The Aruban Resort has been in the news for a few years now. The biggest news was when the years long “marriage” between La Cabana Resort and La Cabana Villas came to a bitter end in 2007. A Las Vegas, Nevada company acquired the resort and changed the name to “The Aruban Resort & Casino at Eagle Beach.”
It didn’t take long for the “new” resort to get into trouble. The timeshare unit reported problems and Food & Beverage also reported issues. Infighting between the partners on the one side and between the operator and staff on the other side made everything come down. In 2009 bankruptcy followed and closure.
After the intervention of the island government the resort reopened under an interim management. Meanwhile the bankruptcy process continued until investor Icahn Partners acquired the whole property during an auction earlier this year for a bargain price of $20 million. Currently The Aruban Resort is open for business, less the promised – and much needed – investments. Till this day many former staff is still waiting for compensation.
As I suspected back in May the new name of The Aruban Resort is Tropicana Aruba Resort and Casino. Earlier this month the website of The Aruban Resort was changed into Tropicana Aruba Resort and Casino. In person, however, nothing has changed, titles remain outside remain The Aruban Resort.