In Turks and Caicos, resorts put their energy into ecofriendly solutions

Edwin Gallardo, a chef at Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos points out the basil and parsley growing. It is all organic and uses no pesticides.
Gallardo, Seven Stars Resort & Spa's chef, shows off the hotel’s newest attraction, the small organic garden, where microgreens and herbs are grown for the restaurant's menus.

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Gallardo, a Gallardo employee who has his own garden, shows off papayas and bananas just down the street from the staff housing area. This project was started last year during the island's Covid-19 pandemic shut down. It has been ongoing ever since.

Gallardo and other volunteers helped to feed the large staff of the resort during the closure of the property due to the pandemic.

He said, "Even before lockdown we were already providing food to employees." "After lockdown was when we really began creating gourmet meals to staff."

To ensure that workers were able to eat healthy meals, the meals contained protein, salads, fruits, and desserts. He noted that the meals could be shared with up to four people so workers could enjoy them together. He said, "It's an opportunity to give back to the employee."

Como Parrot Cay is also located in Turks and Caicos and has its own coconut and banana plantations. This allows guests to enjoy delicious food experiences.

Gardens are appearing at resorts and hotels around the globe as more properties become garden-to-fork experiences. It is a significant feature in Turks and Caicos because it imports a lot of its food.

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This is just one of many green initiatives that are being implemented by properties in the British overseas territory.

Seven Stars guests are provided with a water bottle that they can fill up at the water stations around the property. This significantly reduces plastic bottle use.

The nearby Ocean Club West property resort and its sister property were among the first to receive the Green Global Certification in Turks and Caicos. Each suite comes with a cloth shopping bag that can be reused.

Ocean Club West guests get a reusable cloth shopping bag. Ocean Club Resorts. Photo credit:

Going green is gaining popularity in Turks & Caicos, where you can find everything from luxury resorts to hidden villas and accommodations.

Harbour Club Villas & Marina is located on the south side, in the heart of Providenciales. This area is the main economic hub of Turks and Caicos. It uses sensor lighting to reduce energy consumption as well as a whitewater and septic system that uses air pumps to irrigate its palm trees.

It's amazing. Marta Morton, Harbour Club's founder and owner, said that there have been no problems. The property is also considering moving to solar power as soon possible.

The Ritz-Carlton in Providenciales is now focusing on electric cars. Fortis has been partnered by the luxury property to install eight charging stations. These will be free for guests and the community. The property will soon offer electric vehicles in partnership with Grace Bay Rental, its car rental partner. The Ritz-Carlton will offer electric vehicles only in its small, medium, and compact rental fleet. Larger SUVs and minibuses will be hybrid, low-emission options.

Wymara Resort & Villas has water stations all over the resort that guests can fill up with water using these containers instead of plastic bottles. Refillable containers are also available for shampoo, soap, and shower gel, further reducing plastic waste. A browser-based ordering system for food and beverages has been launched at the resort for both in-room dining and poolside service.

Jorge Collazo is the general manager of Wymara Villas and Resorts. He says that mixing ecofriendly initiatives with luxury hospitality is important for many reasons.

He stated that "First, there has been a tipping point in pollution. If we don't take urgent measures now, the damage to our planet could be irreparable." These initiatives are business-friendly because the majority of luxury travelers want responsibility for how their leisure activities impact the environment. Last but not least, because nature is so beautiful, we can protect it for many more years.