A legacy lost as Almond Resorts says goodbye to sustainable tourism and hello to piles of garbage.
Back in 2005, the National Geographic Traveler wrote a super-positive article about the Barbados Casuarina Beach Club and the sustainable tourism award they won the previous year…
“The Casuarina Beach Club, profiled below, won the 2004 World Legacy Award for General Purpose Hotels and Resorts. A joint effort of National Geographic Traveler and Conservation International, the World Legacy Awards encourage sustainable tourism.
Experiencing a sun-kissed, palm-fringed Caribbean beach for the first time can be like getting religion. Little wonder, then, that resort hotels are a dime a dozen in the island-dotted Caribbean region. Not so common are resorts that help protect their coastal environment, and even less so resorts that engage the authentic life of the island. Casuarina Beach Club, on Barbados’s south coast, does both…”
…from the 2005 National Geographic article Barbados Resort Treads Lightly, Artfully
That was then. This is now….
A BFP reader’s recent lament about the loss of the old Casuarina Beach Club was underlined today by the publication of a letter in The Nation from Wynslo Phillips.
The letter about the filthy habits of the Almond Casuarina Beach Resort illustrates that while saying the word “green initiatives” on a website is easy, actual environmental performance is more difficult especially if management doesn’t care enough to pick up the garbage.
No further comment necessary from us…
Playing one’s part on the beachfront
by Wynslo Phillips
As a long-time user of Maxwell Beach. I feel obligated to bring to the attention of the public the use of the section of Maxwell Woods by Almond Casuarina Beach Resort as a dumping ground for some of its garden waste.
The management of this hotel might consider this waste to be biodegradable material but, unfortunately, it has become interspaced with old plastic bags, bottles, food containers and other debris, making the entire mass a potent breeding ground for rats.
Casuarina Resort is remarkable in that following the recent passage of Tropical Storm Tomas, for two weeks the hotel never cleaned the beachfront on which is located, apparently on the grounds that it was the responsibility of the National Conservation Commission to do so.
This situation led to the extraordinary sight of the management and staff of Bougainvillea Beach Resort, also located on Maxwell Beach, donning gloves and using rakes and garbage bags to clean the beach – in front of Casuarina. The manager at Bougainvillea said her guests were complaining about the dirty look, and she felt it was her responsibility to respond to these complaints.
Read the original letter at The Nation article: Playing one’s part on the beachfront