Aruba, often hailed as the “One Happy Island,” lives up to its name year-round, exuding an atmosphere of celebration and joy. Yet, when the holiday season dawns, this Caribbean paradise cranks up its festive charm to new heights. If you seek a distinctive and unforgettable way to revel in the Christmas spirit and embrace the New Year, Aruba should unquestionably claim the spotlight. Here’s why choosing Aruba for your Caribbean Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations is an exceptional idea, especially when you consider staying with Casiola Aruba.
1. Sunny and Warm Weather
While many parts of the world endure the challenges of short, dark, and bitterly cold winter days, Aruba stands in stark contrast, offering a haven of perpetual warmth and sunshine throughout the year. When you choose to celebrate Christmas in Aruba, you can virtually guarantee yourself the gift of tropical weather and the soothing embrace of a gentle Caribbean breeze. It’s a place where you can joyfully trade in your heavy snow boots for lightweight flip-flops, and instead of shivering in the cold, you’ll find yourself basking in the radiant glow of the sun. This beautiful island, with its consistently pleasant climate, sets the stage for a unique and unforgettable holiday experience, allowing you to revel in the festivities with an added touch of warmth and relaxation that only Aruba can provide.
2. Hassle-Free Vacation with a Private Chef
Planning a traditional Christmas at home can be a labor-intensive affair, requiring an array of meticulous preparations that range from adorning your living space with festive decorations to orchestrating elaborate meals and playing the gracious host to friends and family. However, should you opt to celebrate the holiday season in Aruba, you’ll discover a magical escape where all of these potential stressors are gracefully swept away. In Aruba, luxury vacation rentals, exemplified by the exceptional offerings of Casiola Aruba, take the notion of a carefree holiday to new heights. Imagine waking up in a sumptuous, fully appointed villa where your private chef awaits, expertly prepared at your leisure. As the day unfolds, the worries of shopping groceries, cooking dinner or cleaning simply melt away, thanks to the meticulous attention to detail provided by your chosen accommodation. From afternoon refreshments to indulgent dining experiences, every aspect of your festive celebration is meticulously catered to, granting you the invaluable gift of relaxation and quality time with your loved ones. In Aruba, the focus shifts from the toil of preparations to the joy of making cherished memories, allowing you to savor every moment without the burden of holiday stress.
3. Activities Galore
Aruba is a treasure trove of diverse and exhilarating activities, poised to elevate your Christmas celebration into an unforgettable Caribbean vacation. Here, you can while away your days on pristine beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, where the crystal-clear waters beckon for a refreshing swim, and the soft sands offer the perfect backdrop to dive into a captivating book or simply bask in the sun’s warm embrace. For those who crave adventure, Aruba presents the opportunity to conquer the iconic Hooiberg, a volcanic formation that offers a challenging hike leading to breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s striking landscapes and the azure sea beyond. Delve deeper into the island’s beauty and culture by embarking on enlightening sightseeing tours, where you’ll uncover the rich tapestry of Aruba’s natural wonders and vibrant traditions. With an abundance of activities at your fingertips, from snorkeling and scuba diving to exploring the fascinating Arikok National Park and immersing yourself in local festivities, it’s tempting to extend your stay and transform your Christmas celebration into a full-blown Caribbean vacation that weaves together relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration in an unrivaled tropical paradise.
4. Delicious Caribbean Christmas Food
Aruba’s Christmas cuisine is a sumptuous fusion of flavors and traditions that takes center stage in holiday celebrations. While fruitcake is a common indulgence on many Caribbean islands, Aruba boasts a unique delicacy known as “bolo preto.” This decadent dessert stands out with its infusion of brandy and fruit liqueurs, mingling seamlessly with dried fruits and spices, making it an absolute must-try during the festive season.
Adding to the culinary delights, Aruba embraces the comforting warmth of pumpkin soup and the perfection of Christmas ham. The ham, lovingly glazed and spiced, serves as a savory centerpiece to the holiday feast, while the pumpkin soup imparts a soothing and hearty touch to the festive table.
As you savor the flavors of the island, be sure not to miss “oliebollen,” a delightful Dutch treat reminiscent of doughnuts, and “ponche crema,” a sweet Latin American beverage akin to eggnog, adding a delightful sweetness to the festivities.
However, the pièce de résistance of every Aruban Christmas feast is undoubtedly the “ayaca.” This culinary gem, with its origins rooted in Venezuela, is a complex and savory masterpiece. It features a tantalizing blend of chicken, pork or ham, an array of spices, olives, raisins, cashews, prunes, and onions, all harmoniously combined. This flavorful concoction is then carefully enveloped in banana or plantain leaves, creating a captivating presentation. The “ayaca” is boiled to perfection and served alongside a cornmeal mixture, akin to polenta. This dish not only showcases the rich culinary traditions of Aruba but also epitomizes the essence of festive indulgence, making it a true highlight of any Aruban Christmas celebration.
5. Festive Lights and Decorations
In harmony with the global tradition, Aruba radiates with holiday spirit as it bedecks itself in a resplendent tapestry of festive lights and decorations during the Christmas season. As you embark on a leisurely drive around the island, you’ll be greeted by a sight that is nothing short of breathtaking. At every turn, Aruba’s landscape transforms into a dazzling display of holiday cheer, with decorations adorning roundabouts, hotels, businesses, shopping centers, traffic circles, and parks. Each corner of the island seems to vie for your attention with its radiant displays, creating a visual symphony that amplifies the joyous atmosphere.
Venturing indoors, the island’s hotels spare no effort in ushering in the holiday spirit. Their lobbies metamorphose into enchanting winter wonderlands, where towering Christmas trees rise to touch the ceiling, gingerbread houses take on a life of their own, nativity scenes evoke a sense of reverence, and a cascade of twinkling lights casts a magical glow upon all who enter. It’s an immersive experience that captivates the senses, transporting you into a world where the holiday spirit reigns supreme, and every moment is imbued with the magic of Christmas. This harmonious blend of tradition and island charm truly makes Aruba an extraordinary destination for celebrating the holiday season, where the sights and sounds of Christmas come together in perfect harmony.
6. New Year’s Eve Traditions in Aruba
As the calendar turns its final pages, Aruba undergoes a remarkable transformation, shifting its focus from the enchanting glow of Christmas lights to the exhilarating burst of vibrant fireworks that light up the night sky. The streets of downtown Oranjestad, the island’s capital, come alive with the electrifying sound of “pagaras,” long strings of Chinese firecrackers, being ignited. This age-old tradition is steeped in cultural significance, believed to chase away malevolent spirits and pave the way for a clean slate as the New Year in Aruba beckons.
On the eve of New Year’s Day, Aruba takes its celebration to the beaches, where the night air is alive with the brilliant bursts of colorful fireworks. Many hotels on the island host their own spectacular shows, painting the skies with dazzling displays that mirror the collective excitement of the entire island. As the clock strikes midnight, a resplendent symphony of lights and colors ushers in the new year, enveloping Aruba in an atmosphere of jubilation and renewal.
Adding to the festivities, Aruba boasts a unique tradition to mark the beginning of the New Year—the New Year’s Plunge at MooMba Beach. As the clock strikes noon on January 1st, a spirited crowd, adorned in vibrant orange hats, gathers for a daring dive into the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea. This tradition, borrowed from the Dutch, symbolizes a fresh start, with participants embracing the ocean’s embrace as a cleansing ritual, leaving behind the old and embarking on a new journey filled with hope, adventure, and the promise of a prosperous year ahead. Aruba’s vibrant New Year traditions serve as a testament to the island’s zest for life and its commitment to welcoming each new year with open arms and boundless enthusiasm.
Book Your Caribbean Christmas Trip Now With Casiola Aruba
Are you ready to embark on a holiday season like no other? Look no further than Casiola Aruba to craft an unforgettable Caribbean Christmas vacation that will etch itself into your memory forever. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, celebrating Christmas in Aruba promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with warmth, joy, and the allure of a tropical paradise. As you consider your getaway, be sure to peruse our Last Minute Vacation Deals, where you may uncover enticing discounts and special offers that can make your Caribbean Christmas vacation even more enticing. Don’t let this opportunity slip through your fingers. Embrace the chance to revel in a sun-soaked, joyful, and truly unforgettable holiday season in Aruba, where every moment is a precious gift and memories are woven with the golden threads of the Caribbean sun. Your dream Christmas getaway awaits, and Casiola Aruba is here to make it a reality.
Massive Pool Villa *walking distance to beach!*
Villa - ArubaSophisticated with a level of unparalleled class, this spacious and luxurious villa is located directly across from the Marriott Ocean Club and walking distance to the beach. Look and you will see; this vacation home is a cut above the rest. Just as you deserve! If you’re looking for a landmark home with showstopping quality, just feast your eyes on this villa's endless panel of blue tinted windows, each with their own mirror façade. This modern look gives a luxurious finish and promotes the ultimate serene setting by offering magnificent views from the inside and daytime privacy from the outside. The entryway to your villa showcases fine furnishings, a shimmering chandelier, and a showstopping staircase. Just a few feet away lies the sitting room, keenly designed with a spacious sectional, glass coffee table, and two robust guest seats. This expansive kitchen is nothing short of epic, bedecked with custom cabinetry and a granite countertop with an en vogue matching backsplash. You and your family will love the extra added details found around every corner, from a high-end rangehood and wine cooler with a glass door to built-in stainless-steel appliances. In addition, a wrap-around island and breakfast nook help create a level of upscale convenience that will have you savoring every sip of your morning mimosa. The dining room is pure elegance, showcasing a robust chandelier, glass-top table, highbacked chairs, chic décor, and fetching artwork upon the walls. While this one happy island hosts an endless array of dining options, nothing can compare. Rest, relax, and recharge in the living room, where opulent stone flooring, cozy guest seating, and two love seats await, offering you the best in sink-in comfort. Floor to ceiling windows line the walls, as natural sunlight bathes the interior. When the day is through, be sure to settle in for a good old fashioned movie night, where your massive flat-screen television brings the big screen right into your home! Or spend your evening catching up on some reading in the study, where not one – but two – chaise lounges await, offering you yet another option of serenity. There are seven bedrooms on the premises, each with their own unique style and charm. The ground floor contains 2 bedrooms with their own en-suite. Meanwhile, the 1st floor has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which have their own bathroom. The massive Master Suite #1 appears to be straight out of Hollywood, featuring a King size bed with a majestic woven iron headboard, matching rounded night tables, private secretary, California closet, and a double-wide guest chair with an ottoman that can easily double as a settee. Each detail has been cleverly crafted for pure adoration, exquisitely illuminated by a series of floor to ceiling windows that hold the light in perfect fashion. Enjoy exclusive access to the balcony, as well as a remote en-suite with a walk-in jet shower with built-in screen and separate soaker tub that will have even the most lavish of spas green with envy. Bedroom #2 provides a King size bed with palm leaf throw pillows, a single night table, flat screen television, ground access, and a private en-suite. Bedroom #3 is tastefully chic while providing a hint of indulgence. Here, you will uncover a King size bed, an elegant headboard anchored by two windows with detailed bedside dressers on each side. Meanwhile, the en suite offers privacy and tranquility. Bedroom #4 features vivid pops of color, as well as twin beds, a flat-screen television, and window view to the palms blowing in the breeze! Bedroom #5 offers a King size bed with a magnificent headboard, framed by two massive dressing tables, and a roomy closet, perfect for you to unpack and unwind. Bedroom #6 presents a convenient alternative to your sleep arrangement with two Queen size beds, side by side. Bedroom #7 is a true tropical dream come to life, producing a Queen size bed with an island-inspired headboard and matching furnishings throughout. One detail that should not be overlooked is that this stunning abode has been designed to face sunset and on the edge of the Salinja, making it the belle of the ball among all other neighboring vacation villas. If it is a peaceful vacation you’ve been dreaming about, there is no better way to spend your time than outside on your own private palm-laden patio. A resort-inspired pool awaits at Aequora Villa. Lazing in the sun with a midday cocktail, dining alfresco beneath the stars on your shaded outdoor dining room … it doesn’t get much better than that. -Property Notes- UTILITIES: All utilities are INCLUDED. (Keep this in mind when comparing rentals as this cost is most often NOT included). NOTE: Spa shown in pool picture is not a hot tub
Lovely Condo at Eagle Beach! GREAT VIEWS
Condo - Sunset Residence - ArubaOne thing is for certain, once you stay at this tropical getaway, you’ll never look at vacationing the same way again! By offering you a limitless supply of high-end appliances and stunning furnishings rich with style, this tranquil haven is guaranteed to turn your holiday into the restful and relaxing retreat that you deserve. We certainly hope you plan on taking advantage of some of the fine fare and exquisite dining Aruba has to offer. But just in case you care to whip up a few meals of your own (or need a place to heat up those delectable leftovers), this kitchen provides a healthy array of stainless-steel appliances, gorgeous granite countertops, handsome cabinetry, and more! If you’re traveling with the family, take note of the side counter, designed to double as a breakfast bar! The banquet area offers plenty of versatility, presenting a glass-top supper table, modern seating, and a stunning view just a few feet away! However, if you are looking for something a bit more romantic, head outside to your balcony, where you and that someone special can enjoy a night to remember, dining under the stars! Bedroom #1 is nothing short of spectacular, showcasing a king size bed, matching night tables, wall-mounted flat-screen television, and exclusive access to the outdoors. In addition, you’ll find delicate artwork, fine décor, and a private en suite dripping with spa-inspired style. Bedroom #2 comes complete with two full beds, a commodious boudoir and a wide-set dresser, making traveling with additional guests an absolute breeze. Whether you’re planning a day full of adventure, one-of-a-kind excursions, or living it up with a night out on the town, nothing welcomes you home like this next must-have amenity! Just outside, you will uncover a palm-laden paradise, highlighting a resort style pool with all the trappings! Bask in the sun while relaxing in one of the many lounge chairs, designed perfectly to sculpt to your body and relieve all signs of tension. When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, cool down by taking a dip! Sure, there is plenty to do on our one happy island, but with comforts like this, you never need to leave your home! -Sunset Residences- Featuring free Wi-Fi, contemporary fitness facility, a resort pool and jacuzzi lined with lounge furnishings, and a breathtaking palm laden patio with a BBQ pit and outdoor kitchen, this stunning residence brings your world-class vacation to brand-new heights. Eagle Beach is located Just two minutes from Sunset Residences. Voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the entire world, it boasts soft white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and a steady warm breeze. -Property Notes- UTILITIES: All utilities are INCLUDED. (Keep this in mind when comparing rentals as this cost is most often NOT included).
Pool * Tropical Garden with Palapa * BBQ * near Palm Beach
House - ArubaWelcome to Casa Iguana, a stunning vacation home located in a tranquil setting in an upscale neighborhood in the Washington area. This spacious home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in a really beautiful tropical garden setting with lots of Palm trees and a big Palapa gazebo for outside dining and grilling. Perfect for a pool side private chef setting. The home is super private and well appointed, the new décor and furniture's complement this quaint home. The main bedroom features a king bed and an attached bathroom, ensuring a private and restful retreat. Bedroom two features a king bed and bedroom three features a full bed, perfect for accommodating additional guests or family members. In the common area, you'll find a sleeper sofa bed, offering extra sleeping space if needed. One of the highlights of Casa Iguana is the inviting private pool, where you can take a refreshing dip or simply unwind under the warm Aruban sun. The outdoor dining area, complete with a BBQ station under a charming gazebo, allows you to enjoy al fresco meals with a true island feel. Relax on one of the two pool lounge chairs, soak up the peaceful ambiance, and let your cares drift away. Inside the home, the living room provides a cozy space to gather with family and friends. The dining table comfortably accommodates up to 6 guests, making it ideal for enjoying meals together or playing board games. Additionally, there is an outdoor seating area in the backyard, offering another spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from the airport, Casa Iguana offers easy access to all that Aruba has to offer. The Super Food grocery store is a short 4-minute drive away, ensuring that you have everything you need for a comfortable stay. And for beach lovers, the renowned Eagle Beach is just a quick 9-minute drive away, where you can bask in the sun, stroll along the pristine shores, or partake in water activities. We invite you to experience the beauty and tranquility of Casa Iguana. Whether you're seeking a relaxing getaway or an adventurous exploration of Aruba's wonders, this home provides the perfect base for creating lasting memories. Book your stay today and embark on a remarkable vacation in paradise.
STUNNING Villa with Infinity Pool + Outdoor Kitchen! Across from Marriott!
Villa - ArubaDripping with dazzling adornments and quality around every corner, Bird of Paradise Villa is a lavish getaway where dreams come true! We guarantee you’ve never vacationed like this before! Whether you’re a master chef or simply a connoisseur of a quality homecooked meal, this designer kitchen has been crafted for your ultimate ease and comfort. This magnificent layout features a plethora of fine appointments, such as opulent cabinetry, stunning countertops, and a spacious island with a built-in stove and overhead range. Here, you don’t have leave your vacation home to have a night out on the town! Just a few feet away from the kitchen sits a noteworthy banqueting arena, showcasing high-end furnishings and a breathtaking view! While there is room for everyone at the supper table, be sure to take advantage of the fun nearby bar stool seating. The Master Bedroom might as well be called the “Hollywood Suite” because after just one night, you’ll be feeling like a movie star! Intentionally crafted for those who appreciate the finer things, this premium boudoir is located on the ground floor, showcasing a strikingly tall ceiling with a rustic finish, a king size bed, and a commodious spa-influenced en suite with all the trappings imaginable. Simply light a candle, throw on some relaxing music, and get ready to experience how the other half lives. The 2nd Floor features 4 immaculate bedrooms, each with their own flair and unique charm! Bedroom #2 presents a palm-view window, comfy queen size bed, additional guest chair, and a private bathroom with its own chicly tiled shower. Bedroom #3 offers a bit of versatility, as it comes equipped with two twin beds. In addition, the multitude of windows lining the wall make it a breeze to greet each brand new day! Bedroom #4 is by far the most unique setup, giving you 2 trundle beds! The sleek wood dresser, stately armoire, and wall-mounted flat-screen television take this particular dwelling to the next level. We understand that choosing your ideal vacation attire may be a challenge. That is why a washer and dryer has been added, for your ultimate convenience! So, stop stressing and pack your entire ensemble! Now, if you’re really looking for that element that takes you over the edge, step outside onto your private veranda! Festooned with stylish patio furniture, ultra-comfy lounge chairs, and a perfectly manicured resort style pool and spa-jacuzzi, this outdoor haven is sure to provide you and your party with endless hours of fun in the sun. In addition, you will find a built-in grill and entertaining unit, making dining al fresco a must do! Pack up the entire family or escape for a romantic getaway because this home was made for you! -Property Notes- UTILITIES: All utilities are INCLUDED. (Keep this in mind when comparing rentals as this cost is most often NOT included). TAXES: The following mandatory taxes are included: - Government Tax: 9.5% - Environmental Tax (as per Aruba tax code): $3 per night *Taxes may be subject to change.* CHECK-IN/ CHECK-OUT TIME: Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Earlier check-ins and later check-out can be requested and will be granted depending on availability. A surcharge may apply. SMOKING: This is a non-smoking property. Smoking indoors is strictly forbidden and will result in penalty charges. Aruba is a dry climate with an abundance of tree and palm fronds, so if you choose to smoke outdoors, please help us prevent fires by using the ashtray provided and disposing of cigarette butts safely. BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS: Please be considerate and respectful of neighbors. Please refrain from playing loud music or making excessive noise, especially after 9 PM. ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOL: As a certified and accredited Member of VRMA (Vacation Rental Management Association) and VRHP (Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals), we have joined VRMA and VRHP's SafeHome Program to implement the safest cleaning standards that conform to—and, in many cases, exceed—those that are mandated nationally. We are also a member of AHATA (Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association) and are registered with ATA (Aruba Tourism Authority) for Aruba's Health and Happiness Code. All of our condos, homes and villas are shown the highest standard of care so that you can enjoy a safe, clean stay. HOUSEKEEPING: This is a self catering vacation home and as such you are expected to do your own shopping and regular cleaning. We do offer the option of daily or mid-stay, hotel-style cleaning services. This is an extra service and a surcharge applies. BATH LINEN: We provide 1 set per person, extra sets are available at a surcharge. Bed and bath linen are changed only if you request our optional daily or midweek housekeeping services (surcharge applies). GUEST SUPPLIES: Start-up supplies are provided, these are restocked only if you request our optional daily or midweek housekeeping services (surcharge applies). BEACH ESSENTIALS: We provide beach chairs (6), beach towels and a cooler. We do not provide snorkeling equipment or umbrellas. CONCIERGE SERVICE: Our Guest Relations Team can assist with making arrangements for transportation, private chefs, yachts, and other vacation activities. CAMERA(S): This home has a camera outside at the front of the home with a view of the entrance and street. Rules for this unit are as follows: - No unregistered guests on the property - Smoking is not permitted - No glassware around the pool - No parties or loud noise - Must be 21 years of age or more to rent
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