Tuesday, December 23, 2014

50 top packing tips

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Confused about baggage rules? Or just hopelessly disorganised at packing? Maggie O'Sullivan helps get you started

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seating Assignments on Delta

A hint if you fly Delta...

What is the easiest way to obtain your favorite preference of seat when booking your flight? Note your preference in your profile.
"Advance seat selection
Advance seat selection is not available with Basic Economy fares. Seat assignments will be auto-assigned for Basic Economy fare holders during check in."
Seat Selection
With the online interactive seat map, you can confirm your seat in three mouse clicks. In some cases, seat assignments are made automatically based upon your preference for a window or aisle seat, noted in your profile.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Delta Redefines Cabin, Upgrades Premium Economy Options

Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ Offer Premium Experiences; Main Cabin and Basic Economy Offer Options For All Customers

ATLANTA, Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is redefining the products it offers customers to further distinguish the choices available to them. Delta will offer best-in-class options for each of its customer segments with innovative multi-cabin experiences. Customers will have five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ which offer premium amenities. Main Cabin and Basic Economy service will offer value options with Delta's high standards of service.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Special Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Cyber Monday with savings of 50% off!

For 24-hours only on Monday, December 1st, you can reserve your spot with savings of 50% off, using code CYBER14. Inventory is limited so don't wait... Book online at diviaruba.com or tamarijnaruba.com or call 1-800-554-2008 (9am-5pm EST).

50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on an Airplane

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Link: 50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on an Airplane

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam

If you rent from VRBO, you need to read this. This is a documented scam involving VRBO for which they are not taking responsibility or are able to explain.

Link: Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort obtained their EarthCheck Master Achievement Award

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EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA November 15th, 2014– Recently the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort has obtained the Master achievement Award for Earth Check representing 15 years of continuous certification with EarthCheck.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort received their first EarthCheck Certification in 2000 and is currently the first hotel in Aruba and second in the entire Caribbean obtaining the Earthcheck Master Achievement Award. Obtaining the Earthcheck Master Achievement Award requires commitment from the entire personnel to achieve better results in terms of sustainability each year.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane



Simulation technology shows why you should sit very far behind a sick passenger. Researchers at the FAA Center of Excellence at Purdue University, created this simulation of a sneezing passenger using ANSYS to study the mechanics of pathogen travel in airplane cabins. Read more at the ANSYS Blog: http://bit.ly/1x4ibqy

Friday, November 7, 2014

What to do when your flight is canceled

Remembering last winter's horrible snow storms throughout the U.S. and the thousands of flight cancellations, here is an article with a few suggestions on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.

What to do when your flight is canceled

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Caribbean Island Of Aruba & Nikon, Inc. Announce #1happysnap Partnership

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avid picture takers and travelers are just #1happysnap away from the vacation of a lifetime – thanks to a new partnership between the One happy island of Aruba and Nikon, Inc.

The brands co-launched a social media contest today (Nov. 3), encouraging fans to share their happiest pictures on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to win a 3 night / 4 day trip for two to the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. Winners will also receive photography equipment for their trip, including the Nikon 1 AW1 – the world's first shock-proof and water-proof interchangeable lens camera.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Luxurious Bahia Principe Hotel to Open on Aruba in 2016

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October 27th, 2014- The Palma de Mallorca-based company’s new hotel is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2016, and will comply with the chain’s highest standards of luxury and exclusivity under the Luxury Bahia Principe Don Pablo Collection brand.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Baby Beach Don Pablo Collection will have 950 rooms, the majority of which will be Junior Suites (908), and the rest Suites (42).

The facilities will include the Pueblo Príncipe leisure complex, a theatre, a casino, several speciality restaurants, a gym, a spa, sports courts, and more. The plans also include designing specialised spaces and services for specific segments such as weddings, groups, corporate incentive trips and families.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AT&T Introduces Its Best-Ever Value for International Travel

DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2014 Planning a trip abroad? Don’t forget your Passport. AT&T1 today announced the AT&T Passport packages, its best-ever value for international travel. For use in over 150 countries, AT&T Passport delivers unlimited messaging plus affordable rates for calling and a data allowance, all in one convenient package. When using the AT&T Passport app, 2 customers can also enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots in select countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico.

Designed for international travel from one to 30 days, AT&T Passport packages can be added to your domestic postpaid plan. They carry a convenient one-time charge, are valid for 30 days and expire automatically.  There’s nothing to cancel once you’re back home from your trip.  When it’s time for your next adventure abroad, simply visit myAT&T or call 800-335-INTL (4685) to add another 30-day, one-time-charge package.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Year's Eve at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

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If you will be on the island of Aruba for New Year's Eve 2014 here is a fun way to spend the entire evening. Our family attended last year and had a wonderful time and look forward to repeating it again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Chikungunya in the Caribbean

There have been 3 reported cases of chikungunya in Aruba. Take the same precautions as you would for other mosquitos and use an insect repellant with DEET.

Link: Chikungunya in the Caribbean

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Great Way to Experience the Hyatt Regency Aruba Without Staying There

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resortforaday.com day pass-- $199 for 4 people

"What’s Included:

Your own private 'Room For a Day' at the resort for up to 4 guests
Three-level pool with slide and waterfalls
Use of poolside chairs and lounges
Use of beach, beach chairs and lounges
Tennis
Basketball
Children's playground
Kids Club
24-hour Stay Fit™ fitness center
Complimentary internet
Wheelchair accessible"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Traveler Reviews Reap Awards for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

TRAVELER REVIEWS PRAISING THE DIVI & TAMARIJN ARUBA ALL INCLUSIVES RESULT IN AWARDS FROM TRIPADVISOR, MLT VACATIONS, HOLIDAYCHECK, APPLE VACATIONS AND ZOOVER

Leading Travel Companies Continue to Recognize the Sister Properties for Excellence

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (September 10, 2014) Continuing their winning streak over recent years, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives have once again received distinctions of excellence from top travel companies including TripAdvisor®, MLT VacationsSM, HolidayCheck, Apple Vacations® and Zoover.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9-11

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From 9-11 & A Heavy Heart Once Again now there is a follow up on the families

9/11 remembered as victims' children join Wall Street

Ten years after the World Trade Center horror, Howard Lutnick, chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, reveals to James Quinn how the company fought its way back from the disaster, all while looking out for the families of colleagues who died.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Introducing NEW Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites at Divi Aruba

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Divi Aruba All Inclusive now offers Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and just steps from the mile-long white sand beach.

Each Oceanfront Suite offers a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea, is just steps from the mile-long white sand beach and includes:

  • Master bedroom with king bed and en-suite bath with Jacuzzi; 
  • Second bedroom with double/double bedding and separate bathroom (some en-suite with Jacuzzi)
  • 42" Flatscreen TV in bedrooms and living area
  • Living room fully furnished with sofa, chairs and sliding door to terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean
  • Air-conditioning, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, mini refrigerator, alarm clock radio, telephone
  • Accommodates maximum of 5 persons (including up to 2 children)

Divi Aruba’s new Two Bedroom Oceanfront Suites are exclusively available at diviaruba.com or by calling the US Reservations Office at 1-800-554-2008. Availability is limited.

For more information and photos of Divi Aruba’s new suites, please visit diviaruba.com/oceanfront-suites

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Beginner's Scuba Dive in Aruba

What might you see if you take a Discover Scuba course in Aruba? This video was filmed on the World War II wreck of the Pedernales, a popular spot for Aruba dive shops to take beginner divers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flying Home From Aruba With Local Brew

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Some beers in Aruba, like locally brewed Balashi or Amstel Bright only found in Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao and make a unique souvenir to bring home to remind yourself of your sunny Aruba vacation. Though Balashi can be found in cans, Amstel Bright is only sold in bottles. So the dilemma is getting the bottles home in one piece.

First off we are fortunate in that a few years back we invested in light weight hard sided luggage. You can read about our lightweight luggage purchase here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Launch Sweepstakes

"Reel in Anglers" **Sweepstakes Prize Includes a 5-Night Stay for Up to Four at the Tamarijn Aruba and Entry to Compete in the Presidential Challenge Billfish Tournament**

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (July 21, 2014) – To grow the brand awareness already established for the properties, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are today launching a sweepstakes for individuals who love to fish to enter to win a stay at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive and entry into the 4th Annual Presidential Challenge Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup billfish tournament scheduled to take place from October 16-19, 2014. Timed to coincide with the height of marlin season in Aruba, anglers will have a good chance to catch a “Grand Slam” of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish all in one day.
“Conducting an online sweepstakes is one of the ways in which we are keeping our brand fresh, visible, and in line with the digital trend in today’s highly competitive marketplace,” said Aracely Sansone, Vice President of Marketing for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives. “By enticing individuals with the chance to win both an all-inclusive stay at the Tamarijn Aruba as well as tournament fishing for some of the world’s most highly prized sport fish, we hope to expand the appeal of the sweepstakes beyond our standard travel audience to reach new potential guests who enjoy fishing, competitions and other types of outdoor sporting activities that Aruba offers.”

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Friday Fish Market

Gilligan's Restaurant at the Radisson Aruba is now offering fresh fish on Fridays nights 6 pm - 9 pm

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Aruba's Carubbian Festival

Here is a great way to explore Aruba's culture and Carnival all year 'round.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Best Time To Book A Plane Ticket

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Yet another new study, on when is the best time to book your flight?

The number of days for some common international destinations:

The Caribbean: 101 days before your flight
Europe: 151 days before your flight
Asia: 129 days before your flight
Mexico: 89 days before your flight
Latin America: 80 days before your flight

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Parents Traveling with Children to Aruba

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tips for parents traveling with their children.

General Screening Information

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT)

Traveling With Baby Formula, Breast Milk, And Other Liquids For Infants And Small Children

Children with Medical Conditions, Mobility Aids or Disabilities

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What Not to Pack

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If you want to travel light, it’s not merely what you pack that matters — it’s what you don’t pack.

What Not to Pack: NY Times

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach? All Inclusive Or Not ?

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Should you travel to Aruba and stay in an all inclusive resort?

After deciding on Aruba for your vacation, should you choose a resort on Eagle Beach or Palm Beach?

For your Aruba vacation should you choose a hotel resort on Palm Beach or Eagle Beach?

This article will help you decide on how to have the perfect Aruba vacation. Aruba All Inclusive Or Not-- Aruba's Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Family Escape Package at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

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Family Escape Package

Other than beautiful beaches, fantastic accommodations and friendly service we also have this sensational package for the whole family!

  • Breakfast for 2 Adults Daily at Corals Restaurant
  • 10% Discount on Food & Beverage
  • Late Check Out
  • Kids Kit for children under 12
  • Free Self Parking
  • Up to 4 Kids Eat Free B/L/D * - a $75.00 Value
  • Free WiFi, In-room Coffee and Free mini-fridge
  • 4 Nights Minimum

Monday, May 26, 2014

Aruba Romantic Escape Package

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Perfect for a honeymoon, surprise trip or special vacation

Whether planning a “once-in-a-lifetime” honeymoon with your loved one or a well-deserved get-away from your hectic everyday lives, the romantic escape has you in mind…

The beautiful surroundings and renovated property of Aruba's Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa will be a wonderful backdrop for you and your sweetie to experience the true nature of love. On Aruba's tranquil island paradise, you’ll treasure tailor-made moments and a truly unforgettable escape.

Your Romantic Escape Package includes:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Proudly Launch Mobile Check-In & Checkout

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Marriott Rewards members can now check-in and checkout online at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino with Marriott’s Mobile app. On May 6th, the Marriott mobile check-in and checkout feature was launched internationally at the Marriott Resorts.

MAY 8, 2014- Aruba Marriott’s first guests using the mobile check-in were honeymooners the Bryson’s. Welcomed by management with a glass of champagne, front desk agent Shireen checked the couple in. “It was very easy and quick to make use of Marriott Mobile check in,” said Mr. Bryson smiling.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Unique Adventures in Aruba

Emmy award-winning TV host and correspondent Karen Schaler presents unique adventures in Aruba such as the rugged, beautiful wild side of Aruba that many people never experience but should.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is Your Luggage Too Heavy?

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On our recent trip my Dad said to me, "You know my suitcase feels so heavy even though I did not bring a lot of clothes." I asked him if he weighed the bag with his hand held scale and he said yes, he was just under the 50 pound limit.

It reminded me of a suitcase my father-in-law gave us years ago. Now I am not talking far enough back to luggage of the 60's but more typical of luggage we see today. We discarded the the "hand me down" suitcase right after we received. It was beautiful, heavy duty and just downright HEAVY. The suitcase on its own, empty weighed just shy of 20 pounds!!!

On my "to do" list is to weigh all of my Dad's luggage and discard the heavy old ones. On our last trip to Aruba, the suitcase he had brought with him ended up going in the trash. The zipper on it broke. Thankfully La Linda Department store in Oranjestad sells a wide variety of luggage.

Luggage nowadays is much more lightweight. We ended up purchasing three sets of new lightweight hard sided luggage. If you shop around, even for name brands, there are always deals waiting to be found!

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to Actually Get Some Sleep on a Plane

Unless entirely exhausted I am rarely able to sleep on a plane. These are some good suggestions.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Are There Hurricanes in Aruba?

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Are you beginning to start thinking about your summer vacation? Here is a discussion on Hurricane climatology of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba

Are There Hurricanes in Aruba?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Aruba Renaissance Resort Private Island

In Aruba, the Renaissance's private island is one of only two truly private islands (the other is De Palm Island). Make sure you watch this in 3D.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How the Air Fare Game Works

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I have heard people say they think airlines set airfares by throwing darts at target prices on a wall. It is actually much more complicated than that.

"Every airline employs a cadre of fare revenue managers. These are the folks who adjust airfares throughout the day, depending on route, season, demand, supply and other factors. They're a notoriously tight-lipped bunch, but, on condition of anonymity, we got one to explain how the fare game works."

Confessions of an Airline Revenue Manager

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Traveling to Aruba With Prescription Medication

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Do yourself the favor of avoiding lots of aggravation and pack your prescription medications in your carry on. It may be more convenient to pack them in your luggage, but what would you do if you end up in Aruba without your luggage and thus no medicine? Most people do not travel with written copies of their prescriptions.

I learned this lesson the hard way. Not wanting to lug a carry on, I packed my meds in my suitcase. The suitcase did not make it to my destination, thus I had NO medication.

Fortunately I was only traveling domestically and the luggage was delivered to my accommodations about 7 hours after my arrival.

My tips for traveling with medication.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aruba's Top Foodie Finds

Emmy award-winning TV correspondent and host Karen Schaler shares some of the Caribbean island of Aruba's impressive culinary foodie finds from romantic restaurants on the beach to casual local favorites

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aruba Weather Q & A

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Q. Is Aruba windy?
A. This can be true at especially windy times of the year such as June, but mostly depends on where you stay since all hotels are on the leeward side of the island and the hotel buildings for the most part block you on the beach from the wind coming across the island. Average wind speed in June is 20 m.p.h. and in October and November it is only 13 m.p.h.

Q. Are there hurricanes in Aruba?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Waiter would welcome family and friends

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We would like to introduce Waiter to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Named after the Kellner family (kelner in Dutch translates into waiter), who was instrumental in catching this donkey. Unfortunately this kind animal has a broken leg and the future will tell whether he can still be operated. When a donkey has had a broken leg for too long, the bone grows back crookedly. And because nobody knows how long Waiter has been limping along before coming to the Sanctuary, x-rays will tell us what needs to be done to be able to give this donkey a good life within a protected environment. Until then the volunteers give him extra attention and treats and he is lapping it up!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dive Adventure: Aruba

Aruba hosts a fleet of 8 underwater shipwrecks and an array of diving sites.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Santa is welcoming friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Santa to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. It took us a long while before we could capture this beautiful animal: our volunteers tried to catch him 80 times in 2.5 years’ time. No such luck. And there was a reason to catch Santa, as he had been in an accident and was limping along on a broken front leg. Finally the volunteers were able to lure him into a garden and take him to the Donkey Sanctuary. The future will tell whether the vet will be able to do something about his leg, as the fracture has more or less healed already, of course. But Santa is in little or no pain and is having the time of his life among his donkey colleagues and friends.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Return to Aruba Year After Year?

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After having traveled to Aruba over 20 times now, people ask why we return to Aruba year after year. "Why do you go back to the same old thing?", "Why not try something new?", "Where is your sense of adventure?"

For us it is difficult to go elsewhere, after having traveled all over the Caribbean, Aruba is an island which pretty much fits the bill for what we are looking for. Ever been rained out on a week long Caribbean vacation? I have, first week of January 1971. That is how well I remember it. AND it was my parents, not myself, who were paying the big $$$ to sit in a hotel room and watch kiddie cartoons in Spanish and play cards. This past Christmas while our family was lounging on the beach in Aruba families elsewhere in the Caribbean were losing their homes to flooding and some people even lost their lives in mudslides. Torrential rains as the result of a slow moving low pressure system brought torrential rains to the Eastern Caribbean.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts


Delta has released details on SkyMiles redemptions.

For awards booked on or after January 1, 2015 Delta will offer a new program offering five levels of rewards.

For economy from the US to the Caribbean, round-trip, the new levels are-
Level 1 (former Saver)- 35,000 miles
Level 2 (New level)- 45,000 miles
Level 3 (former Standard)- 55,000 miles
Level 4 (New level)- 65,000 miles
Level 5 (former Peak)- 75,000 miles

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For Business/First from the US to the Caribbean award levels are-
Level 1- 60,000
Level 2- 75,000
Level 3- 95,000
Level 4- 110,000
Level 5- 125,000

Click on the chart above for Delta's full Award chart.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

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We would like to introduce Ninja to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. Ninja was captured at Rooi Master and taken to the sanctuary in a trailer. He is a good-looking 20-year-old white donkey, who is nice and quiet. He has a grey spot on top of his buttocks and he’s always in the company of his friend Aramis. Both are shy and modest, but they don’t need to worry: they are well-respected by the rest of the herd.

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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Delta's 2015 SkyMiles Program

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There has been much discussion online this week since Delta announced in a press release, Delta Introduces 2015 SkyMiles Program with New Mileage Earning Structure and More Redemption Options, that they were updating their 2015 SkyMiles Program. You can see Delta's FAQ about the program here.

With this move, on January 1, 2015, Delta will begin basing their frequent flyer program on ticket prices. Their frequent fliers will in turn have a bit more flexibility and expand on ways to use miles. Some tickets will require fewer miles, there will be one way awards and

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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

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We would like to introduce Gismo to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. His mother was found wandering on a busy street two days before Gismo was born: a hazardous stunt that could have been fatal for the donkey as well as for drivers. After he was born Gismo has spent his days in the company of his mother and sister Cymbi. By now he is a big boy, who is strutting conceitedly among the rest of the group. In a few months’ time, when he is one year old to be exact, this donkey will be castrated. That is necessary, unfortunately, to prevent inbreeding; another thing is that the donkey population should not grow out of bounds.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Combines Natural Influences & Local Flavors to Create Signature Services & Specialty Treatments for a Rejuvenating Spa Retreat

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Experience ‘One Happy Island’ At This Tropical Spa

ARUBA– The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is a tranquil enclave offering relaxation and renewal influenced by Aruba’s rich history, diverse culture and time-honored traditions. From its soothing Caribbean décor to the natural and locally-infused relaxing scents present throughout the spa, all elements of this sophisticated oasis capture the island’s genuine warmth while utilizing its vast natural resources to enhance serenity and create a pure sense of place and pampering for the body, mind and spirit.

The 15,000 square-foot Spa captures the lush, tropical environs and spiritual influences of Aruba incorporated into its 13 calming treatment rooms, salon and retail boutique. The natural beige furnishings and soft Caribbean hues displayed are reflective of the destination’s oceanfront backdrop paired with its arid landscape. Refreshing scents and aromas inspired by the Aruban tradition of wishing stones hand-selected for health, wealth or happiness fill the air and the relaxing rhythm of waves enhance the Spa’s tranquil island ambience to help guests unwind and escape the everyday.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

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

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We would like to introduce you to Cymbi, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. A fortnight after our volunteers had captured her mother, Cymbi was caught. During those two weeks Cymbi stayed in the vicinity of the family that had lured her mother into their garden. After a trailer had taken this donkey to the sanctuary, the reunion with her mother Orchid took place, a joyful occasion. At this moment Cymbi is probably expecting a baby; time will tell. It was quite stunning to see Orchid welcoming Cymbi as Orchid had delivered a son two days after she came to the sanctuary. Normally a first-born is rejected by the mother at such a time. But in this case it was the opposite: mother Orchid started flourishing after the reunion with her mom.

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.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tropical Dining on the Beach in Aruba

Passions on the Beach at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Caribbean Luxury Boutique Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa Preserves the Environment

Located at the most beautiful white beach and turquoise blue sea in Aruba, the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa has been a leader in sustainability and responsible tourism for years.

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Eagle Beach, Aruba (PRWEB) January 29, 2014- This luxury boutique resort was the first Green Globe member to earn prestigious Gold Status in December 2007, and recently earned re-certification.
“Manchebo Beach Resort embodies all the characteristics of Caribbean hospitality and eco-consciousness,” said Denaye Hinds, Director of Sustainability, and Lead Auditor for the Manchebo Beach Resort. “This property continuously improves their efforts to conserving the environment. With a sincere feeling of responsibility and community engagement, the resort staff provides incredible service and a firm commitment to preserve a safe and healthy environment for the island of Aruba, its people and visiting guests. Working with the Manchebo team has always been a joy, and I can understand why guests like to come back here.”
Numerous green initiatives are in place at the Manchebo Beach Resort, and an eco-action plan tracks energy, water, and gas consumption. In addition, the resort conducts various projects on renewable energy sources. All guest room doors are insulated by weather strips and the patio sliding doors are tinted with double glass to maximize the air conditioners` efficiency. Low watt warm fluorescent light bulbs are installed in all light fixtures throughout the property. Environmental and responsible purchasing, take back policies with suppliers, make it a point to buy eco-friendly products and support environmentally-friendly businesses.

The Manchebo Beach Resort is deeply rooted in community and social endeavors throughout Aruba. Local causes and charitable organizations are supported through hosting events, participation in community programs, sponsorships, donations, and many hours of volunteer time from the entire Manchebo team. Taking responsibility is paramount here, and the resort`s efforts focus on local churches, senior`s homes, juvenile centers, or lunches for the elderly. Guests are invited to join local environmental and community-related activities, such as the monthly island-wide beach and reef clean-up.

“The world has a fixed amount of natural resources, and as the population grows our resources are pushed to its very limits. We must preserve the environment so that our children and future generations can benefit from it, and enjoy the same life we have,” concludes Lidia Halley, Environmental Coordinator at the resort.

About Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa offers the ultimate vacation experience in the Caribbean. The 2-story boutique resort is located on the shores of Eagle Beach, Aruba`s widest beach, which counts among the top 10 beaches in the world - an ideal place for romantic and rejuvenating getaways. The property offers 72 deluxe and newly renovated Ocean and Garden View Rooms with an inviting Island décor. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa features three a-la-carte restaurants including the French Steakhouse, Ike’s Bistro and the casual beach-side Pega-Pega Cafe & Beach Bar. Spa del Sol, a Caribbean-Balinese Spa on the beach is the place for healing massages delivered in a beachfront gazebo and beachside Yoga - & Pilates classes. The resort is just 10 minutes away from downtown Oranjestad, Aruba`s capital.

Contact: Lidia Halley, Environmental Coordinator, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 55, Eagle Beach, Aruba, USA, Phone (297) 582 3444, Fax (297) 583 3589, Email lidia(at)manchebo(dot)com | http://www.manchebo.com

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit http://www.greenglobe.com.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kaweta is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Kaweta to you, one of the donkeys that has found a home at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. At four a.m. a call came in that a donkey had been hit by a car at Savaneta. The problem is that when the weather has been dry too long, the roaming donkeys go to the more populated areas on the island to find water. Fortunately Kaweta could be caught right away and he was taken to the vet, who ordered an emergency operation. The result was 12 pins in the bone. Kaweta had to stay in the intensive care unit, hanging in a sling. And that was not all: because he had grated his head on the road, part of his nostril had disappeared. But fortunately Kaweta is doing okay now. There was a moment of panic when the poor donkey did not wake up from the anaesthetic, but after a while things did turn out well.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Top Places for Romance in Aruba

Emmy award-winning TV host Karen Schaler as she shares some of Aruba's best romantic hidden gems

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts recognized as top hotel in 2014

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EAGLE BEACH, Aruba February 4th, 2014– U.S. News & World Report, a multi-platform, publisher of news and information, has awarded Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts the coveted number one ranking hotel among 78 hotels in Aruba. U.S. News travel rankings are based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings.

Also noted was that travelers consistently praised the guest room views of Eagle Beach and the relaxing, adults-only tranquil environment provided by the resort.

In addition, TripAdvisor has announced the winners of the 2014 Travelers’ Choice hotel awards, which identifies the world’s top properties, and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts is pleased to be honored among the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean, the only resort in Aruba to receive this distinction. Additionally, the resort was named among the top hotels for romance in the Caribbean category, again the only resort in Aruba to receive this distinction. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Moving to Aruba

I am asked this question all of the time.

Miriam Engeln: Moving to Aruba: Moving to Aruba

Friday, February 7, 2014

Aruba Carnival Diamond Stage

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The Diamond platform is a one-of-a-kind stage build in the yard of Cas Di Cultura facing the Vondellaan street. With the best view of the most prominent parades of the 60th Carnival edition.

Saturday Feb 22, 2014:
Aruba Tivoli Lighting Parade

Sunday Feb 23, 2014:
Grand Children’s Parade

Sunday Mar 2, 2014:
Aruba’s Famous 60th Grand Carnival Parade
  • Prime location, comfortable seating (with clear unobstructed view)
  • Premium open bar & buffet (with wait staff)
  • Security
  • Gated parking lot
  • Private restrooms

Details and pricing

Friday, January 31, 2014

Aruba Destination Video

This is a promotional video for Meeting and Incentive Groups, but some nice scenery that is for sure.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Southwest Airlines Announces First International Destinations

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BOOK NOW! Service to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica Begins July 1

Integration of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines Enters Final Phase
DALLAS January 27 2014- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today delivered Customers a trio of Caribbean beach destinations just in time for summer travel planning. The largest carrier of domestic passengers in the U.S. began selling seats on the first-ever scheduled international flights flown by Southwest Airlines.

"Beginning July 1, 2014, Bags Fly Free® beyond U.S. borders to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica," announced Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President & CEO, to Employees and media assembled for a news conference at the carrier's headquarters. "As our Customers seamlessly click through southwest.com to make these historic bookings today, our People celebrate the final lap in the journey to make possible our international future."

Beginning July 1, 2014, Southwest Airlines will operate daily, nonstop flights between:

Atlanta and Aruba, and Montego Bay

Monday's at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

Lobster madness every Monday at Manchebo Beach Resort's Ike's Bistro and French Steakhouse

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Boardwalk Hotel proudly announces new breakfast service, offering a taste of locally grown fruits and island favorites

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PALM BEACH, ARUBA January 9th, 2014- Boardwalk Small Hotel recently expanded their guest services by offering a full breakfast menu. It is the first time since twin sisters Stephanie and Kimberly Rooijakkers took over Boardwalk in 2011 that this small hotel offers a breakfast service. The breakfast menu also offers locally grown fruits, as Boardwalk strives to promote Aruban products and local suppliers.

The brand new breakfast menu includes ‘classics’ such as your choice of tea or coffee, fresh juice, breads, bacon, cheese, tropical fruits, yogurts and a boiled egg. In addition the Champagne Breakfast includes two glasses of …Champagne for a luxurious start of the day, while the Vitality Breakfast provides for a healthy start, including a fresh fruit smoothie and yogurt with granola and flaxseeds. The Local Breakfast features a favorite local morning snack, arepa, which comes with cheese or scrambled eggs. Breakfast can be ordered in advance and is served between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the guests’ private casita.