Jamie Ndah experiences the sand, sea and sounds at the 10th Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
Aruba is well known for its dry, sunny weather, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, fabulous cuisine, colourful art and vibrant culture. However, if you explore beyond the obvious, Aruba has so much more to offer including the momentous 10th Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival with special guests Kool & the Gang. Jamie went back to the island to find out more.
I recently returned to Aruba which is a small but perfectly formed gorgeous island just off the coast of Venezuela to be acquainted with its annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, now in its 10th year. This exciting trip also gave me the opportunity to explore further luxury elements of this amazing destination.
I was staying at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino which is an impressive building and consists of eight floors, 411 rooms and 23 oceanfront suites. With a prime location on Palm Beach, this is one of Aruba’s most luxurious and popular coastal areas. This magnificent strip stretches for three kilometres and has breathtaking views of the tropical coastline, populated with a number of chic restaurants and luxury shops.
I was staying in a premium view Queen room on the 6th floor which afforded me dramatic views from the spacious private balcony. This air conditioned and quiet room offered a generous and comfortable Queen sized bed along with Marriott’s trademark “Revive” bedding. There was also a bright, contemporary bathroom, 37-inch LCD flat-panel TV, fridge freezer and coffee and tea making facilities. The complimentary Wi-Fi worked well across this expansive resort and completed the excellent facilities on offer within the room.
When I wasn’t relaxing in the comfort of my room, I explored the resort further and found a number of facilities such as the adult-exclusive pool, and the private Tradewinds Club located on the 8th floor which operates a club lounge member concept for those guests searching for that little extra taste of luxury and select service from the Tradewinds Concierge team.
There are also a number of first-rate dining options to choose from within the resort, such as the renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Atardi, which offers supreme seafood, right through to the relaxed surroundings of La Vista which serves a mixture of international cuisine and Italian à la carte. For those guests who like to keep it casual, there is a selection of swimming pools for families, a sterling spa facility for all your massage needs and a great gymnasium too.
I ventured out to Arashi beach which is a serene and narrow strip of the seafront in Aruba, populated with little huts and located just north of Malmok beach. It is a firm favourite with locals because of its calm waters which make it a great place to indulge in a variety of watersports, snorkelling and observing the underwater marine life too.