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

Aruba Bound
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

Aruba Bound

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

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.