Mar30

Dear loyal Members,

Some of you may have been following the situation in Aruba via your own digital means but we felt that we should summarize the significant developments up to March 30th 2020 for those who may not be aware of the changes and following are the measures taken by the Government of Aruba in order to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 which has accounted for 50 cases island-wide with only 1 hospitalization.

  • Starting Tuesday, March 24th 2020, the Government of Aruba mandated that every establishment has to be closed by 8:00 p.m. Every bar and restaurant will be closed for dining in service, with only an exception for drive-thru or delivery until 8:00 p.m.. Gas stations can stay open until 8:00 p.m.. The only exception to this directive is for the Pharmacy on duty and the Hospital which can stay open.
  • Starting Saturday, March 21st 2020 until April 19th 2020 – at the moment – the Government of Aruba has implemented a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During these hours, nobody is allowed on the streets. Those who work essential night shifts and have to go to work or back home must have a document with them issued and signed by their Employer that proves this. Those who do not comply with the regulations of the curfew can get a fine up to 10,000 Aruban florins and for violation of opening hours up to 1,000 florins.
  • Starting Saturday, March 21st 2020 until April 19th 2020 – at the moment – the Government of Aruba has decided that the Aruban borders will be closed for entry. Nobody is allowed to enter the country. Only empty flights can come in to pick up passengers leaving Aruba to take them to their destination and International Airport Reina Beatrix has elevated its control of all flights coming from countries which are not on the restriction list which are mainly European countries.
  • This restriction counts for residents of Aruba as well but residents who are abroad and are having difficulties to return to Aruba have a special number to contact for assistance.
  • All educational facilities will be closed from March 16th 2020 until further notice. These measurements include schools, Day Care Centers and all organizations in charge of education and care of our children.
  • It is prohibited to visit retirement homes.
  • Government departments are working with limited personnel. Services to the public will be given on appointment basis only, and if necessary, all other services will be given via telephone or email. This is to prevent overcrowding in Government Departments and public spaces.
  • Effective Sunday 29th March 2020, the shelter-in-place policy has been mandated for an initial 2-week period and below is a list that describes what businesses / activities are considered non-essential and they have to be closed day and night.
    • Schools and childcare 
    • Restaurants (except for takeaway, drive through and delivery) 
    • Recreation (Casinos, movies, gyms, etc) 
    • Events/Meeting spaces 
    • Church services 
    • Shops (shopping centers, kiosks also) 
    • Beauty Salons and Barber shops 
    • Construction 
  • At the moment, other businesses – which includes hotel operations – can remain open under the following very specific conditions:
    • The Government urges them to work with a skeleton crew
    • Ensure all employees and clients obey the 2-meter distancing rule. If it is violated, the establishment may be shut down
    • No specific permit is required for the shelter-in-place, but the Employer letter is still required for the curfew.
  • As part of the shelter-in-place directive and until April 19th 2020, a recommendation goes to all owners or organizers of social, religious, restaurant activities, where there is a mass gathering to keep it to a maximum of four (4) persons and while still observing the social distance of two (2) meters. Funerals are an exception where a maximum of ten (10) persons are allowed. All public and private activities for which a Police permit was granted have also been canceled.
  • On March 30th 2020, the Minister of Justice introduced a grace period for tourists stranded in Aruba as a result of The Coronavirus pandemic. Their allowed stay period on the island has either recently expired or is about to expire in the near future as a result of the closure of borders and / or flights being cancelled. In light of the aforementioned circumstances, the Minister of Justice, Security and Integration introduced a temporary grace period policy allowing those stranded visitors on the island to remain until April 17th 2020. The policy can be adapted accordingly if the general circumstances change.

Currently, Paradise Beach Villas is empty – like all other Resorts – and the beaches are bare. Most of the staff is on paid vacation at the moment but we have Security, skeleton pool maintenance, and Front Desk. The Maintenance and Housekeeping crews have special projects – room care programme, deep cleaning etc. – also operating with skeleton crews. Wherever possible, work from home is being enforced e.g. Accounting.

Travel to and from the island is also affected and at the moment, no non-nationals are allowed entry. This is obviously important information to our loyal visitors who annually make Aruba their preferred vacation destination and we will share any information with you as soon as we receive it. In this regard, please check our website for how we are planning to deal with the weeks that are affected.

As a reminder, we encourage you to follow the official site for updates from the Ministry of Health and Tourism of Aruba for the latest updates on our island’s preparedness, plans and travel requirements at  https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements

Stay as well and as healthy as you possibly can in the circumstances. Stay positive as this will be behind us at some point and will be in touch next week with some more updates from Sunny Aruba.

The Management

Mar21

Dear Member,

We are in unprecedented times and coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc not only from a health perspective, but also on our economies our Resort operations and has also caused grave concerns for the immediate financial wellbeing of our associates. With no definitive timeline for an end, we ask for your patience and understanding as we deal with the several unique and unforeseen issues that may arise.

One of those current issues is how to handle the weeks for owners who are financially current and were ready to take their annual vacation to Aruba and use their week but were prevented by the sudden changed travel regulations. At the moment, we are inundated with requests from members who fall into this category but also even for some members who own weeks as far in the future as June and July and we are working on a realistic solution. In this regard, we once again ask for your patience and understanding as we try to work out a feasible solution.

Our first target are those members of week #11, week #12 and week #13 (March 14th 2020 to April 5th 2020) who were affected by the travel restrictions and it was too late for them to bank their week(s) with the Resort or deposit their week(s) with Interval International (I.I.) For those specific members we can:

Bank their week(s) with the Resort or the Resort can assign a week to be deposited with Interval International to be used somewhere else but please bear in mind the following:

We are a sold-out timeshare Resort and this situation is occurring during the High Season when we have no available inventory. This means that the possibility of redeeming your banked week(s) with the Resort during this time in the future is virtually impossible with no available inventory. Therefore, assume that the situation is normalized by next year, if all the members who banked their week(s) this year want to redeem it / them next year by extending their stay at this same time, we cannot do it because we literally do not have the inventory available. Consequently, all we would have done would have been to offer a promise to our owners that we could not live up to which will only end up extremely frustrated and upset members. However, even with the available inventory we have in the summer, it will never be enough to redeem the number of weeks that could potentially be banked.

Therefore, to deal with this reality, we will extend the period of banking for up to three (3) years in an effort to give the system time to satisfy the load.

If affected members have the flexibility to travel at different times of the year when we have inventory available, we will advise of those available time slots and we will waive the switch fee that is normally charged. In these cases, in order to avoid making promises that we are unable to fulfill, we have to impose a limit of one hundred (100) annually on the number of switches we can realistically offer and this is based on a first come first served basis.

Once again, to resolve this issue, flexibility and patience will be the keys.

Deposit the week with Interval International

For those members who would are unable to wait for a possible redemption period of up to three (3) years as mentioned above, we are prepared to work with our exchange partner Interval International for them to deposit their week(s). However, please be reminded that in this scenario, there is no guarantee that that the exchange will be back to Aruba or Paradise Beach Villas – but at least, the week(s) is / are not lost.

We know that many members never exchange to other vacation destinations and consequently never had the need for affiliation with Interval International (I.I.) As part of the last renewal deal with I.I., you may also recall that a two-year complimentary membership for all our members of our Resort was offered. If you are an I.I. member, an option would be to deposit your week with them and redeem it later. If you need our assistance with this Bianca or Sandra will be more than willing to assist as they usually.

We are currently in touch with I.I. – and the issue of non-members will be part of the discussion. We are awaiting their proposal so we can share their plan of action with you as soon as we receive it.

Rent the week

This is an option but in the present climate, with the current lockdown on travel to the island for visitors, this may not be viable.

At the moment, there is no indication as to when this situation will be normalized but we know that the air travel to Aruba will not resume prior to early May. Therefore, our advice for members is:

  • This is specifically for those members whose travel plans have been impacted by travel and health restrictions as a result of COVID-19.

  • Consider the option of depositing your week(s) with Interval International because of the limited available inventory at the Resort and the time when we have that availability may not be suitable.

  • Many of you have emailed Reservations at the Resort and we are handling these requests at the moment at a rate of over 100 per day. We ask you to be patient we will get to you. Please be aware that we still have members at the Resort and we are dealing with flight concerns, more general issues than normal with many facilities closed, staffing, Government-imposed curfews which shortens work time, the more stringent health procedures we have to abide with etc. etc. Therefore, please be patient.

  • For travel later in the current High Season or for the coming Summer, please give us early notice whether you are able to travel to Aruba or not. We understand that while you may be willing, the airlines or there may still have restrictions on the island – so we ask you to be realistic even if you are disappointed.

  • Exchange your week for an available week at the Resort in the summer months. This once again stresses the need for flexibility – if at all possible – as mentioned a few times previously.

We recognize the uncertainty caused by this pandemic. It is a new development for you and it is also new for us. We look forward to your understanding, patience and cooperation as we try to resolve this together.

The Management and the Board of Directors

Mar16

Dear Members, 

At this period of uncertainty occasioned by the COVID-19, which has become a rapidly spreading pandemic, first of all our thoughts are with those countries and persons affected worldwide and while travel may not be your first priority at the moment, the safety of our members and staff is of the highest importance to us.  

There is a lot of social media exchanges on various aspects of the COVID-19 activity but please verify your sources of information before spreading information that could be misleading and therefore worsening the situation which is already dangerous.  For the current worldwide status updates we encourage you to visit the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019. 

 

This virus forcibly reminds us personally to be more mindful as we go through our regular activities and whether you are at home or traveling, the WHO recommends practicing good hygiene habits to protect yourself against infection by washing your hands frequently with soap or alcohol-based sanitizer, maintaining distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you become sick, please seek medical attention quickly. Additionally, at the Resort we engage in the latest guidance from our Aruban Health and Medical Authorities and our health and safety measures address and comply with the proper cleaning procedures of our guest rooms and public areas cleaning procedures.  

Below is some additional useful information on the most significant developments so far at your Home away from Home. 

The Ministry of Health and Tourism of Aruba is collaborating with all Government Authorities on a national, regional and also on an international level in actively implementing Aruba’s preparedness and response plan for COVID-19.  For the latest updates on our island’s preparedness, plans and travel requirements, please visithttps://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements. 

 

  • The Department of Public Health has set up specific protocols and procedures for Resorts and frequent meetings are held to adjust to the situation as it evolves. This includes specific contact numbers in cases of suspected infections, testing procedures at the Resorts or at our Hospital, isolation and / or quarantine handling and dealing with travel companions.  Our Management is involved in these meetings. 
  • If you cannot travel, please immediately contact Bianca via email bianca@paradisebeach.aw or Sandra at sandra@paradisebeach.aw or call them at the Resort – (297) 525 4000 to get the best options for future travel.

On March 15th 2020 the Government of Aruba has made the difficult, but necessary decision to mandate a suspension of all inbound travel to Aruba by non-residents of Aruba.This will be in effect beginning midnight Monday, March 16th 2020 and ending March 31st 2020. These restrictions are subject to change as we may consider additional precautionary measures as needed. 

Specifically: 

  • Anyone who is not a resident of Aruba, will not be permitted to enter Aruba. 
  • Visitors currently in Aruba will be able to leave Aruba. 
  • Aruba residents currently traveling abroad will be permitted to return home to Aruba. 
  • A negative travel advisory will be in place for Aruba residents advising against outbound travel during this period. 

As you can imagine, this decision does not come without serious consideration as tourism is the lifeline of the Aruban people. However, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and our visitors. 

In these current unsettling times, please continue to practice healthy habits whether you are traveling now or in the future, do not panic, avoid unofficial sources of information and accept sudden changes to the norm as new developments come to light.  

Please visit our website, Facebook page and the above-mentioned links for the latest updates, stay safe, and well-informed! 

The Management 

Oct03

October 2019

Dear Members,

As we enter the last part of 2019, for your information, here are the most recent significant developments at the Resort.

We are still working on the details of plans for Phase 1 room and hallway renovations to be funded out of our capital reserve funds. Will share further details as they unfold.

We have installed push button controls to activate the bubbles in the outdoor Jacuzzis. Located next to the signboards, users simply need to press the green button. One session lasts for ten (10) minutes and just press the green button again for another session. We ask you to observe the rules for use especially with kids. We have also installed another ladder for easier entry and exit to the Phase 2 pool.

Q3-2019
Plans for Phase 3 continue to be on hold awaiting further communication from the Government.

Thanks a million for your support of the Sharing is Caring programme with non-perishable food items and items of clothing and also the Happy Community Aruba with financial donations. Both of these community-outreach programs help to assist the needy in our community and your continued donations are greatly appreciated!

The expansion of the Resort laundry is complete and we are now doing all our room linen internally. Not only has this resulted in operational savings but also now we have total control of our inventory.

We have installed wind shields by the BBQ grills as can be seen in the image below.

q3-2019

The beach road directly in front of the Resort in nearly complete and is now bi-directional. The road closest to the ocean will become the linear park designed for physical activity.

We encourage you to pay your 2020 maintenance fees on time so we can continue our Resort upgrades and also take care of our operational commitments.

In accordance with our Statutes, the terms of office of three (3) members of the Foundation Board will expire in 2020 and consequently we will be seeking replacements. Next month, we will be sharing more details and please note that only shareholders within the Foundation are eligible.

REMINDERS

Check in time is at 4 p.m. and check out time is at 11 a.m. Please respect the system of Housekeeping priorities which start with the internal room moves and we ask you not go on the floors and pressure the housekeeping staff into disrupting their routine just to service your room. Of course if your room is available earlier will assign it immediately on arrival. We understand that you want to get settled as quickly as possible – and so do we – but please adhere to the check in times.

Please update your email contact information with the Resort.

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 www.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.

Please let us know if you will be using your week. If you are current with your financial obligations, you have the options of 1) banking it with the Resort; 2) banking it with Interval International or 3) placing it in the rental programme which can benefit you financially and at the same time possibly fulfill the accommodation needs of another member. Internally we can also do some preventative maintenance in the suite …. so PLEASE advise us.

As usual it has been a pleasure to update you on the most recent developments at the Resort, thanks once again for your tremendous support in helping us successfully reach our 25-year milestone and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Jul17

July 2019

On July 1st 2019, we celebrated 25 years of operation under Bougainville Development N.V. with a gala affair which included specially invited guests, Board members, shareholders, members and employees. We are working on a separate posting of the event to be placed on the website and on our Facebook page. It is appropriate to remember the sterling contribution of the late Lee and Al di Giovanni who were instrumental in building a solid foundation on which we now stand and also the late Claire Bothwell, who was the President of the Foundation Board from its inception until her recent passing.  We also recognize the contributions of Foundation Board members Jim Pritsiolas and Fred Noemer who have served with distinction since the inception.

It is also appropriate to make special mention of all the original shareholders, subsequent members and employees who have all collectively contributed to the Paradise Beach Villas success story.  Masha masha danki!

While on the contribution of employees, in July 2019 we say farewell to three (3) colleagues who have collectively given forty-nine (49) service years to Paradise Beach Villas. They are Jessica Robles de Medina, our Credit Manager who handled all issues related to our maintenance fees and membership queries for the past twenty-one (21) years; Willy Panopio our popular Pool and Beach Supervisor who many of you have personally met over the past twenty-one (21) years and finally, Casimiro Irausquin, a lesser known but equally important staffer who was our Head Cashier for seventeen (17) years and whose responsibilities covered maintaining our internal administrative systems. A huge “Thank You” to them all for their exceptional contribution to our Resort and we wish them well as they transition into their new endeavours.

We are delighted to share tentative plans for Phase 1 renovations which will include a change of balcony doors on the top floor, replacement floor tiles, a new kitchen layout and new drapes. Simultaneously, we will work on the hallways. Later in the year we plan to do a model room which will determine the specific scope of work and the timing of the project and we will share these details with you when they are more concrete.  This project in being funded entirely from our capital reserve budget and will be spread over a few years due to our high ownership occupancy and the need to relocate members while the project is in process.

For fiscal year 2020, there will be an overall 3% increase in maintenance fees to handle Government-mandated increases in the land tax and the minimum wage and also to keep building our capital reserves.

Plans for Phase 3 are still on hold until as we await further information from the Government.

Over the past few months, many of you are aware of and have contributed non-perishable items to the Sharing is Caring programme. This was the first phase of the Happy Community Aruba initiative spearheaded by the Aruba Timeshare Association and our sister timeshare Resorts. The next phase of the project is now complete with the installation of a booth in the main lobby where you can also make a financial donation which assists the needy in our community.  We will be happy to share details with you on your next trip and thanks in advance for supporting this most admirable cause.

REMINDERS

Check in time is at 4 p.m. and check out time is at 11 a.m.  Please respect the system of Housekeeping priorities which start with the internal room moves and do not go on the floors and pressuring the housekeeping staff into disrupting their routine just to service your room.  Of course if your room is available earlier will assign it immediately on arrival.  We understand that you want to get settled as quickly as possible – and so do we – but please adhere to the check in times.

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 www.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.

Please let us know if you will be using your week.  If you are current with your financial obligations, you have the options of – banking it with the Resort, banking it with Interval International or placing it in the rental programme which can benefit you financially and at the same time fulfill the accommodation needs of another member.   Internally we can also do some preventative maintenance in the suite …. so PLEASE advise us.

As usual it has been a pleasure to update you on the most recent developments at the Resort, thanks once again for your tremendous support in helping us successfully reach our 25-year milestone and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Mar30

March 2019


Dear Members

Trust the New Year has started in a positive fashion and we are happy to update you on the highlights at the Resort.

  • Plans continue with regard to this year’s 25th anniversary celebration (we commenced operations under the present Management on July 4th 1994) and we will alert you when they become more concrete. A huge Thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to you visiting to your Caribbean paradise many more times in the future.
  • Please check and use the Paradise Beach Villas calendar for your travel dates. Believe it or not we still have members who arrive at the Resort in their wrong week. While we have been able to accommodate them up to now, this is no guarantee so please check to avoid disappointment and possible additional costs.
  • On October 26th, 2018 we christened the uniforms for our adopted baseball team and in the beginning of January 2019 members Le Mont Flanagan and Gary Caruso brought down and donated equipment and “T” shirts to the team which consists of a mix of some kids from last year and new kids.

We now have two teams as some of the older kids now are in the 13-14 group. We wish them Good Luck in their games and thank our loyal members who contribute to this noble cause!

  • The Minister of Infrastructure and Planning has imposed a moratorium on accommodation expansion until he and his team have been able to assess each project individually. Consequently, plans for Phase 3 have been put on hold until further notice.
  • It is our pleasure to introduce you to our new Maintenance Manager Leroy Wong.
    who started on March 5th 2019.  He is  graduate of the Bushiri Hotel School and his work experience spans overseas stints, the Coastal / Valero refinery locally and most recently, he was a Technical Engineering Supervisor at the Marriott Ocean Club. We warmly welcome Leroy and wish him all the best as he joins our Management team.
  • The Aruban Government continues its drive to make the island more “environmentally conscious” and has mandated phasing out single-use plastic and Styrofoam products in exchange for biodegradable products which are less harmful to the environment. Consequently, in many establishments around the island you will notice a reduction in things like plastic straws and stirrers and more environmentally friendly take-way boxes, coffee cups etc.  We applaud the Government for this effort to introduce initiatives to halt the destruction of our environment.
  • We thought we should reminder you that check in time is at 4 p.m. and check out time is at 11 a.m. Housekeeping has a system of priorities which start with the internal room moves. Of course if your room is available earlier we will assign it on arrival but we ask you please to desist from the habit of going on the floors and pressuring / harassing the housekeeping staff into disrupting their routine just to service your room which we notice is slowly creeping into the operation. We understand that you want to get settled as quickly as possible – and so do we – but please adhere to the check in times.
  • As promised, WiFi at the Resort is now free effective January 2019. However, it is password protected so it is only available for resident occupants or bona fide patrons of the Resort – e.g. non-resident food and beverage clients.
  • Please note the Public Holidays for the rest of the year since, although some supermarkets may have very limited opening hours and stores and most shopping venues will be closed for the day. Therefore, please plan accordingly.
      • Good Friday                       April 19
      • Easter Sunday                     April 21
      • Easter Monday                     April 22
      • King’s Day                        April 27
      • Labor Day                         May 1
      • Ascension Day                     May 30
      • Christmas Day                     December 25
      • Boxing Day                        December 26
  • We are delighted to announce the planned launch of the Happy Community Aruba Along with the involvement of our sister Timeshare Resorts, this plan financially assists the needy in our community via voluntary donations which you can make either from a kiosk in the lobby (using your credit card) or you can agree to a sum to be added to your incidental account at the Resort. The project is still in the developmental stages and we will update you as plans become more concrete. Sincere thanks in advance for whatever you can contribute to this most worthy cause.
  • Related to our community outreach efforts, we also thank you for participating in the “Sharing Is Caring” programme of donations of non-perishable items which are collected every two weeks and distributed to the less fortunate in the community.  Masha danki!
  • As the needs of our aging members get more diverse, we advise you of the 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 have increased entertainment and at the Tiki Tiki Bar, where, every Friday from 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. we feature Happy Hour with special prices on beer and cocktails, live music and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Come and chill with us!
  • Once again the entire Paradise crew express a heart-felt Masha, masha danki to the Winners, Stanbro and Schow families who, for the third consecutive year did a BBQ cook-out for all the employees. The gentlemen cooked and the ladies served a sumptuous meal which consisted of chicken, hotdogs, macaroni salad, a Greek green salad and dessert. The additional surprise this year was a scratch and win lottery ticket for each employee with the possibility of winning Afls 5000. This was their beautifully unique way of expressing their gratitude to the employees for their hard work and it was very well appreciated. Thank you ever so much!! Gestures like this make our work worthwhile and we eagerly look forward to next year.

Please let us know if you will be using your week.  You have the options of – banking it with the Resort, banking it with Interval International or placing it in the rental programme which can benefit you financially and at the same time fulfill the accommodation need of another member.   Internally we can also do some preventative maintenance in the suite …. So PLEASE advise us.

It has been a pleasure to update you on the most recent happenings and we look forward to seeing you at the Resort on your next visit.

Sep14

Dear Members,

Please be advised of the change to our USA mailing address which is shown below and which takes effect immediately.

 

Our new USA address

Bougainville Development N.V. / Paradise Beach Villas

PO BOX 162878

Altamonte Springs, FL 32716-2878

USA

 

Please make this change for any payments and correspondence for the Resort.

The US Postal Service has advised that for the next six (6) months, any mail sent to the former address will be forwarded to the new address so there is no need for concern.

Thank you

Paradise Beach Villas Management.

Jul10

Dear Members,

Delighted to bring you up to date with the latest news from Paradise Beach Villas and Aruba

Island News

The Watty Vos Boulevard continues around the island. We expect the main beach road – running in front of the Resort – to be affected later this year.  We will keep you posted.

As a temporary measure, the Government imposed a tax increase of 2.5%  effective July 1st 2018. These Government taxes now total 6%.

Dredging of the beach on a section of the High Rise (in front of Playa Linda) will begin in June and continue for a few months.  This is to keep the ocean in pristine condition and remove plastic and other debris which have built up over a period of time.

Resort Updates

  • The Resort received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018. This is the fourth consecutive year and we thank you for your continued support and the part you have played in us achieving this recognition.

  • The Convocation for this year’s Annual Shareholders’ meeting will be mailed shortly. The meeting is scheduled to be held on August 14th
  • We became only the second Resort on the island to have all our employees complete the Aruba Certification Programme. This is an initiative by the Government to have all persons who come into contact with visitors to the island undergo a programme of knowledge training on various island issues – historical, flora and fauna, Constitutional etc. etc.- in order to provide a level of consistency in the facts concerning our island nation.

  • Capital projects:
    • The new laundry building behind the BBQ area is now fully operational.
    • We will be replacing the a/c chiller system of Phase 2.
    • The former Meeting Room space is now shared with a new Sales Office.
    • For your convenience, we have installed a new Ice machine on the third floor of Phase 1 and later we will also place one in Phase 2.
    • We are systematically replacing the thatch on the poolside chickees.
    • We are currently upgrading the outdoor public bathrooms and the renovations will include handicapped and family facilities. This project will be completed by the end of July.
    • Still awaiting the final go-ahead from the Government for the planned beautification and improved parking facilities for Phase 2
  • The Employees celebrated a family day in June.
  • We continue work on our new website which should be completed shortly.
  • We honored ten (10) employees who were nominated Paradise Stars. This is in recognition of the quality of their work and also their positive work attitude. They were treated to a luncheon at Asi Es Mi Peru along with their Departmental Managers and awarded commemorative certificates.  Out of the nominees, three (3) were honored as Shining Stars – Giselle at the Front Desk, Claudio who is at the Towel Hut and Ricardo of Housekeeping. Congrats to them all!

Reminders

  • Please advise the Resort if you will not be using your week.
  • Remember that all members in good standing received complimentary Interval International membership for a period of two years – effective September 2017 – which expires at the end of August 2019.
  • Update your email address with us.