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Coconut Telefax February 24, 2020

Commemorating LOVE at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

A number of incurable romantic guests enjoyed a vow renewal ceremony in a tropical setting, followed by an exquisite four-course meal.

The set dinner menu started with local, handmade burrata cheese and ripe tomatoes, with prosciutto, and grilled vegetables, pesto and balsamic dressing, followed by a lobster bisque shooter intermezzo, and a surf and turf main course, with lobster tail and filet mignon, baby potatoes, and asparagus served with butter and lemon. Lovers’ Dessert for two included a triple chocolate torte with chocolate covered strawberries.

Reverend Robert Gibson did an outstanding job as wedding official, enlisting the sun, earth, air, and sea for a presentation of poetry in the beautiful seaside setting, conducting a ceremony that touched hearts, minds, and souls forever.

It was an unforgettable vow renewal and dinner at sunset, commemorating love that only deepens and matures over the years.


Best Party in Town

The Jouvert Morning PJ parade started at 4 am. It had a slow start, then it picked up, and by sunrise it ballooned to a multitude of 10,000 revelers shuffling behind Le Groove, In’Fusion, Buleria, and Tsunami, famous island bands playing Carnival music from Aruba, as well as Mike’s Disco, playing Carnival hits from the region and other Caribbean islands.

Some of our newly made parade friends were traveling with a giant rolling vat of oil. They gently and respectfully anointed anyone within radius with the sticky stuff.

We got speckled and daubed, but didn’t mind at all because the atmosphere behind Mike’s Disco truck was that of collaboration, mutual respect, and unabashed fun, as we were shuffling down Caya Captain Roger, before entering Lago Weg and the big pressure cooker that narrow street becomes.

Not a push, not a shove, nothing rude: One Love!

We always marvel, later, standing on the street at Julio’s Bar as the sweet sunrise light filters in, how is it possible that we are all so well behaved, peaceful, and kind, and then I say to myself, Aruba. This island has a golden core of goodness, and no matter how hard it gets, Jouvert Morning brings out the best in us.

We had a fantastic party. Sure, drinking, a bit, but I did not see anything crazy.

Tsunami, In’Fusion—we rode their tails and enjoyed their music. Le Groove warmed up, and gave us what we wanted, that GROOVE they are famous for.

Then we had a Johnny cake with salt fish and went straight to heaven.


Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf Presents Its New Restaurant

Tierra del Sol is proud to show off Aruba’s first “Premium Casual” dining experience at the newly designed restaurant at Tierra del Sol. The spectacular fresh design showcases a fashionable color scheme with modern furniture, an expanded outdoor terrace, and a bar overlooking Aruba’s beautiful Caribbean Sea and the famous Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

Tierra del Sol’s all-day menu offers a wide variety of wonderfully prepared dishes, at family-friendly prices.  Sunday brunch is a popular feast at the clubhouse, serving a delectable gourmet menu at $49, reservations required. Served from 11 am to 3 pm, Sunday brunch can be enjoyed indoor or outdoor.

We checked the old-new favorite out just recently and were happy to find out that the classics remain on the expanded, tempting menu: the Corn Crab Chowder, served in a cup, $8, or large bread bowl, $13; the Chicken Curry Waldorf, with curried mayonnaise, apple, celery, raisins, toasted walnuts, and crispy wonton, $16; the Keshi Yena, traditional Aruban chicken stew with bell pepper, olives, onions, carrot, capers, celery, and Gouda cheese au gratin, $17; and the Tierra del Sol Cheeseburger, jaw-breaking with bacon, onions, mushrooms, dill pickles, lettuce, and tomato, $12.

Lots of TV screens, and efficient bartenders round up the experience!


New Lunch Concept at Hyatt Place Aruba Airport

The 116-room hotel and business center opened in October and was well received.

It immediately achieved synergy with the airport, enjoying a reciprocal business relationship with its various departments. A great portion of Aruba’s business travelers, attracted to the friendly rates and generous amenities, started booking room-nights, in addition to vacation ownership clients wishing to extend their timeshare stays here with a few before and after days.

The hotel has a lot to offer: roomy rooms with comfy Grand Hyatt beds; free Wi-Fi everywhere; a hot breakfast buffet in the third-floor lobby Gallery; and plenty of unique places to work, connect, gather, chill, sip, or nibble, such as around the outdoor pool and bar with dancing flames from the elegant, linear fire pit.

Executive chef Jeffrey Vrolijk recently came on board to contribute his talent to the food offerings at the Gallery. He serves food all day, highlighted now by an executive lunch for just $20 per person, with free parking included.

The Gallery serves a different themed lunch menu Monday through Saturday, presenting international specialties from the Italian kitchen on Monday, Asian on Tuesday, Venezuelan on Wednesday, Mexican on Thursday, and local soul food on Saturday. An all-day a la carte menu is also available.

Chef Vrolijk comes to Hyatt Place having worked at the Aruba Renaissance Resort and a number of other premier establishments. He brings with him a passion for food and great enthusiasm to innovate and please.

Chef, we are all yours. Surprise us.


Hilton’s Annual Recognition of Team Members

The year-end reception recognizing the resort’s top performers from among team members took place at the Morris Lapidus Ballroom, paired with an elegant Oscar-themed, sit-down, four-course dinner.

Team members whose performance excelled during 2019 were publicly praised and presented with a much-deserved certificate of excellence and flowers. The Winners of the Year for 2019 were Carlos Olivares, Hector Cardenas, Yeda Andrade, Santiago Acosta, Rai Roga, Dolph Paesch, Robert di Vecchia, and Evelyn Tromp, each representing a different resort department.

Their respective department heads contributed to the evening’s program by sharing heart-warming stories and anecdotes describing the special characteristics displayed by the winners, which earned them the coveted recognition.

Resort supervisors Brigida Hernandez, Paola Koolman, Jessica Valbuena, and Soniel Lake distinguished themselves during 2019, demonstrating excellent leadership and optimal function, winning them the Supervisor of the Year distinction.

Department managers Rufat Geerman, Rofino Ruiz, Naphtaly Croes, and Raynold Semeleer won top honors as Managers of the Year for their impeccable work ethic and the effective running of their departments.

General Manager Vasco V. Baselli congratulated the winners in his address, calling them the frontline guardians of the operational opportunities; he thanked them for their many contributions in 2019 and challenged them to surpass their accomplishments in 2020.

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino recognizes valuable support by team members at all levels of the operation, once a month, and then again at the end of the year, presenting top honors. Nominations come from the field. Any team member can nominate a top achiever, but the final selection was made this year at a special management retreat, where each candidate was evaluated and the awards bestowed by consensus.

As one of the most recognized names in the hospitality industry here, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino offers travelers a world of authentic experiences, by virtue of its local team members and how they continue to innovate while safeguarding traditional Aruban hospitality.

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino aspires to shape experiences in which every guest and every team member feels cared for, valued, and respected.