Month: February 2021

Feb12

In response to recent comments on various social media platforms with regard to an RFP for our Tiki Bar and Restaurant which recently appeared in our local newspaper and on the Resort’s Facebook page, here are the background facts to stop the unwarranted speculation, rumours and fake news.

Almost every timeshare Resort in Aruba lease out their Food and Beverage facilities. This is due in large part to the cost of running such an operation – staffing, inventory, control systems, equipment maintenance and taxes to name a few – plus, probably the most important aspect, the competition between what can be considered a plethora of good restaurants in the island. The timeshare owners who come to the island annually patronize their favorite eating places – which incidentally are historically not at their Resort. The Marriott timeshare properties, the Divi properties and La Cabana which are larger properties and have the benefit of not only their owners but a large base of transient (new) guests annually, are exceptions.

Given this as a backdrop and with our physical limitations, the Paradise Beach Villas Food and Beverage operation has been deliberately limited to breakfast, lunch and bar and any profit derived contributes to our overall income which by extension helps to keep our maintenance fees in check. The other hugely significant issue is that in excess of 85% of our total Food and Beverage revenue is generated by our own in-house members. Therefore, when COVID-19 struck – and as you are aware we are still the throes of this pandemic, the resulting shortfall in occupancies lead to a corresponding reduction in revenues and, with no end in sight at the moment, management has a responsibility to look for alternate sources of income.

One such source would be to explore the possibility of guaranteed income for our Tiki Bar and Restaurant facility – hence the RFP (Request For Proposal). This is purely exploratory at this point so we have the facts to help us make an informed decision for our future …. pure and simple …. and, to read any more into this action is premature and causing unnecessary speculation at the stage.

In closing, we are very cognizant of the value of our staff and the contribution they add to your vacation experience annually. They are totally aware of this situation which they fully understand and rest assured that their well-being features prominently in any decision that is taken.

Feb04

Dear Members,

We are happy to announce that for your convenience, a COVID Test center has been opened at La Cabana BRC (nearby Resort) for PCR test at a cost of $117 per test. The facility is in The Boardroom which is located on the first floor of the main building.

Tests are only made via a previous appointment and attached is a flyer with a QR code that needs to be used by the guest to make an appointment.

The facility is still awaiting approval for the Fast Test and when this is granted, we will advise with the relevant costs.

Thank you and stay safe.

Feb04

Dear Members,

As we finish the first month of the New Year, here are a few noteworthy issues to update you on.

We have said au revoir to Jealda (Damian), our former Food and Beverage Manager who was with the Resort for nearly twenty (20) years. As she turns a new chapter, we sincerely thank her for her years of service to the Resort and wish her well in all her future endeavours. Franklin (Wever) has temporarily taken over the reins of the department and we also wish him every success in this new venture.

The renovation project of the rooms and hallway on the third floor of Phase 1 is now complete. A special “Masha danki” to the members who cooperated with room moves during this period and we know you will enjoy the renovated product. We are in the process of planning similar renovations for the second floor and will advise you as these plans crystalize.

We finished January with a 54% occupancy for the month with is significantly below our historical level of approximately 90%. This is a result of the continued effects of COVID-19 and we brace ourselves for the new challenges. Please note the following in relation to COVID-19. Effective January 26th 2021, the CDC mandated that persons travelling through the USA must have a COVID-19 test at least 3 days prior to entering the USA. Paradise Beach Villas is actively looking to have this process completed a smoothly as possible – including having the test done at a nearby Resort – and will advise you of details on our website as soon as arrangements are complete.

On a related note, once again we ask you PLEASE to advise the Resort whether you will be coming or not. We request that you do this as soon as you have made the decision but at least four (4) weeks in advance. In the present travel environment, this information is even more critical for us to properly plan our operations – especially staffing energy saving practices and room maintenance. This simple request has the potential for effecting savings which will impact the annual maintenance fees and we really request your cooperation and compliance.

For those members of weeks #11 to #27 who were directly affected by the COVID-imposed travel bans, we encourage you to contact Bianca – bianca@paradisebeach.aw or Sandra – sandra@paradisebeach.aw – at the Resort with your alternate travel dates for redemption of your weeks. We are aware that there may still be issues to work through but the sooner your decision is made, please let us know.

For better contact with our members, we are currently in the process of cleaning up our existing database and urge you to advised us any change in your contact information – especially your email address – by contacting Gina, our Administrative Assistant at gina@paradisebeach.aw. We are also working on a secure website for our members where we can post specific information related to our members and the Resort’s activities. While we recognize the advantages of Facebook, we feel it is equally important to have a less public forum to modernize and target outreach to our members.

We thank those members who have already paid their maintenance fees for 2021 which contributes to the financial health of the Resort and encourage the others to pay as soon as possible to prevent penalty fees or to contact Jose, our Credit Manager at jose@paradisebeach.aw.

Thanks to the certificate holders in the Foundation Board who submitted their resumes for the upcoming ballot for the vacancies on this Board and we will keep you posted.

Best regards from sunny Aruba, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to the Resort during the course of the year.