Category Archives: Aruba

FEATURED DVC MEMBERS: Tom & Lee Evangelista

Out of all the Caribbean islands, President’s Elite Members Tom and Lee Evangelista from Massachusetts say Aruba is by far their favorite. The couple discovered the island 12 years ago, and once they got a taste of the near-perfect weather, the ambiance, the beaches, and the friendly locals, they decided to make the island their second home. We sat down with the Evangelistas to find out more about their decision to become part of the Divi Vacation Club.

In 2014, having made the decision that Aruba would become their yearly vacation spot, the Evangelistas began to research their choices and came across the Divi Vacation Club.

“We really hit it off with our sales representative who toured us and explained the program,” said Tom, “It was a big step to commit to joining the Club, but I’ve been very pleased with how it’s all worked out. Everything they explained, from how the Club works to the flexibility and quality of the product, has turned out to be true.”

The couple quickly fell in love with their vacation choice and decided to upgrade to a President’s Elite Membership for added travel flexibility and additional space.

“We wanted to have our vacation the same time every year so we could plan our flights, and we have a large family, so we wanted to make sure they could all come down and stay with us too,” Lee explained. “At this Membership level, we can achieve that goal and know that our entire family can make precious memories together every year.”

“We just love the whole package” added Tom. “The Loyalty Benefits Program discounts save us money on food and drinks, activities and the extra touches, and the program really works and does what it advertises. Best of all, my children, who have been coming down to Aruba for over 10 years now, love it too. So, it’s really a family getaway for us and we mark our calendars and look forward to it all year.”

Their love for Aruba runs deep, whether it be the miles of white sand beaches for walking, the top-notch on-site restaurants, or the endless amounts of smiling faces they see each time they arrive at the resort.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better staff,” Tom said. “Our whole family agrees, everybody here is so wonderful from the managers to housekeeping, concierge, the bellmen, everybody is just so happy and smiling. The staff have become like family to us and when we stay here, we feel so welcome, and that’s not a feeling we’ve gotten from a lot of other places.”

“This year, we came on a Sunday, which wasn’t even a day our favorite employees were supposed to be working, and they were there to greet us! We were so taken away with that,” added Lee.

Plus, they say the warm weather and endless beaches are just a few of the reasons this is their all-time favorite island.

“My wife and I are walkers, and here, we get to walk between three to ten miles a day on these beaches. Plus, there are so many restaurant choices, that we’re still finding new options,” said Tom. “On the resort, pureocean and purebeach are great dining options. We eat there all the time because we love the ambiance, the food and the service.”

The two also enjoy planning all sorts of special occasions on Aruba, including their vow renewal, Easter, birthdays, family reunions and more.

“My favorite Divi memory was Easter Sunday two years ago when we had 28 family members here, and we had drinks at sunset and dinner in the sand at pureocean,” said Tom. “It was the best time!”

TASTE OF DIVI ARUBA

Dining on Aruba just keeps getting better and better! From appetizing new dishes to satisfying eateries with spectacular sunset views, Divi dining never disappoints. Check out our delicious new additions!

BEACH BAR
Our brand new Beach Bar recently opened across the street from Divi Village Golf, and it’s fast becoming THE place to see and be seen with live entertainment, tasty snacks and thirst-quenching cocktails. Catch a dazzlingly colorful sunset and unwind after a long day of exploring the island.

PUREDELI
Now enclosed for air-conditioned comfort, this popular dine in or grab and go eatery is THE place for gourmet coffee, breakfast and New York-style deli sandwiches like the Classic Reuben or The New Yorker. Plus, enjoy added surprises like a Bloody Mary bar, incredible gelato and tasty pies!

PUREOCEAN
Home to the best sunsets on the island, pureocean is the place for a romantic toes-in-the-sand dining experience! Enjoy Executive Chef Anthony De Palm’s savory appetizers like the Lobster Seafood Martini and entrées like the Curried Groper, Tomahawk Pork Chop and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb. Pureocean also serves an incredible breakfast buffet with an array of hot and cold dishes, all with amazing ocean views.

WINDOWS ON ARUBA
Whether you’re sampling the satisfying Royal Sunday Brunch with endless mimosas, or taking in the stunning 180° golf course views during a romantic dinner, Executive Chef Darwin Torres always creates a delightful, one-of-a-kind culinary experience. From the Kobe Tartar Rossini, to Smoked Salmon stuffed with crab and shrimp and even the simple Tomato & Burrata Salad, each dish is a work of art and divinely delicious!

Summer Fun for Kids & Families

ARUBA

DIVI ARUBA PHOENIX BEACH RESORT
Weekly activities are fun for everyone at this stunning resort on Palm Beach. Choose from water aerobics, bingo, pool volleyball, arts & crafts, beach walks, ping pong and basketball competitions, movie nights and more!

DIVI DUTCH VILLAGE BEACH RESORT & DIVI VILLAGE GOLF & BEACH RESORT
Popular summer activities at both resorts include bingo every day with great prizes, water aerobics three times a week at the Seabreeze Pool, a kid’s scavenger hunt Monday mornings at the infinity pool, Fun in the Sun music and entertainment Monday evenings at the infinity pool, and a putting contest Tuesday mornings with polo shirts and prizes at The Links at Divi Aruba.

BARBADOS

DIVI SOUTHWINDS BEACH RESORT
On Barbados, guests can find an endless list of activities, including aquacise classes, beach volleyball, poolside bingo, pool volleyball, line dancing, nature walks, mini golf competitions, movie nights and more.

BONAIRE

DIVI FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT & CASINO
Bonaire is packed full of fun activities both above and below the water. Guests can enjoy sunset yoga, dive classes, live music, karaoke and of course, 24/7 diving and snorkeling right from our shore, at the Calabas house reef or from one of our dive boats.

ST. MAARTEN

DIVI LITTLE BAY BEACH RESORT
Situated on a picture-perfect peninsula, the resort abounds with entertaining activities. Selections include beach and pool Olympics, crab races, water balloon tosses, mixology demonstrations, bingo, trivia, live music and entertainment, water aerobics, scavenger hunts, movie night, sunrise yoga, kid’s tie-dye, arts & crafts, dance lessons and morning walks, to name a few.

DIVI CARES: Spring 2019

ARUBA

SPECIAL TREATS DONATED TO ELDERLY HOMES
The Divi Impact Foundation was honored to donate hams and turkeys to local elderly homes. Recipients were all smiles as volunteers delivered the special gifts to SABA San Nicolas, Stichting Thuiszorg and spots in Savaneta and Oranjestad.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS SPONSORED FOR KIDS
An advocate for education, especially amongst children, Divi Impact was thrilled to sponsor books for local children on Aruba, providing valuable learning resources and entertainment for students.

FUNDS RAISED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Divi Impact joined in the fight against breast cancer by hosting a highly successful t-shirt sale, which raised $10,000 Aruban florins (nearly $6,000 USD) for the Mary Joan Foundation, an organization that supports breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. Staff members were pictured throughout the fundraiser sporting their blue “Support the Fight” t-shirts.

BARBADOS

DIVI SOUTHWINDS HOSTS PARTY FOR CHILDREN’S ORPHANAGE
Children from a local orphanage were overjoyed as they were treated to a festive day of fun at Divi Southwinds. The resort hosted a party for the kids complete with with snacks and lunch, face painting and a clown.

BONAIRE

DIVI FLAMINGO SUPPORTS KIWANIS CLUB
The resort supported the newly-formed Kiwanis Club of Kralendijk, Bonaire by donating the use of its Peter Hughes meeting room for their charter ceremony. Kiwanis International is a global organization dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

ST. MAARTEN

FOUR EMPLOYEES EARN HOSPITALITY CERTIFICATION
Divi Little Bay is proud to announce that four front office staff members recently received certificates for passing the American Hotel & Lodging Association course, which recognizes individuals who deliver exceptional service by engaging with their guests and creating memorable experiences. Recognized worldwide, this is the highest acknowledgment of awarding-winning guest service for employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.

DIVI LITTLE BAY DONATES MONEY FOR FOOD BASKETS
The resort recently donated $1,000 to the Filipino Community of Sint Maarten to provide food baskets for locals in need.

MANAGEMENT & STAFF HOST CLEAN-UP SESSION
In an effort to keep St. Maarten’s beaches and the ocean free of trash, resort management and staff hosted a cleanup session to pick up and properly dispose of small trash and bottles that were blown onto the resort. The event was a huge success thanks to the help of staff volunteers who spent the day cleaning up and beautifying the resort.

Divi Resorts’ Windows on Aruba Restaurant to Host the Caribbean’s Largest Michelin Pop-Up Dinner

Windows on Aruba’s Pop-Up Michelin Dinners on June 7 and June 8 will feature top chefs with Eight Michelin stars combined.

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort’s Windows on Aruba restaurant will play host to the Caribbean’s largest Michelin pop-up dinners on June 7 and June 8, 2019. The evening events include cocktails, 4 amuses and an extravagant 5-course dinner with wine pairings from Pepia-Est Aruba.

“It’s a unique culinary experience that we’re excited to offer our guests,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “It’s not every day you have top chefs with eight Michelin stars combined all in one place.”

All participating chefs hail from the Netherlands and include François Geurds of FG Restaurant and FG Food Labs, Erik Van Loo of Parkheuvel, Edwin Vinke of De Kromme Watergang and Jermain de Rozario of De Rozario.

“Each chef is bringing along their unique set of skills and innovative culinary knowledge for an evening of bold flavors and mouthwatering creations, sure to satisfy the taste buds,” said Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort’s Director of Food & Beverage, Dominique Bauduin. “It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime event you don’t want to miss!”

Tickets for the event are currently on sale for $185 per person, which includes taxes and service fees, and Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is offering special discounted room rates for June 1-15. Rates are as low as $155 per night (room only) and $199 per person, per night (all-inclusive). For more information, or to book your reservations, visit www.diviresorts.com/aruba-culinary-event.htm.

Sale Terms & Conditions:
This offer applies to reservations made for travel from June 1 to June 15, 2019. Discount based on rack pricing. All-inclusive rates based on double occupancy. Taxes & services charges NOT included, except for All-Inclusive packages. 3-night minimum stay required for All-Inclusive packages. No maximum night stay is required. Restrictions apply. Full payment is required at time of reservation. Cancellations must be received at least 7 days prior to arrival for refund. Flight cancellations are subject to airline cancellation policies. Divi Resorts is not responsible for changes in airfare pricing. Offer is subject to availability and may be discontinued at any time. Offer valid on new reservations booked at a nightly rate only. Offer not valid on timeshare reservations. Cannot be combined with any other Divi special offer or discounted rate.

Beloved Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort General Manager Gerrit Griffith Retiring

“Mr. G” will retire in September after a 43-year career with Divi Resorts.

After more than 7 years as the General Manager of Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort and 43 years working for Divi Resorts, Gerrit Griffith announced his intention to retire this September to spend quality time with his family.

“Griffith, or Mr. G, as he’s fondly known by everyone, has been a respected leader in the Caribbean hospitality industry and a driving force behind the success of Divi Aruba Phoenix,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “We’re very sad to see him retire and we will dearly miss his beaming smile, positive attitude and daily interaction with both guests and staff.”

A Curacao native, Griffith graduated with a degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Management in 1974. In 1976, after working as a management trainee for Intercontinental Hotels in Aruba, Griffith was hired by Divi Resorts as the Assistant General Manager of the Tamarijn Beach Resort, now called the Tamarijn All-Inclusive Beach Resort, which at the time had around 75 rooms and was under further expansion.

“At the Tamarijn, I worked my way up to the General Manager’s position and then transferred next door to what’s now known as the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Resort. After that, I was involved in the early construction phase and was the General Manager of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort and then Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, which later added The Links at Divi Aruba golf course and the Golf Villas.”

Griffith also worked with Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino on Bonaire, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados before accepting the position of General Manager at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort.

“I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to create an atmosphere where management and associates can bond with our Divi Vacation Club members, Divi Timeshare owners and guests while ensuring the highest level of personal service. It’s a unique trademark of Divi Resorts,” said Griffith. “I’m very proud of the strong and dedicated team we’ve built and the improvements we’ve made to take Phoenix to the next level, all done with the aim to enhance customer satisfaction.”

Griffith says what he’ll miss most is the personal relationships he’s developed with employees, guests and timeshare members and owners over the years. As for the future, he says he looks forward to spending more quality time with his family and precious granddaughter and having the time to travel with his youngest son.