In Aruba, the art of carbon neutral Caribbean vacations

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It’s always been one of the greenest hotels in the Caribbean, but Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba has taken its sustainability push to a far more significant level, with both a carbon negative boost and a new program to help travelers reduce carbon -to become neutral holiday.

The adults-only resort at Eagle Beach was the first certified carbon neutral hotel in the Caribbean, meaning it has done everything it can to offset carbon emissions.

This had resulted in a very tiny emissions gap – but the plan is now to go fully carbon negative this year – helping to put that philosophy right at the heart of the guest experience.

Bucuti is working on a number of initiatives to this end, from 100 paperless parents; Adding a new rooftop variable refrigerant flow system; adding solar panels on the roof for water heating; Use of only native trees, shrubs and plants to complement the resort’s landscaping; and creating a self-sufficient microgrid of solar panels for administrative offices.

“With climate change happening faster than scientists could ever predict, carbon neutrality is no longer an option — and it’s almost not enough,” Ewald Biemans, the resort’s owner, told the Caribbean Journal. “This is possible because the United Nations determined that the sustainability program at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is ‘highly replicable and scalable’. Furthermore, CO2 negativization contributes to our own vulnerable patch along the Caribbean coast as much as it helps to be a part of this global movement.”

The hotel was the first hotel in Aruba to be awarded LEED Gold; it’s also Green Globe Platinum, Travelife Gold, and of course, CarbonNetural certified.

But now the resort is giving guests the opportunity to offset their own carbon footprint, 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 variety of carbon neutral experiences for travelers.

The goal is to help guests offset their own emissions from flights, airport transfers and island excursions through certified programs.

That ranges from the option to use an EV taxi or the resort’s EV car to explore Aruba using clean energy.

The resort’s Elements restaurant offers full vegan and vegetarian menus, and travelers can hike in the island’s Arikok National Park with their own refillable water bottle.

Even better? The resort charges no fees for the Carbon Offset Concierge service, which also helps calculate the carbon emissions to offset based on their vacation schedule and then offers options to purchase credits from verified programs.

That usually works out 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, we promise them that thanks to our door-to-door, they can have a dream vacation that’s as healthy for them as the planet-door carbon-neutral vacation.” ‘ says Biemans. “The Google 2022 Travel Search Trends have shown that sustainability is one of the six most important search criteria. By offering travelers the world’s first zero carbon vacation, Bucuti & Tara puts them in control of how they impact the planet and there is peace through purpose.”

Visit Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba and Carbon Offset Concierge for more information.

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