Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel: Home to Happy Hawksbill

Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel: Home to Happy Hawksbill
October 21, 2015 Bradley Cox

Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel is located on expansive white sandy beach lined with palm trees on the South Coast in St. Lawrence Gap in Barbados. Gentle trade winds waft through the colonial style buildings and lush manicured gardens. Each room offers breathtaking ocean views and all 92 units have patios or balconies that take advantage of ocean breezes. Guests can indulge in a variety of leisurely activities including snorkelling and diving or take a short stroll to nearby restaurants, nightlife and shops.

One of Green Globe’s longest term certified members, Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel, was recently recertified for the sixth consecutive year. The hotel’s management and staff achieved a notable score of 83% against accredited criteria.

Britta Pollard, Managing Director at Southern Palms Beach Club & Resort Hotel said, “The team at Southern Palms are thrilled to renew our certification by Green Globe and it is the goal of the hotel to identify, monitor and improve all aspects of environmental sustainability on an ongoing basis.”

Protecting biodiversity is a major consideration for Southern Palms as the beach is an active nesting ground for the Hawksbill Turtle. These turtles are now considered a critically endangered species. Turtle nesting and hatchings occur between May and October each year. But baby turtles can sometimes be seen emerging out of the sand as late as December.

Southern Palms adheres to a detailed Sustainability Management Plan to reduce the property’s impact on the environment. Energy consumption is monitored on a monthly basis and a 3% reduction in overall usage was achieved. A preventative maintenance policy is in place where faulty electrical equipment is reported resulting in significant power and cost savings. Water usage is also measured monthly and a 3% reduction target has been set. In addition, a waste volume reduction target has also been set at 3%.

Southern Palms prefers products purchased from local businesses to support economic development. In addition, the hotel actively supports its community by sponsoring cultural events such as the Oistins Fish Festival 2015 that celebrated local fisherfolk and commemorated the Signing of the Charter of Oistins, a significant event in the colonial history of Barbados.

Britta Pollard
Managing Director
Southern Palms Beach Club,
St. Lawrence Gap,
Christ Church,
Phone (246) 428-7171
fax (246) 428-7175