The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of self-care and it is a pleasure to announce our expanded concierge wellness program to meet our guests where they are on their continuum of wellness. We proudly introduce four new exclusive well-being experiences, all-new direct access to every top wellness professional on Aruba, and new program leadership under multi-certified wellness professional Mignon Aal position guests – and staff – to live your best life.
Trends: COVID-19’s affect on travelers’ desires according to the World Economic Forum and Tripadvisor
On Sept. 22, 2020, the World Economic Forum session, “Rebuilding Travel and Tourism” revealed that COVID-19 has driven a massive desire for outdoor experiences and that travelers still seek a local connection. Travelers’ demands for bicycling and kayaking spiked 400%. As travel returns, people still yearn to experience their destination with local experts and in small groups or private excursions. Additionally, sanitation is paramount, such as Bucuti & Tara’s own COVID-19 safety protocols.
In late July 2020, Tripadvisor, the world’s most popular travel review site, released new research patterns from its platform. Site users revealed they are eager to escape their pandemic-created cabin fever, but cautiously, and wellness offerings are among the highest in demand. Desire for more outdoor experiences and/or space scores high with interest at 151 (100 being the average) for hikers and 117 for beach seekers. As the world endures the effects of COVID-19, Tripadvisor revealed that dreamers are beginning to book travel experiences once again and Bucuti & Tara is open and welcoming them.
Direct access to Aruba’s top wellness professionals
Founded on the cornerstones of romance, health and sustainability, our Bucuti & Tara’s wellness program is a comprehensive lifestyle experience. The program provides guests with tailor-made programs as well as complimentary activities to support your individual wellness goals in four areas – nutrition, fitness, mental wellbeing, and mindfulness. In addition to our onsite wellness specialists, the resort can now connect guests with every top certified wellness professional on island. This elevated experience means if you want a private, oceanside enlightenment session with top yogi Shanti or lessons with 15-time World Champion windsurfer Sarah-Quita, our wellness concierge can easily make arrangements.
Exclusive new wellness experiences
Four exclusive experiences are new for 2020 and ready as guests worldwide continue returning to Aruba:
Make Your Own Aloe Scrub. Synonymous with Aruba, aloe vera is Mother Nature’s healing plant that grows abundantly on the tropical, yet arid island. Participants will learn proper aloe cutting techniques, discover its significant uses and discover the joys of making their own Aruba keepsake – personalized aloe skincare scrub.
Goshen Farm – Back to the Land Experience. Guests tour the beautiful country estate and working farm and learn about Aruba’s agricultural history, followed with a true farm-to-table cooking lesson onsite with picked-at-peak ingredients.
Full Moon Yoga Celebration. Connect with the rhythm of life through energy yoga, meditation, dance and drums where love, intention and healing guide this magical gathering.
Fins and Feet - Nature Hike and Ocean Snorkel. Trek your way up to the highest point of Aruba, the Jamanota mountain and enjoy the rewards of a 360 degree vista of the island. After a two-mile hike, cool off in the ocean, with a drift snorkel over a coral reef - float, breathe and enjoy the view.
These services along with Bucuti & Tara’s complete offering can be found in the resort’s Wellness Catalog of Services.
New wellness leader
Bucuti & Tara’s growing wellness services are now led by Mignon Aal. An ACE-certified Personal Trainer, Functional Training and Fitness Nutrition specialist, Mignon is also a certified Pilates instructor. She has long worked in the hotel industry specializing in developing high-quality health and wellbeing programs for both guests and staff. Mignon regularly collaborates in health projects for the Aruban community. She is a graduate in Cultural and Society studies at the HAN in the Netherlands, majoring in Sports with a specialization in Recreation and Tourism.
“All-encompassing wellness program” means staff care, too
Wellness care extends beyond resort guests. Bucuti & Tara’s three cornerstones – romance, sustainability and wellness, envelope its Bucuti associates, as well. In addition to our long-standing practice of providing nutritious meals in the employee break area, the resort’s wellness program now cares for staff with workouts. Complimentary classes include morning Pilates along its world-famous Eagle Beach, stretching and core-building sessions, and mindfulness and emotional release classes. Associates can enjoy immune booster classes, a staff wellness newsletter with in-depth articles and resources, and dine on healthy meals offered in the staff break rooms. Additionally, our associates have access to consultations with wellness specialist, Aal.
“Whether you are a guest or a Bucuti associate, here at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, the health and wellbeing of every person is paramount,” says Mignon Aal, Wellness Specialist at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. “We continue to receive requests for wellness-centric experiences here at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort whether our guests have specific fitness wants, mental wellbeing initiatives or healthy eating preferences, such as our newly expanded vegan menu, and we’re excited for guests to benefit our newest offerings.”
For a customized Wellness Itinerary, reserved guests can submit this survey to get started.