Category Archives: Caribbean

DIVI CARES: Fall 2019

ARUBA

Staff Beautifies Beaches for AHATA’s 18th Coastal Cleanup
Staff members banded together to support an important environmental cause, volunteering their time to clean up beaches on the south side of the island for AHATA’s 18th Annual Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup was a huge success in helping keep Aruba’s beaches pristine and free of trash.

Divi Aruba Phoenix Donates Linens to Families in Need
When Divi Aruba Phoenix received a call from the Minister of Social Affairs office asking for help providing local families in need with bed linens, towels and pillows, the resort was happy to assist! Housekeepers gathered the requested items and delivered them personally to the Minister’s office for distribution to those in need.

BONAIRE

Divi Flamingo Staff Read to Local School Children
Staff members, including Divi Flamingo’s General Manager Celine Van Meer, had a great time volunteering to read to children with special educational needs at Het Koraal for Bonaire’s Reading & Writing Foundation.

BARBADOS

Divi Southwinds Sponsors Lunch for Education Organization
Lunch is on Divi Southwinds! The resort recently sponsored lunch for EQ Barbados, a local organization with a mission to facilitate the development of a critical mass of 50,000 highly emotionally intelligent young Barbadians by 2025. Divi Southwinds’ General Manager Charles Maynard also presented a donation check to Ms. Lisa Gale, the team lead for Public Education at EQ Barbados.

ST. MAARTEN

Resort Hosts Food Drive for Local Foster Home
Staff and guests at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort were all smiles as they hosted a food drive for the local New Start Foundation foster home. A variety of non-perishable food items were gathered throughout the week and donated to the foster home to help the children in their care. The recipients expressed their sincere appreciation, saying that these food items will go a long way to fill their needs.

Stay Healthy the Divi Way!

At Divi Resorts, and we truly pride ourselves on being your healthy escape in the Caribbean, using only the freshest ingredients to create tasty yet wholesome dishes the whole family will love. We recently caught up with Windows on Aruba’s Executive Chef Darwin Torres, to learn more about how he and other Divi Resorts chefs ensure nutritious options are always available.

“We are committed to making healthy eating easy for guests at Divi Resorts,” said Torres. “I’ve done a great deal of research on nutritious eating and cooking habits, and with that knowledge, I’ve developed delicious recipes that are actually good for you. The key is to surround yourself with wholesome products that are full of flavor.”

Torres says using assorted fruits, spices, vinegars, marinades, mustards, herbs, exotic roots and grains in his recipes helps “kick it up a notch’’ without adding unnecessary calories or fat. Cooking with “good” oils like olive, canola, avocado and safflower also helps to keep his dishes nutritious.

For his low-carb recipes, Torres swaps out white rice and other empty carbohydrates with whole grains and legumes to keep blood sugar levels stable.

“Changing the way you cook your food also makes a difference,” Torres added. “We roast instead of fry, and grill for flavor using low-fat or no-fat sauces and dressings.”

Torres’ healthy selections include his savory Grilled Salmon, exotic Stir-Fry Vegetables, mouthwatering ratatouille-style Vegetable Casserole and many gluten-free and vegan items, among others.

“We think you should leave every meal feeling refreshed, reinvigorated and full of energy,” said Torres. “It’s never too early to kick off your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, and we’re here to help satisfy your appetite with tasty island cuisine that packs a healthy punch!”

ISLAND ADVENTURES: Bonaire Bucket List

Take a break from the ordinary and explore the extraordinary on the unspoiled and unforgettable island of Bonaire! Good things come in small packages and this bite-sized island packs a punch for activities to thrill and chill. In fact, Bonaire probably checks off more than a few of your bucket list items, so to help you find out which ones, we’ve created our very own Bonaire Bucket List!

Now next time you visit, you’ll have plenty of items to cross off your list. Plus, send us photos and videos of your experiences for a chance to have them featured on social media!

KAYAK THROUGH LUSH MANGROVES
Glide through crystal clear waters to discover the mangrove forest of Lac Bay, where you’ll find three types of mangrove species, plenty of fish, vibrant sponges and coral, upside-down jellyfish and more! With clear bottom kayaks, you won’t miss a moment of underwater action as you navigate through romantic mangrove tunnels. Once you’ve worked up a sweat paddling with your partner, you’ll have the opportunity to cool off with a peaceful snorkel through a calm mangrove channel.

EXPLORE BONAIRE WITH A LOCAL
Discover the beautiful island of Bonaire in air-conditioned comfort with the help of a knowledgeable local guide from Tropical Travel Bonaire. Stops include 1000 Steps, a popular diving destination and beach, and Goto Lake, where you can often spot a flock of flamingos. You’ll also visit Museo Chich’i Tan, a 130-year-old Bonairian home and heritage museum where you’ll enjoy a local snack and lemonade prepared by the homeowner, and a tour of the residence. Rounding out this full island experience are stops at the colorful salt pans, historical slave huts, and Jibe City, the best spot on the island for windsurfing.

SWIM WITH TURTLES
Hop aboard and sail through the Caribbean’s bluest waters with Woodwind Cruises to explore three unique spots near Klein Bonaire. Snorkel through colorful coral reefs where you’ll discover an abundance of awe-inspiring fish and magnificent sea turtles, all pointed out to you by an expert guide. Back on board, enjoy drinks, snacks and a delicious local lunch to keep you energized.

RIDE HORSES THROUGH THE DESERT
It sounds like the start of a great western movie, but it’s real life! Saddle up with Rancho Washikemba for a leisurely horseback ride through Bonaire’s pristine desert terrain, spotting donkeys, parrots and iguanas along the way. Plus, if conditions allow, you might even have a chance to swim with your horse in the gorgeous Blue Lagoon Bay.

FEED 700+ DONKEYS
Yes, you read that right! Do yourself a favor; buy a bunch of carrots and stop by the Donkey Sanctuary. You will not regret this heartwarming experience where you can hand-feed hundreds of hungry donkeys alongside your car. Animal-lovers rejoice – if you bring tasty treats, these affectionate asses will instantly become your best friends.

SCOOT OR CYCLE AROUND TOWN
What could be better than a leisurely open-air drive around town with the wind blowing through your hair? We’re honestly not sure! Enjoy this experience with a single or double scooter or a traditional Dutch bicycle and prepare to travel throughout the island in style.

DRINK A CACTUS
Sip on something completely new that you can only find on Bonaire – cactus liquor! Born and bred on the island, a visit to the one-of-a-kind Cadushy Distillery includes an educational tour, as well as a sampling of several types of the world’s only cactus liquor in a relaxed, laidback environment. Afterward, enjoy a cactus cocktail under the shade of Calabash trees in the distillery’s tranquil gardens where parrots and other tropical birds like to play.

LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE
Discover a whole new underwater world when you learn to scuba dive at Divi Flamingo’s very own PADI 5-star dive operation, Divi Dive Bonaire. Friendly instructors will ease you into the water with a comprehensive educational class, underwater practice and a relaxing guided dive of the famed Calabas Reef, located right next to the resort.

WINDSURF IN JIBE CITY
The mecca for windsurfing on the island, you simply cannot ignore the colorful sails as they glide across the water with ease at Jibe City’s Sorobon Beach. Perfect for newbies and pros alike, Jibe City is THE place to learn this thrilling sport, and when you’re ready to take a break, grab a lounge chair by the water and relax with a cold drink.

GO FOUR-WHEELING TO BAT CAVES
If you like to go fast and you’re not afraid of getting a little dirty, you’ll love this quad tour, which not only takes you to the Bolivia Caves, home to hundreds of bats and ancient Indian drawings, but also to the Spelonk Lighthouse, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of waves crashing into the jagged coastline.

MEET A FLOCK OF FLAMINGOS
Pretty in pink, these birds of a feather flock together throughout the island. You’re most likely to spot these blushing beauties near the salt flats or at Goto Lake, but you can also get a closer look at a few flamingos in a special section of the Donkey Sanctuary.

To reserve your stay on Bonaire, visit www.DiviResorts.com. To book your scuba diving experience, visit www.DiviDive.com.

For more information on Bonaire adventures visit www.TropicalTravelBonaire.com. If you’re staying at Divi Flamingo, simply stop by the Concierge Desk.

Divi Resorts Hires Ferry Zievinger For General Manager Position at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

An Aruba native, Ferry Zievinger takes over the General Manager position at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on September 1, 2019.

Divi Resorts is welcoming another fresh face to its management team on Aruba. Aruba native Ferry Zievinger will take over as General Manager of Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort, effective September 1, 2019.

“I’m looking forward to aligning my 35 years of experience with the company’s vision and pushing this vision to its boundaries,” said Zievinger. “I want to make sure that when someone plans a trip to Aruba, our resorts are always considered first, and that we excel as a hospitality company that’s trusted to create flawless vacation experiences.”

The big move comes just weeks after the company announced that Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort’s Pearl Lake will be promoted to General Manager, taking over the position formerly held by Gerrit Griffith who is retiring after 43 years with Divi Resorts.

Zievinger’s previous experience includes Director of Food & Beverage at Marriott in Curaçao, General Manager, Hotel Manager and Food & Beverage Director for Sandals Resorts throughout the Caribbean and Regional General Manager for the Sandals Corporate Team.

“We’re excited to welcome Mr. Zievinger to the Divi family,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “As a local with an extensive background in the hospitality business, we feel he is the perfect fit for the job and will help propel our Aruba resorts to the next level.”

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!”

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.