Luxury all-inclusive hotel and timeshare resort Grand Velas Riviera Maya on the Mexican Riviera is setting standards in Latin America when it comes to keeping things green.
It uses an “elite” water treatment process, but that’s just one of the ways it helps protect the environment, making it one of the most eco-friendly places in Latin America.
Set in 86 acres of lush jungle, mangroves, fresh water cenotes and expansive beachfront, Grand Velas Riviera Maya was specifically designed to blend harmoniously within its natural environment. During the building process, the resort reforested the whole of the surrounding area with over 18,000 trees, to help protect the native flora and fauna of the region. Grand Velas makes a point of using biodegradable products for cleaning as well as maintenance of the property and its surrounding landscape.
Impressively, the AAA Five Diamond resort does not depend on any oil-based source of fuel. Solar panels installed on the roof of the resort in an area of 7,513 square feet generate over 191 million kilocalories per year, equivalent to 222 million+ kilowatt hours (KWH). Further green measures including its co-generation electricity plants to reduce dependency on local and country-wide energy sources, and a state of the art air-conditioning system reduces contaminating emissions and minimizes the consumption of energy.
The way it uses water is particularly interesting. Eliminating the need to rely upon local and regional natural resources, Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s two Reverse-Osmosis Desalting Plants operate self-sufficiently. For every litre of potable water, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is able to re-use 2.54 cups for general purposes, while 1.69 cups are returned to the subsoil, aiding in the conservation of the environment. Saving 30% of all water used in the entire laundry process, the laundry facilities include a water treatment plant that efficiently filters soapy waters to then be used in the rinsing process. The residual water treatment facility receives and processes all the water from the entire resort, which is then used for the watering of all exterior gardens and surrounding mangroves and jungle.
Not surprisingly the resort has received the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (MARTI) and is GreenGlobe and EarthCheck certified. Grand Velas Riviera Maya also participates in the Federal Sea Turtle Conservation Program, protecting the turtles’ eggs from the moment they’re laid, to hatching, with hotel guests invited to assist in the release – a fascinating natural activity for children!
The resort’s Green Escape Package gives travelers the chance to see and learn about the property’s natural cenotes and plant a mangrove tree in their name in the resort’s lush jungle. Guests can also visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.