Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort – a Role Model for Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurs

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is an intimate and adult-only boutique resort in Aruba, perfect for those seeking a tranquil and romantic beach vacation. Nestled on the most romantic and secluded section of Aruba’s Eagle Beach, its 14-acre stretch of white sand is consistently named one of the Caribbean’s top beaches.

And although its beauty and luxury are undeniable, there is one more thing that makes this resort extraordinary, and that is its amazing eco-friendliness. Since it was built in 1987, it has been one of Aruba’s – and the Caribbean’s – greenest hotels and the Caribbean’s only certified carbon neutral resort. For more than 30 years, its environmentalist owner, Ewald Biemans, has worked towards proving that sustainability, guest satisfaction, and profitability can go together. Going far beyond towel- and electricity- saving programs, they’ve invested multiple efforts to implement as many environmental initiatives as possible, some of them being:

  • Switching to greener, eco-friendly types of paper for its resort marketing materials
  • Ensuring they have the lowest per-occupied-room electricity usage of all hotels in Aruba
  • Reducing their carbon footprint by sourcing local suppliers and products made in Aruba
  • Installing solar panels heating water for guest rooms and the laundry
  • Installing water reducers and low-flow toilets
  • Treating and reusing sink and shower water in the gardens
  • Bulk purchasing and use of in-room dispensers delivering genuine Aruba Aloe freshly made shampoos, conditioners, and lotions instead of individual packages in plastic containers
  • Using bio-degradable and environmentally friendly detergents
  • Subsidizing thousands of spay & neuter surgeries to reduce the problem with overpopulation and abandoned dogs and cats on the island

Their amazing work hasn’t gone unnoticed; they won many environmental awards and certifications, the last one being the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Award by the World Travel & Tourism Council in the Climate Action category. Can a conscious beach traveler ask for anything more?

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