Nestled on the most romantic and secluded section of Aruba’s Eagle Beach, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort’s 14-acre stretch of white sand is consistently named one of the Caribbean’s top beaches. Our guests flock here to relax in luxury amidst the sheer natural beauty of the turquoise waters, pristine beach and warm, gentle breezes. 

At Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, we’re just as passionate about nature and its beauty as you are. In fact, Bucuti is one of Aruba’s - and the Caribbean’s - greenest hotels and has been since it was built in 1987.

We’re eco-pioneers, and creating a sustainable, eco-friendly resort is woven throughout the fabric of our company culture. We’re proud to have initiated the first Green Globe 21 certification of hotels in Aruba in 2000, and we are the first resort in the Americas to be certified ISO 14001.

Owner Ewald Biemans is a visionary in sustainable tourism, and has been the most prolific steward of Aruba’s community for the environment. 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.

The resort has been called "a glowing example for all Caribbean hoteliers." Among our many environmental initiatives are:

  • Switching to greener, eco-friendly types of paper for its resort marketing materials, by which Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has been able to save 82 trees, as well as reduce waste water by 37,617 gallons, solid waste by 2,315 lb and greenhouse gases by 7,936 lb.
  • Ensuring we have the lowest per-occupied-room electricity usage of all hotels in Aruba. (Source: Central Bank of Aruba study by Deloitte)
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing local suppliers and products made on Aruba.
  • Solar panels heating water for guest rooms and the laundry.
  • Water reducers, which cut down water flow by 60% in all showers and faucets, and low-flow toilets.
  • Sink and shower water treated and reused 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.
  • Subsidize thousands of spay & neuter surgeries to reduce the problem with overpopulation and abandaned dogs and cats on island.

Environmental awareness has always been a major focus of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, and long before phrases like “eco-tourism” and “eco-resorts” moved into the mainstream, Bucuti was winning awards such as the Caribbean Hotel Association Environmental Stewardship Award. Since then we’ve gone on to earn numerous environmental awards and certifications.

In addition to our own environmental work at the resort, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort supports community eco-efforts, including:

  • Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, a volunteer-run foundation that takes in sick and injured animals
  • Turtugaruba, a local foundation that protects giant sea turtles
  • Animal Rights Aruba, which aims to protect all fauna, flora and marine life on and around the island of Aruba

At Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, luxury and an eco-friendly business model aren’t mutually exclusive – they go hand-in-hand. Want to know more about our green practices? Download our Environmental Best Practices brochure or find out how you can get involved.


Sample year is 2004. Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator. For more information visit http://www.papercalculator.org.

To view Bucuti’s Public Sustainability Report, please click here.

ECO CERTIFICATIONS: 
  • ISO 14001
  • Green Globe
  • Travelife Gold
  • LEED Silver
 ENERGY SAVING
  • LED bulbs across the property
  • Solar Panels producing 20% of energy
  • Motion sensor lights in public areas
  • Timers on lights in office and some public areas
  • Eco sensors in rooms to increase temperature when room is empty
  • VRF energy saving cooling technology in rooms, fitness center and Elements
  • Load Dryers to full capacity before use
  • Solar heated water
  • Energy saving equipment and appliances
  • Track consumption of electricity
  • Insulated windows
WATER SAVING
  • Load washing machines to full capacity before use
  • Water saving faucets
  • Water saving toilets
  • Grey water used for irrigation in garden
  • Changing of bed linens only on Wednesday and Saturday and on request or check out
  • Sprinklers are on timers which are adjusted depending on amount of rainfall. We also collect rain water and use it for irrigation.
  • Towels changed only if found on floor or in tub and at check out
  • Use of paper filters for pool filtration - 1/10 of the water used with back washing
  • Track water use
NATURE PRESERVATION
  • Monthly Beach Clean Ups with guests and employees
  • Farmed wood
  • Outdoor deck made of recycled materials
  • Use of eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Discourage guest activities that are harmful to the environment
  • Turtle nesting areas on the beach marked with appropriate signage (when necessary)
  • Reduce lights at night during turtle nesting season
REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE
  • Water canteens and water coolers for guests to discourage purchase of plastic bottles
  • Electronic signature at check-in instead of paper
  • Recycling bins for aluminum and green glass
  • Left-over food donated to local farmers
  • Old furniture is reused or sold for refurbishment
  • Purchase products in bulk
  • Dispensers for toiletries rather than individual packaging
  • Welcome signs made of used boxes
  • Print paper on both sides
  • Paperless communication and record keeping
  • Floor covering in Fitness Center is made of recycled tires
  • Fitness Center towels made out of old beach towels
  • Laundry bags made of old sheets
  • Reuse keycards
  • Reuse breads from breakfast to make croutons and bread pudding
  • No disposable items used (forks, knives, spoons, plates, cups etc.)
  • Newspapers on request only
  • Lawn clippings are composted and used in gardening
  • No disposable paper fliers to describe island activities at concierge desks or in rooms (electronic signs or laminated/reusable signs only).  

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Water Safety devices
  • Grease traps to avoid contaminating grey water supply
  • Food safety practices (HACCP)
  • Berson Inline UV lights installed on all water supply lines which combine a wide spectrum of useful UV wave lengths with a very high energy output.  This combination causes total and permanent deactivation of micro-organism, avoiding photo reactivation.
  • UV system for grey water system
  • Air Purifier and Dehumidifier in rooms
  • HACCP colored cutting boards,
  • HACCP temperature controls of food and coolers to maintain safety
  • Annual testing for Legionella; water circulation monitored weekly so that water does not stand for more than 10 days.
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Use of least harmful coolant gas possible
  • Outside Contractors agreements ensure their adherence to our Environmental and Safety Policy while working
  • All F&B staff are HACCP compliant and have government health certificate

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

  • Locally made toiletries (Aruba Aloe)
  • Local artwork
  • Do not offer all-inclusive program, encouraging guests to experience local restaurants
  • Subsidize Spay & Neuter surgeries for dogs and cats on island to reduce population growth
  • Donate to several local non-profits, including Animal Rights Aruba, Donkey Sanctuary, and Imeldahof orphanage.
EDUCATION:
  • Eco tours on property for schools.  
  • Presentations at regional conferences about best practices
  • Eco tours for employees
  • Green Team with each department represented
  • Sponsor environmental Public Service Announcements.
  • Green channel on in-room TV featuring our green practices 
MISCELLANEOUS:
  • Member of AHATA Environmental Committee
  • Support introduction of law to ban plastic bags on island.
  • Support Dog Law to reduce problem of stray dogs.
  • Recycling contest – artworks made of recycled materials - annually
  • Carbon offset program offered on our website

 

Adopt some of Bucuti’s Best Environmental Practices
At the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort we are dedicated to protect and preserve our environment and are committed to raise awareness within our resort and the community to foster sound environmental practices. Click here to read a more detailed description of our environmental best practices.
 


We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.  If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase, when you travel to Aruba, and bring supplies for a children’s home in need.. you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children. We work with Children’s home Imeldahof.  The home offers shelter and guidance to boys and girls (ages 6-12) who, due to circumstances, cannot live with their parents or caregivers. Supplies needed are: arts & crafts, books, notebooks, games, puzzles, PlayStation3 games, teen magazines. Please click here for more information on Pack for a Purpose. You bring your gift items to our front desk at Bucuti, and we deliver them to Imeldahof once a month. Thank you for your generosity and kindness! 
 
Green Stay Program
We invite our guests to choose a Green Stay to help conserve water and electricity.  Participation involves Housekeeping service twice a week only.  Trash will be taken from room daily, beds will be made (sheets not replaced), amenities replenished and the dehumidifier will be emptied daily.  Turndown service is not included. Green Stay rooms receive a green stay credit of $5 per night.
 
Join the Bucuti Team on the next Beach Clean Up
Bucuti’s owner and managing director, Ewald Biemans created Aruba’s Environmental committee within the Hotel Association in the early 1990’s and one of his early projects was “Sponsor-a-Mile” whereby Aruba Hotel Association committed to keeping one mile of beach or roadside clean. The third Wednesday of the month continues to be Bucuti’s beach cleaning day and hundreds of Aruba’s visitors have participated along the way in partnership with resort staff.
 
Adopt an Island Dog or Cat 
Bucuti offers a program that assists animal-loving guests in adopting “Cunucu” dogs and cats from the island that are in need of a loving home. Guests from the U.S. who wish to adopt a pet in Aruba are encouraged to advise the resort in advance so they can be connected with a local organization that will help find a dog or cat that is the right match. Or, if one of our guests happens to fall in love with a stray while they are here, we are happy to help them out as well. Bucuti covers the costs of any necessary veterinary services, medication and the documentation, as well as a kennel for transport of the animal to his new home. (Quarantine restrictions within the E.U. currently prohibit us to extend the program to our European guests.)
 
Help Animal Rights Aruba build a Shelter
ARA has received a piece of land and a plan was drawn up by a local architect.  Funds are needed to build this shelter to help house dogs and cats while they recover from spay & neutering surgery or to await a foster home or adoption after being saved from abuse.  You can donate via bank transfer and help reduce the animal population on the streets.  
 
Judge a Recycled Crafts Contest
Bucuti’s Green Team organizes an event several times a year whereby Bucuti associates are invited to create crafts from recycled items and enter them in a competition. Guests are invited to be judges during a lively celebration and exhibition of the recycled submissions. Events take place at Christmas time (Recycled Christmas crafts), Halloween (Recycled costumes and decor), Spring and Summer. Our concierge team can inform you if an event will take place during your stay. 
 
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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 and nature exploration. Here is a small sample of Aruba eco experiences:

Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park
Considered Aruba’s national treasure Arikok National Park is home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The breathtaking landscape is the largest national park in the Caribbean, covering one-fifth of the island. Hikers can expect to see a wide variety of fascinating wildlife including the Aruban burrowing owl (Shoco), Aruban rattlesnake, Aruban whiptail lizard, and the Aruban parakeet (Prikichi). Visitors can also visit the Aruban Adobe house and explore the indigenous Indian paintings within the caves. For those looking to get a bird’s-eye view of the island the sky’s the limit at Jamanota, the island’s highest elevation.

 

 

Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Back on the ground visitors can head offshore on Aruba’s crystal clear water via a kayak or catamaran tour. While at sea visitors can explore the coastline from a different vantage point and head into mysterious mangrove forests and hidden caves via kayak. Beneath the surface lies an underwater playground filled with a wide variety of corals, sponges and beautiful tropical fish. Visitors can dive right in from either their kayak or luxury catamaran and discover Aruba’s most beautiful snorkeling spots, including the Antilla Ship Wreck, a 400 foot sunken German freighter. Or rent snorkel equipment from our concierge team and visit recommended spots for private snorkeling.

 

 

 

Nesting Turtle
Turtle Nests
On the shore visitors may be lucky enough to meet some of Aruba’s most special citizens, Leatherback sea turtles! Aruba’s shores have become a favorite nesting place for the Leatherback species which typically nest from March through July and then hatch in about 60 days.  The first nest of the season was right here on Eagle Beach, near Bucuti! We feel so fortunate to be able to share this magical experience with our guests and we do not take our responsibility to protect these beautiful animals lightly. That is why we protect and mark turtle nesting areas on the beach with appropriate signage. Because artificial lighting can have a detrimental effect on sea turtles, both deterring adult females from nesting and disorienting hatchlings, we also reduce lights at night. Many Bucuti guests have experienced the wonder of turtles coming to shore to lay their eggs or the emotional plight of the hatchlings making it out to sea from the nest.

 

Donkeys
Donkeys
Further inland, animal lovers will continue to be delighted as they answer the distinctive call of the donkey at Aruba’s Donkey Sanctuary. While not native to the island, donkeys once served as the major mode of transportation. As time marched on and cars took over the paths these animals once walked on, many of them were left roaming in search of their own food and water. Fortunately the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary welcomed these beloved animals providing them a protected environment to live in. Visitors now enjoy the warm nuzzle and playful spirit of the approximately 140 donkeys that now call the sanctuary in Bringamosa. About 40 donkeys are estimated to still live in the wild.

 

 

Beach Cleaning
Beach Clean Ups
You too can play a role in keeping these sites in pristine condition so that they may be enjoyed by all for years to come! Here at Bucuti we are dedicated to protecting and preserving our environment and are committed to raising awareness within our resort and the community. That is why on the third Wednesday of the month we come together with our guests for Bucuti’s beach cleaning day. Over the years hundreds of Aruba’s visitors have participated along the way in partnership with resort staff. We are thankful that our guests participate and find that many are glad to have a role in leaving their favorite vacation destination as beautiful as they found it years ago.
 
 
 
 
 
Museum
Heritage
Housed in historical homes on Aruba, the National Archaeological Museum presents the rich heritage of Aruba.  In the oldest building in Oranjestad, Fort Zoutman, you find Aruba’s Historical Museum.  Certified local artisans display their work at Cosecha Aruba.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So whether you are on land or sea or both enjoy explore all that Aruba has to offer. Chances are our little island just may surprise you!