StolenTime Press Release

Press Release
StolenTime Cares Foundation Forms Transformative Partnership with Knapsack Foundation and Buddy Bench Programme.

Cap Estate 5th October, 2023

The StolenTime Cares Foundation is excited to announce an exceptional partnership with the Knapsack Foundation and the Buddy Bench Programme. This collaboration is focused on making a positive difference in underserved communities. StolenTime Cares, a brand associated with relaxation, well-being, and hospitality, has always been dedicated to giving back, and this partnership is expected to have a significant impact.

The alliance between StolenTime Cares Foundation, the Knapsack Foundation, and the Buddy Bench Programme is motivated by a common goal: to inspire hope, create opportunities, and change lives. This partnership represents the intersection of hospitality and generosity, ushering in a new era of compassion.

StolenTime Cares Foundation, renowned for its commitment to relaxation, understands the importance of extending wellness to those in need. As part of this collaboration, StolenTime Cares has donated more than four thousand dollars with the intention to lend a helping hand when called upon.

The Knapsack Foundation, a long-standing partner of StolenTime Cares, is devoted to providing educational support and resources to disadvantaged children and young adults. This partnership will distribute 276 educational packages to five primary schools across the island, emphasising the significance of education and empowerment.

The Buddy Bench Programme, the latest addition to this collaboration, shares the vision of eradicating bullying and promoting awareness of mental health in both children and adults. This aligns perfectly with StolenTime Cares’ values and its commitment to caring for others.

Together, the partnership aims to:

  • Support Education: Through scholarships, mentorship programmes, and access to educational resources, disadvantaged youth will be empowered to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.
  • Engage with Communities: The collaboration actively engages with local communities, ensuring their needs and aspirations are prioritised, creating lasting, positive change through wellness programmes.
  • Promote Mental Wellness: The Buddy Bench Programme will increase mental health awareness, creating a more compassionate and supportive society.
  • Address Vision Impairment: The partnership acknowledges the importance of addressing vision impairment, and striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected.

This collaboration exemplifies the transformative power of compassion, emphasising that every individual, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a chance to thrive. Together, StolenTime Cares Foundation, the Knapsack Foundation, and the Buddy Bench Programme are paving the way for a brighter future, where wellness and knowledge converge to create endless possibilities.

Witness the incredible impact of this partnership as we embark on this journey of care, compassion, and collaboration. We invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of those in need.


Earth Day at StolenTime by Rendezvous

Easter has certainly been a restorative break for us but let’s focus on another living organism that needs as much care and attention, our planet Earth. Earth Day (April 22) is an often-overlooked spring holiday that deserves its moment in the sun. To celebrate the green event, many high-end hotels around the globe spotlight sustainability with eco-friendly adventures and cool conservation-focused initiatives, with a luxe twist, of course.

Of course, StolenTime by Rendezvous has included itself in this celebration that honours the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations of guests.

At the resort, we understand that climate and environmental literacy, coupled with strong civic education, will not only create more jobs tourism sector but build a green consumer market for farmers and natural resource business owners. As there is power in numbers, it gives them a louder voice to engage with governments in a meaningful way that addresses the climate crisis.

Fifty years ago, the first Earth Day started an environmental revolution. Now, there is an igniting education revolution to save the planet. This formal campaign, launched Summer 2020, combines grassroots support and on-the-ground efforts by many nonprofits, governmental bodies and private businesses like boutique resorts. With that, let’s expound on possible campaigns that many sustainable resorts can take part in .

Clean-up campaigns

This is a very common and easy campaign. Volunteers are to simply remove pieces of trash from surroundings, beaches, rivers, gutters, trees, and communities, if possible. By doing this,
it reduces waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. If this activity is performed daily every day of the year. A brighter, greener,
and cleaner planet is surely brought forth.

Narrowing the location and taking into consideration that StolenTime by Rendevous is located on a 2-mile-long beachfront, the resort intends to invite guests to join in a beach clean-up. The activity will include removing solid litter, dense chemicals, and organic debris deposited on a beach or coastline by the tide and beachgoers.

Understanding that clean beaches are indicators of the environmental quality and sustainable development level of the island, the team wishes to maintain this standard of environmental friendliness by doing this more than once a year.

Let’s talk about plastics

By now, many of us know of the harmful effects of the continuous use of plastics. They stick around in the environment for ages, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins. With the introduction of Earth Day, we can expect many attitudes about and behaviour toward reducing plastic pollution to improve. An End Plastic Pollution campaign would help people understand the impacts of plastic pollution on human and ecosystem health and how everyday actions can lessen the problem.

An activity of this nature would draw attention to the harmful effects of plastic in our environment — harming marine and human health, littering beaches and landscapes, clogging waste streams and landfills — and empowers people to make a difference

At StolenTime we have already taken away plastic utensils, plastic straws, and coffee cups from buffets. By this, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute towards climate change and the amount of waste that has to send to our landfills on the island.

Planting Trees

At StolenTime, the gardens are most frequently the talk of any visit. Planting trees or also known as a Canopy Project improves our shared environment. Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe. Trees reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of exotic wildlife on the island depend on trees for habitat as it provides food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.

That’s not all. Looking at it from a global perspective, our little efforts would have a great impact on some of the world’s largest continents most at-risk of climate change and environmental degradation.

Earth Hour?

This is actually a popular activity for many Sutainanbly-friendly businesses. It involves switching off the lights and firing up the candles to host simple activities. For example, a dinner in the dark or reading with solely a desk lamp. The idea is simple: conserve energy and raise awareness for the future of the planet by turning off non-essential electric lights for one hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on April 22nd. It’s not every day that we get to host a cosy candlelit dinner or enjoy a tranquil book read to benefit a major global cause.

But let’s not forget our switching off phones to attain downtime and lighting in rooms. At StolenTime, the team would be making a list of all resort lights, and turning off non-essential ones outside and inside for one hour at the designated time. That may include signage, room lights, and lobby decor. However, For safety, leaving emergency lights running.

Promoting through Socials

Because the internet has become increasingly accessible to all, digital marketing enables us to reach a broader range of audiences than is possible with conventional advertising. The result is that we are able to communicate easily around the world.

We don’t intend to keep all of this knowledge to ourselves. Margaret Fuller once said “ If you have the knowledge, let others light their candles in it. We believe that these initiatives for guests and advice to last a lifetime should reach as many corners of the earth as possible. With that, the use of e-mail marketing campaigns, social handles and of course
the blog you’re reading, more people will become educated about sustainability and how they can help promote it in their daily lives.

Well on the way to perfect eco-friendliness. StolenTime by Rendezvous is striving to operate in a way that minimises both the carbon footprint of a 5-star luxury resort experience as well as the carbon footprint of employees and guests. The ultimate goal in the end is to have a positive impact on the environment as well as the local community.


BodyHoliday & StolenTime by Rendezvous Contributed to Entrepot Secondary School in Saint Lucia

On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 BodyHoliday & StolenTime by Rendezvous embarked on another initiative that fell in line with their Corporate Social Responsibility vision:

To change situations, the community and the environment of people through authentic, purposeful, resource-filled interventions.

For many teenagers on the island especially those in the fifth form, the thought of tackling the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) could be quite intimidating. With that, receiving a request from the Entrepot Secondary School to assist fifth-form culinary students with meal planning techniques, our team grabbed the opportunity and ensured that the students received the best from luxury resorts, BodyHoliday and StolenTime by Rendezvous.

Keeping to our promises to teach the students distinctive dishes, Group Executive Chef, Peter Juma, along with Executive Sous Chef, Shalil D’ Silva of StolenTime and Junior Sous Chef, Nelson Theordore from BodyHoliday made up an excellent team.

The resort chefs were welcomed with pure admiration by the wonderful Mrs. Jean-Marie, Head of Food & Nutrition from the Entrepot Secondary School. The students were all dressed in the required cooking attire and expressed a more than eager attitude to follow the directives of the professionals.

From the finest steaks to the smallest and organically grown green pepper, to meal plans, and ingredients that perhaps these students never worked with. They were ready to prepare the dishes of the day and sample some of the best resort foods in Saint Lucia.

Steak Au Poivre
With Dauphinoise Potatoes, Garden Greens and a Peppercorn Sauce

Jerk Chicken
With Caramelised Zepina Leaves, Plantain Mash and an Asparagus Creole Sauce

Pan Seared Dorado
With Lentil and Dasheen Tian, Cujan Marinated Okra and a Passion Mango Salsa.

Grilled Pork
With Breadfruit, Corn Meal, Ratatouille and a Red Wine Sauce

Apart from the outlined fun cooking activities for students, they were able to have personalised sessions which allowed them to pick the brains of our chefs. Professionalism, detailed explanations, patience, and interaction are a few words used to describe it.

This led to the students quickly grasping the main purpose; creating unique plating ideas and cooking techniques with the use of local foods.

The best part is, they were all fulfilled by the fact that they were able to experience the 5- Star Saint Lucian cuisine cooked.


Breast Cancer Awareness

As part of our ongoing initiatives in support of Breast Cancer Awareness in Saint Lucia, we invited a representative from the Ministry of Health and a registered nurse from the Victoria Hospital to host a seminar about importance of self-testing and diagnosing.

None was left out. Employees from both StolenTime by Rendezvous and BodyHoliday were encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more. The goal of this session was to create an open-air environment where persons could ask questions and leave with a better understanding of the signs of breast cancer and truths versus myths about a disease.

The session began with guest speaker Nadiege Smith who broke the ice with her affable personality and realistic explanations. She encouraged the team to embrace themselves and understand that the topic of “breast cancer” should not be perceived with a conservative mindset as it is known to be the leading cause of death for women in Saint Lucia.

Nurse Alison, from the Victoria Hospital in Saint Lucia, seamlessly followed suit and shared her expertise with the team. Stressing the fact that adult women should examine their breasts once every month as it builds familiarisation of the look and feel of a healthy breast.

It quickly moved into an interactive and unexpectedly fun component where she not only used herself but a silicone model to demonstrate the process. This included:

  • Lying down & using three middle fingers to apply three levels of pressure in a circular motion.
  • Examining the underarm whilst upright.
  • Checking for changes with hands on hips whilst chest muscles are relaxed.

Our luxury resorts team members were eager to attempt the at-home instructions on silicone models provided by Nurse Alison and Nadeige. With only a few precise steps under the watchful eye of our facilitators, they were able to successfully find the unusual glands strategically planted into the moulds.

As the interaction in the training rooms increased, employees were also able to have one on one sessions with the nurse where they found solutions to many of their questions about breast cancer. Questions such as “how to relate with a loved one who is presently fighting with the disease?” and “how could they avoid it themselves as it runs in their family bloodline?” were amongst many, yet thoroughly answered.

All too soon, the session had to come to an end. The knowledgeable guest speakers were presented with a token of appreciation from two of the best resorts in Saint Lucia and as for the employees, little did they know that this was not the end as they were offered free mammogram testing completely covered by BodyHoliday and StolenTime by Rendezvous.


Barnard Family is honoured by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia

The Saint Lucia government recently acknowledged the 50-year contribution of the Barnard family to the growth of the hospitality sector.

The Government of Saint Lucia has paid tribute to a local family for its contribution to the development of Saint Lucia’s tourism industry.

On Aug. 16, government officials led by Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, and the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Hon. Dominic Fedee, gathered at the official residence of the Prime Minister, along with representatives from the  Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), to recognize the contribution of the Barnard family to the growth of the hospitality sector over the past 50 years.

“This family, under the Rendezvous brand, has the distinction of being the only hotel proprietors on island to have managed a property for 50 years without changing owners.” Minister Fedee said. “When you consider the complexities and challenges of the hotel industry just surviving for that length of time is amazing. However when you consider the manner in which the Barnard family achieved this milestone, all the while holding the flag of Saint Lucia high and with distinction, its simply an extraordinary feat.”

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet presented a commemorative plaque to hotelier Andrew Barnard, and expressed government’s appreciation for the Barnard family’s contribution to the tourism sector, and made mention of the hundreds who had gained employment over the years and the hotel’s direct economic injection into the local economy over the past five decades.

The 10-acre Rendezvous hotel is located along Vigie beach, near the George F.L Charles Airport in Castries. The Barnard family not only owns and manages the award winning Rendezvous hotel, but also the acclaimed Body Holiday property located in the island’s extreme north.

Sourced from Access Government