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Sun-soaked and reenergized spaces in a convenient location
[ON LOCATION] GIANNA WYATT
he island of Aruba couldn't be more convenient for
planners. Sparkling Caribbean beaches, tax-free meetings
and gorgeous outdoor venues combine on a 20-milewide stretch of land, just a 3-hour ﬂight from Miami. Within this
mix, snug amongst blue-green waters, swaying palms and the
golden sands of Palm Beach, sits the 411-room Aruba Marriott
Resort & Stellaris Casino and a streak of renovations to
During a recent visit, J.Willard Marriot Jr. cut the ribbon to
the newly renovated 8,435-sf Grand Ballroom, which accounts
for most of the property's 11,000-sf of meeting space. The $1.5
million project included interior upgrades that foster continuous
contemporary design throughout the hotel.
"We changed the look and the feel of the ballroom, renovating
the new skylights, the carpet and the walls," says Chela de
Lannoy, senior sales manager. "We wanted the colors to ﬁt with
the signature Marriott design that was updated in 2008."
The H2Oasis pool, a new adults-only haven accented by
coral stone pavers, glass mosaic tiles and wooden cabanas,
adds ﬂair to poolside gatherings. Groups can mingle here or go it
alone with WiFi access and a comfy chaise lounge.
The completion of the H2Oasis marked the ﬁnal phase of a
$50 million renovation that began in 2009 with the addition of
the 30, 218-sf Tradewinds Club, Ruth's Chris Steak House and
complete revamps to guest rooms, as well as the Waves Beach
Bar and La Vista restaurant, a poolside Italian eatery for 200 dinner
or 600 patio guests. Planners can expect renovations to the Great
Room and lobby this year.
Rich wood furnishings and plush bedding adorn guest
rooms, creating a relaxing space for in-room meeting prep. Each
room overlooks the glittery Caribbean waters, where windsurﬁng,
paddleboarding and the overall pull to dive right in beckon.
"Pair the La Vista patio with the beach and you have pool
and ocean views," says Lannoy, adding that Aruba is perfect for
meetings because groups book mostly during January-March
due to the sunny and breezy climate. "Several groups from the
Northeast book during that time because they are ready to enjoy
the tropical weather."
Other venues include Simply Fish, a beachfront restaurant lit
with tiki torches and candles. Groups up to 80 can kick off their
shoes and enjoy private meals along the waves courtesy of a pre
ﬁxe menu of mouthwatering seafood and farm-fresh vegetables.
Between meetings, book a treatment at the Mandara Spa, a
Balinese-inspired 6,500 sf facility with 12 treatment rooms and
four couples rooms. The Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap, a soothing
mix of traditional Balinese recipes with coconut, mungbean,
spices and lavender is a common favorite.
The resort offers a newbie court for beach tennis-die-hard play
can be found on two professional courts at Moomba Beach Bar &
Cafe. The Vegas-style Stellaris Casino casino is the largest on the
island, offering groups gaming kiosks, 26 gaming tables and over
500 completely coinless slot machines.
Between meetings, book De Palm Tours for an adventurous Jeep
ride around the island. You'll view popular attractions, including the
Bonbini Festival, Guadirikiri Caves and the shipwreck of the Antilla.
Close encounters with exotic marine life 130 feet below sea level
can be found aboard the Atlantis submarine. De Palm Tours offers
groups 25 luxury coaches and 40 Land Rovers and Jeeps, with a
DMC ofﬁce located within the lobby of the Aruba Marriott.
Tour the Aruba Aloe ﬁelds and factory, one of the only aloe
companies in the world that grows, harvests and manufactures
aloe products on-site. The factory is a good place for
teambuilding as groups can learn how to peel the plant, wash
and prepare aloe for bottling.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue March-April 2014
Planner's Pick: Dallas
Fresh Meets: Marriott Hotels
Bureau Buzz: Montreal
Good Business: Sandals Foundation
Sea Shores: State of the Cruise Industry
Incentives, Golf + Spa
Special Section: California
On Location: Loews Don CeSar St. Pete
On Location: Chic Outlets
On Location: New Zealand
On Location: Los Cabos
On Location: Scottsdale
On Location: Aruba Hyatt Regency
On Location: Dolce Silverado
On Location: St. Croix
On Location: Hilton Bomonti Turkey
On Location: Aruba Marriott
Checkout: Conrad Pune, India
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