Saturday, November 20, 2010

Romance rules on Aruba

"Romantic breaks on Aruba
16th September 2010

A trip to Aruba may be the beginning of the end for Julia Roberts' marriage in her new film 'Eat Pray Love' (out in the UK this month) but for most couples, romance rules on Aruba.

The island is blessed with great stretches of undisturbed sandy beaches shaded by tall, swaying palms; secluded coves off the beaten path with magnificent surreal seascapes; and starry night skies kissed by beams of moonlight - so a great place to kindle love, pop the question, enjoy a honeymoon, celebrate an anniversary or even get married!

Here are the top five suggestions for couples in Aruba:

1. Sunset cruise: Take Aruba's most romantic aspects and set sail with them, as you watch the pristine white sand beaches skim by. The rays of the setting sun will bathe the cruise boat, followed by the captivating moonlight, which will shimmer off the waters. Whether you lounge below by the open bar, enjoying tasty tropical snacks and assorted cool cocktails, or stay on deck, taking in a refreshing breeze and the sights along the shoreline, it will be a sensational feeling.

2. Moonlight dinner on the beach: It will not take long to find the right ambiance for a romantic dinner in Aruba... Hovering over the ocean like a glowing lantern, Pincho's Grill and Bar is built on a rustic pier: with only 11 tables, it glimmers at night from a distance as hundreds of lights reflect off the water. Alternatively, stay on shore and sample exquisite dishes at Passions on the Beach, with the soft light of torches all around and sugary white sand between your toes. The choices to taste Aruba's fine cuisine on the beach are endless, with the sound of waves and a breathtaking sunset as the natural backdrop.

3. Luxury spa at the secluded Spa Cove: Aruba used to be the biggest aloe vera exporter in the world so spa treatments on the island are indulgent - but for a truly unique experience head to the secluded Spa Cove... Offering the ultimate in tropical, open-air spa treatments, sample packages include the Sunset Romance Couples Package and the Caribbean Morning Couples Package. Spa Cove is located on Aruba's private Renaissance Island - available exclusively to the guests of the Renaissance Marina Hotel (currently Aruba's sole adults-only hotel) and the Renaissance Ocean Suites - which is a firm favourite with celebrities (among others, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes held a party on the island earlier this year).

4. Discover the romantic allure of the Baby Beach: Located at the south-eastern end of the island, Baby Beach has taken its name from its shallow waters which are safe enough even for a baby - although many may argue that it is actually because the beach is so romantic that a lot of babies are conceived there! Baby Beach is a sandy half-moon expanse in a calm lagoon, with alabaster sand dunes and waters so beautiful it feels as if they have been photoshopped! Swimmers can wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom, while where the bay opens out to the sea, snorkellers will behold a colourful kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish!

5. Head for picture perfect views at the California Lighthouse: Perched on a high hill, the California Lighthouse is elevated enough to view much of the island's sandy beaches on the western coastline, making the Aruba sunsets from this historic landmark even more stunning. However, although it may be one of Aruba's most scenic trademarks, the story of the name behind the California Lighthouse is far than happy: it is said that it was named after a ship called the Californian, which had received distress signals from the Titanic as she went down in 1912. The Californian's radio operator was off-duty at that time and this small piece of bad karma perhaps sealed its fate, as it went down in rough seas off the Aruba coast a few years later...

For more information on visiting Aruba please go to aruba.com."

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