Category Archives: Divi Southwinds

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!”

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.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Charles Maynard

A Barbados native with plenty of experience on the island and in the hospitality industry, Divi Southwind Beach Resort’s new General Manager, Charles Maynard is the resort’s freshest face, having joined the team this May to take over the position formerly held by Alvin Jemmott for 12 years. We sat down with Maynard to welcome him to the team and see what he has in store for Divi Southwinds.

What brought you to Divi Southwinds?
I’ve worked on the island for many years, and in the hotel industry for over 30 years, so when I was presented with an opportunity to return to my native Barbados to be with my family, I welcomed the position with open arms. What drew me to Divi Resorts, and Divi Southwinds in particular, is its diversity and casual yet elegant offerings.

What are your duties as General Manager?
I oversee all aspects of the resort’s daily operations from managing staff to achieving targets, revenue management, cost control, human resources, training, public relations, maintenance and more. My favorite part of the job, besides achieving results, is to develop strong managers and most importantly to deliver outstanding customer service to our owners, members and guests.

What are your plans for the future of Divi Southwinds?
My immediate plan is to develop a strategy with clear objectives and tactics to ensure Divi Southwinds has the best customer service on the island. My work motto is, ‘We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit,’ and I want to make sure we work toward that goal every day.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my free time, I like to engage in physical activities that promote fitness, like going to the gym and practicing Shotokan Karate, when time permits. I also enjoy getting together with friends and family to indulge in traditional pudding and souse!

Could you tell us a little about your family?
I have a wife who works in finance and two daughters. My eldest daughter will be graduating later this year as a doctor and my younger daughter wants to be a chef.

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.