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Bucuti & Tara - 35th Anniversary

Jun 29, 2023

Globally lauded Regenerative Travel Adds Caribbean’s Top Hotel, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba, continues to elevate travelers’ experiences by becoming the newest member of Regenerative Travel.

This comes just as the Caribbean’s first certified carbon-neutral hotel is being celebrated as the newly announced No. 1 Hotel in the Caribbean and Top 18 Best Hotel in the World by Tripadvisor. Bucuti & Tara has long been recognized globally as a pioneer in proving that memorable vacations and sustainability can be mutually inclusive.

By joining Regenerative Travel, Bucuti & Tara becomes one of its Regenerative HotelsTM. The marketplace brings together travelers, hotels, tour operators, travel agents and other stakeholders with the shared commitment to travel experiences that are as caring for guests as they are the planet. As a Regenerative Hotel, Bucuti & Tara represents:

● Mission-driven, independent spirit. Celebrating its 35th anniversary year, Bucuti & Tara’s firm foundation comprises three cornerstones: romance, wellness and sustainability. Its unrelenting pursuit of providing superior guest service with the utmost care of the community and environment. The property boldly shares “what we are not,” sharing it does not cater to groups or allow children, its SandBar is reserved only for resort guests so they will always have a seat and receive undivided attention, it is not an ideal property for smokers, and more. As a pioneer, the resort leads, whether on island or on a global level. It helped a local company create the resort’s solar panel system, teaching them skills while creating the largest renewable energy system in the private sector. When pet overpopulation became an issue, the resort launched a nonprofit in 2016 and more than 35,000 island dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered.

● Honors the sense of place. Bucuti & Tara is proud of its island home, Aruba. The resort encourages guests to go beyond the property and revel in all of the wonders of the island. It begins upon arrival, which is streamlined from curbside to accommodations including every couples’ personal concierge encouraging them to head straight to the beach for an ocean swim filled with wellness benefits. In protecting its island environment, the property does not promote off roading tours that damage local flora and fauna, rather, they pair guests with one of the Caribbean’s top birding experts and professional photographers for a private excursion. Public

spaces and accommodations feature interactive, colorful artwork by internationally acclaimed local artist Elisa LeJuez. Spa treatments proudly incorporate the island’s largest export, abundantly healthy and diverse aloe. The resort’s Authentic Aruban & Caribbean menu is literally generations in the making with its rich collection of staffs’ family recipes - and when locals approve, guests know it is going to be a culinary highlight. Most recently, the resort donated a new green space, Bucuti & Tara - GMC Nature Preserve, a 30-acre carbon sink. As it continues to reforest the protected space, the trees and plants will protect island wildlife while drawing down carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

● An ethos of service. On any given day, guests hail from 25 different countries worldwide. Bucuti Associates invite the opportunity to connect with guests whether it is through a shared language, specific dietary needs or cultural traditions. Every couple is assigned a personal concierge. Long before it is wheels down on island, the concierge works with them to discover their vacation wishes. It can be off-the-beaten path picnics to remote parts of the island, helping them along their continuum of wellness through the resort’s all-encompassing wellness program, or helping them plan a unique engagement of intimate wedding. The goal is that guests have an enriching experience laced with new perspectives that they hopefully even take back to their own communities. One tangible example is that the resort has long gifted every guest upon arrival with a reusable, logoed canteen. With Aruba’s water being among the highest rated in the world, tap water reigns. This initiative annually prevents 290,000 single use water bottles from ever being used and therefore discarded. Guests love taking their keepsake cup home and continue using it long after their vacation, as evidenced in pictures they will share on social media.

● A vacation that meets values. Whether it is the value of the nightly rate, which is never discounted and there are no surprise fees, ensuring every guest receives the same fair price, or the values such as choosing a resort that has a sustainability program that is so solid that the United Nations calls it “highly replicable and scalable,” Bucuti & Tara wants the best for its guests. As a regenerative travel experience, it invites every guest to its monthly beach clean-up, helps them discover and advocate for nesting Leatherback sea turtles and/or provides them a view as hatchlings take their first steps to sea, encourages them to Pack for a Purpose by bringing needed items for a Imeldahof, and helps them by providing climate-friendly menu options to name just a few.

“Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort welcomes the opportunity to join with Regenerative Travel, to exchange best practices with other member properties, and to connect guests with a vacation highlighted with authenticity in dining, art, excursions, design, community and environmental stewardship and where their ethos are shared and honored,” says Ewald Biemans, Owner/CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba.

Regenerative Resorts' Founder and CEO, Michael Phillips, commented, "We warmly welcome Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort to our network of exceptional properties. Their unwavering dedication to sustainability and commitment to delivering outstanding quality and service perfectly aligns with our mission to redefine hospitality through regenerative practices. Together, we will inspire positive change and pave the way for a more sustainable future."

Joining Regenerative Travel is timely for the resort. A recent Sustainable Travel Study by Expedia showed that 90% of consumers are looking for sustainable options and seek hotel, transportation, dining, and excursions that align with their own personal commitments to sustainability.

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