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INSURE AND BE SURE

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.

Our little world called Aruba

At Bucuti, we’re proud to be eco-pioneers, and creating a sustainable, eco-friendly environment for our guests is woven throughout the fabric of our company culture. We go far beyond towel- and electricity-saving programs, and have made significant investments in eco-technologies and systems, as well as environmentally safe products to earn the title of Top 10 Green Hotels in the Caribbean and earning a Green Globe High Achievement Award.

Practicing and executing sustainable programs is one thing, but an equally important part of our mission is educating and enlightening our staff and our guests about the driving factors that spark our motivation day in and day out to keep our mission going.

Last month, I was given the opportunity to be a keynote speaker on World Tourism Day and I wanted to share some of my key points with my esteemed Bucuti guests.

It’s worth the time, in Aruba

U.S. Departures from Aruba's airport require an early check-in, but the benefit is that you then skip immigration and customs after arriving at your destination.

We often receive inquiries from our American guests asking why it’s necessary to arrive at the airport three hours in advance, in comparison to the two hours required in the U.S. The answer is simply that our Queen Beatrix Airport provides full pre-clearance to the U.S. While this may seem like a bit of a hassle at first glance, it actually offers a great benefit to the traveler.

NATURE AND NURTURE

Aruba’s only restaurant specializing in natural and organic lunch and dinner offerings

When we speak with our guests about why they choose to return to Bucuti year after year, one of the top reasons we hear is that they enjoy the serene environment we’ve created. Establishing a tranquil haven has been essential to our guests’ satisfaction and was the driving force behind why we decided to become adults-only.

Many of our guests are seeking a healthier lifestyle and we are receiving more and more requests for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, which our chef was always skillfully willing to provide on request. 

Bucuti vs. All-Inclusives

As you plan your next vacation, you may be debating the differences between an all-inclusive resort and a European plan. While a few properties on Aruba choose to be all-inclusive, here at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts we’ve decided not to go that direction and wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the reasons why.

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