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Island Adventurer

When you’re dreaming of a past vacation, the easiest way to relive it is to bring out a few mementos. Souvenirs can help you recall the good times and the great stories from your trip. The best souvenirs communicate something about the spirit and the personality of the place you visited. We gathered a few suggestions of great souvenirs you can bring home from the Caribbean. Each of these islands is home to at least one of the Divi Resorts—we hope you have an opportunity to check them all out!

Aruba Aloe (arubaaloe.com) is the oldest aloe company in the world. Founded in 1890, it’s also the only aloe company in the world that grows, harvests and manufactures its products right on-site. Its products are sold pretty much everywhere in Aruba. You can also visit the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Store.

 

Cadushy Distillery (www.cadushy.com), located in Rincon, is the only distillery on the island of Bonaire. It’s most well-known for Cadushy of Bonaire, a cactus liqueur with a cooling lime taste, the earliest entry in the distillery’s Island Liqueurs line. Sign up for a tasting and learn first-hand how the spirits are produced. Don’t forget to bring home a few bottles of your favorite flavors.

 

Earthworks Pottery (earthworks-pottery.com) is worth the short trip to the Edgehill Heights section of the St. Thomas parish. Everything at this workshop is authentically Caribbean, handcrafted by local artists. It offers a range of plates, bowls and vases, available as unique pieces or as part of beautiful sets. Earthworks is also happy to ship fragile items back home if you’re worried about their survival in your suitcase.

 

Although the wild-growing guavaberry can be found elsewhere in the Caribbean, locals speculate St. Maarten is the only place it truly thrives. It’s a central part of local folklore and traditional cuisine. The juice of these berries (no relation at all to guava) is mixed with rum and sugar and then aged to create guavaberry liqueur. Sample the sweet, light concoction and bring home a few beautiful bottles from Ma Doudou (www.rhummadoudou.com), a small shop just off Front Street in Philipsburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you visit St. Croix, you’ll notice many local women wearing a unique type of bracelet. The St. Croix Hook or the Crucian Hook (www.gotostcroix.com/st-croix-blog/show-love-crucian-bracelet/) is a band-style bracelet with a horseshoe-shaped clasp. This clasp (or “hook”) represents true love on St. Croix. These bracelets come in a wide variety of styles, and you can find them in most local jewelry shops.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino Announces Year-Round Dive Specials

If you’re on the hunt for underwater adventures and exhilarating experiences year-round, look no further than Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino. Located on the beautiful island of Bonaire, which has been voted one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean for over 20 years, Divi Flamingo is the perfect retreat for thrill seekers any time of the year and just announced its 2018-2019 Dive Specials featuring free nights, upgrades, discounted all-inclusive packages, complimentary dinner and more.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is a PADI 5-Star and SSI Dive Resort, with five custom dive boats and a professional staff offering dive instruction for all experience levels. The resort’s certified dive operation, Divi Dive Bonaire, provides equipment, certifications, tours, guides and more to get you ready to explore the ocean depths. Unlimited tanks for shore diving are included with any 2-tank boat dive package, in addition to a welcome cocktail upon arrival, free daily breakfast and round-trip airport transfer.

The 2018-2019 Dive Specials are as follows:

April
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package.
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from April 1-30.

May
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy complimentary nitrox.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from May 1-31.

June
– Book any 7-night dive package and enjoy a complimentary room upgrade plus one free themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from June 1-30.

July
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy free daily afternoon boat dives plus one free themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from July 1-31.

August
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from August 1-31.

September/October
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package and get 2 free dive packages for every 10 paid dive packages.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from September 1-October 31.

November
– Book a 7-night Shore Dive package and receive a free room upgrade and one themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $939 per person with travel dates from November 1-30.

December
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy complimentary nitrox.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from December 1-31.

The 2018-2019 Dive Specials can be booked from now through December 31, 2018. For individual reservations, please call 1-800-367-3484 (Toll-free US) or 1-919-419-3484 (International). For group reservations, please call 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com. More information about Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino and Divi Dive Bonaire can be found online at http://www.diviresorts.com/divi-flamingo-beach-resort-bonaire.htm.

Divi Resorts Sponsors Aruba’s Soul Beach Music Festival Featuring R&B Star Alicia Keys

Continuing a 5-year tradition, Divi Resorts’ Aruban destinations are once again sponsoring the ever-popular 2018 Soul Beach Music Festival taking place May 23-29. Voted one of the “Top Five Caribbean Celebrations” by USA TODAY, this year’s event features R&B legend Alicia Keys, neo-soul singer-songwriter Maxwell and actor and comedian Marlon Wayans, among others.

Boasting world-class performers and lively beach and nightclub parties, the Soul Beach Music Festival is just a short walk from Divi’s stunning Aruba properties – Divi Dutch Village Beach ResortDivi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort.

“Travelers searching for a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend need look no further,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “Our resorts are perfect for guests looking for a relaxing place to retreat at the end of an eventful day of sun, sand and stellar performances. Plus, as an added bonus, we’re giving away VIP and ticket prize packs to three lucky winners.”

The contest, which runs from now until May 14th, includes the following prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners:

1st Place VIP Package:
– 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza
– 2 Saturday & Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets
– 4 Gold Area Entry Passes at the Harbor Arena (2 Saturday/2 Sunday)
– 2 Party Pass Packages (total of 5 entries per person into 5 Official Soul Beach Music Festival After Parties 5/25-5/29) with Express Entry Access
– Bonus Tickets: 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza and 2 Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets

2nd Place Prize Package:
– 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza
– 2 Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets
– 4 Gold Area Entry Passes at the Harbor Arena (2 Saturday/2 Sunday)

3rd Place Prize Package:
– 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza
– 2 Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets at the Harbor Arena

To enter, simply visit https://www.diviresorts.com/aruba-soul-beach.htm, and scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions. Plus, receive 500 extra entries for following @DiviResorts on Instagram.

Special room and all-inclusive rates for the Soul Beach Music Festival are as follows:

Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort:
– Studio suites as low as $159/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $179/night
– All-Inclusive studio suites as low as $189/night per person and All-Inclusive 1-bedroom suites as low as $209/night, per person*

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort:
– Studio suites as low as $175/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $195/night
– All-Inclusive studio suites as low as $199/night per person and All-Inclusive 1-bedroom suites as low as $219/night, per person*

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort:
– Studio suites as low as $249/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $269/night

“We invite you to experience an unforgettable weekend of food, fun and first-rate festivities,” said Galaverna. “But be sure to buy your tickets and book your stay today to guarantee you’ll be there, as this event sells out fast!”

For reservations, book online at https://www.diviresorts.com/aruba-soul-beach.htm or call 1-800-367-3484 (Toll-free US) or 1-919-419-3484 (International). For group reservations, please call 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com.

*All-inclusive rates are based on double room occupancy. 3-night minimum stay required.

Divi Resorts Chef Participating in Barbados Food and Rum Festival

Tantalize your taste buds at this year’s 8th annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival featuring Divi Resorts Executive Chef Henderson Butcher and his creative culinary skills. Slated to be even bigger and better than last year, this mouthwatering event, happening November 16-19, highlights the island’s internationally acclaimed master chefs, unique Caribbean flavors and world-class rum.

“This event is a great way for locals and tourists alike to discover the culinary capital of the Caribbean and sample delicious dishes,” said Chef Henderson.

An executive chef at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort’ pureocean restaurant, Chef Butcher has more than 18 years of expertise, growing up with a passion for cooking his country’s cuisine to share with the world. Now he spends his time his time crafting creative Caribbean dishes using local foods, and helping budding chefs discover their talents.

“Being selected as one of the featured chefs is a great honor and I’m proud to represent Divi Southwinds Beach Resort at this festival,” said Chef Butcher. “Plus, this event gives me the opportunity to interact with young, up-and-coming chefs on the island.”

Chef Butcher is cooking up a storm from 7pm-midnight as part of the Signature Rum event on Friday, November 17. On the menu for this year’s event are dishes that reflect the powerful effect rum can have in the cooking process.

“Barbados is the birthplace of rum, and we believe that people don’t use it enough,” said Chef Butcher. “When you put it in food, it gives it a different flavor. That’s why for my dishes, I want to highlight those flavors.”

Chef Butcher’s menu for the festival includes: Oven Roasted Pork Belly Porchatta with Rum Infused Char Siu style Barbecue Sauce on Savory Roast sweet potato with caramelized cinnamon butter, Purple Pickle Octopus Mount Gay Sliver Citrus Marinated Vegetables and Smoked Sweet Plantain Balls with Ginger Rum Gel and Salted Okra Crisp.

With Divi’s biggest sale of the season, featuring rates as low as $125 per night, there’s no better time to travel. And for locals looking to enjoy a stunning staycation, contact the resort directly to enjoy huge savings on your booking.

“We’re thrilled to offer our biggest sale of the season for Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, especially with this exciting event coming up,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “It’s the perfect opportunity for tourists to learn more about the beautiful island of Barbados and experience its world-famous rum and distinctive Caribbean flavors.”

Fall specials are on sale now for a limited time only but you can travel right up until December 31, 2018. For individual reservations, please call 1-800-367-3484 (Toll-free US) or 1-919-419-3484 (International). For group reservations, please call 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com. To find out more information about Divi Resorts, visit www.diviresorts.com.

For more information on the 8th annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival, visit: www.visitbarbados.org/food-and-rum-festival

Buddymoons: Couples Are Taking Friends on Their Honeymoons

Honeymoons aren’t just for two anymore. After spending months planning your special day, why not make it last by inviting your closest friends on your honeymoon? “Buddymoons,” as the phenomenon is playfully named, are growing more popular. According to an article in Conde Nast Traveler, a recent survey on wedding travel found that 12 percent of Americans have attended a group honeymoon or buddymoon in the last five years.

As Conde Nast Traveler recommends, it’s best to pick a longer trip for your buddymoon, with a range of potential activities and sightseeing opportunities. Stick to groups of less than 10 people, mostly couples with similar outlooks and budgets. It’s always a good idea to minimize stress on your honeymoon!

If you’re planning a buddymoon, Divi Resorts offers a range of honeymoon packages at luxe resorts on Aruba, Barbados, St. Croix and St. Maarten—most with all-inclusive options. Spend a week in paradise with your other half, and give a few other couples in your friends circle an excuse to escape too!

Enjoy a Beach Lunch on Aruba

The beaches of Aruba are among the most beautiful in the world. Have you ever settled back into a comfy lounge chair at the open-air purebeach, sipping on an ice cold beer as you gaze toward the bright turquoise sea? Our casual beachfront restaurant at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is the ideal setting for a classic beach lunch—enjoy a purebeach hamburger or barbecue sandwich, or opt for a salad or a wrap. Whenever hunger strikes during your long and luxurious beach day, we’ll be there to satisfy.