On Friday, May 8th, 2020, Aruba leadership announced the opening of its borders for visitors. The so-called soft opening should commence somewhere between the second week of June to the beginning of July 2020.
After having announced a significant drop in active COVID-19 cases in Aruba, they announced the tentatively reopening of the borders for inbound travel.
Aruba is slowly becoming free of Coronavirus. As of today, there are only a handful of confirmed cases left. The expectation is that by next week Aruba should have no active cases anymore.
Insular territories are much easier to contain the virus in comparison to large cities and countries. We are seeing similar circumstances at our neighboring islands, where the virus seems eradicated, too.
Life in Aruba will resume to “normal” state soon. That is as normal as it can be without our visitors. Most normalcy it will get is living without restrictions again.
As per a reader’s request, I’m today looking at what’s going on at Aruba Acqua Condominium. This one of a kind development is going through quite a journey which I will explain in this post. Let’s learn what the future plans are for Aruba Acqua Condominium.
The big tourism boom in Aruba started in the late 80s and early 90s. Several new hotels and expansion occurred in this era.
There were two particular troublesome developments that were abandoned. Eventually, they were purchased by Marriott and Divi Hotels and finished into their respective brand hotels.
It is now over a month since Aruba fell in the grip of the complete shutdown caused by novel worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Governments are struggling to find answers to this unprecedented situation.
To make matters worse the situation is fluid and officials seem to make it up as they go or copy best practices from other countries. COVID-19 doesn’t come with a manual, laments Aruba Prime Minister recently.
For scientific information, Aruba relies on data provided by the WHO, PAHO, and RIVM in the Netherlands. The local health department and a special Prime Minister’s team is in charge of the local response.
As per a reader’s request, I’m looking today at Marriott’s Aruba hotels and resorts. I’m also sharing a few shots I took from the outside of the properties.
COVID-19 has all of Marriott’s Aruba hotels and resorts effectively closed. Due to the inbound flight restrictions, Marriott is not receiving guests. Officially Marriott is open for business, but more about that later.
Most areas in the world are still under some sort of restriction due to COVID-19. This is the case in Aruba as well. Aruba’s most important client base, east coast of the US, for the most part, is under some sort of restriction. Without knowing the outcome visitors are already booking flights and hotels to Aruba.
There are many underlying reasons as to why this is happening. Airfare prices might be a big factor in this. There are airlines offering flights from the east coast of the US to Aruba starting at $70 one-way. For the first time ever we are seeing this.