Jun11

Dear members,

Following are the details of a Press Conference held by the Government of Aruba on June 10th as it relates to plans to reopen Aruba’s Borders for travel.

 

Please click on the image below to read about THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS and for more detailed and very important information.

 

Aruba’s borders will open gradually.

  • June 15, 2020 :- Bonaire and Curaçao.
  • July 1, 2020 :- Europe, Canada, Caribbean (except Dominican Republic and Haiti).
  • July 10, 2020 :- USA
  • No opening date yet for Central and South America.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO BOARDING:

  • Online ED card is mandatory.
  • ED card includes:
    • Self Health Declaration form.
    • Obligatory COVID insurance. Insurance would cover costs of quarantine/isolation accommodation and medical care when required. Cost is estimated at $15 per day.
    • Option to upload negative COVID19 PCR test result of test taken within 72 hours of travel OR payment for testing upon arrival on Aruba. (Testing prior to travel will be encouraged). Tests are required for 12 years of age and older.
  • Masks required during flight.

 

PORT OF ENTRY ARUBA AIRPORT:

  • 100% Thermal camera screening.
  • Symptom screening.
  • PCR rapid test mandatory for all that did not upload the negative test via ED card. Tests are required for 12 years of age and older.
  • Visitors (with no symptoms) await result of test for 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel.
  • Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be sent to designated isolation property. If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized

Local Residents are also required to take test prior to entry or at arrival.If the resident refuses to take the test, 14-day quarantine is required. Government does not encourage travel to affected countries.

 

ARUBA HEALTH & HAPPINESS CODE:

Next sectors to register for re-opening will be introduced soon: Tour Operators and Water Sports, Casinos, and Spas.

Jun05

Dear members,

COVID-19 is now part of our reality for the foreseeable future and even with potential cures, the question now is how do we best live with it. With Aruba’s huge dependency on Tourism, all business and social aspects on the island’s issues continue to be affected but, at the time of writing, we have no positive cases on the island. This medical stability has allowed us to slowly relax the internal Government-imposed sanctions to contain COVID-19 as we try to restart the local economies and expand locally as we continue to implement safety plans for wider opening prospects.

The reopening to international travel is critical for us to make a decision on the affected weeks which will depend on the total number of weeks in question. We thank you for your continued patience and especially the members who are willing to work with us – one member even offered a donation to our adopted baseball team – and we are happy to share some quotes.

ER emailed “Due to the travel ban UA cancelled my flight and so I will not be able to use my week this year. Use my maintenance fee to keep the Resort afloat. God willing I will be able to come to Paradise next year. Stay Safe.

Email from BW “With all that has taken place so far… we know that we will not be traveling to Aruba for our designated week in September. But thinking about the challenges that the Resort must be facing I am gifting you my week for 2020 to the benefit of the Resort. I know it’s not a lot… but as they say… ”Every little bit counts!” I hope that this (added with hopefully a lot of my fellow members doing the same) will help keep PBV in good financial shape …. We are saddened to know that we will not be visiting our “home away from home” at Paradise in Aruba in 2020… but we look forward to being able to visit in 2021!

We have read the PBV COVID-19 Updates on your website and completely understand the unprecedented issues this pandemic has placed on the Resort. No one could have ever anticipated or have had a plan in place to address such a catastrophic occurrence. We have a week banked from 2018 and, of course our regular time for this year. If it is helpful to PBV, we will gladly relinquish both weeks this year and look forward to returning to PBV in 2021. We so much enjoy visiting Aruba, with the PBV staff playing a major role in our enjoyment. We feel blessed to be members and look forward to many more good times there.” Email from another BW

The entire Paradise team sincerely thanks the above members for their kindness, understanding and willingness to assist and also to all other members who have called to convey similar sentiments. It would be remiss if we did not mention members who contacted us to say a special hello to the staff and to wish them well during this difficult period – and even offered some financial assistance if it became necessary. These expressions reflect the true Spirit of Paradise! We are very proud of you and once again humbly express our thanks.

There has been much speculation but no definitive date has been set for our borders to be reopened for the return of international travel. Meanwhile at the Resort, we continue our preventative maintenance and deep housekeeping projects and, as we get closer to receiving our guests again, our focus is to introduce specific protocols in each department which we will share with you when they are finalized. These protocols are in keeping with the WHO, International and local Hospitality standards and imposed by the Aruba Ministry of Health.

Some of these standards are:

Social distancing all around the property

More sanitization, cleaning procedures and protection procedures

More digital communication

This is new for all of us. We will be delighted to have you at the Resort once again but we ask that your play your part in maintaining the established protocols which will benefit us all.

We will take advantage of the lull in occupancy to complete the room renovations of the third floor of Phase 1 – and many members have already seen the model room. This project will be from August until September and mainly features new floor and patio tiles, new kitchen and living / dining room layout, new kitchen cabinets, new bathroom ceilings, new air quality units, new drapes, new metal balcony doors and improved lighting. We also plan to modernize the hallways.

CONSTANT REMINDERS

  • Please let us know if you will be using your week. This is always important but at the moment, this is even more so because of the renovations to Phase 1 and the need to relocate members whose rooms are bring refurbished. We solicit your cooperation and urge you to advise us as soon as you have made your decision.
  • New check in time is at 5 p.m. and check out time is at 10 a.m. This time is needed as we implement the new cleaning COVID-19 protocols, we are forced to extend the check-in time so that the rooms are properly serviced and sanitized.  We understand that you want to get settled as quickly as possible – and so do we – but I am also sure that you also want to enjoy a properly cleaned and sanitized room – and so do we.
  • Please update your email contact information with the Resort. This is becoming more and more important as we transition to more digital forms of communication.
  • We remind you of the special needs service offered by Essential Health Supplies, a Company which rents supplies like – crutches, toilet accessories, scooters, wheelchairs and much more – to visitors. They are located across from the Hospital which is close to the Resort, they are available on weekends and they offer complimentary delivery on any rentals. For further details, you can visit their website at essentialaruba.com, email them at info@essentialaruba.com or call them at (297) 587 0940 or (297) 563 0415. Listed on their website, for the convenience of our American members, they also have a US contact number at (786) 245 8093.
  • We also remind you of the Community outreach programmes we are currently involved in. The first one is the One Happy Community initiative where you can make a financial donation to help the kids in after school activities and the second one is Sharing is Caring where you can leave non-perishable food items and clothing which are donated to the needy in our Communities.  The Front Desk agents will be delighted to furnish you with further details and we thank you in advance for your contributions to these most worthy causes.

Stay safe, practice healthy habits and remember we are one day closer to the change of fortunes and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit at the Resort.

Jun05

The entire Leisure industry – traveling public and related organizations – is tentatively venturing into a whole new world which is governed by several protocols to ensure the safety of the destination and the people – the travelers, Resort staff and any other personal contact.

While “Happiness” continues to be the dominant theme of our island, in keeping with International and Industry standards, Aruba joins the rest of the world in establishing specific regulations for ALL establishments – including the accommodation sector – which adds “Health” to the broader spectrum of the holiday experience. Resorts that fully comply with these regulations will be awarded a seal of approval – aptly called the Health & Happiness Code. Paradise Beach Villas shares this commitment and below are the main changes in compliance with these directives. We ask you to play your part by following the policies that have been established for your own wellbeing and that of fellow members and staff.

  • Social distancing – maintaining at least a 6 ft. space between persons – is enforced island-wide.
  • You will notice the adjustment of operational procedures aimed at minimizing contact to prevent the possible spread of the virus.
  • More aggressive cleaning procedures in high touch areas throughout the Resort and changed cleaning practices in the suites. Hand sanitizers are available in the public areas and you are requested to make use of them and / or wash your hands properly and often.

FRONT DESK

  • Prior to arrival, we will contact you to let us know if you will be coming and if so, for pre-registration to reduce the length of time and interactions at check in.
  • Check-in time is now at 5 p.m. and check-out is at 10 a.m. to allow for Housekeeping to properly service and sanitize the units between occupants. It is also anticipated that as a result of the more protocols and checks, additional time will be needed at the airport prior to departure.
  • The preferred method of payment is by credit card instead of cash.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

  • Tables will be more spread out and the menu has been revised. Take out, room service is available and dining around the pool is encouraged.
  • You will be required to sign in so we have a trace in case this becomes necessary in the future.
  • The preferred method of payment is by credit card or room charges instead of cash.

HOUSEKEEPING

Rooms will be service three (3) times weekly consisting of replacement of towels, soap and tissues plus garbage removal. Please call the Front Desk when you will be out of your unit and Housekeeping will schedule service during that time.

PUBLIC AREAS – where social distancing practices should continue.

  • Use of elevators are restricted to 2 persons sharing the same room at a time
  • Only persons occupying the same room only are allowed together under the palapas poolside and at the beach
  • Access to the Gym will be done by contacting the Front Desk and Security will be contacted to let you in. Two (2) persons are allowed at any one time for a time limit of ½ hour. Please wash your hands prior to and wipe down the machines before and after your workout.

Here is part of the latest Press Conference delivered by the Prime Minister and the Department of Health on June 1st 2020.

Prime Minister:

  • On Monday, June 8th, Kindergarten and Elementary schools are allowed to fully open;
  • Protocols are being finalized so all sectors can be in compliance;
  • Official date for the reopening of the border has not been made yet, and will be announced when appropriate. Government is making sure protocols are in place to ensure a responsible decision;
  • There is no guarantee that there will not be new positive cases. Therefore the Government needs to carefully determine next steps;
  • Community is urged to be disciplined with the physical distancing and hygiene measures, to lower risk for Aruba.

Department of Health:

  • All advice received, including from The Netherlands Health Dept, is that it is safe for kids to return to school;
  • The risk for imported cases is present once our border opens, both from visitors as well as residents that will travel. Entry protocols will apply to both;
  • Residents that choose to travel need to take responsibility for their safety;
  • Aruba is better prepared now to handle cases after border opens. There are measures that DVG (Department of Health) can recommend to the Government prior to requiring a second lockdown.

Continue to stay as healthy and as safe as you can in the circumstances and we will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

May02

Dear members,

Trust you are staying as safe and healthy as you can in the circumstances while we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and below are the details of the Prime Minister’s latest update – which was on April 28th – which address on-island activities but you will note that it does not address the lifting of the travel ban and, with a 2-week stretch in between each phase, baring anything going wrong, this takes us up to the end of June.

Two main issues to consider:
1)These reports come out in Papiamento (or Dutch) so we have to have it translated into English – which obviously is easier for our members; 2) the Government websites are only being updated after a few days. However, we are trying with our webmaster to see how we can best create a link directly from one of these sites to our website when the updates have been translated – so our members can follow what is happening.

As of May 1st 2020, the active COVID-19 classes have reduced to 17 (from 25 as stated in this report).

Update as of April 28th, 2020

COVID-19 Update

  • 100 positive
  • 73 recovered: therefore 25 active cases
  • 1549 negative
  • 1649 tested
  • 29 in quarantine
  • 2 deaths
  • Hospitalized: 2 in ICU and 2 in isolation

Reopening Phases:

  • Will start opening certain sectors in 4 phases, with 2-week trial periods for each
  •  Businesses that are allowed to open in each phase have to enforce:
    • Maximum persons inside establishment (new max in each phase)
    • Physical distancing (1.5 meters)
    • Strict hygiene
    • Stores/Supermarkets to use shopping carts to keep customers away from each other
    • Alcohol based sanitizer to clean hands of customers at entry
    • Hand sanitizer available in establishment for customers
    • Sanitize POS, ATM’s, and carts regularly/between customers (chlorine-based/70% alcohol)
    • Customers with symptoms can be requested to leave the establishment (and advised to get tested)

Phase 1 starts on May 4th: Maximum 15 persons allowed inside
Phase 2: Maximum 50 persons allowed inside
Phase 3: Maximum 125 persons allowed inside
Phase 4: Fully Open

  • Phase 1 (May 4th) businesses allowed to open: Clothing stores, Jewelry stores, Food trucks, Museums, Small/Medium commercial and residential Construction projects. Plus all that were already allowed to be open and do not appear on non-essential list.
  • Construction: Contractor must apply for permit at DOW for project and get badges for each worker. Individuals hiring people to do small jobs also must apply for a permit. As of May 4th can apply for permits, and work can start on May 6th.
  • Not allowed to open: shopping malls, bar & nightclubs, restaurants (only takeaway and delivery), Bakeries (takeaway and delivery OK), Hair salons, Spas, Gyms, all recreational activities with exception of museums.
  • Government services will reopen with personnel capacity of 25% in Phase 1. (Phase 2 at 50%, Phase 3 at 75%, Phase 4 at 100%).

At the Resort, mainly the Housekeeping and Maintenance departments continue deep cleaning and preventative maintenance projects in the rooms and public areas. We are currently waiting specific instructions from the Government and collaborating with other Resorts as to any operational changes we will have to undergo e.g. more Food and Beverage room service as opposed to sitting close together in the Restaurant; a glass shield at the Front desk between the FD agents and arrival and departures; social distancing between check ins and check outs; more cleaning protocols in the rooms and public areas – like public bathrooms, elevators, gym etc.

We are just waiting eagerly for the travel bans to be lifted and the airlines to start coming in ….. although we have been warned that this will begin very slowly and even by December this year we anticipate only 55% hotel occupancy. We know the timeshare owners are probably more eager to get back to Aruba than the transient travelers – but that depends on many unknowns at this time – e.g. the number of air seats available, their own economic situation, the confidence to travel internationally in the present circumstances, the cleanliness protocols and “healthiness” of the island and how it has dealt with and continues to deal with COVID-19 on the island, how to keep the Resort staff safe and healthy in the circumstances etc. etc.

Stay safe and healthy and we will be in touch!

Management

We will post an update when there is something significant to share with you so we encourage you visit our website periodically to get the latest information.

Apr24

Dear Shareholders

We trust that you and your loved ones are doing as well as can be expected in the present circumstances and, like the rest of us, eagerly looking forward to an end to the ravages COVID-19 and to some state of normalcy even though there may be some adjustments to be made personally and professionally.

Please note below the results of the recent poll of the candidates to serve on the Foundation Board as replacements for the three (3) existing Board members whose term of office will expire.

  • Al DiGiovanni – 362 votes
  • Marie Slaats – 186 votes
  • Zina Hassell – 180 – votes

 

  • John Konefal – 168 votes
  • Stefano Rosic – 140 votes
  • Tony Avila – 103 votes
  • John Park – 50 votes

In offering heartiest congratulations to the winners, we sincerely thank all the candidates who were willing to devote their time and expertise in the interest of furthering the Resort and last but by no means least, to the Board members who are at the completion of their terms – Dennis Hullmann, Fred Noemer and Gus Anglin – for their tireless efforts to help the Resort reach its present stage.

Masha danki to everyone!

Apr11

To the beloved of our loyal members whose lives were claimed by the deadly COVID-19 virus and who have moved on to their Heavenly Paradise, please accept our deepest condolences at this difficult period and while share your grief over the lives that have departed, we smile at the rich memories they have left us. May they enjoy Peaceful repose from their earthly sojourn.

Ron Durante, April 6th 2020

Joe Dickman, April 9th 2020

Apr08

Dear Members,

Paradise Beach Villas, is a sold-out Resort – meaning that 90% of our inventory has been already sold on a fixed week / fixed unit basis. We have always prided ourselves in being honest with our loyal members and we feel it is appropriate to share the challenges we are facing in reaching a speedy resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic was not your fault, neither was it ours. We do not know how long it will last but we know that the effects will be far-reaching, long-lasting and catastrophic and we also know that we can resolve it TOGETHER. Most of the members who have contacted us have been patient and understanding while a few members have been belligerent and demanding an immediate solution. This latter approach is not going to work and we sincerely thank those members who understand the issue at hand and who are willing to work with us in the present circumstances. The following explanations are offered to provide the background against which we have to make our decisions for the continued health of the Resort and for all of our nearly 2000 members.

The main concern we have heard up to this point is what will happen to my week(s) if I am not able to travel to Aruba? Because of the enormity of the challenge, we have been dealing specifically with the members whose weeks have been directly affected as a result of the travel ban imposed on flights to Aruba but, recently, members who own weeks as late in the year as September are wanting to switch their week(s) internally and this only applies more pressure to an already difficult situation as explained later. We ask all to be patient as we work to reach a solution that is achievable.

We have responded that we are working on a solution to try to not to have you lose your week(s) but it comes at a price that you should be aware of.

Switch my week internally

In this option, 99% of any weeks switched or banked internally can only be redeemed in the summer months since we have almost no available inventory in the winter. The travel ban as a result of COVID-19 started affecting us in week #11 – in the High Season – and therefore, the possibility of adding an additional week to your existing inventory in the winter is effectively NIL.

With only the summer weeks to play with, we have to juggle between 1) our members who own at that time, 2) the other accommodation commitments that we have at that time – and 3) any switched weeks that we have to redeem. Our maintenance fees (which currently rank among the lowest 25% category on the island) are subsidized by additional revenues we receive: concessionaire income, energy surcharge, administration fees, Food and Beverage revenues, Sales income – and by far the highest contributor – rental income. We have been able to negotiate guaranteed rental agreements for some of our inventory in the summer and we also get most of our hotel room rentals at this time of the year. From the above list of revenue contributors, the financial contribution of rental revenue alone accounts for approximately $300,000 annually that we will forego to accommodate the redemption of internally switched weeks. This is a significant financial boost – accounting for approximately 9% of the maintenance fees – which would have to be recouped via an increase in the maintenance fee.

Deposit the week(s) with Interval International (I.I.)

Many of our members come back to Paradise every year and therefore, saw no need to be members of I.I. Therefore, the ability to deposit week(s) with I.I. – which is only for I.I. members – is available for only about 25% of our members. Bear in mind I.I. does not and cannot guarantee a return to Paradise Beach Villas as a Resort of choice or Aruba as a destination but, at least the week is not lost and can be redeemed in another vacation destination selected by the member. However, since Paradise is the home Resort of the I.I. member initiating the deposit request, the Resort has to offer a room in exchange for this deposit. We share this with you because even though I.I. members may choose to deposit their week(s) with I.I., it still has implications on our available inventory.

Return the maintenance fees

This is not a feasible option since as explained earlier 1) the maintenance fees do not cover all the expenses of the Resort; 2) there are fixed costs that still need to be paid; 3) a portion of the maintenance fees cover the capital expenses which is a reserve set up for large capital projects apart from the operational costs.

We have laid out the background against which we are working so you can appreciate the rationale we are faced with as we try to reach a resolution that will not endanger the Resort financially or increase the maintenance fees to the point where we have numerous foreclosures. We have 80 rooms and if we have to internally bank or switch every week that should have been occupied, if we conservatively estimate a lifting of the travel ban by the end of June 2020, we would have to redeem approximately 900 weeks. The more weeks we redeem, the less inventory we have to generate rental income to help keep the maintenance fees as low as we possibly can. Hence our decision to suspend the internal switching under the conditions of our March 16th 2020 memo in order to revisit this issue.

We have included some pictures and a short video clip of the desperate circumstances to share with you – which are pretty much very similar to most of you – our Management and staff are facing pay cuts; your beloved Resort and the Aruba as a whole is struggling and even though some of our own members have been negatively affected, in the midst of all this, here are some comments from some of our very concerned members:

  • “Many of us want to help, but feel helpless …… Question, can a GoFundMe, be set up for PBV employees, for PBV Timeshare owners to help our Aruban friends & family?” BD
  • “I have enjoyed many years at Paradise Beach Villas and hopefully we will have many more. To give up one visit in the interest of not jeopardizing our beloved Resort is well worth it and I am prepared to forego use of my week this year to assist.” AR
  • “We are saddened by the situation worldwide, the Resort and Aruba which depends so much on tourism. Because of the travel regulations, we will probably not be able to use our week this year. Use our maintenance fees to keep the Resort afloat and we will see you next year. Please keep us updated. We are concerned and wish you well until we meet again.” SG
  • “I have multiple weeks. I will be happy to relinquish some of them to assist. Let me know how we can arrange this.” FS

While we tackle the “business” side of things, we cannot forget the “human” aspect and, in the Spirit of Paradise, let us spare a moment for some of our members who may have lost loved ones during this time. We ask you too to join the Board, Management and staff in extending deepest condolences and we hope that Aruba and Paradise Beach Villas provide a bright spark during these difficult times.

We sincerely thank those members who are patient, understanding and willing to work with us in the present circumstances. With your assistance and support over the past 25 years, we have successfully emerged from difficulties and we look forward to your continued cooperation and patience in working with us towards a viable solution in this situation. Bianca is well known to our members – since she has been here since the beginning – and is personally handling this situation. Please contact her via email at bianca@paradisebeach.aw so we can advise you of the workable options and you can also share with her how you are willing to assist us in these circumstances.

Masha danki in advance for your efforts. We have done it before and we will do it again together.

The Board and Management.

Apr04

To The Shareholders and Members of
Paradise Beach Villas

I just wanted to take a few moments to reassure each of you that your Board of Directors is working closely with the Managing Directors to hold the Resort together during these trying times. As everyone is aware, the Island is closed and the airports around the world and in Aruba are closed. We have moved ahead in an optimistic manner hoping that the travel bans would be lifted and that we would only have a few hundred vacation weeks to reschedule. Now that the “stay at home” order has been extended another four (4) weeks it has generated 300+ additional weeks to be reallocated. We ask for understanding, patience and support as we work through this issue. We have reached out to Interval International (I.I.) to try to develop vacation alternatives for our members, but this too would require PBV to make Weeks available to deposit into the I.I. exchange program. Please read the Managers’ updates which are posted on the website. They provide more detail on the availability of weeks and explain the Budgetary impact of the loss of our room rental income.

We have retained a skeleton crew at the Resort and we are rotating staff so that our lifelong, dear friends can continue to have some semblance of a paycheck. We have post-poned the Phase 1 Renovation Project until we can better assess the impact of the closure. The Board has asked the Managers to pursue maintenance projects, to the extent possible and allowable under Aruba’s guidelines. The Department Heads have submitted lists of projects that can be undertaken from painting, to re-grouting bathrooms, to servicing the air conditioning in each of the rooms. The following is an abbreviated listing of those projects:

VillasBedding has been stripped, washed and put away in plastic bags to protect it from contamination. The kitchens including appliances and utensils are receiving a deep cleaning and the appliances will be maintained.

Tiki Restaurant – The kitchen, bar and storeroom are receiving a deep cleaning. Structural repairs are being made and the structure will be repainted.

Pool Area – The pool coping is being repainted. The pool pump houses are being reconfigured and the pump houses are being repainted. Chairs and Chickees are being thoroughly cleaned.

Building Maintenance – The new Phase 1 building rooftop chiller is on site and is being replaced. Phase 2 rooftop chiller valves are being replaced. The Phase 2 rooftop is being cleaned and a protective coating is being applied.

All of this is being done to ready Paradise Beach Villas for its reopening and your welcomed return. Thank you to the Staff and Management for taking care of our “home away from home”. Whether you are a Pediatric Nurse, or you own a company that supplies Italian Food to grocery stores, we thank each of you for all that you are doing for us and ask that you stay safe until we see you again – in Paradise.

Dennis B. Hullmann, Chairman

4/4/20

Apr03

Dear Members,

As a result of the extended COVID-19 shut down of the island beyond what was expected, we regret that we are forced to suspend all internal banking/switching of weeks at the Resort effective today, April, 3, 2020.  This applies to requests made for weeks owned beyond the weeks we identified in the March 21st, 2020 communication. The high volume of requests that have been made outside the above weeks are beyond what the Resort has weeks available for use.

The requests accepted so far will be honored primarily based on the above range of weeks identified.

We realize this is a difficult decision and not may not be popular for many reasons.  Unfortunately, the negative impact of this pandemic, the ongoing uncertainty plus the lack of available of weeks for banking use (we are >90% occupancy) leaves us no other viable business decision. These are events totally outside of our control.

Our promise is that we will continue to re-evaluate our options to serve you, our valued owners and extended family, in the best way possible.  We will communicate honestly and timely should events change such that we have viable solutions to offer.  We trust you understand that the circumstances have hampered our ability to satisfy the current demands and capabilities of the Resort and we sincerely appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through these difficult times.

Sincerely

Management

Apr01

Dear Members,

Regretfully the Corona virus – COVID-19 – and the uncertainty it generates has forced itself into our lives and while the future is unclear at the moment, one sure thing is that for the foreseeable future, business will NOT be as usual. On the island we are still coming to grips with the various changes and, while settling into the new norm, we are looking forward to upswing in the overall situation. You may have been following the developments on the island from various sources but we will continue to give you highlights of the situation at the Resort and on the island.

  • As a consequence of the current situation, the renovation for the Phase 1 rooms will not commence in May as originally scheduled and we are currently evaluation second timeframe as well. We will advise you of our decision when we have reached it.
  • We now have an automated “telephone operator” directing you to the various departments.
  • Before the closures forced by COVID-19, Paradise Beach Villas joined other Food and Beverage establishments on the island which have stopped the use of plastic straws as part of our collective continued “greening” efforts on the island.
  • Results of the ballot for replacement Foundation Board members are coming in and will be announced at the appropriate time. Related to this issue, we would like to correct erroneous information that was recently posted on Facebook stating that one of the candidates, Al di Giovanni, does not own shares. This is totally incorrect and Mr. di Giovanni is a bona fide shareholder in the Foundation. If the name sounds familiar, he is the son of the late Al and Lee di Giovanni who rescued the Resort from the previous bankrupt developer and set it on its current path.
  • We are currently working on an app for smart phones to keep members digitally up-to-date with Resort happenings all year round. Efforts are halted because of COVID-19 but will share more on this as it develops.
  • On March 11th, families Winners, Stanbro and Schow sponsored their annual cookout for all the employees of Paradise Beach Villas for the fourth consecutive year. A heartfelt, sincere “Masha Danki” to them from the entire Paradise team ….. again …… for this beautiful gesture.
  • Please update your email contact information with the Resort. This is becoming more and more important as we transition to more digital forms of communication.

Stay safe and practice healthy habits. Be positive and even though things are difficult at the moment ….. this too shall pass ……. look forward your next visit to Aruba and Paradise.