Lonely Planet Writer

Advise a Caribbean resort on sustainability and you could win a free stay

A luxury Caribbean resort is looking for advice on sustainability, and the person chosen to give it will win a free stay. Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic is launching a search for a “sustainability advisor” through an Instagram competition, and the successful applicant will win the stay in exchange for their opinion on how to further reduce the hotel’s impact on the environment.

An aerial view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. Image: Eden Roc at Cap Cana

The prize on offer is a five-night, full-board stay at the exclusive Relais & Châteaux resort for one person, and flights are not included. The person chosen will go on a food-sourcing trip with the chef, and meet with the hotel team at the end of the stay to discuss their ideas on how the hotel could continue to help protect the environment. The rest of their trip can be spent enjoying the resort’s private, blue flag-certified beach, which is recognised for its environmental management, as well as enjoying their private pool or at the resort’s beach club.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Caribbean’s Dominican Republic is launching a search for a sustainability advisor. Image: Eden Roc at Cap Cana

The winner will also spend their time taste-testing the resort’s new Slow Food Monday and Menus for Change dishes, which include a variety of sustainable, signature recipes featured throughout the hotel’s restaurants. Chefs select fish from local, small-scale fisheries to promote artisanal fishing, use local, seasonal products to reduce food miles, and prioritise the importance of oceanic biodiversity.

The winner will get to enjoy the facilities, including the pool. Image: Eden Roc at Cap Cana

The resort is passionate about reducing its carbon footprint and keen to champion eco-friendly initiatives such as recycling, with recent initiatives including the banning of plastic straws across all six of its restaurants and bars, as well as providing glass instead of plastic bottles during turndown service. It’s located in a gated community, and, to reduce carbon commissions, all transport within the resort and to nearby amenities is done via the electric golf buggies assigned to each suite.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic has a blue flag beach. Image: Eden Roc at Cap Cana

To be in with a chance of winning, entrants simply need to post a picture on Instagram showing them doing an eco-friendly activity, e.g. recycling, reducing their carbon emissions, enjoying a vegan meal or cutting down on plastic use, tagging @edenroccapcana and using the hashtag #EcoEdenRoc. Please visit here for full details