St. Lucia resorts win sustainable-travel certification

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Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia receives an environmental certification award.
Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia receives an environmental certification award.

Bay Garden Resorts has been awarded Green Globe certification for three of the group's five hotels, a collection of locally owned and operated properties located within or near Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia's entertainment capital.

The three -- Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn -- were awarded the certification for their commitment to tourism measures taken to reduce their impact on the environment.

These included reducing guestroom energy use by 15% through GEM Link occupancy sensors, installing LED lighting across the properties, phasing out of all plastics in favor of biodegradable utensils made from wood, paper and sugarcane extract, ending the use of foam-packaging products, converting air conditioning to energy-efficient units and implementing a farm-to-fork menu to reduce food waste.

"We at Bay Gardens Resorts are well aware of the connections between environmental stewardship, climate consciousness and proactivity for the health and welfare of our staff, our guests and our local community," said Sanovnik Destang, executive director of the resort group.

He added that this approach to the company's operations is especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic as the management team works to keep its 350 member workforce employed.

St. Lucia's reopened its borders to travelers in June, and the hotel group introduced health protocols and standards in accordance with guidelines from the ministries of health and tourism.

Bay Gardens' revamped website features new videos and virtual tours as well as a page titled Rest Assured with Paradise Protocols that outline the group's approach to health and safety.

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