When people visit Aruba, they don't go just once. They return again and again, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority, which says half of all visitors to the island are repeat visitors.
With that in mind, Aruba strives to keep its destination fresh by continually opening new hotels and transforming old ones -- like the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino
, which has just completed a $21 million enhancement encompassing each of its 357 guest rooms and suites, as well as its Regency Club club lounge, it announced last month.
Led by BLUR Workshop Designs out of Kansas City, the hotel's redesign blends modern design with traditional elements inspired by the island, including Dutch Colonial architecture and colorful Caribbean accents. Highlights include white oak furnishings, hand-woven chevron wool rugs, new pillows and bedding, tufted headboards, glass-faced refrigerators, and custom-made ombre draperies that mimic Aruba's turquoise waters.
"Looking out through the layers of waterfalls, swaying palm trees and onto the brilliant blue ocean outside of Hyatt Regency Aruba's property, there is no question that you are at a stunning tropical resort and a sense of calm relaxation takes over," said Kelly O'Donnell, designer at BLUR Designs. "We wanted to recreate that same experience as guests travel up to their rooms and open the door. Upon entry, the guests will have that same sense of excitement, relaxation and a sense of place that is distinctly Aruba."
Accommodations also include new bathrooms with quartz countertops, white oak vanities, brushed nickel fixtures and high-tech backlit mirrors that display the time on integrated digital clocks.
"Hyatt Regency Aruba consistently raises the bar when it comes to service, experience and amenities in Aruba," said General Manager Carlos Cabrera. "Our new room product is incomparable to any other resort on the island and will be a welcome enhancement to our valued guests."
As for the hotel's Regency Club, which is available exclusively to guests staying on the its 9th-floor Club Level: It has been moved from the top floor of the resort to the ground level for easy access from the pool, beach and casino -- which are just a few of the resort's amenities. Others include a spa and fitness center, tennis courts, 10 food and beverage outlets, and over 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
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