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Frank at Sand Bar

Palm Beach – Last Friday the 18th of July formed the kickoff of the first FRANK event at the Sandbar in Aruba. Sandbar, which has officially started operating under Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa Boutique Hotel since July 1st,  has initiated the Friday Afternoon Drink, the so called FRANK at SAND. This happy hour [...]

Talk show host Humberto Tan enjoys breakfast at CILO City Lounge

Dutch talk show host Humberto Tan visited CILO City Lounge last Wednesday. Mr. Tan, who is a jack-of-all-trades, greatly enjoyed his breakfast of scrambled eggs at the popular harborview, dowtown restaurant. He complimented the staff on the restaurant’s menu and the nicely written blackboard with daily specials.

At Sopranos piano bar the spotlight on a lovely New Jersey bikers couple

ARUBA – Rob and Michelle have been coming to Aruba forever: they love the island and they spend their holiday preferably here in the company of their teenage son and daughter. The two have a great hobby: biking! The sense of freedom that biking offers, is priceless.

Loyal visitors honored at the Divi Phoenix

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Divi Phoenix Beach Resort, as Distinguished Visitors. 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 10 [...]

Loyal visitors honored at the Costa Linda Beach Resort

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitor of Aruba, at the Costa Linda Beach Resort, as Ambassadors of Goodwill. 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 [...]

Ruth Hudgins Jackson honored at Casa del Mar

Recently, Ms. Marouska Heyliger honored Mrs. Ruth Hudgins Jackson, resident of Laurel, Maryland with the Goodwill Ambassador certificate in the name of the Aruba Tourism Authority. The event which commemorates her 23rd  consecutive visit to the island was held at the Casa del Mar Beach Resort.

Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

Thought For Today: My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those that are sad – Olive Schreiner, South African author and feminist (1855-1920).

Aruban Flowers cast to the sea in tribute of Flt #17 victims

EAGLE BEACH – Both locals and tourists came out in numbers and various times during the sunset last evening to throw locally grown flowers into the ocean as a tribute to the victims and families of the Malaysian Flt #17 that was apparently shot down by missiles.  Nearly 200 of the victims were Dutch nationals [...]

Chris and Heather Zirke honored at the Marriott Surf Club

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Marriott Surf Club, as Distinguished visitors.  The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba [...]

World Cup star Dirk Kuyt at Papillon Restaurant

Dirk Kuyt, whose performances during the World Cup Soccer matches in Brazil were most impressive, is on Aruba. Better yet, he has been spotted at lovely Papillon Restaurant in The Village, one of his favorite restaurants on the island. Dirk and his family are enjoying  their holiday these days before going back to work in [...]

Hugs and kisses for Audrey Gage, the flower lady at Salt & Pepper

Today it is time for big hugs and kisses for Mrs. Audrey Gage, the lady who can be found at Salt & Pepper Restaurant every morning. Audrey is a much-liked, lovely woman, who brings flowers from her garden to decorate her breakfast table at the restaurant; that is why she is called the Flower Lady. [...]

Jessica Maduro is Employee of the Month at Salt & Pepper Restaurant

The lovely girl with the biggest smile in the picture is Jessica Maduro, a great colleague and super waitress at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden. Jessica is always in a good mood, is helpful and ready to pitch in when extra support is needed. So reasons enough to put her in the [...]

BUCUTI’s LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY SHOWCASED AT COASTAL TOURISM SYMPOSIUM

EAGLE BEACH – 150 experts gathered in Grenada last week to examine a topic Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has been a leader in for decades, sustainable tourism. The Caribbean Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, which was the first of this kind in the region, served as a platform for industry leaders to share [...]

A full house for De Suikertuin’s terrific Vegetarian Evening

It was a full house last Saturday evening at Restaurant De Suikertuin in the Wilhelminastraat, when its Vegetarian Evening with guest chef Rodney Theysen was held. As promised, the palate and taste buds  of the sixty guests went into overdrive. The lovely restaurant was filled to the max, yet it was not overcrowded. Chef Rodney [...]

Treasure box found at De Palm Island

Oranjestad, July 2014 – Chris Parillo and Heather Lavell found a treasure box on the ocean floor while snorkeling at De Palm Island. Little did Heather know that her boyfriend, with the assistance of the staff at De Palm Island, had purposely put the treasure box amongst the coral where he knew they would be [...]

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 21st, 2014

RENT A CHEF. Chef Bas Kuurstra, who worked for 5 years for Taste of Belgium as executive chef, and before that chef and sous chef at Scandals and Ventanas del Mar, is now on the verge of starting his own company called Rent a Chef, gourmet chef services. He provides personal and private chef services, [...]

Taittinger, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Champagne and Romar Trading Company, entertain island dignitaries at Texas De Brazil

Palm Beach – Wine Artist Clive Faustin welcomed champagne lovers to Lounge Rouge at Texas de Brazil for the relaunch of Taittinger Champagne, a 2014 FIFA sponsor. The group of distinguished bankers, doctors, and hospitality professionals enjoyed a unique tasting of three distinctly different champagnes, conducted by Faustin and his crew at Romar Trading Company, [...]

Real Estate Miriam answers all

Ask Real Estate expert Miriam Engeln anything about properties in ARUBA, such as how to invest in real estate, how to maximize occupancy in vacation properties, rental income tips, constructing a house, home exchange, house flipping, retire-/ moving to ARUBA and so on. This week’s question and answer by Andrew Sawyer: Do you have any recommendations [...]

Henrica Tromp is Employee of the Second Quarter at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

Noord – Each quarter, members of management and members of staff get together at Caribbean Palm Village Resort in the early morning hours, just before the beginning of the work day,  to celebrate achievement over snacks and refreshments. The gathering is always marked by informal presentations of merit certificates,…

Preparing for the sixth Aruba International Regatta

ARUBA – This year on August 15, 16 and 17 the sixth Aruba International Regatta will take place on Aruba. Three days of action and competition for yachts, beach cats, sunfishes, optimists, windsurfers and kite surfers; three evenings of music and parties for all participants and spectators. The sailors will compete for the Budget Marine [...]

Presenting Caribbean Queen Yolanda Rivera

Palm Beach – Every month, Caribbean Queen at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here.  The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011. For the month of July 2014, local artist Yolanda Rivera is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her craft [...]

Chamber’s position on the conflict between Aruba and the Netherlands

Oranjestad – The Aruba Chamber of Commerce & industry wishes to make a public statement on its point of view regarding the events arising in the last few weeks in the conflict between the Aruba government and the Kingdom government. The Chamber will not give an opinion on the legal aspects of the matter, but [...]

Papillon’s mussels arrived again!

The mussels that are served in the weekends of July and August at Papillon restaurant in The Village are bursting with taste, fleshy and sumptuous. Flown in from Zeeland in the south of Holland, they are still dripping sea water, so to speak. Early last month the first mussel crop was allowed to be picked [...]

Hip, hip, hurray for Stefan for 10 years at AWD

Aruba Wine and Dine, the umbrella organization that encompasses a number of successful restaurants, recognized the excellent services of Stefan van Geene, who has worked for the company 10 years. Stefan started working at Salt & Pepper Restaurant as a waiter in 2004, but, as he gained experience, he moved up to Restaurant Manager.

RBC Art Rules Aruba Receives Two thumbs Up from Sponsors and Partners

Oranjestad – Art Rules Aruba unfolding at Cas Di Cultura for its second week received sponsors, partners and supporters for a courtesy visit showcasing the artistic accomplishments of the students enrolled in various programs such as DJ, Music & Performance, Dance, Theater, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Creative Media and a special Art Rules Junior, for 9-12 [...]

Fishes & More is the favorite restaurant of Marcellus, Linda, Lisa and Bente

ARUBA – Fishes & More Restaruant in the Arawak Garden gets a lot of rave reviews for their wonderful dishes, fresh fish and great service. This week we received such a review from a family from Holland that has been coming to the island eleven years already. Marcellus (55), Linda (51), Lisa (24) and Bente [...]

Great graduation party for the students of De Schakel at De Suikertuin

ARUBA – Historic De Suikertuin restaurant in the Wilhelminastraat in downtown Oranjestad proved to be a perfect location for the excited graduates of De Schakel, one of Aruba’s top schools. Proud parents, siblings and teachers were dressed to the nines, but the stars of the evening were undoubtedly the students, who had successfully finished their [...]

American visitors James Moore and his wife love to drink Balashi beers at Salt & Pepper

ARUBA – Balashi beer is the favorite beverage of James Moore and his wife. The relaxed couple finds the bottles really small, though, so they always order two per person per round of drinks and they crack jokes every time they visit Salt & Pepper restaurant at the Arawak Garden, where they are most welcome [...]

De Suikertuin organizes a terrific Vegetarian Evening with organic wines

Restaurant De Suikertuin in the Wilhelminastraat, Oranjestad, is organizing a special event: a Vegetarian Evening with guest chef Rodney Theysen. The date: Saturday, July 19.  The Vegetarian Evening is one of a series of upcoming events at De Suikertuin: an Indonesian Night as well as a Healthy Cooking workshop by (Rent a) Chef Bas Kuurstra [...]

DE PALM TOURS AWARDED 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Recognised as a Top Performing Activity Provider as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site Oranjestad – Once again, this year De Palm Tours is the proud recipient of the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. All credit goes to the three hundred staff members that work hard to provide the many different services [...]

Dripping wet fresh Dutch Mussels are on the menu of Papillon Restaurant

At fabulous Papillon Restaurant the year is divided into culinary seasons: there is game at the end of the year, there is the white gold (asparagus) in the spring, there are berries in all colors in the summer and yes, there are Dutch Mussels in July and August. Justly considered a delicacy, the mussels are [...]

New Pancakes in Town!!

ARUBA – Many of us have had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic and good-natured Diana Celaire during the years she worked for Café Restaurant Bingo and Café The Plaza. Finally, after 4 years of planning and preparing, she has opened her own place: Diana’s Pancakes Place! She found the perfect location at the Old [...]

Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman on hunger strike

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman on Friday entered an immediate hunger strike following a decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers to have the Governor of Aruba carry out an independent investigation of the 2014 budget and the tenability of Aruba’s government finances. “Aruba is kidnapped, raped and humiliated by the Netherlands which [...]

Art Rules Aruba At Cas Di Cultura Concludes its First Week

Oranjestad – Art Rules Aruba has been offering kids age13-23 the opportunity to cultivate their artistic talents and skills, each summer since 2010, by organizing a two week intensive workshop program on the island. The workshops Art Rules Aruba offer are conducted by expert, visiting international artists and teachers who come to the island every [...]

Real Estate Miriam answers all

Ask Real Estate expert Miriam Engeln anything about properties in ARUBA, such as how to invest in real estate, how to maximize occupancy in vacation properties, rental income tips, constructing a house, home exchange, house flipping, retire-/ moving to ARUBA and so on. This week’s question and answer:

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