Two properties combine to create Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort


ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Aruba Sonesta Resorts is no longer two hotels here. The properties are now one resort with two towers, a repositioning that took place in May.

What were once known as the Aruba Sonesta Resort and Aruba Sonesta Suites have been joined together to form the Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort at Seaport Village.

The name change and repositioning reflect a move to "help individual travelers, travel agents and meeting planners better understand the property and all we have to offer," said Anabela Paterson de Sousa, the resort's vice president of sales and marketing.

Umbrellas -- Cafe & Espresso, a gourmet coffee bar, is a new addition to the Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort at Seaport Village. "The new name better reflects our stature as the only resort in Aruba that offers an entire village, plus a secluded island with the only private beaches in Aruba."

As part of the repositioning, the resort is upgrading the property with additions and improvements to existing facilities.

The refurbishments include revamping the atrium in the Beach Tower, a makeover of the water canal at the Marina Tower and improvements to Sonesta Island, the resort's private island located a 10-minute boat launch away.

The canal and its surrounding area, designed to look like a natural cave, will be lined with natural rocks and waterfalls.

Over the summer, the property will begin a planned laser show at the boat dock, as well, according to Marusca Harms, the Aruba-based director of sales for the U.S.

Boats depart the Marina Tower every 20 minutes for Sonesta Island between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Once on Sonesta Island, guests are greeted by a handful of green iguanas that call the island home and a bird sanctuary featuring a variety of colorful parrots and other tropical birds.

Also on the island are a fitness center, tennis courts, a Red Sail Sports desk with water-sports equipment rentals, two beaches and the outdoor Seabreeze Restaurant & Bar, serving light food until 4:30 p.m. and drinks until 6 p.m.

An addition to Sonesta Island is Honeymoon Cove, a secluded area hidden among the mangrove trees that can be rented by a couple for the day.

The cost for renting Honeymoon Cove is $150 per couple, per day, and covers butler service for continental breakfast and unlimited mimosas all day long.

The butler will visit the couple at scheduled times and also serve an a la carte lunch with one frozen cocktail per person.

The cove features an oversized hammock, two beach chairs, a picnic table, water floats and snorkel equipment.

The resort also plans to open a full-service spa and fitness center this summer.

The spa will offer wraps, treatments and massages.

Rates valid through Dec. 22 in the 254-room Beach Tower (formerly the Sonesta Suites) range from $215 to $320 per room, single or double.

Rates in the 300-room Marina Tower (formerly Sonesta Resort) range from $155 to $400 per room, single or double.

Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort at Seaport Village
Phone: (800) SONESTA
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