An Aloe Vera and Rum Massage at the Larimar Spa and a mellow martini at the Mira Solo Bar are just two of many treats awaiting couples at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa. Fresh from a $30 million facelift, the AAA Four-Diamond resort sits pretty on a fifteen acre oasis that snuggles aromatic gardens, crystal-clear lagoons and waterfalls that cascade with the grace of a ballet dancer. The perennial choice for a winter wedding, the resort tempts with two zero-entry pools, spirited casino, gourmet eateries and endless stretches of talc-white sandy beaches that are picture-perfect for taking five under a shady palapa.
From scuba diving and Jeep safari tours to sails at sunset, Aruba’s favorite home away from home delights at every turn. “Once the hustle and bustle of election season settles down, we would love to welcome US visitors to our bi-partisan island for some much-needed R&R,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority, “we don’t care if our guests vote left or right, as long as they’re happy.”
Happily Ever After
The top resort on the island for weddings, tying the knot is a breeze either barefoot on the beach, amidst the green gardens or inside the spacious penthouse. “What I find most fulfilling is that magic moment when the bride and groom walk down the aisle and time seems to stop,” smiles Lisa Dammerman, wedding planner. “Arranging all details, Lisa and her team are experts at suggesting flowers, rehearsal dinner menus and entertainment. “The ceremony is often followed by cocktails on the pool deck or a torch-lit dinner on the sand,” adds Lisa Dammerman, “from champagne flutes, cake knives, seating arrangements and place settings to the wedding canopy and bridal party gifts, nothing is left to chance.”
Welcoming weddings of all sizes, Lisa and her team bring a wealth of planning experience to every party. “We make sure that the couple feels comfortable and leaves everything in our hands,” she smiles.
Home Suite Home
With 355 spacious rooms and suites, the pretty property marries Caribbean charm with modern savvy in furniture crafted from teakwood, four-poster beds and expansive balconies that are spectacular for sunrise and sunset viewing or relaxing after a round of golf on the nearby Robert Trent Jones lll Tierra del Sol championship golf course, diving lesson at the five-star PADI-certified facility or an afternoon shopping in Oranjestad.
Enhanced with state-of-the art amenities from giant flat screen TV’s to noise-proof glass doors that ensure a peaceful nights rest, the resort is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. When the sun rises in the early morning sky, en-suite coffee and plush gratis bathrobes are all you need to welcome another day in paradise.
Boasting a trio of distinctive towers each named after one of the Dutch islands, the resort is chockablock with mesmerizing views around every corner. The Curacao and Bonaire Towers tempt with expansive vistas of the pool and the beach while the Aruba Tower stands proud overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. On the top floor, the Plaza Club invites with fabulous suites, lounge for privacy, complimentary breakfast with an array of delectable Aruban specialities, high tea in the afternoon and cocktails as the sun sets behind the horizon. Catering to every vacation whim, concierges will arrange dinner reservations, car rentals, island tours and shopping excursions.
Hey Good Cookin’
A table under the stars, flickering torches, invigorating breezes and the waves lapping at the shore, La Playa Torchlight Dinner is the perfect recipe for a night to remember. Under the watchful eye of a personal server, the four-course gourmet menu is the stuff of vacation memories par excellence. Palate-pleasing from soup to nuts, the Torchlight dinner is ideal for a romantic dinner pour deux or a vacation meal that rivals the best in the world.
At the Sunset Grille, the menu tantalizes the taste buds with a mouth-watering array of specialities from certified Black Angus beef to fresh grouper with a scrumptious jalapeno plantain crust all created with love by Chef Kwie and his staff of culinary wizards. For an appetizer par excellence, try the Martini salad chockablock with apples, walnuts, hearts of palm and a yummy vodka ranch dressing. For the sweetie with a sweet tooth, marble cheesecake with a coffee liqueur drizzle will do the trick.
Aruba’s first and only Martini Bar is action-central for fabulous cocktails and uber-fun people-watching. Translating to ‘look at the sun’ in the local Papiamento language, Mira Solo is sweet and sassy in an open-air lounge that overlooks the waterfalls and gardens.
Master mixers shake (or stir) the fruitiest martinis in the Caribbean from a ‘Cherry Kiss’ with Ketel One, chocolate liqueur, splash of Grand Marnier and two cherries (perfect for sharing) to the highly recommended ‘Sunken Treasure in Aruba’: a potent blend of Sterling Vodka, Blue Curacao and savoury blue cheese stuffed olives.
Happy New Year
Carnival kicks into high-gear on January 1st and continues through February. Street parties, resort fêtes and lively concerts keep the island hopping form sunrise to sunset.
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