Grand Velas Riviera Maya Sets High Standard in Eco-Friendly Hospitality Practices in Latin America

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an elite water treatment process and rigorous protection of its current environment... one of the most eco-friendly places in Latin America

With an elite water treatment process and rigorous protection of its current environment, the “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of the most eco-friendly places in Latin America.

Surrounded by 86 acres of lush jungle, mangroves, fresh water cenotes and expansive beachfront, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has been meticulously designed to exist harmoniously within its fragile environment. During the building process, the resort reforested the surrounding areas with over 18,000 trees, helping to protect the native flora and fauna of the region. Currently, the resort uses biodegradable products for cleaning as well as maintenance of the property and its surrounding landscape.

A AAA Five Diamond distinguished resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya 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). In addition, co-generation electricity plants 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.

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 liter 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.

For its high scores on the application of good environmental practices and the promotion of sustainable development, the resort has received the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (MARTI) and is GreenGlobe and EarthCheck certified. Grand Velas Riviera Maya also takes part in the Federal Sea Turtle Conservation Program, protecting the eggs from laying to hatching with hotel guests invited to assist in the release. Another opportunity for guests to educate themselves, 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.

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About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances-- premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. The spa was named “Best Spa" in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.


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