Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you crave,
Aruba offers an endless array of options!
Just 30 minutes north of the equator, the southwest coast of Aruba is a true lotus-land. With its miles of palm-fringed, powder-soft beaches, all lapped by aquamarine sea and trimmed by a glittering necklace of extravagant resort hotels, this is truly a place where you can escape for an unforgettable Caribbean holiday.
A major package-tour destination for Canadians, in Aruba things run smoothly and the visitor infrastructure is polished. It’s a cosmopolitan culture with 80 nationalities represented with most locals speaking at least four languages: English, Spanish, Dutch (the official language) and Papiamento, a native dialect. The local bus system serves visitors well and car rentals are easily available and with less than 24” of rain a year, hot, sunny, breezy days are pretty much guaranteed.
Major recreational activities include the time-honoured holiday practice of duty-free shopping and island stores are well stocked with buys in jewellery, watches, china, crystal, linens and fragrance. Aruba is a mecca for “foodies” and with over 100 restaurants offers dining options beyond measure. Plenty of glossy casinos and nightclubs invite you to party.
All the favourite watersports are here in abundance and in resort areas, sea is calm and ideal for swims. Aruba also offers excellent wave conditions and attracts a host of wave sport enthusiasts including windsurfers and kite-surfers. You can rent jet-skis, wave-runners, tubes, kayak in quiet mangroves or hop aboard a pleasure boat or catamaran for a day of sailing. Shallow coral formations await snorkelers and reef and wreck diving reveal a brilliant underwater fantasy. Horseback riding, jeep tours and all terrain vehicles are also among popular vacation choices.
A number of tours introduce you to the island. As examples, De Palm Tours’ Aruba Safari takes you through countryside to popular sites such as Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel and the California Lighthouse, while a day on De Palm Island brings a beautiful live coral reef and waterpark and includes food and beverage, snorkeling instruction and equipment, entertainment and activities. Just ask your Sunquest representative for full details – they’d be happy to help you out!
Weddings are big business in Aruba and it is not unusual to spy a bride fluttering through a hotel lobby to her groom and a flower-stewn aisle of sand. Sunquest manages the travel arrangements for over 1,000 wedding and vow renewal groups every year and we like to say that “once in a while, in an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale” – a perfect description for wedding and honeymoon festivities in Aruba.
Resort wedding planners offer a huge range of event options from dramatic, elegant ballrooms to light and airy barefoot-on-the beach. Honeymoons are all the more fabulous for the sunset and nighttime cruises departing from the pier at Palm Beach. Hop aboard for a romantic interlude or the ultimate party with rope swings. Dance clubs, intimate bars, karaoke bars, martini bars, wine bars, cigar bars, informal pubs, upscale bistros and casinos buzz with excitement. As does a ride on a wild and wacky bar hopping bus! No such thing as dull moments in Aruba.
As far as resorts go, Sunquest offers a wide range of options on the island, including the adult-only all-inclusive Renaissance Aruba Marina Tower Resort & Casino and the family-friendly all-inclusive Renaissance Aruba Ocean Suites Resort & Casino, Sunquest offers guests exclusive extras included at both properties – just ask.
There is also the Divi Village All-Inclusive Villas, an all-suite, all-inclusive resort that is available exclusively from Sunquest and also includes special extras! Not only is there a golf course at your doorstep, a fantastic wind sports centre and a 30-foot climbing wall, but the resort is perfectly positioned on beautiful Druid Beach and located just 10 minutes from Oranjestad.
The Occidental Grand Aruba, an all-inclusive property with plenty to offer any type of guest – be it families, couples or just a group of friends looking for some fun in the sun offers free weddings and a honeymoon bonus to guests.
Getting there is easy! Sunquest offers non-stop scheduled flights from Toronto aboard WestJet on Tuesdays and Saturdays for 7 and 14-night durations.
For more information about Aruba, be sure to visit www.aruba.com. To book your next Aruba escape and for a complete listing of resorts available on the island through Sunquest, talk to your travel agent or visit www.sunquest.ca.