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Meet Chef Jermain de Rozario at Windows on Aruba

chef jermain de rozario at windows on aruba

This July and August, Windows on Aruba is pleased to welcome the esteemed Chef Jermain de Rozario, who will present a 3-course lunch and 5-course dinner to its guests.

Chef Jermain de Rozario is a talented young celebrity chef from Holland who, after having worked under Chef Soneil Badhoer from The Lindenhof (2-star Michelin), has now opened his own restaurant, De Rozario. Chef Jermain cooks with his own unique style, crossing boundaries by combining classic recipes with his love of Indonesian flavors.

In the past year, he has been a judge for Top Chef and has received a Bib Gourmand. In Holland, he is currently featured in a television program called De Nieuwe Garde, which follows several of the country’s up-and-coming chefs and sommeliers.

In addition to this recognition, he also recently became a member of the JRE, an association of talented young gastronomes with 350 members and 160 hotels spread across 16 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Nederland, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Windows on Aruba will serve Chef Jermain de Rozario’s 3-course lunch menu for $75 per person on Friday, July 28 and Friday, August 4 at 1 p.m. The lunch will be accompanied by a demonstration by mentalist Guy Bavli, who is currently performing every Thursday and Friday at the Alhambra Casino. Chef Jermain’s 5-course dinner, paired with a selection of wines from local Aruban winery Pepia Est, will be served on Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. for $115 per person. The dinner and wine pairing will be accompanied by live jazz.

Chef Jermain will be present at all seatings to explain each dish as it is served. For those interested in securing a reservation to one of these limited seatings, please call 297-523-5017 or email clubhouse@diviresorts.com. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime culinary opportunity!

Witness “Mango Melee” on St. Croix This Month

mango melee st. croix

If you’re visiting St. Croix in July, you’re in luck. Every Saturday during the month of July, St. Croix locals celebrate tropical fruits (especially the mango) during the Mango Melee. This festival at the St. George Botanical Garden educates the public on home growing techniques and the many ways to use this special fruit. You can even taste the winning recipes from a culinary competition.

To get into the mango spirit, try mixing up this mango mojito recipe from Cruzan® Rum, the major rum producer that has called St. Croix home since the 1800s.

Cruzan® Mango Mojito

Ingredients

1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
4 chunks of fresh mango
A dash of fresh lime juice
A splash of simple syrup
4-6 mint leaves
Club soda

Muddle mint and mango chunks with simple syrup in a tall glass. Add lime juice, Cruzan® Mango Rum with ice. Stir and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Top Caribbean Summer Destinations for 2017

As you plan your summer vacation, don’t forget about the Caribbean! It’s beautiful part of the world year-round, including in summer. You’ll find all the familiar things you love about the Caribbean—the amazing beaches, cooling tropical breezes and delicious food—and fewer of the things you love a little less. The crowds are thinner in summer, and seasonal hotel rates are lower. Check out a few of the best Caribbean destinations for summer travel, as recommended by the Caribbean Journal: Barbados, Aruba, St. Maarten’s French side and St. Croix.

We love traveling in the Caribbean during summer. It’s the perfect time to take your kids, since they’re out of school. And with the reduced crowds, it can be that much easier to score a palapa on the beach for a day.

Is it time for your family to think Caribbean? What do you enjoy about the Caribbean in summer?

Is Traveling Literally in Your DNA?

A cairn, or stack of rocks, on Aruba.

Were you born to wander? Are you proud of the stamps in your passport? Science says the reason may be hidden in your genes. Several recent scientific articles refer to a “wanderlust gene” that exists in 20 percent of the population. It’s linked with “restlessness and curiosity,” and can lead people to take more risks—including the urge to explore new and different places. You can read more about the wanderlust gene in this article from Conde Nast Traveler. Do you think the thrill of travel is locked into your DNA?

Dream Instagram Photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi dutch village beach resortWe love seeing Divi Resorts through your eyes. We’ve started a new feature highlighting some of the best Instagram photos taken at each of our resorts. Our guests are amazing photographers who deserve a shoutout! Here are just a few share-worthy Instagram photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on Aruba.

Paradise In and Around Divi Dutch Village

After a long day and night of traveling we made it to Aruba! Couldn’t be happier. I wish you guys could feel the sand here!

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Bon bini!🏝🌊 #Aruba #🇦🇼 #springbreak #onehappyisland #beach #vacay #potd #instadaily

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😍🌴 #travelgoals #beautiful #thankful

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Solen har precis gått upp ☀️🌴 #aruba #summertime #vaccation

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Living Aruba

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If you’d like to share your Instagram photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort with us, simply tag the resort as your location when you post to Instagram, and make sure your profile is set to public. We’ll be sharing more Instagram photos from our other resorts in the following weeks!

How to Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the Caribbean

2017 solar eclipse in the caribbean

Partial solar eclipse, 2012. Image courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki.

In case you haven’t heard, the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to sweep across the U.S. is coming up on August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse happens when the moon temporarily blocks any part of the sun—solar eclipses only last a few minutes, but are spectacular to watch. What if you live outside the path of this year’s eclipse, though? Accommodations inside the path are growing increasingly rare. Rather than fighting for the last room at a roadside motel, you might consider watching the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean. You’ll find fewer crowds, more little luxuries and, well, we have beaches—when’s the next time you’ll be able to view a stunning solar eclipse on the white sands of a beautiful beach?

The direct path of the eclipse passes just north of the Caribbean as it leaves the U.S. The northern Caribbean islands will all experience a solar eclipse at a magnitude around 0.8—the scientific way to say the moon will cover about 80 percent of the sun in those locations.

Our best-positioned resorts are Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort on St. Croix.  They’re the closest to the eclipse’s direct path. August 21 is approaching fast, so be sure to make your reservations soon! Viewing the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean is sure to be unforgettable. We’re excited to share this fascinating, unique experience with you and your loved ones.

Remember: you should never look directly at the sun. Even during a solar eclipse, the sun can permanently damage your eyes. Space.com recommends buying a pair of eclipse glasses for each person in your party, or creating a pinhole camera (easy instructions are here).