“Recognition and service are key” Amuse Bistro welcomes its new manager Christiaan Hoogland

page-02ARUBA – Do you already know Amuse Bistro, tucked charmingly away on the driveway in front of the Playa Linda Beach Resort? Its Carte Blanche 3- or 5-course menu, a surprise dinner during which owner/chef Patrick van der Donk shows off his skills, is absolutely fabulous. Amuse Bistro serves French-inspired cuisine, from French classics with a dash of Arubian flair, to gourmet creations such as scargots, tenderloin and duck liver, Boeuf Bourguignon, crème brûlée and more.
Locally the gourmet restaurant has made an impact too: one can see the best chefs of the island dining there, which gives this wonderfully intimate restaurant a stamp of the highest approval.

Special guests were honored at the Aruba Beach Club Resort

Aruba Beach Club honoring 03Recently the following guests were honored as an Ambassador of goodwill for the island of Aruba: Salvatore & Carmela Coraci, Salvatore & Maryann Musumeci and also  William & Randi Barner.

The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for between 10 and 20 years consecutive.

Guests were honored at the Casa del Mar Resort

Casa del Mar Resort honoringRecently the following guest were honored as an ambassador of goodwill for the island of Aruba: Ron & Linda Goldie, Raul & Marlene Desquitado, Romeo & Dulsura Tiu, Lorenzo & Nancy Borromeo, Roland & Gwynne Tan, Napoleon & Leonor Armento and also Bonito & Lily Sanchez

The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for between 10 and 20 years consecutive.

Health Levy Law

final-logo-new-layoutAruba Airport Authority N.V., the company that manages Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix hereby informs that the Health Levy Law was passed on November 25, 2014 and will be effective December 1, 2014.

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. will be including this health levy on all its non-aeronautical revenue invoices issued as of December 1, 2014.

HumanHints, today ‘Heart Protector’ Part 4

Yesterday we talked about opening to another. Today we conclude our discussion of the Heart Protector. A genuinely strong relationship requires people who are secure with them selves. If you know who you are, you provide a solid foundation for a relationship of expansion and growth. When everyone involved is secure with them selves, everyone grows and expands in their own way, while supporting everyone else’s individual growth and expansion.

Today is Friday, November 28, the 332nd day of 2014. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today is FridayThought For Today:

No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach – William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800).


Café the Plaza’s 21st annual Golf Tournament is coming up

Cdepgolf2014 00Golfers have been looking forward to it the entire year, but now the time is here: the Plaza Golf Open 2014 is ready for lift-off. Held on Saturday, November 29, this fun golf event will see its shotgun start at 12.30 pm at the fantastic Tierra del Sol golf course. The format is a two-person scramble; men play from the White tees and the women from the Coral tees. Thirty percent of the combined total is the team’s handicap.

It is expected is that between 40 and 50 teams will register. “This is a tournament without any big prizes, it is all about having fun,’’ tell the long-time participants, all regulars of Café the Plaza in the Renaissance Marketplace about the event, which has prizes for first, second and third place teams as well as for Closest to the Pin at Holes 3, 7, 13, 15 and 17.

Hostess Isabella says goodbye with a tear and a smile at Papillon Restaurant.

Hostess Isabella 2014Last week there were tears and smiles at Papillon Restaurant in The Village when favorite hostess Isabella Rugebrecht said goodbye after four years on the job. “She was a fabulous hostess,” says Papillon’s manager Tina van Mal, who is also a good friend of Isabella. “She was always in a good mood, had a wonderful, welcoming smile and she threw a bit of stardust on everyone’s day, whether they were colleagues or guests.”

Vitaly and Alla lekarev honored at the Divi Phoenix Resort

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The honorees were Mr. Vitaly and Mrs. Alla Lekarev from NJ. Vitaly and

Loyal visitors honored at the Divi All-inclusive Resort

??????????Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring two very nice couples whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, as Ambassadors of Goodwill at the Divi Resort. The symbolic honorary titles are presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years.

Friday; hooray! Starbucks Renaissance Marketplace is celebrating its 5th year anniversary

Starbucks_5anniversary 01ORANJESTAD – November – It’s already been 5 years since Starbucks came to Aruba and ‘brewed’ things up.  It changed Aruba’s ‘coffee drinking habit’ forever. The first Starbucks establishment was opened in 2009 in Renaissance Marketplace and in no time it became the number one spot to socialize, attend meetings or relax after a long day of work. Therefore the 5th year anniversary cannot go unnoticed. 

Enjoy Thanksgiving Oceanfront at Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill Tonight!

ThanksgivingPalm Beach – Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill, located on De Palm Pier between the Radisson Resort and Riu Palace Hotel is very thankful to host your oceanfront Thanksgiving dinner tonight! Come down to the best beach bar & grill in Aruba and enjoy a fun night under the Caribbean sky, with perfect views, mouth-watering food and a delicious cocktail in hand!

Support Restaurants that serve Lionfish We need to Eat ‘em to Beat ‘em!

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With no known ocean enemy, the Lionfish are staking claim on our pristine reefs.

HumanHints, today ‘Higher Power’ Part 3 – Judgment

We have devoted the past few days to the idea that a Higher Power is, by definition, beyond good and bad, beyond Human Emotion. But what about Final Judgment? How can our lifetime be judged, if Higher Power is not capable of Judgment? We look to what is able to Judge. Humans. We know what good and bad mean. Humans understand the concepts of good and bad better than any energetic expression because we’re not only exposed to them, we’re trapped within them.

Today is Thursday, November 27, the 331st day of 2014. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today is ThursdayThought For Today:

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” – Estonian proverb.


McHappy Day 2014 raised Awg. 12,351 for the Aruba Autism Foundation

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Aruba – Last week Friday, McDonald’s in almost all Latin America and the Caribbean region, including Aruba, experienced a special day. McHappy Day is McDonald’s annual fundraiser to raise awareness and raise proceeds thru the donation of a day’s worth of Big Mac sales. For the third consecutive year, the contribution of McDonald’s in Aruba will benefit the Aruba Autism Foundation (FAA). This year, more than 962 Big Mac was sold for charity and in total, Awg. 12,351 were raised for the FAA.

Aruba Marine Park Foundation, a not for profit organization is scheduled to host a Sunset Lionfish and Wine Tasting on November 30, 2014 from 6pm – 8pm at Nos Clubhuis to increase awareness of the Lionfish invasion which is depleting our Reefs of our local fish

page-05It would mean a lot to us if you would join us at this Event.

Just in case you need a little extra motivation, here are a few reason you should join.

You will learn about the Aruba Marine Park Foundation’s efforts to eradicate the Super Predator Lionfish which has made itself home on our Reefs.
The Lionfish is gobbling up our local fish and will eat anything that it can fit in their mouths.

USFOL Volunteers Donate Goods to Siloam Orphanage

USFOLSeveral volunteers from the U.S. Forward Operating Location paint playground equipment at the Siloam Orphanage on November 20, 2014. Fourteen volunteers delivered 200 lbs. of donated clothing and toys to the orphanage, before assisting with rehabilitating playground equipment and laying conduit for electrical cables.

Siloam Orphanage provides for children with a variety of needs, from toddlers who have been abandoned to children who have mental and physical disabilities.

A wonderful Thanksgiving menu at Fishes & More Restaurant

fishesthanksgiving2014When it comes to Thanksgiving on Aruba, you might want to do something special. Although it is not a local (or Dutch) holiday, a number of restaurants want to make you feel at home during this day and they have come up with a Thanksgiving menu. One of these is popular Fishes & More Restaurant in the Arawak Garden, where a sumptuous, three-course dinner awaits you on November 27. The price is almost a give-away: just $ 22.75.

It’s Fishes & More! Kevin and Jaime Whitney have a new favorite restaurant on the island

Fishes & MoreWhen Kevin and Jaime Whitney from Boston, MA, tasted their grouper dish with red snapper, shrimp and scallops in a lemon sauce, they were sold!

The couple said right away that from now on Fishes & More was their new favorite restaurant on the island. They learned about Fishes & More from the guy at the water sports center at the Marriott Ocean Club and they will be forever grateful to him.

New Fresh Live Entertainment Exclusively at Bugaloe Beach Bar!

BugaloePalm Beach – Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill is perfectly located between Hotel Riu Palace Resort Aruba and Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa on the famous Palm Pier with stunning 360˚ views of the crystal clear ocean. Open daily from 9am till midnight, guests can start their day with a delicious cappuccino, stop by to enjoy a casual lunch & dinner or join Bugaloe for live music and amusement at night.

Barney’s Restaurant-Food and Fun For Everyone!

Barney 02ARUBA – With almost 3 years under their belt, Barney’s Restaurant has become a favorite for locals and tourist here in Aruba. This is a restaurant where you can bring the whole family with an extensive menu and varied theme nights throughout the week, it will become a favorite of yours also.

Currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm till 1am (kitchen open till 11pm)

HumanHints, today ‘Heart Protector’ Part 3

Yesterday, we continued our discussion of the Heart Protector that facilitates our balance between logic and emotion. Today we begin to explore the unexpected conclusion. Despite the thoughts of society today, it’s not always best to open your self fully to another, and that should not be the goal in a relationship. Every one of us needs a certain degree of privacy, lest we lose our Selves.

Today is Wednesday, November 26, the 330th day of 2014. There are 35 days left in the year.

Chinese proverb.Thought For Today:

Love your neighbors, but don’t pull down the fence – Chinese proverb.


Experience the oldest Aruban industry as a fun daytime outing: The Aruba Aloe Factory & Museum

page-02Tourists have been visiting the wonderful island of Aruba since the late 1940’s, enjoying the pristine beaches, clear waters and Aruba’s dynamic nightlife. But one of the most unique experiences you and your skin will certainly appreciate for years to come is visiting the world famous Aruba Aloe Balm Plantation, Factory and Museum. You will learn about the rich history of Aloe Vera, its importance to Aruba’s economy, and the healing properties of this miracle plant.

The Aloe Vera Plant, a brief history.

Sizzling finals, a wild, wild crowd

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Fabulous Biglmaier/Ponti and Calbucci/Garavini win the 2014 Divi Aruba Beach Tennis Open

Ladies Maraike Biglmaier (9) and Camilla Ponti (13) and Alessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini are the winners of the 2014 Divi Aruba Beach Tennis Open. More than 2000 spectators oohed and aahed in the Amstel Bright Stadium during the incredible rallies of both close finals. “This is insane!’’ yelled the commentator as the crowd roared its approval during exceptional points. The Ladies and Men’s finals marked the last day of a 5-day tournament that made Eagle Beach tremble: with 1100 participants from 25 countries it was the biggest and best beach tennis event ever.

Aruba say’s “Masha Danki” to the loyal visitors of Divi Village

Divi Village honoring 02Recently Aruba Tourism Authority honored a Distinguished Visitors and Goodwill Ambassadors at Divi village.

The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba between 10 and 20 consecutive years.

ELEQT brought a touch of Russia with “A Russian Affair”

Russian Affair 01“Recently, exclusive social network ELEQT and Russian Standard Vodka held a very strict invitation-only event at Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa.

The celebration welcomed Aruba’s movers and shakers as well as several international entrepreneurs, who mingled with each other throughout the evening and enjoyed complimentary premium cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Sopranos Piano Bar Aruba – Bada Bing!

Sopranos Piano Bar Aruba 03ARUBA – Sopranos Piano Bar is the place to go on Aruba for your adult evening fun! With a different piano player joining them each month from all over the world you are guaranteed an evening of lively entertainment. Join them from 8pm till 1am and request your favorite songs and feel free to sing along and dance!

Situated in the high rise hotel area across the street from the Occidental in Arawak Gardens it is but a short walk for an evening of fun from your hotel.

HumanHints, today ‘Heart Protector’ Part 2

Yesterday, we introduced the concept of the Heart Protector, the organ that surrounds the Heart, as the physical place that facilitates the balance between Logic and Emotion. In business, the Heart Protector must remain mostly closed. With few exceptions, there is very little room for Love or compassion if the goal is to run a successful business in today’s ruthless capitalistic world.

Today is Tuesday, November 25, the 329th day of 2014. There are 36 days left in the year.

Tennessee Williams, American playwright (1911-83)Thought For Today:

To be free is to have achieved your life – Tennessee Williams, American playwright (1911-83).



page-02Recognition as a top multinational workplace coincides with relaunch of Hyatt career website Hyatt.jobs

ARUBA – Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino recently announced that Hyatt has been named one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. The annual list honors 25 companies that have been recognized by their employees as an organization that fosters creativity, trust and camaraderie.

This year marks Hyatt’s inaugural appearance on the list, following Great Place to Work® recognitions in the United States, France, Germany, United Arab Emirates, India, and the United Kingdom.

Thomas & Pam were honored at the Marriott Surf Club Resort

Thomas & Pam honored at Marriott 01Recently, James & Pauline Constantini were honored as an distinguished visitor after returning to Aruba for more then 10 years consecutive years

The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for between 10 and 20 years consecutive.

From Thursday afternoon to Friday morning: Aruba Airport and Dutch Marine Force conducted a joint exercise

Training Excercise 01ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) and the Dutch Marines stationed in Aruba conducted an intensive joint training to exercise communication, vigilance, response and multidisciplinary cooperation. These exercises which were held from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning are of great importance for both organizations.

U.S. Coast Guard Holds Legal Drafting Workshop in Aruba

U.S. Coast Guard Holds Legal Drafting Workshop in ArubaMembers of the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program facilitated a two-day Legislative Drafting Workshop with maritime security stakeholders November 18-20, 2014. The Directorate of Shipping Aruba hosted the event which was held at the Dr. Edward Cheung Center for Innovation.

U.S. Congress charges the U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security Program with evaluating security in the ports of the U.S.’s maritime trading partners.

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