHA commitment, Hyatt hotels will offer a three-course organic meal for children developed exclusively for the brand by renowned food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Shoco Market Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Working Closely with US Customs at Reina Beatrix Airport

PALM BEACH, ARUBA (June 19, 2012) – Recently, Hyatt Regency Aruba & Resort has announced the re-launch of Shoco Market Café, transforming the space from a coffee and ice cream shop into a full-service market with a cozy ambiance.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Radisson Aruba Accommodations III

Bonaire Tower Deluxe Ocean Garden View
If view is most important to you, book a Deluxe Ocean Gardenview Aruba Tower or for a higher price and additional amenities, Plaza Club Deluxe Ocean Garden View. These are the highest category of rooms before suites.

Plaza Club rooms are located on the 7th and 8th floors of the Aruba Tower. All Aruba Tower rooms are premium rooms, larger guest rooms and larger baths, over those in the Bonaire and Curacao Towers.

Room Categories at the Radisson

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Madsen, Liotta Rock Aruba Film Fest

Virginia Madsen, Ray Liotta and Xavier Samuel rock the red carpet and sun at the Aruba Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Strea Charters Review

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Strea Charters

Strea only takes 8 people and this snorkel tour is an excellent value for the money for an intimate tour experience. Even if you do not snorkel, I would recommend this excursion for anyone looking for a leisurely boat ride along the mangroves of Aruba’s western coastline with turquoise waters all around.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eat Like a Local at The Queen’s Restaurant – Now at Palm Beach Plaza

Date June 14th, 2012-- “The Queen’s” restaurant featuring authentic island cuisine, has moved from Oranjestad to Palm Beach Plaza and the always popular restaurant welcomed friends and loyal patrons for a festive opening on Friday night, June 1. An elegant décor with a breezy terrace overlooking Palm Beach welcomed guests along with owner Varella Innocencia, along with pitchers of mojitos on the house for the opening night. Friends and relatives toasted this family operation with glasses of Org-e and Hynotiq liqueur.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba KidSpree Vacation Club

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The KidSpree Vacation Club is open daily, with scheduled games and activities through the day. Shuffleboard, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Pool-shot, Aqua-volley, face & t-shirt painting, movies, excursions, board games, play garden with jungle gym, sand castle building and lots more! The Game Room houses 13 fun machines, and a Lending Library has a variety of books to borrow for vacation reading.

Private baby-sitting service is available. Optional off property excursions to interesting places are offered at a nominal fee.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Travel Shop Girl Blog: International Air Travel | Preparing for Your Next...

Travel Shop Girl Blog: International Air Travel | Preparing for Your Next...: Maybe it's your first time out of the country or perhaps it's your first trip in a few years. The last thing you're thinking about is what what to expect on your trip to the airport or on the plane.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rio+20 Update: Aruba to go 100% Renewable Energy News 06/20/2012 04:57 PM-  Sir Richard Branson and Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman announced at Rio+20 today that Branson's Carbon War Room will work with the country to transition the island to 100% renewable energy and the world's first sustainable economy.

They will create a roadmap in line with the country's consensus-driven policy making that includes Aruba's citizens.

Aruba, a 33 kilometer-long island, just north of Venezuela, has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean with low unemployment, mostly from its strong tourism industry.

Fofoti Tours & Transfers Launches New Website

June 19th, 2012- Fofoti Tours & Transfers strengthens online experience with a new website that meets their exceptional “offline” service reputation.

Oranjestad, 18 June 2012 – Fofoti Tours & Transfers, the young company that has revolutionized the tours and transfers services on Aruba, has given their website,, a brand new look.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Saving lives 'four paws at a time'- ARF Aruba

Story are sometimes extremely sad, but they are stories which must be told. The Animal Relief Foundation in Aruba is always looking for assistance. Even on vacation you can help.

Link: Saving lives 'four paws at a time' » Local News », Newburyport, MA

Animal Relief Foundation Aruba

Animal Relief Foundation Aruba on Facebook

Monday, June 11, 2012

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa

Interview with Famed Architect Morris Lapidus

Friday, June 8, 2012

How Airlines Spend Your Airfare

How Airlines Spend Your Airfare

This is an excellent analysis. Though it is very easy to hate most airlines, for any number of reasons, it is easy to see how fragile airlines are when their margins are so slim. Even more so when they are held captive to high oil prices just like the rest of us.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Timeshare By Owner Acquires Reserved Weeks Ready for Rental at Discounted Rates

From coast to coast, Timeshares By Owner has the vacation timeshare that’s right for you.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2012- It’s that time of year again, it’s vacation time! That’s right! Summer time is approaching, the kids are out of school; it’s time to plan those summer vacations and Timeshares By Owner has some of the best deals ever just for that vacation! There are amazing destinations coast to coast, from Orlando, FL to San Francisco, CA; and don’t forget their international inventory – Freeport in the Bahamas, Saint Maarten in the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and many more!

Timeshares By Owner
We have amazing destinations coast to coast, from Orlando, FL to San Francisco, CA; and don’t forget our international inventory – Freeport in the Bahamas, Saint Maarten in the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and many more!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interval International Recognizes Aruba Based Resorts

May 26th, 2012- ORANJESTAD – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, recognized Aruba-based member resorts that participated in this year’s fundraising initiative benefiting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation. Earlier this month, David Callaghan, Interval’s vice president of resort sales and service, presented Foundation executives with a $60,000 donation.

The shared ownership resorts in Aruba that generously contributed include the Aruba Beach Club, Caribbean Palm Village Resort, La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Marriott Vacation Club, and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

“The Foundation is able to provide many more scholarships as a result of the commitment of valued partners like Interval and its resort affiliates,” noted Tom Pas, chairman of the CHTA Education Foundation. “We truly appreciate their efforts on behalf of higher education for Caribbean nationals.”

“Aruba-based resorts have consistently supported the CHTA Education Foundation and been instrumental in the success of this worthy cause,” said Callaghan. “It’s very gratifying that their efforts have funded scholarships and grants for so many individuals pursuing careers in hospitality.”

The CHTA Education Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism. As part of its mission, it provides people throughout the region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded US$1.5 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.

As a strategic partner of CHTA and a board member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Education Foundation, Interval is committed to understanding the unique needs of the Caribbean region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,700 resorts in more than 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Name the New Baby Contest

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Last week a new baby boy, born late May 2012, came into the care of Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary. The sanctuary is organizing a “name the baby contest” and will draw the name out of the “hat” on June 30, 2012.

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Donate US$10 through their PayPal button on their website and enter your name for this cutie. Non-human names are preferred. Win this painting if your name is chosen for the little fellow.

Remember all donations made to charity are tax deductible for Arubans.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Aruba: The Happy Island of Caribbean

Link: Aruba: The Happy Island of Caribbean

Beautiful photos off the beaten path...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

“Life is like a box of chocolate…..and so is our menu!”

At 2 Fools and a Bull you will be surprised the moment you step in the door. A restored Cunucu house is the setting for a surprise dinner with an intimate number of friends. With just one seating a night, you will have great evening, mingling and meeting new people while co-owners Paul and Fred serve as your private chef and butler. At 2 Fool and a Bull you will be treated to an unforgettable culinary 5-course surprise dinner. A perfect wine-flight by the glass, is available at an extra charge for the wine lovers in the house! Or you might want to browse the Fools’ Wine Closet and find your own bottle to go with your special dining experience.

The Meet & Greet starts at 7… that’s when you will be served a flute of chilled champagne, and enjoy an opportunity to mingle with other patrons, also meet the 2 Fools.

The doors will close at 7.30, when the evening with your new friends begins.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Papillon Restaurant Aruba

My review of this restaurant:

There are many words one could use to describe this restaurant. I am just going to say, “WOW”.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Volunteers at Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary

For a few months two clients of Centro Man na Obra- a day care center for the mentally challenged on the island- have been working as volunteers at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary.
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Jo-Anne Kock and
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D’Angelo Baptiste form part of the team of volunteers on Wednesday mornings.

Their tasks include keeping the grounds clean and keeping the water troughs filled under the guidance of Desiree Eldering, the leader of the Sanctuary. The two volunteers are having a lot of fun during their working hours: their laughter can be heard from afar and the donkeys love them. Their presence at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Travelocity's FareWatcher PlusSM

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We are all well aware that airfare prices change day to day, minute by minute.

Travelocity's FareWatcher PlusSM has been doing a terrific job of notifying me of price changes for airfares which are actually AVAILABLE.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Delta Continues New York Growth with Expanded Caribbean, Bermuda, Florida Service

Airline adds new and expanded flights to 10 popular destinations from LaGuardia, JFK

JFK-Aruba service will increase from Saturday seasonal flights to daily year-round service

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit

NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced new and expanded service to 10 popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida from LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, continuing its historic expansion in New York.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Aruba Reef Protection Project

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Purchase the bracelets at Jolly Pirates

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The History Of Aruba’s Famous “Divi” Tree, The Fofoti

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Link: The History Of Aruba’s Famous “Divi” Tree, The Fofoti

This Fofoti tree pictured, can be viewed on the right (north side) of the road heading west out of Arikok National Park.

Friday, May 11, 2012

WestJet launches new non-stop service to Aruba

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Airline makes first flight to its 30th sun destination available from Toronto Pearson

CALGARY, May 6, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet announced the launch of new, non-stop seasonal service between Toronto and Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. The inaugural flight departed Toronto's Pearson International Airport at 9 a.m. EDT Sunday.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

An anniversary without a party...

This month the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. In 1997 a few volunteers started catching and sheltering roaming donkeys. At first there were just 10 donkeys; by now there are 120 animals, who find a home at the sanctuary. Roaming donkeys are a hazard for the busy roads with heavy traffic and vice versa. The donkeys belong to the Aruban landscape, however, and they have become a tourist attraction: more than 25,000 visitors cross the gates of the sanctuary every year. There are still some 70 roaming donkeys left - still causing accidents.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harley-Davidson Celebrates Women Riders in Latin America and the Caribbean During International Female Ride Day

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MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012)- Harley-Davidson honors women riders across the globe this May by inviting them to join Women Riders Month events. During the month of May, hundreds of women riders from Latin America to the Caribbean will join thousands of other women in countries around the world to showcase their passion for the sport of motorcycling during the 6th Annual International Female Ride Day. What began in 2007 with a simple concept of "connecting women with motorcycling" has grown into a worldwide event, founded by MOTORESS in Toronto, Canada, inviting women riders around the world to "just ride," an idea that is passionately supported by industry leader Harley-Davidson.

Harley Ride
In celebration of this initiative, Aruba will be hosting their 3rd Annual Ladies of Harley Ride from May 4th to May 6th, consisting of a Garage Party at the dealership on May 4th, 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm, night ride on May 5th to Moomba Beach with live music by Dushi Band and daytime ride May 6th with DJ entertainment, food, drinks and prizes to announce the new Ladies of Harley Queen of 2012. Last year's event was very successful, inspiring many women to join the motorcycle world. This year, it promises to be even more successful as Karen Davidson, creative director for Harley-Davidson General Merchandise and Great-Granddaughter of Co-Founder William Davidson, will be in attendance.

Monday, April 30, 2012

An Island to Call Your Own -- Right at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Pair Aruba Hotel Deals With a Private Beach Island for a Perfect Caribbean Vacation

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012)- Aruba -- even the word alone conjures up images of beautiful beaches, friendly people, and relaxing with a tropical drink in hand. And it's all for good reason -- this breathtaking paradise offers everything a visitor could desire for a tropical getaway. And when visitors want to add a layer of luxury and seclusion to their Aruba spa resorts, they do it at the private island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Historia di Aruba

This is an amazing website full of Aruba history including photographs.

If you scroll about half way down you will see a few photos of Palm beach in the 1950's, including an artist rendering of the newly completed Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the first luxury hotel on the island.

Also included are photos of the original:
Divi Divi
Aruba Beach Club

The page also mentions the Ritz Carlton but evidently has not been updated since construction has progressed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tips: Baggage & Packing For Aruba

  • Airlines are required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost
  • Airlines are required to compensate passengers for reasonable expenses for loss, damage or delay in the carriage of passenger baggage.
  • Airlines are required to disclose baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
  • Airlines are required to apply baggage allowances and fees the same throughout a passenger’s journey.
  • Airlines must now prominently disclose all optional fees on their websites, including but not limited to fees for baggage, meals,
    canceling or changing reservations, or advanced or upgraded seating.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Online Travel Shopping Trends

Link: New Online Travel Shopping Trends: 4,638 travelers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Russia and Brazil are surveyed to identify trend-setting consumers' behavior and motivations when shopping for travel online and identifies their experience during the destination selection, shopping and booking processes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Set your sites on diving in Aruba

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The diminutive southern Caribbean island of Aruba, lying less than 20 miles from mainland South America, attracts over half a million tourists from far and wide, each year. Some come for the luxury accommodation, gorgeous beaches and guaranteed good weather, but huge numbers are drawn to this little piece of paradise by the excellent snorkeling, and more significantly, the fabulous diving opportunities, it presents. There are over 40 Aruba diving sites, the majority situated off the sheltered south western coast and the many local dive operators have developed a smooth and professional operation to allow visitors a truly memorable experience.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bounty on Boas being offered by Arikok Park from April 16 to May 16

Link: Bounty on Boas being offered by Arikok Park from April 16 to May 16

ORANJESTAD - A wanted poster is making the rounds of island media, as the call goes out from rangers and management of the Arikok National Park...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Is Aruba's Drink Water Safe?

Aruba tap (drinking) water comes from their desalination plant. As of 2007, it was the third largest in the world.

According to WEB Aruba NV

"World Health Organization’s health criteria for TDS (total dissolved solids) is 600 parts per million (ppm). Aruba’s drinking water contains 5 to 15 ppm of Total Dissolved Solids, 40 times better than the criteria for TDS in water supplies. "

You will want ice cubes. Water comes out of the tap warm. Many of the water pipes run above ground due to much of the island being rock.

Packing tip: If you have a mini-fridge in your hotel room, pack a plastic one quart pitcher from home. Being plastic it is light weight and to conserve space you can stuff it with CLEAN socks and tuck right into your suitcase for the trip to Aruba.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aruba - A Romantic Paradise

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By Heather Greene

A perennial favorite for honeymooners and others seeking romantic travel, Aruba is known for its year round high temperatures and its gorgeous white sandy beaches. This is the perfect destination for couples who love relaxing at the beach, shopping, gambling, a great nightlife, and water sports.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino Installs Flyte Systems’ FlytePass

Aruba Marriott Provides Travel Convenience; Guests Confirm and Prepare for Flights in the Comfort of the Hotel with Greater Self-assurance

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Palm Beach, ARUBA (PRWEB) April 03, 2012- Aruba Marriott Resort announces the installation of Flyte Systems, a premium travel information service being offered to guests of the resort. Flyte Systems is the leading provider of airport travel information for the hospitality industry, digital signage, convention centers and related businesses. Now, when staying at the Aruba Marriott Resort, guests can check-in to their flight and print their boarding pass at the resort with its new FlytePass system. FlytePass gives guests greater travel peace of mind by enabling them to confirm flights and securely print boarding pass documents at the property’s front desk area.