It’s always been one of the greenest hotels in the Caribbean, but Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has taken its sustainability to a much higher level, both with a negative carbon push and a new program to helping travelers take a carbon neutral vacation.
The adults-only Eagle Beach resort was already the Caribbean’s first certified carbon-neutral hotel, meaning it did everything it could to offset carbon emissions.
This had resulted in what was a very minimal emissions gap – but the plan is now to go fully carbon negative this year – and help put that ethos at the heart of the customer experience.
Bucuti is working on a number of initiatives to this end, going towards 100 undocumented parents; the addition of a new variable refrigerant flow system on the roof; the addition of solar panels on the roof dedicated to water heating; use only native trees, shrubs and plants to add to the landscaping of the complex; and the creation of a self-sufficient micro-grid of solar panels for administrative offices.
“With climate change happening faster than scientists could even predict, going carbon neutral is no longer a choice – and it’s almost not good enough anymore,” said Ewald Biemans, the resort’s owner, at the Caribbean Journal. “This can be done as the United Nations has noted that Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort’s sustainability program is ‘highly replicable and scalable’. Beyond that, going carbon negative contributes to our own vulnerable point along the Caribbean coast as much as it helps to participate in this global movement.
The hotel was already the first hotel in Aruba to be LEED Gold certified; it is also Green Globe Platinum, Travelife Gold and, of course, CarbonNetural certified.
But now the resort is offering guests the opportunity to offset their own carbon consumption, the only resort program of its kind in the Caribbean. (Luxury airline Tradewind Aviation was the first to offer Caribbean travelers the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions).
Bucuti calls it the world’s first carbon offset concierge, and it includes a slew of carbon-neutral experiences for travelers.
The aim is to help customers offset their own emissions from flights, airport transfers and island excursions through certified schemes.
This ranges from the ability to use an electric taxi or the resort’s electric car to explore Aruba via clean energy.
The resort’s Elements Restaurant offers full vegan and vegetarian menus, and travelers can hike the island’s Arikok National Park with their own refillable water bottle.
Even better? The resort does not charge for the Carbon Offset Concierge service, which also helps calculate carbon offsets based on their vacation plan, then provides options to purchase credits from verified programs.
This usually equates to around $30 per person for the entire stay.
“As long as people can, they will travel, and here at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba, our promise is that they can have a dream vacation that’s as healthy for them as it is for the planet through our door-to-door . -carries a climate-neutral vacation,” says Biemans. “The 2022 Google Travel Search Trends revealed that among the top six search criteria is sustainability. By offering travelers the world’s first carbon-neutral vacation, Bucuti & Tara is putting them in control of their impact on the planet. and there is peace through purpose.
To learn more, visit Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba and Carbon Offset Concierge.