Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino announced the recent addition of Gelato & Co. Italian creamery and the island’s largest Starbucks, enhancements to its Great Room and Lobby Bar, as well as a complete renovation of the two-story fitness center.

Replacing Aruba Marriott’s Lobby Café is a brand new Starbucks, which is now the largest Starbucks location in Aruba. The Starbucks has a modern, open design with rustic wooden panels, brass accents, as well as the first “Wall of Chill” in the Caribbean, a grab-and-go refrigerated section built into the wall. In addition, the Starbucks features an oversized, unique siren mermaid painting by Colombian artist, Natalia Perez Penagos, which depicts a mermaid swimming towards the counter to catch an aroma of coffee. Holding true to its dedication to environmental initiatives throughout the property, Aruba Marriott uses energy-efficient machines in its Starbucks store.

Steps away from the new Starbucks, guests can enjoy cocktails or light bites at the Lobby Bar, which has been reinvented with a new bar and seating as well as an extension to Ketsu, the resort’s sushi bar. The lobby’s Great Room was refreshed with a beach-chic look and feel thanks to new light fixtures and coastal-inspired furniture and décor. Additionally, new carpeting was added to the resort’s guest rooms, corridors, and atrium to further embrace the resort’s new coastal design.

Also located in the resort’s lobby, Gelato & Co. Italian creamery by famed Italian chef Stefano Frencheschi is now open and is the brand’s fifth location in the Caribbean. Prepared daily with less cream than traditional gelato and without any preservatives or food coloring, the gelato, sorbets, and treats are famously known for a commitment to natural ingredients and great taste, with top flavors including chocolate and pistachio.

“We’re continually seeking new ways to keep hotel spaces current and comfortable in order to enhance the guest experience. The lobby and Starbucks are the first spaces guests see when they walk into the hotel and it’s important for us to welcome them into an inviting atmosphere right away,” says Tom Calame, general manager.

Lastly, the two-level fitness center received a total overhaul, unveiling an enlarged second floor, a modern design with new vibrant design details and carpeting, as well as upgrades to the restrooms’ sinks, tiling, and lighting. Expanding nearly 1,000 square feet, the second floor now provides stunning views overlooking the adults-only pool, beach, and ocean.

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