We’re Now Green Globe Certified!
It is with great pleasure that we announce to you today that we achieved Green Globe certification this month. This is really the high point of several months of hard work by our team members and a significant financial investment by our organization.
Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. Travel and tourism businesses are rigorously assessed on their sustainability performance as an organization, along with their supply chain partners.
Our efforts toward becoming a ‘Green’ organization included converting a number of our air conditioning units to energy efficient inversion units, changing our lighting to LEDs across our properties, implementing a recycling program, educational activities for our team and local community, implementation of a farm to table menu that reduces our total food miles and so much more.
We’re proud to say that with our conservation activities, we’re going to reduce our carbon emissions by 69 metric tons annually. Of course, Green Globe certification must be maintained, with assessments taking place every two years. This means that we’re going to keep working hard toward keeping our above industry average scores long into the future.
Congrats to our Quarterly Award Winners and Nominees
This month, our management team sat down with our team members for the third time this year to recognize and reward their outstanding performance. We held two separate ceremonies, one at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and the other at the Bay Gardens Hotel.
Awards were handed out in a number of categories that covered a wide cross-section of our team. There was also a ‘Star of the Quarter’ award where the team member with the most mentions (over the last quarter) from our guest comment cards was given a prize. As always, the ceremonies were accompanied by a great meal!
We’ve got one more quarterly ceremony for 2014, followed by the culmination with our annual award ceremony which promises to be bigger than last year’s fantastic ‘Precious Gems’ ceremony. Click here for photos.
Congrats to Chef Peter on winning our first ever Diamond Award
At the Bay Gardens Beach Resorts’ third quarter award ceremony, a new special award was introduced – the Diamond Award. This prestigious award is reserved for someone who has personified excellence and through their actions has raised the profile of Bay Gardens Resorts locally and/or internationally.
Chef Peter Lawrence got a bit of a surprise when he was called up to collect the award. You might remember a few months ago we highlighted him here for capturing a gold award at the ‘Taste of the Caribbean Cook-off’ in Miami, Florida. At that competition, Chef Peter battled against a number of formidable competitors from some of the Caribbean’s best restaurants in the seafood category and emerged with a gold medal.
Clearly energized by his win, Chef Peter has returned and has been on a role creating some of the most delicious and innovative seafood dishes our lucky palates have tasted. If you’re going to be staying with us soon, you’ll no doubt have the pleasure of enjoying his culinary creations.
Enjoy the Holidays with your Bay Gardens Family
This holiday season is fast approaching and we’re already excited to welcome you at this special time of year! Our team is already getting into the festive mood. We’ve put together our holiday season programme with more fun and entertainment for the entire family than ever before. Click here to take a look at these programs and start planning your holiday season getaway today.
Check-in is a breeze!
Now you can skip the long desk stop on arrival with our all new online check-in. Just like the airlines, you can visit our website after you’ve confirmed your reservation to provide us with your details. The ‘CheckIN Now’ button is located to the top right corner of every page on our site.
When you get here, you’ll get a super brief briefing and you’ll be escorted to your room with no paperwork to fill out. We’ll even skip the credit card pre-authorization until you’re ready to do so – mobile credit card units means we can come to your room to handle it quickly. How’s that for convenience? Click here to preview our online check-in form.
So Many Opportunities to Save
Right now is the time where you get to find out some great deals on accommodation for your upcoming Bay Gardens Resorts vacation. We thought we’d let in on a few ongoing special offers, click on your preferred offer for details and to book now!
- Fall Sale: 35% off with breakfast for two daily (now to December 19, 2014)
- Bay Gardens Hotel Christmas Sale: 30% off with breakfast for two daily (December 20, 2014 – January 2, 2015)
- Early Booking Winter Sale: 20% off (January 3 – March 31, 2015)
- Spring Savings: 30% off with free breakfast for two (April 1 – May 10, 2015)
- Summer/Fall 2015 Sale: 30% off with free breakfast for two (May 11 – December 19, 2015
Team Member Spotlight: Congrats to Lex Joseph
Earlier this month one of our friendliest bartenders, Lex Joseph, participated in the 20th Annual Chairman’s Reserve Bartending Competition and snagged the Silver medal!
We’re extremely proud of Lex, as he held his own against 16 competitors from the best hotels, restaurants and bars in St. Lucia. The contest saw each mixologist presenting a panel of international judges with two their very own inspired beverage creations. They each had 10 minutes to prepare their drinks before a live audience – no pressure right? Points were awarded for ease of preparation, presentation and most importantly, taste.
Lex has been employed with the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa for nearly a year now and his dynamic attitude and friendly disposition has made him a highly requested favourite of our guests. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s a talented bartender with years of experience in his field. Lex was eager to participate in this year’s competition to get some vindication for his last appearance in the same competition a few years ago where he was unable to capture a top spot.
His two award-winning drinks were Avocado Sensation and Papaya Fusion, each of which incorporated local fruits/vegetables that are normally not considered for use in cocktails. This kind of innovative thinking is what will continue to make Lex an even better bartender as he progresses in his career!
Congrats! We’re going to feature one of his drinks for this month’s recipe…be sure to try to out at home. It’s real easy and real delicious.
Recipe of the Month – Chairman’s Reserve Avocado Cocktail
Today we’ve got a tasty and refreshing cocktail for you using a versatile ingredient, avocado. The rums/liqueurs used here all 100% St. Lucian and you just might be able to get them back at home, if not, you may need to substitute with similar products available to you. Click here for the recipe.