Everyone wants a getaway with some R&R, a chance to leave boring adulting behind and enjoy some fun in the sun. At the same time, many people want to make a difference – especially when it comes to the environment and leaving a smaller footprint on the planet.
It used to be difficult to achieve both goals, but Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has found a unique way to give people the vacation they’ve dreamed of all year long while keeping sustainability at the forefront of the experience.
“When we talk about sustainability, responsible tourism is really one of the core pillars for us,” says John Long, Iberostar’s VP of Sales and Business Development. The hotel chain boasts more than a hundred 4 and 5 star hotels in 16 countries, with 45 all-inclusive resorts in the Americas, so this environmentally responsible ethos goes a long way.
For the past two years, Iberostar Hotels have been 100% free of single-use plastic. The chain also adheres to strict “honest food” sourcing guidelines that result in farm-to-table dining experiences featuring ingredients local to each location. Best of all, this feature is part of the all-inclusive experience, at no additional cost to guests.
Some of Iberostar’s ambitious goals include being waste-free and 100% responsible in its seafood supply chain by 2025, and becoming carbon-neutral, to improve the health of the ecosystems surrounding its hotels, by 2030. Even cleaning products will need to be sustainable to help advance the company’s mission of responsible tourism.
But such serious goals don’t mean that fun is being sacrificed: Iberostar’s all-inclusive service offers entertainment for the whole family, with the Star Camp Program for children and young people combining entertainment and education with values focused on creativity and developing healthy habits. That way, kids can have a blast on vacation while also learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle – teaching the next generation how to have respect for the environment, no matter where they go.
As Long puts it, “We want our guests to understand that they can have a great vacation, and still be a responsible tourist.”
Behind the scenes, Iberostar works in coastal health, including developing solutions to help mitigate climate change based on rigorous scientific insights. In the Dominican Republic, guests who visit their hotels in Punta Cana have the opportunity to visit their Coral Lab and Coral Nursery on the beach.
Learn more about the different features of Iberostar’s luxurious accommodations in Punta Cana below:
For Adults Only: Stay at Iberostar Grand Bávaro
The top option for couples headed to Punta Cana is an adults-only hotel where guests can enjoy seven decadent restaurants, as well as a butler and concierge service. Located on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, guests will have the opportunity to play 18 holes designed by the famous golf course architect P.B. Dye. Iberostar Grand Bávaro is a singular, exquisite and incomparable getaway.
Seven-night vacation packages start at $4,296.
A premiere hotel-within-a-hotel experience: Stay at the Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Bávaro
This property allows you to enjoy the exclusivity of reserved spaces and premium service without losing the advantages of being in a resort. With an unbeatable beachfront location, amenities include an exclusive swimming pool in front of the beach, 24-hour concierge service, and a restaurant. In addition, hotel guests enjoy all the amenities of the other three hotels of the complex. A stay at the Coral Level is living a resort experience at a higher level.
Seven-night vacation packages for a family of 4 start at $4,686.
Family Time: Stay at Iberostar Selection Bávaro Suites
This 5-star resort is located right on the 9-plus miles of the famous white sand of Playa Bávaro. Bávaro Suites rooms are prepared for the whole family, in a resort conceived as a Caribbean village nestled among tropical vegetation. Guests can enjoy entertainment and fine dining, with more than 12 different restaurants, as well as SPA Sensations with different massage rooms, and a golf course designed by P.B. Dye.
Seven-night vacation packages for a family of 4 start at $3,500.
What are you waiting for? Book a sustainable vacation with Iberostar today, and make your next trip count.
- Here are some options for your next family vacation
- How to Plan a 'Bikepacking' Trip This Summer — and Why It's the Perfect Way to See the U.S.
- Plan in works for 'trip of a lifetime' to back-of-beyond in Manitoba, Canada
- Transit app Moovit rolls out more personalized trip-planning features
- Planning a trip to Legoland New York? Check out these VRBO properties for your visit