St. Maarten’s 50th Carnival Celebration

Carnival is hands down one of the most exciting times of the year in the Caribbean! The vibrant colors and lively spirit of the event continues for several weeks, with plenty of parades, upbeat music, costume contests and celebratory food and drink.

This year on St. Maarten, the island celebrates its 50th Carnival season from April 20 – May 7. Originated back in 1969, Carnival is a way to celebrate the life of the island, its traditions and its people, and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun! Check out all of the festivities planned for this year:

MARCH 16 – APRIL 20
During the month leading up to Carnival season, you’ll find “jump-ups” (fabulous street parties) and entertaining events all over the Dutch side of the island, including colorful parades, the highly anticipated Carnival Queen elections and friendly competitions.

APRIL 20
This is the official start of Carnival on St. Maarten, marked by the opening of the Carnival Village in Phillipsburg. The celebration includes sizzling street food, live music and fun activities for the whole family.

APRIL 24
The heart and soul of any Caribbean Carnival revolves around traditional music, including the island’s popular Soca style. On April 24, watch as Soca artists hit the high notes for a chance to win $10,000 and the title of best
Groovy or Power Soca at the annual Soca Rumble.

APRIL 28 & APRIL 30
Join hundreds of spectators for the peak of this year’s Carnival at the Junior Carnival Parade and Cultural Showcase on April 28 and the Grand Carnival Anniversary Parade on April 30. Follow along as animated participants decked out in vibrant glitter, colorful feathers, sparkling sequins and elaborate headdresses dance through town.

MAY 1 – MAY 4
Soak in the sweet sounds of the Caribbean for three nights of lively back-to-back performances from the Noche Latina, International Soca and One Love Reggae concerts.

MAY 7
Time to pack up the colorful beads and feathered costumes. May 7 marks the official end of the 2019 Carnival season on St. Maarten with an exuberant closing ceremony and the traditional burning of King Momo, a fiery spectacle for all.

Brand New Sizzling Hot Restaurant Opens at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten

Smell what the roc is cooking and enjoy delicious “Roctails” at the Divi Little Bay’s newest restaurant, pureroc!

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort’s newest restaurant, pureroc, is the hottest and most unique dining experience in town, featuring an incredible selection of meats, seafood and veggies cooked to perfection on a sizzling hot lava rock!

“We’re excited to unveil the newest addition to our signature pure restaurant collection on St. Maarten,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “Resort guests, tourists and locals alike can now enjoy an interactive dining experience where their entrée selection is served fresh on a steaming hot lava rock and guests get to cook their selection to perfection right in front of them.”

Guests can also pair each entrée with specially crafted “Roctails” designed to complement the dish and end the evening with a decadent dessert sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Just opened Saturday, February 23, pureroc is one of six eateries on the resort, open from 6-10 p.m on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are required. Other restaurants and bars on the resort include the newly renovated pureocean Restaurant, a new grab and go eatery called The Shack, the dazzling new pureocean swim-up pool bar, the convenient Fort Amsterdam Café, Gizmo’s Bar & Grill, and Seabreeze Restaurant & Bar.

Pureroc is not included in the resort’s all-inclusive dining options, but guests on this plan can enjoy a special 3-course meal, which includes one starter, one protein, one sauce, two sides and one dessert per person for only $30 per adult and $20 per child. Plus, and guests can add a unique Roctail to pair with their meal for only $4 each!

For more information, or to view the menu, visit http://www.diviresorts.com/divi-little-bay-dining.htm. To book your reservation, call +1 721-542-2333 or visit the resort’s on-site concierge desk.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Diego Concha

From left to right: Paul Melskens, Divi Little Bay Food & Beverage Manager; Diego Concha, Senior Regional Director of Resort Operations; Jamaal Solomon, Divi Resorts Landscape Superintendent Operations

You might have seen him out and about on our islands working hard to keep our resorts in top-notch shape. With more than 25 years of hospitality management experience around the world, Divi’s newest Senior Regional Director of Resort Operations, Diego Concha, is bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the forefront to enhance and improve the Divi Resorts experience. We sat down with this globe-trotting Colombian native to learn more about his role at Divi.

What brought you to Divi Resorts?
I’m deeply attracted to the Caribbean’s multiplicity of cultures, and last year, Divi offered me the opportunity to expand my horizons by working closely with their exemplary teams, who are dedicated to delighting guests with their unique blend of style and authentic island culture. Destiny has its ways and I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to join Divi’s great journey.

What does your job entail?
I’m responsible for leading our resort operations teams, promoting positive guest-centric experiences, guiding staff to reach their full potential and creating a path to the smooth running of our properties. In a nutshell, myself and my team strive to implement authentic island experiences and create extraordinary memories for our guests that last a lifetime.

Where are you from and how does that influence you?
I was born in Colombia, the land of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a literary Nobel Prize winner. Because of him, the country learned about “magic realism,” which transformed us into dreamers. I have also been exposed to many different cultures from around the world including South America, the Caribbean, North America and South Asia because of the nature of my work.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I have always been passionate about sports and I love football (soccer), basketball, tennis, hiking, running, swimming. I’m now paying the price, but I still push through. I also like spending time with my wife, Cynara and my two children, Alex and Nadeska.