Saturday, November 30, 2013

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

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Maestro is one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. He was brought in together with his mother Bunny, sometime early in 2013. Shortly afterwards he got a baby brother. Unfortunately, his mother is very strict and he is not allowed to be in the vicinity of the baby donkey. That is understandable, as Amadeus is not pleased at all to play second violin. That is why his mother is keeping him away, for a jealous donkey may be very dangerous to a young animal.

Maestro is a lovely, quiet donkey with a blaze on his forehead.

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,-- [$16.76 USD] 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! Would you like to follow the donkeys on Facebook: surf to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba.

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!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dreaming of Aruba and...


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So yesterday morning I awoke hungry after dreaming of Bitterballen. I tried a Bitterbal years ago at a happy hour cocktail party but cannot recall how it tasted. Does this mean it was unremarkable for me not to remember? Either way, the dream let's me know that I am anticipating our December visit to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

In case you are not familiar with the plural of Bitterbal, Bitterballen- as in a whole plateful of Bitterbals, they are a Dutch meat based snack. Think of them as being similar to croquettes. Most often they contain a minced or chopped, beef or veal mixture. This is then combined with beef broth, butter, flour for a thickening agent, parsley, salt and pepper. The result is a thick ragout.

Some recipes also add nutmeg or curry powder or finely chopped vegetables such as carrots. The ragout is then refrigerated and left to thicken before being rolled into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. The balls are then coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. As you can see they are served with a mustard sauce for dipping.

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.

Winter Air Travel from JFK & Newark to Aruba

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January through June, United has fares out of Newark for $488 available for some Tuesday - Tuesday 8 day or Tuesday - Wednesday 9 day itineraries.

Fares jack up in July. If you are looking to travel next summer, if there is not a fare sale between now and then, at least wait another month for July travel to see if the fare goes down closer to $500.

Excluding Christmas, New Years and President's week, out of JFK you can fly Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday non-stop on Delta through the end of March for $398. The ticket must be purchased by November 12, 2013.

Out of JFK, Jet Blue end of January and some of February, has some flights on Mondays and Tuesdays for $426 otherwise March - June their cheapest Monday or Tuesdays fare is $458.

Again, you have to be flexible on your dates, some of the above itineraries for Mon., Tues. and Wed. fares are already sold out in their least expensive tickets. You do not need to be a travel agent to discover this information. Go to Google Flights and use the bar search to find out what I just did.

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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Paseo Herencia Walk of Stars for Xander Bogaerts

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Join the Jolly Pirates’ “Save the Reefs” efforts

Kids learn first hand how we each can make a difference

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA October 13th, 2013– The underwater playground of Aruba’s reefs are a joy to visitors and considered a treasure to the local population, but it also represents home and breeding sites for reef fish as well as an important part of the overall marine ecosystem. Education continues to play a key role in helping to protect and preserve both Aruba’s marine life and reefs, and Jolly Pirates are helping to head that cause with its own “Save the Reefs” Bracelet Program. Funds generated from the program recently went to sponsor school kids attendance in classes on water safety, fish identification and responsible sailing and snorkeling.

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

Monday, November 4, 2013

Palm Aruba Condominiums Signs with Interval International

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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 28, 2013-- Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced that Palm Aruba Condominiums, one of the island's newest developments, has joined its vacation exchange network. The purpose-built resort is being built by Inversiones Palm Beach, a locally based company with more than 20 years of experience in real estate.

Ideally situated in the heart of the city, the property features a variety of floor plans, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Each has large living and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens, custom made wood cabinets and granite countertops, marble floors, Italian doors, and private balconies or terrace. The Lubner Group was retained to create a sophisticated Caribbean design with a warm, colorful ambiance, and the comforts of a home-away-from-home.

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.