Bucuti & Tara are global leaders in sustainable hospitality. From the time the resort was built in 1987, the owner’s passion for nature, the beauty of the turquoise waters, and pristine beaches has fueled its mission to be the greenest hotel in the Caribbean. By taking innovative steps in reducing their carbon footprint and taking on environmental initiatives, Bucuti & Tara have solidified themselves as visionaries in sustainable tourism.
The resort’s sustainable efforts go beyond everyday energy saving textile programs and incorporate pioneering eco-technologies and systems as well as environmentally safe products. Bucuti & Tara have received many Eco Certifications by pushing the limits on how environmentally friendly options are able to be utilized in hospitality.
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Eco Certifications and Awards
Highest ranking Caribbean resort for extensive retrofitting
“World’s Most Sustainable Hotel”
For environmental management
For managing environmental and social impacts
first certified CarbonNeutral® Resort
LONGER LASTING PRODUCTS MEAN LESS WASTE, MEAN OUR LANDFILLS AREN’T AS FULL,
MEAN LESS POLLUTION, AND MEAN THE ENVIRONMENT IS HEALTHIER. WHEN THAT DURABLE
PRODUCT IS ECO-FRIENDLY, PERHAPS BY USING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIALS
AND HARNESSING HUMAN POWER OUR IMMEDIATE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IS SLASHED.
Bucuti & Tara Environmental Policy
Reaching carbon neutrality
Simply obtaining the aforementioned certifications in sustainability wasn’t the end goal for Bucuti & Tara. In 2018, Bucuti & Tara became the first CarbonNeutral resort in North America – but again, they pushed beyond carbon-neutrality. In 2019, they started with a mission to reduce electricity and water consumption by 5% and to further reduce their carbon footprint by August 31, 2018. Their continued efforts to reduce environmental impact also brought home the 2019 World Travel & Tourism Climate Action Award, National Energy Globe Encore Award, and the Chief 2019 Hall of Fame Award for Best Practices for Environmental Sustainability.
In order to reach their 2019 energy goal, they incorporated new technologies and initiatives to facilitate the reduction. Part of the energy offset came from the new energy producing fitness equipment within their resort’s fitness and wellness center. By incorporating ECO-POWR™ cardio machines, guest workouts have stopped drawing power and instead started producing it, turning their fitness center into a human power plant.
THE BUCUTI & TARA BEACH RESORT IS PROUD TO BE THE FIRST AND ONLY CERTIFIED CARBON
NEUTRAL RESORT IN THE CARIBBEAN AND SUSTAINABILITY IS OUR COMPANY CULTURE. THEREFORE,
ECO-POWR™ FITNESS MACHINES FIT PERFECTLY INTO OUR OPERATION, THE ENERGY GENERATED
BY OUR FIVE BIKES IS FED BACK INTO THE GRID, SUPPLYING POWER TO OUR RESORT.
Rik van der Berg | Resort Manager
Getting guests involved
As the Caribbean’s #1 hotel for romance in the Caribbean, Bucuti & Tara are focused on providing a high-end meaningful stay for their guests. At the resort, luxury and eco-friendly stays are not mutually exclusive. The sustainability efforts go beyond the brand and operation of the resort by providing guests options to get involved in the stewardship of the Aruba environment and the community. Guests are provided eco-friendly options and activities to get involved with the efforts such as the Green Stay Program, Beach Clean Ups, Energy Producing Workouts, and more. The hope is to provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience that raises awareness and fosters sound environmental practices.
OUR CUSTOMERS APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PROACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN
PRESERVING NATURE AROUND THEM AND CAN SEE THEIR ENERGY CONTRIBUTION IN REAL TIME
ON THE SCREENS DURING THE WORK OUT. THE EXPERIENCE IS INNOVATIVE, UNIQUE AND FUN!
Rik van der Berg | Resort Manager
*Potential energy production based on equipment producing 160 watt-hours per hour workout, 5 hours per day, 360 days per year.