Bonaire Chamber of Commerce awards the secluded resort with Blue Destination Certification
BONAIRE, Dutch Caribbean – September 10, 2020 – Harbour Village, a charming boutique resort set on Bonaire’s only private beach, has been recognized by the Bonaire Chamber of Commerce as a Blue Destination, which is awarded to resorts that have shown a strong dedication to sustainability. The resort has held a long-standing commitment to leading the way in eco-forward efforts on the island of Bonaire and plays a vital role in maintaining the destination’s environmentally sound initiatives.
“We are honored to have our efforts recognized by the community. Ensuring that our tropical paradise can be enjoyed for decades to come has been a top priority for the resort since the beginning,” said Harbour Village Managing Director Francisco Gonzalez. “Our team continues to create new and innovative ways to preserve the beautiful island of Bonaire through technologies and resources available, which is something our guests appreciate.”
The 10-tiered criteria process, which includes evaluating resorts on eco-forward methods across a multitude of staff well-being, purchasing, nature and wildlife, energy and climate, and more, is part of an overall push for the entire island to maintain its status as the world’s first Blue Destination. As part of this recognition, Bonaire has also identified Harbour Village as committed to pushing forward responsible tourism by awarding the resort the Good Travel Seal, the island’s ecolabel for recommended resorts. Both the certification and seal signify Harbour Village as the environmentally conscious option for responsible tourism.
Harbour Village leads the way in innovative sustainability programs as the only resort in the world advancing coral preservation through a two-pronged approach. The resort’s coral nursery, currently home to 10 coral trees, focuses on care and replanting while the man-made Electrified Reef uses new technologies to increase reef regeneration. To more accurately assess and manage heat stress placed on the local reefs, Harbour Village has partnered with Aqualink to install a new monitoring system. Working with the Oceanic engineering organization allows the resort to better evaluate and respond to reef health and growth. Progress of the coral reef restoration and regeneration programs can be monitored via the resort’s new reef cam.
“Harbour Village was founded on the premise of sharing all the natural beauty and wonder the island of Bonaire has to offer,” continued Gonzalez. “Our team takes to heart a responsibility to ensure that the reasons why we love the tropical island are not diminished by our enjoyment but rather finds new ways to flourish.”
For more information on the resort, their sustainability and coral restoration efforts or to reserve your stay, visit www.harbourvillage.com or call 800.424.0004.
About Harbour Village
Harbour Village is Bonaire’s premier beach resort having captivated guests with its laidback island style and world-class services and amenities for more than three decades. Consistently named “Bonaire’s Leading Hotel” in the annually announced World Travel Awards™ and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™, Harbour Village is a unique blend of off-the-grid relaxation and exclusive island adventures. The resort offers guests barefoot elegance across a secluded, four-acre tropical paradise on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. A lush landscape and pristine beach sit as the perfect backdrop for the resort’s luxury yacht marina, PADI five-star dive center, and beachfront collection of rooms, suites and villas. Activities offered at the resort include private boat charters, dive & snorkel instruction for all levels, sunset cruises, paddle boarding and kayaking, a spa menu and more. For reservations and more information please contact Harbour Village directly at 1-800-424-0004 or [email protected].