ORANJESTAD, Aruba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 2003--Aruba has once again been recognized as having the world's best hotels. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both issued their "world's best" issues in which Aruba received several mentions.
"We are very pleased to have been recognized by these two highly influential travel publications. In Aruba, we are dedicated to customer service so it is very rewarding when your visitors take notice and vote for your island for these important surveys," said Marcial F. Ibarra, Aruba's director of tourism for North America.
Travel + Leisure released its first 500 - The Greatest Hotels in the World issue where three of Aruba's hotels received honors in The Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas category. Editors and reporters looked at several factors ranging from location and decor to restaurants, facilities and cost. The Aruba Grand Beach Resort, Aruba Marriott and Hyatt Regency Aruba all were recognized.
The Aruba Grand Beach Resort has a total of 130 rooms, three different types - suite (oceanfront), lanai (located in low-rise building by the beach or pool) and tower (balconies and views). The resort also has four restaurants, an Olympic-sized pool, casino and gym. It also runs as a time-share resort. The Aruba Marriott has 413 rooms, all with balconies. It also has four places to dine including Tuscany's, which serves Italian food and Champions, which is sports-themed. In addition to a pool and big Stellaris casino, the Aruba Marriott is also home to the Mandara Spa. The Hyatt Regency Aruba, a Dutch-Spanish-style resort with gardens and freshwater lagoon has 360 rooms, tropical style and with balconies. It has five restaurants to choose from along with a three-tiered pool with waterfall and slide, a casino and kids program.
Conde Nast also released a special issue dedicated to recognizing the world's best - the ninth annual Gold List. In the Americas, Atlantic and Caribbean Islands category, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino made the list. The 600-foot beachfront resort has tiled floors and a restaurant, Simply Fish that boasts great seafood and fruity drinks. The hotel has 413 rooms and offers golf, tennis, spa services and water sports. Two other hotels made The Reserve list, a selection of hotels considered worth the mention. The first was the Aruba Ocean Club, a 218-room timeshare resort, which is owned by Marriott. The other hotel was made the reserve list is the Hyatt Regency Aruba, which offers tennis, a spa and water sports.
For the Conde Nast survey, more than 28,000 subscribers were asked to vote for their favorite hotels, resorts and cruise lines in the Readers' Choice Poll. According to the magazine, participants were asked an array of questions ranging from the softness of the sheets to succulence of the steaks.
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