Eco-Friendly Procedures, Technologies & Policies Implemented at Boardwalk Boutique Hotel

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel cares about nature and its beauty, so we're greatly devoted to lowering our environmental impact. With the recent renovations, Boardwalk Small Hotel has made significant investments in eco-technologies and systems.

In the daily operations of our eco-friendly hotel in Aruba, we go beyond the typical towel-reuse and electricity-saving programs. Below is a summary of some of the environmental initiatives that were successfully implemented at Boardwalk. We continuously focus on improving our environmental footprint. For any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Among Boardwalk's many environmental initiatives are:

• Switching all lighting inside the casitas to LED lighting. LED lighting uses 90% less electricity than regular lamps.

• Using water reducers, which cut down water flow by 60% in all showers and faucets.

• Replacement of all air-conditioning units by inverter A/Cs, cutting down electricity usage of the air-conditioning system by 60%

• Implementation of an electricity control system, which automatically shuts off A/Cs when windows and doors are left open for longer than 1 minute. Also, a master switch allows all the electricity of a casita to be switched on or off at one central point.

• Bulk purchasing and use of in-room dispensers, delivering freshly made Aruba Aloe shampoos and conditioners, instead of offering individual plastic containers.

• Using biodegradable and environmentally friendly detergents.

• Reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing local suppliers and products made on Aruba.

• Using an eco-friendly salt solution as a greener way to keep the pool water clean according to high quality standards (instead of using less environmentally friendly chemical solutions and chlorine).

Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba is committed to achieving best practice in environmental and social sustainability and has partnered with EarthCheck, the world’s leading benchmarking and certification provider.

At Boardwalk Boutique Hotel, we recognize that activities of our hotel could potentially have a negative impact on the environment and our local community if not properly managed. Therefore, Boardwalk implemented an Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of the EarthCheck Company Standard. The hotel is committed to continuous improvements measured by annual benchmarking assessments and strives towards minimizing its carbon footprint by implementing sustainable initiatives aimed at improving the hotel’s performance, reducing energy & water usage, and minimizing waste production.

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel complies with all relevant legislation and aims to achieve international best practice. Boardwalk’s general manager is appointed as EarthCheck coordinator and responsible for improving the hotel’s sustainability performance.

Special consideration is given to using as many sustainable products and services as possible. Local vendors and products are used when applicable and in accordance with fair-trade principles. Moreover, it is Boardwalk Boutique Hotel’s mission to offer guests of the hotel insights into the Aruban culture and direct them to local hangouts and less traveled spots so they can experience the many different faces of Aruba, meanwhile creating awareness to preserve the island’s beauty. By doing so, Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba hopes to stimulate the local ecosystem in a variety of ways.

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel is an intimate and tranquil vacation retreat on the lush grounds of a historic coconut plantation, located steps from popular Palm Beach in Aruba. The hotel includes 14 spacious Caribbean vacation homes, or “casitas,” offering ultimate privacy and comfort, lent by unique features like a private patio with hammock and BBQ. Amenities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor lounge area, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary parking.

Kimberly Rooijakkers, General Manager, May 20, 2014

Note: This policy is a public document and will be reviewed annually.