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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Aruba Resorts Offer Family-Friendly Packages

With its location south of the hurricane zone and large number of family-friendly activities, Aruba is a natural choice for Caribbean family vacations. Travelers can take jeep tours of the island, go snorkeling, take a nature tour, and visit the Butterfly Farm, Ostrich Farm and Donkey Sanctuary.

We've just received word of several family packages at top properties in Aruba:

"Delight" in Family at The Westin Resort Aruba

The Westin Resort Aruba is offering a "Delight in Family" package including:
  • amenities for children such as complimentary admission to the Westin Kids Club
  • free dining with parents at six on-site restaurants.
  • Price: The package starts at $309 per night with a two-night minimum based on two adults and two children.
  • For resort reservations or further information, call 1-877-822-2222 or visit www.westin.com/arubaspecials. When booking, ask for rate plan WIFAMILY.
Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Family Package

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba is offering an all-inclusive family package with use of both Divi Aruba & Tamarijn resorts; it includes:
  • Children under the age of 18 receive free accommodations and all-inclusive amenities.
  • Children in the program enjoy free meals and snacks from over 10 dining options, all non-motorized sports, admission to the children's camp and much more.
  • Price: Rates start at $362 based on a maximum of two children up to 18 years old in a room with two paying adults.
  • For more information, call 1-800-554-2008 or visit www.tamarijnaruba.com
"Escape!" Family Package at The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering an "Escape!" promotion for families this summer. The package includes:
  • complimentary daily breakfast for two adults and two children
  • one pizza and movie night
  • milk and cookies as part of the nightly turndown service
  • Price: The package starts at $314 per room, per night with a minimum four-night stay.
  • For more information: visit www.arubamarriott.com or call 1-800-228-9290; when booking enter promotional code MAJ for the "Escape!" Family Package.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Divi Resorts Provides 60% Sale

Many Caribbean resorts maintain high season rates through mid- or late April but we've received word that the Divi Resorts has cut rates starting March 1--in time for spring break. Look for savings of up to 60 percent.

Dates: Valid for travel March 1, 2009 through December 23, 2009.

Sample Rates:
  • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Aruba – studio suite from $139 per night
  • Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort – studio suite from $179 per night
  • Divi Dutch Village Resort, Aruba – studio suite from $125 per night
  • Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, Barbados – studio suite from $153 per night
  • Divi Heritage Beach Resort, Barbados – studio suite from $99 per night
  • Divi Flamingo beach Resort, Bonaire – hotel rooms from $127 per night
  • Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten – hotel rooms from $148 per night
All-Inclusive Option in Aruba: Divi Village Golf & Beach has an all-inclusive stay option where kids 17 and under stay and eat free and adults get unlimited golf after 3:00 p.m.! Guests can stay in new golf villas large enough for the whole family and overlooking Aruba’s only manicured golf course. The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is located across from three other Divi resorts, and this all-inclusive option allows guests access to the nearby Divi properties.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Morgan's Island Water Park Opens In Aruba

Making quite a splash with its grand opening in late 2008, Morgan's Island on the island of Aruba is not only the largest water park in the Caribbean, but also in all of Latin America. Its 28,000 sq. ft. of fun features attractions for aquatic adventurers, including a dual slide dubbed Dragon Revenge and the second tallest waterslide on the planet-- a 21-meter vertical plunge that's the treasure of Buccaneer Tower.

Along with giant double wave pools and a game parlor for tweens and teens, little sprouts will be entertained by the water spouts in the giant, zero-entry children's pool.

Aside from all of the aquatic excitement, patrons can also indulge themselves with a pirate-themed meal at the Black Pearl self-service restaurant or the Jack Sparrow Bar, then purchase a souvenir of their stay at the El Corsario gift shop.

Having celebrated its grand opening in early December 2008, Morgan's Point water park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6p.m.

For more information:

• visit www.arubamorgansisland.com


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mother's Day Package at Hyatt Regency Aruba

Here's a package we just received that's a little bit different: they'll only be selling 100 of these packages in honor of the Mother's Day Centenary.

This package is offered by the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, a resort we've enjoyed several times...just renovated, it has a great location right on Palm Beach.

The Package: The Mother’s Day Delight package includes:
• arrival on May 9 or 10 for a five-night stay
• daily breakfast for two
• a $100 resort credit and welcome amenity upon arrival

Price: The package starts at at $385 double occupancy, exclusive of tax.

They're also offering the Mother’s Day Deluxe, with all of the above plus a 100-minute treatment at Stillwater Spa, dinner for two at Palms Restaurant, and a nightly turndown amenity, starting at $460 double occupancy, exclusive of tax

For More Information:
• visit www.aruba.hyatt.com


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Aruba's Divi Village Offering Kids Stay Free Promo

As we swing into the summer season, here's a good family package that runs through the start of high season in late December: Aruba's all-suites Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort is offering a kids 17 and under stay and eat free promotion as well as free golf. The all-suites property offers accommodations that are nearly double the square footage of a standard hotel room, so parents have one corner and kids the other, which helps make for memorable, relaxing family vacations.

The Promotion: Through December 23, the all-suites Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort tees up “Free Kids, Free Golf” where kids stay and eat free, and adults get unlimited golf after 3 p.m. (cart included). This is on top of 10 percent off as well as access to the amenities of two nearby Divi all-inclusive properties.

Price: Rates start at $220 per adult per night including the 10 percent discount. There's a limit of two kids free with two paying adults. A minimum three-night stay required for the all-inclusive package. Reservations must be made by May 16, 2008, for the 10 percent discount to apply,

Why It's Fun for the Family: The Divi Village has plenty to keep the whole family busy and happy: three freshwater swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar), lit tennis courts, a beach-side rock climbing wall, water sports center clinics, a waterslide, an air-conditioned oceanfront fitness center, watch movies under the stars, 11 restaurants and more.

For More Information:

• visit www.diviresorts.com


Thursday, October 18, 2007

POTD: Exploring Aruba...Safari Style

Hop a jeep and take a safari tour of Aruba on your next visit! Our family has enjoyed this adventure which includes a stop at the gold ruins and the island caves. Bring along some old clothes for the trip because you WILL get dusty!

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Friday, October 12, 2007

POTD: Seatrek Fun in Aruba

If you've wondered what it would be like to walk on the floor of the ocean, wonder no more. SeaTrek, with installations on many islands including this one on Aruba, offers visitors the chance to wear high-tech helmets and walk on the ocean floor. This photo is of our daughter Lauren; as you can see, she's wearing her glasses and her hair is not even wet. SeaTrek can be enjoyed by non-swimmers and no experience is necessary.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

POTD: Aruba's Butterfly Farm

Aruba's Butterfly Farm is one of several in the Caribbean (the same company also operates a butterfly farm in St. Martin and a brand new butterfly farm in St. Thomas by the cruise dock). The farm is near the hotels of Palm Beach and is a great activity for kids and teens; you'll enter the free-flying area where hundreds of tropical butterflies flit around around. Guides explain the life cycle of the butterfly and talk about the life of the butterfly, from what they eat to how they eat it.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

New in Aruba

Aruba has long been a favorite family getaway thanks to its resorts, beaches, and multicultural atmosphere. Now families find several new hotel projects underway:

• The Wyndham Aruba has been reflagged as The Westin Aruba Resort following the completion of a $16 million renovation. The 481-room resort offers eight dining options, a 12,000-square-foot casino, Aruba’s largest swimming pool, and a spa.

• Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino has debuted its new open-air lobby, part of $20 million in improvements underway at the property. Renovation of the resort’s 336 guestrooms is planned for completion in May.

• The Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino has opened the $5.2 million, 13,000-square-foot Larimar Spa last fall.

• The Occidental Grand Aruba Resort, a luxury all-inclusive, has opened. The former Allegro resort has undergone $24 million in renovations and upgrades and now features 391 deluxe rooms and suites, seven restaurants, a spa, casino, and the Royal Club, and a 50-room boutique style hotel within the resort with exclusive check-in, private restaurant, 24-hour room service, and more.

• The RIU Aruba Grand will undergo a $40 million expansion adding 286 guestrooms. The resort will reopen as the five-star, 451-room RIU Palace.



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