The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino invited its local customers for a red-carpet Hilton Affair. The annual appreciation event also represented the inauguration of the just-renovated and renamed Morris Lapidus ballroom.
Guests were greeted by Team members on the way in, and resort general manager Jacques Monteil got to thank them for their loyalty and support from the stage.
Great things happen when constellations align, he told his audience, Hilton was named #1 on Fortune 100’s Best Places to Work for in 2019; Aruba, our home island grew into the #1 vacation destination in the Caribbean, and the resort, blessed by talented Team Members and dynamic ownership, has been performing exceptionally well.
According to Monteil, when these forces came together, great things happened to the Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. It was named #1, Hotel of the Year, at the Hilton’s Americas Leadership Conference. The hotel earned a first-place ranking among the Americas portfolio of full-service managed hotels ranging in size from 351 to 750 rooms.
Monteil then went on to update party-goers on the latest news from the Grande Dame: The opening of Oscar’s Market, brewing Italy’s favorite espresso, Lavazza, honoring Aruba’s tourism pioneer Oscar Henriquez; the fine culinary tradition of the Sunset Grille serving the world’s best steaks; a new foyer for Laguna restaurant, a perfect, small private event venue, and the upcoming of guest room renovations, with the installation of new bathrooms, to totally refresh and upgrade guest-experience at the resort.
With the renovations of the ballroom, it was named after legendary American architect Morris Lapidus who designed the spectacular Carib, first open in 1959. The ballroom now allows countless options for meetings and events, big and small. Monteil took a moment to name members of the sales team, available to tour all venues, including a virtual tour of the rooms, in one of the breakout rooms.
The elegantly dressed sales team included Anthony Armas, Director of Sales, Chela de Lannoy, Director of Catering and Events, Lily Polsbroek and Diego Garcia, Senior Sales Managers, Raynold Semeleer, Event Manager, Lisa Dammerman, Wedding Specialist, Marvinia Richardson and Nayla Geerman, Event Coordinators, Rufat Geerman, Banquet Manager and Shareska Gutierrez, Marketing and Public Relations Manager.
The resort, Monteil concluded has many reasons to celebrate, with the upcoming 100th year anniversary of Hilton hospitality, the Hilton Effect on travel and communities is affirmed, changing the world via travel related innovations and conservation efforts, and making the world a better place.
Compliments to Chela de Lannoy for the glamorous décor concept, a mix of modern and classic elements, with abstract video mapping, projected lace mandalas, and cascading rows of crystal sky curtains shaping a sparkling dome above the gleaming white, logoed dance floor.
The party lay out in the softly lit ballroom, with lounge sofas and LED cocktail tables, accentuated is considerable size, and the giant stretch limo parked inside – how did they get it in? Through the chimney? It doubled up as a fun photo booth.
Surprise! At 9pm sharp, the black curtain behind DJ Sky’s white booth dropped to reveal Buleria, playing the best of Carnival 65, filling the dance floor up, instantly.
Most fun feature? A photobooth in the lobby where guests were featured as Hilton Magazine, front cover personalities.
Did I mention they poured Moet & Chandon champagne all night?
The food? That is an article by itself. Passed Hors D’oeuvres, a variety of Land & Sea stations, and a most delectable dessert display with the best mini eclairs, I have ever tasted!