Friday, November 29, 2013

Adventures in Aruba

Travelista Teri travels to Aruba, checks into the beautiful Aruba Marriott Resort and Casino and has incredible adventures as she tries her hand at stand up paddle boarding in the calm Caribbean sea, hikes with a medicine doctor in Arikok National Park, and sets sail on a sunset cruise.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Marriott International elevates commitment to a green Aruba with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Aruba

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA November 20, 2013- As the new Ritz-Carlton, Aruba opens its doors to welcome luxury guests to the island of Aruba on Friday, November 22, 2013, J. W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., Executive Chairman of Marriott International, the parent company of the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand with two existing Marriott hotels on the island, announced today several new partnership initiatives to promote sustainable tourism on the island. The collaboration is designed to further enhance Prime Minister Mike Eman’s vision for a Green Aruba while continuing Marriott’s long-standing commitment to enriching education on the island.
“Aruba is at the forefront for travelers who seek elegant accommodations, a beautiful climate and unparalleled beaches, where they can enjoy pristine nature and leave nothing more than their footprints in the sand,” said Mr. Marriott. “To support that sustainable vision, we are pleased and honored to present an environmental curriculum tailored to Aruba for 5th and 6th grade primary school students on the island, introduce youth to leadership skills through our Ritz-Carlton Succeed Through Service program and support the government’s vision for a tourism institute that will be a magnet for hospitality professionals hoping to pursue careers in the growing Caribbean and Latin America tourism economy.”

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Grows Global Portfolio With The Opening Of Its Newest Luxury Resort In Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Unveils Unparalleled Luxury Experience to the Island of Aruba

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MIAMI, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After much anticipation, today The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. introduces its sixth luxury resort in the exclusive Caribbean & Mexico portfolio with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Situated on the island's pristine Palm Beach, the eagerly anticipated oceanfront hotel officially welcomes its first guests while ushering in a new level of luxury travel experiences to the beautiful island nation.

What You Can Do If the Airline Loses Your Luggage

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What's Happening Around Aruba Today

Monday, November 18, 2013

Diving for Lionfish somewhere off of Malmok

Lionfish aside, if you were ever curious about reef diving in Aruba and what it was like, here is your answer

Eat more Lionfish!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Five Great Hotel Beach Bars in Aruba

Link: Five Great Hotel Beach Bars in Aruba

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It is unfortunate that they list the SandBar at the Bucuti since they only permit guests and those invited by them to use their facilities.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Unpacked: Sights And Sounds On An Airplane

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Demystifying common sights and sounds of an airline flight.

Link: Unpacked: Sights And Sounds On An Airplane

Friday, November 8, 2013

RIU Hotels & Resorts Has Announced the Purchase of the Westin Aruba

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November 8, 2013- Riu has informed the Government of Aruba has come to an agreement with the owner of the Westin Hotel, Wells Fargo, to buy the property. An operation that, according to the country's tourism minister, could be completed in about two months.

The Majorcan chain plans to invest between 30 and 40 million dollars to renovate the property and raise its category according to various local newspapers.

Casino at the Ritz Carlton, Aruba

The Ritz Carlton, Aruba is expected to open on time as scheduled on November 22.

The resort will offer a 15,000 square foot casino will be the second largest casino on the island. They will offer a variety of traditional casino games ranging from:
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Three Card Poker
  • EZ Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Caribbean Stud
  • Let It Ride
  • Texas Hold’ Em against the House

There will also be more than 300 slot machines with different denominations, progressives and themes.

Table games are available from 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

The casino at the Ritz Carlton, Aruba will offer complimentary Players Club Membership as well as a specially designed high-limit table section.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

European pre-clearance at Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport

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30. Oct, 2013- European pre-clearance ArubaThe first phase of the European pre-clearance will start this year. This first phase is a pilot project with automatic passport scanners for travelers with a European passport. The scanner has an integrated face recognition system that allows easy access to the European Union.

The pre-clearance system is a part of the ‘happy flow-concept’. This concept makes it easier for travelers to enter the European Union.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Daily Holiday Activities at the Ritz Carlton Aruba

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December 22 through January 2, 2014

Beach, Sun and Fun Adventure – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Bring the whole family for some beach games under the sun and meet other kids and families.

Windsurfing clinic – 10 a.m.
Learn how to windsurf with the Instructor from Vela Surf Center.

Teen/Tween Salon time
Book your manicure or pedicure and get nails to show off on the beach or pool. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. Fee applies

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Amadeus adopts Amadeus

Almost five years ago, popular restaurant Amadeus opened its doors just a few hundred yards from the traffic circle at Tanki Leendert. Because the restaurant is owned by Austrian chef Thomas Mitter, he named it Amadeus after the famous Austrian composer, Wolgang Amadeus Mozart. Even the interior decoration reflects the era and the ground floor is a copy of a room where Mozart performed in Vienna. The dishes, however, are modern fortunately, with of course the Austrian `Wiener Schnitzel’ playing a starring role in the menu; it is called Mozart’s Surf & Turf.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

TripAdvisor Serves Up 2013 Travelers' Choice Restaurants

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Second Annual Awards Recognize Travelers' Favorite Fine Dining Spots Around the Globe

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers' Choice™ Restaurants awards. The awards honor travelers' favorite fine dining establishments worldwide, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.

The awards recognize 171 restaurants, covering 13 countries and seven regions around the globe, including lists for Europe, Asia, South America, South Pacific, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the World.