|ORANJESTAD, Aruba (August 9, 2005) – La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort
in Aruba has recently achieved the impressive Green Globe 21 Certification
for the third consecutive year, in recognition of its environmentally-friendly
practices. La Cabana is the only large resort on Aruba to have achieved
the coveted status three years in a row and is the largest hotel in the
Caribbean to hold this impressive honor.
“We recognize the necessity of implementing environmentally-sound practices
in order to protect the precious resource of our island,” said Lou Roelofsen,
general manager, La Cabana.
“Our extremely active and enthusiastic on-property ‘Green Team’ constantly
researches methods so La Cabana can remain on the cutting-edge of sustainable
technologies and minimize its impact on the environment – as well as save
money in the process,” he added.
Upgrades and environmentally-conscious practices implemented within
the last year include the:
La Cabana continues to serve as an excellent example of a large hotel maximizing
the opportunity to save operational costs in the areas of solid waste management,
water reuse and conservation, energy conservation, environmental awareness,
community involvement, and use of sustainable technologies.
Installation of a salt generator filtration system in La Cabana’s pools
to minimize pollution and enhance the disinfection process without the
use of chlorine, which can be harsh to the eyes, nose and throat as well
as harmful to the environment. The new environmental filtration system
is currently operational in one of La Cabana’s five on-property pools.
Throughout the year, the filtration method will be extended to the cover
the remaining four pools.
Increase of recycled waste up to 90,000 kg by focusing on the education
of staff and guests. La Cabana expects to increase its recycled waste
by another 10 percent within the next year.
Installation of a state-of-the-art ultra-violet purification system for
La Cabana’s drinking water, which cleanses and purifies La Cabana’s water
system without use of chemicals that damage the environment. La Cabana
has also completed the replacement of its 2.2-gallon-per-minute water-saver
aerators with new 1.2-gallon-per-minute water-saver aerators.
Replacement of older inefficient air conditioners with newer, high-efficiency
models, which use less energy. La Cabana has also continued its ongoing
process of installing capacitor banks for each air conditioner throughout
the resort to reduce electricity consumption by 10 percent on the cooling
Installation of “smart thermostat” temperature controls in each guest room
and centralization of command for the resort’s entire cooling system. This
will serve to increase guest comfort, while at the same time, drastically
reduce the amount of energy expended on air conditioning.
Addition of energy-saving ionic light bulbs in each guest room, which produce
ion particles that cling to smoke, odors and airborne bacteria making them
easier to filter out by the resort’s air purification system.
Situated along Eagle Beach in Aruba, La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort
is a complete vacation, recreation and entertainment complex in a relaxed
atmosphere reflecting the ease and spirit of the Caribbean. The resort
encompasses spacious accommodations in Grand Suites; a deluxe Health &
Fitness Center; three swimming pools; five tennis courts; the “Club Cabana
Nana” children’s program; diverse dining offering a “culinary trip around
the world;” the Intermezzo Day Spa; a daily activities schedule; wireless
Internet access; thrilling action in the Royal Cabana Casino; and much