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UB40 Live in Aruba Island Takeover & Recent Tourism News Stories

ORANJESTAD (September 8, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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UB40 Will Perform at Island Takeover Festival 2019

After last year’s successful island take over festival, the promoters are kicking it up a notch with a live performance by UB40 during this years fest.

Dates for Island Takeover Festival – October 30 – November 1, 2019.

Several artists are performing during this years festival including: UB 40, Sech, Lunay, Alex Sensation,Chris Jeday, Dimelo Flow and Jeon. 

UB40 is one of the main acts and everyone knows their songs from Red Red Wine, Kingston Town, I Got You Babe and Falling in Love With You.

The promoters also expanded this years festival to include culinary events, technology conference, art exposition, walking tours, yoga and a special block party. There’s also going to be beach & pool parties. 

Tickets are available at Superfood supermarket and local CITGO gas stations (Boulevard, Palm Beach, Essoville) – or at

Main concert is on November 1, 2019 at the Harbor Arena (Oranjestad) –  the schedule and date for activities will be released at a later date.

Restaurant Week in Aruba

Nine restaurants in Aruba are hosting the “Restaurant Week” on the island. 

What is restaurant week?

Discounted prices on 3 or 4 course menus for 7 days.

Here’s a list of the 9 participating restaurants and dinner recommendations:

  • Que Pasa –  Crispy Wahoo
  • Cafe The Plaza – Pica papaya aioli and Parmesan touille appetizer
  • Dragon Fly – Japanese Yakitori appetizer
  • Fishes & More – Swordfish Filet
  • Tango – Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon with sauteed vegetable
  • Salt & Pepper – Coconut shrimp with a balsamic salad appetizer 
  • Nos Clubhuis – Seafood Quartet of grouper, catch of the day, shrimp and calamari 
  • Moomba Beach – Tuna and shrimp tempura with oriental sauce and wasabi mayo, seaweed salad and grilled vegetables
  • Hadicurari – Hopi Stout braised veal cheeks with sweet potato mousseline

The menu during restaurant week will showcase various food combinations not found on the regular menu at a special price starting at $26.00

Restaurant week is held on September 11 – 18, 2019.

Most of the profits during restaurant week in Aruba will go towards one of the local elderly homes on the island (Maris Stella).

New Limited Edition Beer by Balashi

Inspired by the 20th year anniversary of Balashi Brewery, a new limited brew Balashi beer was introduced this week – B Sixty 2.

The new Balashi beer is a lager style amber colored, made with different hops. It’s aromatic and refreshing with a touch of bitter aftertaste (5% alcohol).


Limited Brew BSIXTY2 by Balashi

The beer was originally made by one of the islands first brew-master (Eugene Flanegin).

The new name of the Balashi beer “B Sixty 2” originated from B (Balashi) and 62 is the address for the Balashi beer factory.

BSixty2 is a limited beer and only available at select supermarkets around the island (including Superfood and Ling & Sons).

According to the brew-master, more limited edition beers will be created in the future.

Hyatt Place Opens It Doors in November 2019

The first hotel built at Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba will be opening its doors to their guests on the November 1, 2019.

Two years ago in February 2017, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that they will start construction of a new Hyatt Place Hotel in a new business center close to the airport.

Hyatt Place in Aruba

Hyatt Place in Aruba

The hotel features 202 modern rooms, an entire wing dedicated to business center, meeting rooms, ballroom, car rental companies, gym, food court, restaurant, bar (indoor & outdoor), retail stores and indoor pool.

It’s one of the 4 Hyatt Places in the Caribbean.

Hyatt Place starts to attend to clients reservations as of November 1, 2019.

The hotel is perfect for corporate travelers doing business on the island, and leisure travelers using Aruba as a travel hub to their next destination. Or for timeshare owners who want to add a few days to their week in Aruba.

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Plastic Beach Clean Up

Over twenty trash bags were collected by dozens of volunteers during Aruba Lions Club’s yearly beach clean up event at plastic beach.

The trash bags were full of glass bottles, rubbers, plastics, driftwood, and other trash products thrown overboard by ships in the ocean. Beach clean up by Aruba Lions Club is one of the many ambitious environmental events in Aruba.

Plastic beach is located on the east coast of the island (Seroe Colorado).

It took the volunteers a total of 3 hours to clean this stretch of beach.

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a group of volunteers cleaning up the beach.

The annual beach clean ups on the island, including Aruba Lions Club count on different volunteers – residents, visitors, environmentalists, schools, hotels, and other local businesses.

You can also help keep Aruba and it’s beaches clean by not leaving any trash behind after visiting the beach or other attractions on the island.

A Bit About Secret Aruba Royal Resorts in San Nicolas

The first hotel in San Nicolas will be constructed, and it promises unlimited luxury for travelers who are searching for a romantic getaway in Aruba.

The developers of the new resort, Grupo Martinon (AMResorts), gave an update on what to expect for the new secrets resorts in the future.

According to the commercial regional director, the resort will be targeted towards honeymooners, weddings and couples looking for a romantic experience.

Secrets resort will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will take 2 years to complete starting November 2019. And it’s going to include the first 600 rooms that are destined to be all inclusive. The second phase for the resort is the addition of 300 non-inclusive rooms.

The total investment for the Secrets resorts in Aruba is 200 million USD.

At the moment the ground is being prepared to erect the resorts iron structures and start construction before the end of 2019.

Experience The Live Bartenders’s Brawl

Aruba has hundreds of bars over the island, and all the bartenders know how to make powerful Caribbean drink. But who’s the best bartender?

The best bartender will be selected during the island yearly “bartender’s brawl” event. This year is going to be the 5th edition of Bartenders’s Brawl.

Nine Bartenders will use their creativity to mix the best drinks at Renaissance Festival Plaza.

Two winners will be selected – one for the most creative drink, and the other winner will be crowned the best bartender by the jury members.

Did you know that the famous “Aruba Ariba” drink was made during a similar bartender brawl over 60 years ago at the Hilton (Aruba Caribbean Resort)?

Let’s see what the next famous concoction of drink is going to be this year.

Date event – October 25, 2019
Price – $55.00 including 9 cocktails with bits and bites by Renaissance Hotel culinary team.

Tickets are available at the navigator’s desk at Renaissance Hotel (starting October 12, 2019).

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