Oranjestad, Aruba "“ September 13, 2006 "“ With the dog days of summer long gone, winter is just an icy breath away for those living in chilly climates. Each year over 251 million Americans travel during winter months since cold weather is known to be a physiological stressor.* To combat winter woes, Aruba is offering stress-free vacations with a variety of winter packages from some of the island's hottest properties.
Aruba boasts near perfect weather all year long, with the daily temperature averaging 82 degrees Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall annually. An ideal destination for every kind of traveler, sun seekers can trade in the winter blues for azure skies and crystal clear waters and limit the ice to their tropical drinks!
Following are Aruba's destination-wide winter escapes; most valid January through April 2007 and based on availability:**
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino Sunshine on SaleÂ® Package
Travelers stay for five nights but pay for only four. Additionally, for guests who travel before December 19, the Hyatt will include $100 resort credit. Rates start at $480 per night. A five-night minimum stay is required.
Valid now through April 28, 2007.
1-800.55.HYATT or www.aruba.hyatt.com.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Sand Dollar Package
Travelers get an extra night free and receive a $100 credit, per room, toward any of the resort's magnificent dining options. Rates start at $449, with seven-night minimum stay required.
Valid January 1 through April 14, 2007.
1.888.PARADISE or www.arubamarriott.com.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa – Rejuvenation & Romantic Getaway Packages
The Rejuvenation Getaway includes a relaxing massage, body wrap, manicure or pedicure, steam room, Jacuzzi visit and breathtaking views from ocean view accommodations. Rates for the five day/four night package start at $1,139 per couple.
Valid October 1 through April 8, 2007.
The Romantic Getaway Package offers an ocean view room with fresh tropical flowers and a bottle of champagne upon arrival. Savor dinner at the poolside Italian restaurant, Garden Terrace, a couple's massage in one of the outdoor gazebos and more. Rates for the four day/three night package start at $829 per couple.
Valid October 1through April 8, 2007.
1.800.223.1108 or www.manchebo.com.
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino Romance Package
Includes elegant accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, one 60-minute therapeutic couples massage at the brand-new 13,000-square-foot oceanfront Larimar Spa, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two including a bottle of wine at the Four Diamond rated Sunset Grille Restaurant, one romantic Sunset Sail for two and all taxes and gratuities. Rates start at $3,125 per couple for five night stays.
Valid January 1 through April 30, 2007.
1.800.333.3333 or www.radisson.com/aruba.
Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives – Honeymoon Package
Package includes candlelight dinner for two at the oceanfront Sunset Beach Bistro, bottle of champagne, free-night first anniversary certificate and a remembrance gift. Rates at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive start at $390.
Rates at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive start at $406.
Both valid now through April 20, 2007.
1.800.554.2008 or www.diviaruba.com and www.tamarijnaruba.com.
Occidental Grand Aruba Grand Wedding Experience Package
This package includes preparation of documents, certified marriage license, legal fees, Justice of the Peace, witnesses, decorated wedding site, wedding coordinator, champagne and Ã la carte wedding reception for up to 20 family and friends, live music, bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, wedding cake, photos, candlelight dinner for bride and groom and continental breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding.
Starting at $285 per person, couples must book at least 10 rooms in the Royal Club section of the resort. The Royal Club offers boutique-style services such as a private concierge, separate check-in and check-out services and room service.
1.800.858.2258 or www.occidentalhotels.com.
Red Sail Aruba
Package includes daily two-tank boat dives, tanks, weights and belts, sunset cruise aboard the Balia, Fiesta, Goza or Rumba catamarans, Red Sail Sports T-shirt, 10% discount on clothing at all Red Sail Sports retail shops and more. Package starts at $229, per person, for three days of diving.
Valid December 20, 2006 through December 19, 2007
1.877.RED.SAIL or www.redsailaruba.com
For more information on planning a trip to Aruba, contact the Aruba Tourism Authority at
1-800.TO.ARUBA or visit online www.aruba.com.
This Columbus Day Weekend, Aruba heats up as the island kicks off the Fifth Annual Aruba Music Festival featuring rock legends STYX and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Lionel Richie on October 6 and 7 (respectively). To purchase tickets for the 2006 Aruba Music Festival ($60 for preferred seating and $40 for general admission) please visit www.aruba.com or call 1-800-TO-ARUBA. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketweb.com. Air-inclusive travel packages, inclusive of concert admission will also be available for purchase through tour operators and travel professionals.
JetBlue will begin daily, non-stop service to Aruba from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on September 15, 2006.
Aruba, where happiness lives, is truly a vacationer’s paradise. Located only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City, the island is ideally situated outside the hurricane belt and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82 Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year. Aruba serves up 27 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous spas, vibrant casinos, extraordinary international cuisine, exclusive shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, unique cultural to-dos, world-famous music festivals and events and more. The backdrop of a pristine tropical escape coupled with the unforgettable hospitality of the islands people keep Aruba's first-time guests delighted and its repeat visitor rate at 40%, the highest of any Caribbean destination. For more information on planning a trip to Aruba, contact the Aruba Tourism Authority at 1-800-TO-ARUBA or visit www.aruba.com.
The U.S. State Department and the Department Homeland Security recently announced the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which will require all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, to carry a passport or other accepted secure documents to enter or re-enter the U.S. from vacations or business travel anywhere in the Caribbean effective January 8, 2006. This requirement is applied to all air.
**Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Additional package details available on individual hotel Web sites.
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