Aruba's ideal location outside the hurricane belt makes hurricane guarantees a rarity among the hotels and resorts there. History shows, however, that the island is not completely immune to the summer storms. As recently as 2004, Hurricane Ivan skirted within a few miles of Aruba's eastern shore, bringing flooding, minor damage and beach erosion.
Indeed, when it comes to hurricanes and Aruba, the mantra "better safe than sorry" certainly applies. Along these lines, The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba announced that it will once again safeguard resort stays at the property in 2013 by reinstating its Risk-Free Hurricane Guarantee.
A complimentary benefit applied to all resort stays throughout the Atlantic Hurricane Season – June 1 to November 30 – the Risk-Free Hurricane Guarantee affords guests the following protection:
Clients holding confirmed reservations with nonrefundable deposits who are unable to travel due to the closure of Reina Beatrix Aruba International Airport caused by a Category One or higher hurricane can rebook their reservations without penalty. A one-category room upgrade will also be provided based on space availability (excludes suites).
Should a Category One or higher hurricane interrupt resort operations for more than 24 hours, clients already on property will receive a certificate valid for a free future stay. Certificates will be valid for resort stays equal to the number of days that hotel operations are interrupted as determined by the resort. Certificates must be redeemed within one calendar year from the date of issuance at the same resort where the original stay occurred. Free future stays will be awarded subject to space availability and certain blackout dates may apply.
The Risk-Free Hurricane Guarantee is valid for U.S. bookings only, excluding groups, and is subject to change at any time.