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Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

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Second to the newest timeshare resort in Aruba, the Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is nestled beautifully on the shore of the imperial Caribbean. It was built with a Caribbean style boasting modern architecture and a dramatic resort area. It has a U shape and is a seven-storey building that to some degree mirrors that design of the Aruba Marriott Hotel, which is but a sister resort of this establishment located just next door on the Palm Beach.

The Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is one of the largest and most popular vacation destinations inside Aruba. It boasts everything that a vacationer will enjoy, from the great accommodations, fine dining, sorts of entertainment, and to the white sand beaches and exciting water sports. Yes, all of these are given to you and are made available whenever you want to.

In particular, Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club features a refreshing pool with brilliant waterfall. The resort also boasts a number of well-appointed villas that have a sumptuous and updated look. These great villas owned by the Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club were actually built just recently, in 1999, and it is nice to know that in these villas hardwoods, dark rattan and tasteful fabrics are present, creating an elegant and comfy feel.

The Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club also has a number of suites that are designed and built with private dining and living areas, as well as a full kitchen. The suites are elegantly appointed and are spacious, accommodating guests who love elegance and a sense of privacy. It is further interesting to know that in the suites of Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club, a bar seating is included. However, it divides the kitchen from the semi-formal dining room and living area of the suite.

Note that all of the great accommodations provided by Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club are highly equipped with the necessary amenities, allowing the guests to feel and enjoy the most comfortable and convenient experience of their life. All of the hotel’s accommodations are even accessible to the other facilities maintained by Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club.

Speaking of facilities, the Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club currently holds and maintains five restaurants, and three bars. Also included in their list of available facilities are a large outdoor pool, kiddie pool and play area with ship wreck themes for the kids, an 18-hole championship golf course, two tennis courts that can be lit at night for an exciting game, health club, and some of the island’s best spas. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club even provides a number of water sports for the guests to participate.

With all those great opportunities given, the Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is really a great place to stay in while in Aruba. It allows you to check in and enjoy everything that Aruba has to offer – entertainment, adventure and fun for all ages. It is also for such opportunities that Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is now considered as the treasured jewel of Aruba.

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The Aruba Weather

The Aruba Weather

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The weather in Aruba significantly varies from the other islands that lie on the Caribbean Sea. Although Aruba is part of the Caribbean, it has a distinctive weather that is caused by its natural southwestern location. Several reports have it that Aruba sits about 12 degrees 30’ north of the equator, and this location is what actually makes it highly one of the tropical areas in the world.

As mentioned, the Aruba weather is tropical. This means that throughout the year, the island has temperature that varies little between seasons. As often noted, the island boasts a median and practically constant temperature that reaches about 82 degrees Fahrenheit, or 28 degrees Celsius. But most of the time, the island is very dry. It doesn’t in fact include the humidity that the other islands on the Caribbean do. With this, Aruba weather is characterized as one of the driest in the Caribbean region.

Although the Aruba weather is dry and flat, it is not very extreme. Rainfall still occurs in Aruba. It is scarce, however, only averaging about 18 inches per year. Its rainy season falls from October through January, so during this time, you won’t find much of the lush green of the other islands. Perhaps what is interesting to know about the Aruba weather is that the island sits south of the general hurricane paths. With this, Aruba only experiences fringe effects of the nearby tropical weather. And, as a result, the Aruba weather is considered throughout the island and the world as beautiful.

One of the main facts that support the claim of how beautiful the weather in Aruba is, is that even when the island is visited by rains, the drop usually tend to be erratic and short. The desert landscape throughout the island is often observed to be scatted with boulders and cactus, but the atmosphere in the beaches and resorts are so refreshing and comforting. This is also true at night when the Aruba weather seldom reaches more than 3 to 5 degrees from that of the daytime.

Trade winds is but one of the best contributors to Aruba’s great weather. It is the trade winds actually the cool the island. According to some weather reports, the trade winds in Aruba blow nearly constantly, making the Aruba weather very easy to tolerate and handle. Most of those who enjoyed the beach even lie in the sun very comfortable knowing that the heat can be handled. However, this must not always be considered. If you do, don’t forget to bring your own sunscreen. The sun in Aruba can sometimes be deceptive. It is highly powerful and strong especially between 11 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. That is why most of the beaches in Aruba suggest sunscreens especially for those with fairer skin.

Knowing how constant the weather in Aruba is, the newspapers in the island almost never publish a weather report or forecast. So don’t wonder when you don’t see any Aruba weather report on newspapers during your visit.

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Printed Postcards vs. E-Postcards (Which prevails?)

Printed Postcards vs. E-Postcards (Which prevails?)

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Postcards have gone a long way already. From the first printed postcards used in Austria at around 1969 to the state-of the-art postcards that we are having now, we can say that postcard printing industry has accommodated immense changes and growth.

The very first printed postcard was used to provide a chief means for brief communication. They were famous in Austria and because of its practicality, it was copied by the European countries including Great Britain. These printed postcards were just plain and unadorned. The message can be found on the other side while on the other half is the address of the recipient. It was only in 1902 that pictures was introduced to postcards. The early photographic cards were printed in Germany. This is because the latter was more advanced when it comes to photo-reproduction that the rest of the states.

With this innovation, printed postcards became more picturesque and comprehensive. They included different subjects like places, people, cartoons and fine arts. This change made printed postcards popular not only in Europe but in other continents as well. In addition, some of these postcards were made collectors items.

Since the inception of the Internet, e-postcards are slowly replacing the printed ones. Finding the right message and image is not that taxing when it comes to e-postcards. They Net displays a wide-variety of postcards from different occasions, places, people and other artsy stuffs. Sending them is not that burdensome anymore. You just click on the mouse and there it goes. You do not have to haggle with a postcard printing company. Another advantage is that e-postcards are cheaper. Sometimes you can even send it for free.

However, a great percentage is still in favor of the conventional printed postcards. They are saying that printed postcards make them feel special. Hand or mail delivered postcard is still more personal. This is because you can actually feel it, hold it, keep it, display it on your board or ref. You do not need electricity to send it on. Printed postcards also carry more personal designs and formats. They reflect the effort to show how special the recipient is to the sender.

Whether we like the classic or the modern way of sending postcards, the choice is ours to keep and enjoy!

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Aruba Vacation Rentals

Aruba Vacation Rentals

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As you may have been told, there are a lot of great wonders to see and experience in Aruba.
There are the beautiful sunsets, the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the high rise hotels and resorts, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, casinos, and the island’s nightlife. All of these are available for locals and tourists to enjoy, and there’s no better way to witness and experience all of these than to stay in one of Aruba vacation rentals.

Vacation rentals in Aruba now come in great numbers. Most of the available Aruba vacation rentals, however, are villa type. These Aruba vacation rentals stand proudly amongst the island’s accommodations and has long been considered as the premiere rental destination in Aruba as more and more people from near and far away places have preferred these locations for several good reasons.

Here are few of the most popular Aruba vacation rentals. Consider the following as they might be the best places for you to stay when you visit Aruba.

Garden Villa

Featured in HomeAway.com, the Garden Villa is just one of the Aruba vacation rentals that boast a contemporary style. It offers three bedrooms that are all air conditioned, with three baths and an outdoor shower area. This vacation rental can sleep up to six people, but the rooms can be set up with additional rollaway bed, if needed. Aside from, this one of the notable Aruba vacation rentals is fully equipped and well-appointed with a kitchen that present a modern style, plus an indoor and outdoor living and dining area. Perhaps what’s best about this rental property is that it provides access to the scenic views of Aruba, with the lush green gardens and the refreshing pool.

Casa Aruba

Here is another great destination to stay while in Aruba. Just like the Garden Villa, Casa Aruba provides three available bedrooms for its guests. This vacation rental property is located in an upscale and quiet residential area known as Rooi Santo. It is just minutes away from the beach at the Marriott Hotel and Casino, as well as in one of Aruba’s vacation destinations, the Tierra del Sol and its gold course. Casa Aruba is but one of the Aruba vacation rentals that are designed for those who love a sense of solitude with a green lush garden that guarantees each guest a perfect privacy.

Salina Villa

Salina Villa is finally out there to complete the list of the most visited Aruba vacation rentals available in the island nowadays. Well, unlike the first two mentioned Aruba vacation rentals, this property offers four bedrooms and four bathrooms that offer access to the best ocean views. This rental properly is just minutes away from the Palm Beach and the elegant and luxurious Marriott Hotel and Resort. Perhaps what’s nice about this property is that it features large family and living rooms, complete the necessary amenities. The villa can comfortable accommodate up to 11 persons and beyond the walls of its rooms are the lovely gardens, the pool with fountain and bar, gazebo and a terrace for outdoor entertainment. All of these are available just right here.

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Frost Bite? Ice Wine Is More Than Just Frozen Grapes

Frost Bite? Ice Wine Is More Than Just Frozen Grapes

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One of the most rapidly growing trends in the world of wine seems to be with the rise in popularity of ice wines (or eiswein in German). This is interesting because these wines have been around for almost 200 years yet have not had much time in the spotlight until recent history. The most famous ice wines are from Germany, however many other countries such as Canada, Austria, and even Australia have been known to produce ice wines of their own. Because Canada is much colder and is capable of more consistent freezing temperatures has actually surpassed Germany in the production of ice wine.

Ice wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes. Only the water freezes in the grapes, so when they are pressed frozen, the juice that is extracted is very concentrated and very sweet. This freezing must happen before fermentation, and the grapes need to be pressed frozen, otherwise the water will melt in the grapes and you will not have the concentrated juice required for ice wines.

Natural ice wines require a hard freeze to occur after the grapes have ripened. In Canada, this temperature is a minimum of 17 degrees Fahrenheit while in Germany this temperature is 19 degrees. This means that the grapes must remain on the vines for several months after a normal harvest and risk being lost to rot if there is no freeze. At the other extreme, if the freeze is too severe the grapes can not be harvested and pressed. Because the fruit must be pressed while it is still frozen, pickers must work late in the night or early in the morning and work while the cellar workers must work in unheated spaces to ensure the grapes do not thaw.

Sometimes wine makers prefer to use cryoextraction. Cryoextraction is a mechanical freezing that is used to simulate the effect of the natural frost that occurs so that grapes can be picked sooner and made into wine. In Germany and Canada, wine created this way can not be called ice wine, only wines which have been frozen naturally are allowed to be called as such.

Whereas regular wines might take days or weeks to ferment, ice wines can take months due to the higher sugar content. Even though it is normal for the sugar content in ice wine to run from 180 g/L up to as high as 320 g/L ice wine remains very refreshing because of the high acidity. Ice wine usually has a medium to full body, with a lingering finish while the nose is oftentimes reminiscent of peach, pear, honey, caramel, and green apples depending on the varietal grape. Pineapple, mango, and even lychee are quite common aromas with white varietals however this list is by far not exhaustive.

Because the juice from the grapes is more concentrated than regular wine, there is a much smaller yield. It is for this reason as well as the methods used that make ice wines more expensive than table wines. Ice wines can cost as much as $300 a bottle, which is why it is often sold in half bottles for as little as $50. Grapes that have insufficient brix (sugar) content can not be made into ice wine and are therefore usually sold under the label “special select late harvest” or “select late harvest” at a fraction of the price of true ice wines.

When to drink ice wine is a matter of personal taste. Some people believe that ice wine improve with age and supporters claim that the very high sugar level and high acidity preserve the content for years after bottling. There are then others who believe that with age the wine loses its distinctive acidity, fruitiness, aroma, and freshness. Being that ice wines are very versatile in this, when you decide to drink your ice wine depends on when you feel it tastes best.

Ice wines are becoming the latest trend in the wine world and it is easy to see why. Delicious and refreshing, ice wines are a delicacy and a testament to the skills of the wineries. More expensive than a traditional wine, it is not something that the average person can afford to purchase on a regular basis, but are an essential addition to a special occasion or meal.