To Do or Not To Do

To Do or Not To Do

I am proud to announce that Bucuti was named the Caribbean’s best hotel in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice Awards. We are extremely grateful for our past guests who helped us achieve this top ranking by sharing their experiences with positive reviews and insider tips. Of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing, dedicated staff, who put forth so much effort to ensure that guests feel like VIPs throughout their stay.

In looking for inspiration for today’s blog post, I ran across an article titled “Top 10 Things Not to Do at a Hotel.” I found it worthwhile to share its points and expand upon them in an effort to help set the right expectations. 

Why Aruba?

As owner of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, I often get asked how I chose Aruba out of all the beautiful islands in the Caribbean. In today’s post, I’ll discuss with you the many reasons why I, as well as millions of travelers from across the globe, have chosen Aruba and why the island has one of the highest repeat visitation rates in the Caribbean.

Sunshine 365 Days a Year

Advance Check-in, Added Convenience

Have you ever arrived to your hotel and wished you could skip the check-in process and just head straight to your room or the beach? Now at Bucuti, you can!

When you use the Advance Check-in option, your tranquil experience begins as soon as you step foot onto the property. Your Personal Concierge will greet you upon arrival and whisk you away to your room with our personalized Tablet Check-in system, using the tablet to complete your check-in while escorting you to your room. As part of the ongoing commitment to offering the most carefree vacation possible, we are continuously thinking of innovative ways to enhance the guest experience. No more hassles, just relaxing.


It’s no secret that Aruba boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, including our home here on Eagle Beach. What you may not think of are all the experiences that await you off the white sand. With a national park that covers nearly 20 percent of the island, incredible nature preserves, beautiful trade winds and some friendly creatures that call it all home, Aruba sets the stage for an unforgettable vacation experience. So where to first?   


We’ve all been there. You’re planning your next getaway. You’ve chosen your destination, found the ideal resort and you’re ready to click book. Just before you do you’re asked if you’d like to purchase travel insurance. Often times we don’t give the question a second thought, but a small investment upfront could save you a great deal in the long run.

Sun, Sand and Safety – Take Time to Know the Tide

When we ask guests what’s the first thing they’d like to do upon checking into Bucuti the response is often take a swim in that beautiful water. When you arrive you’ll see why. Before your plane even touches down in Oranjestad the crystal blue waters off Aruba’s coast will start to call your name. Like most of the Caribbean, the water here is refreshing and clear, standing in sharp contrast to our white sand beaches. Part of our resort philosophy dictates that we treat all elements of nature with a level of respect, and the ocean is no exception. So before you dive in for that first cool dip let’s take a moment to get to know the water.

Is the water in Aruba safe for swimmers?

Bucuti “LEEDs” the Way to a Breath of Fresh Air

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a complete sense of wellness and instituting meaningful sustainable practices, we are currently completing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. 

LEED is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Part of the certification process requires Bucuti to implement a few additional measures to ensure a healthy environment and clean air for our guests. We have already installed HEPA air purifiers and dehumidifiers in each room to provide our guests with an air quality that is safe, healthy and irritant-free. Additionally we have discontinued assigning rooms that allow smoking on the balcony. As an extension of our clean air policy we ask guests who do smoke to please do so in a designated area.

As of January 1, 2015, smoking will only be allowed in the following areas at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts.

Cancel if you must, but please…

Our primary goal is to do everything it takes to help you, our valued guest, enjoy your hard-earned beach vacation and pure relaxation from the moment you book your getaway to the moment you check-out. That being said, we also completely understand that sometimes situations arise leaving you with no other option but to cancel your trip to Bucuti due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control. To make this difficult situation easier on you we’d like to take a moment to review our cancellation policy. It is our hope that this will help to alleviate any unnecessary stress and charges.

New Year, New Improvements, No Service Charge

Like many of you, we see the New Year as a time to make resolutions. So as we entered 2014 we decided there could be no better time to continue improving our commitment to guest service. As we always say, guest service cannot be approached as a one size fits all model, which is why we have committed to introducing our most recent update, eliminating the 15 percent service charge on all food and drink bills at both Elements and SandBar. 

One Happy Island, One Safe Resort

While guests enjoy that Aruba is referred to as “One Happy Island” and can be captivated with our beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and friendly people, we think it is still very important to remind our valued guests year after year that safety must always be top of mind, no matter how safe or comfortable we feel.

In comparison to many other islands in the Caribbean, Aruba is a very safe place for both locals and vacationers. We are fortunate to not see the types of violent and drug-related crime that are more prevalent in other countries in our region. While some destinations advise vacationers against journeying beyond their resort, visitors to Aruba are encouraged to explore – whether it’s at Arikok National Park, which encompasses nearly 20 percent of the island, the wide variety of restaurants located around the island or our lively nightlife scene.

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