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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.

TASTE OF DIVI: Aruba & St. Maarten

pureocean at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten

ARUBA

BEACH BAR
It’s five o’clock somewhere! Spend your happy hour at Divi’s brand new Beach Bar, a lively new restaurant and bar located right across the street from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. Serving up delightful snacks and thirst-quenching cocktails with a side of entertainment, it’s the perfect place to unwind, hang out with a drink and watch an amazing Aruban sunset.

ST. MAARTEN

PUREOCEAN
A culinary staple on St. Maarten, this signature restaurant led by new Executive Chef Octavio Verhelst features a refreshed modern look with sleek furniture and décor, expanded indoor seating and completely revamped menus full of delicious classics and tasty island favorites. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or experience fabulous al fresco seating on the pureocean outdoor terrace.

THE SHACK
If you’re looking for authentic Caribbean jerk flavors you’ve found the spot! The Shack’s grab and go menu can be enjoyed on the pureocean terrace, by the pureocean pool, on the beach, or just about anywhere. Featuring traditionally prepared BBQ, Jerk and Roti dishes with a little kick, your taste buds will thank you after every meal.

PUREROC
For a uniquely “hot” dining experience like no other, stop by pureroc to sample a mouthwatering selection of fresh meat and seafood served on a sizzling hot lava rock. Paired with creative “roctails” and accompanied by satisfying sides, guests become chefs, cooking their meat and seafood to taste, so it’s always done to perfection! This new eatery, with a romantic nighttime ambiance, is located on the pureocean terrace.

Divi Resorts Opens New Restaurants on St. Maarten & Lively Beach Bar on Aruba

Discover Divi Resorts’ delicious new dining options on St. Maarten and a spectacular beachside bar on Aruba!

Divi Resorts is upping its food and beverage offerings at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten, adding two new restaurants to the resort and a new bar at its stunning pureocean pool. On Aruba, Divi Resorts has opened a new beachside bar, called the Beach Bar, across the street from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort.

Divi Little Bay’s newest restaurants include, pureroc, the hottest dining experience in town, featuring an incredible selection of fresh meats, seafood and veggies cooked to perfection on a steaming hot lava rock, paired with specially crafted “Roctails” designed to complement each dish, mouthwatering sides and decadent desserts, and The Shack, a grab and go eatery serving up delicious Caribbean jerk, roti, BBQ and more in a casual, laid-back outdoor setting.

Also brand new to the resort, is the pureocean Pool & Bar, an expansive oasis with multiple pools that spill into one another, a stunning ocean view, soothing waterfalls, a central fire pit, a swim-up bar, a hot tub, cabanas and comfortable seating on several terraces.

The final enhancement on St. Maarten was a complete renovation of the signature pureocean Restaurant led by new Executive Chef Octavio Verhelst, which now features a refreshed modern look with sleek furniture and contemporary décor, expanded indoor seating and completely revamped menus full of delicious classics and tasty island favorites. Resort guests, tourists and locals alike can dine in air-conditioned comfort or experience fabulous al fresco seating on the outdoor terrace.

Divi Resorts’ brand new Beach Bar, a lively new restaurant and bar on Aruba, serves up delightful snacks and thirst-quenching cocktails with a side of live entertainment and happy hour specials. It’s the perfect place to unwind, hang out with a drink and watch an amazing Aruban sunset.

“We’re always searching for ways to improve and enhance our resort amenities and we think these new outlets are game-changers for St. Maarten and Aruba,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “The Shack’s authentic Caribbean cuisine and pureroc’s interactive dining experience add exciting new elements to Divi Little Bay, while the Beach Bar’s prime location and unique cocktails satisfy all the senses on Aruba.”

For more information on Divi Resorts’ dining options, visit http://www.DiviResorts.com.

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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.

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.