When the beauty of the Riviera Maya is your home and the Caribbean is in your backyard, you take environmental issues seriously. We care deeply about preserving our area, our oceans and our world. Not just for us, but for every guest and for future generations. That’s why we’ve created many green initiatives here at El Dorado Spa Resorts.
Green Globe Certification
All our properties in the Riviera Maya have not only met, but highly surpassed the criteria required by the Green Globe Certification program in our efforts towards environmental protection and sustainability. We are proud to be part of the best known sustainability certification program in the hospitality industry. Following international standards, Green Globe analyzes 337 indicators covering areas like: Efficient Resource Management, Environmental Conservation and Social and Financial Commitment.
World’s Longest Artificial Reef
To protect the coast from natural erosion and provide a new habitat for thousands of species, we created Kan-Kanán an artificial reef that covers a 1.9-kilometer area parallel to the coast of Punta Brava. It is actually longer than the Brooklyn Bridge and is considered the longest artificial reef in the world. Kan-Kanán, which means "The Guardian Serpent" in Mayan, gets its name from looking like a huge serpent guarding the coast when viewed from above. This artificial reef is made of 1,000 hollow pyramidal structures created on a concrete and micro silica base; materials and structure that make it an environmentally friendly construction that allows nutrients to attach, resulting in the regeneration of marine life.
Cultivating Our Own Greenhouse
To maintain both environmental and culinary standards, we built a 70,000 sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse where we grow several types of vegetables and a selection of fresh herbs. This allows us to utilize only the most environmentally conscious growing methods while ensuring the highest quality taste and flavor profiles. The greenhouse produces for all of El Dorado Spa Resorts to enrich the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience of guests and to educate them on the environmental benefits of sustainability.
Making Every Resort Energy Efficient
Every room comes with an energy-saving air conditioner that uses electrical converters that help limit the on-off cycles. This makes the unit more efficient in cooling, along with the air conditioner’s longer life due to less wear and tear on the components and helps reduce power consumption by 50%. This also results in the reduction of dangerous CO2, thereby reducing our overall carbon footprint.
In addition to our air conditioning, all of our water heating systems at our resorts are solar powered, saving even more energy. Plus, our ozone systems replace all chemicals needed in the laundry room, and our filtering and recycling system converts 92% of the water used into drinking water. We also have laundry drying systems in place that recover up to 98% of the heat produced, so we can later use it in the washing cycles.
Water and Fuel Conservation
We are committed to doing everything possible in conserving earth’s most precious and limited resource – water. All of our properties in the Riviera Maya have steps in place to protect water through purification plants that reuse 85% for landscape irrigation. We return 15% to the environment after a very controlled treatment process. Our towel and sheet re-use programs encourage our eco-conscious guests to help minimize rinse cycles and conserve water. In addition, all rooms are equipped with energy-efficient air conditioning units, LED lighting and motion sensors that turn off all lights when no one is in the room.
Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Mexico has detected a sharp decrease in Sea Turtle populations due to overfishing, human development, and degradation of their coastal ecosystems, pushing them to the brink of extinction. To protect these precious Sea Turtles that call the Riviera Maya home, we have Turtle Conservation Camps in place to carefully monitor nesting Sea Turtles and protect their eggs. We also reduce noise and light until the eggs hatch and the newborns find their way back to the ocean. Ask about our Sea Turtle Adoption Program to get involved. This program is operated in alliance with Flora and Fauna & Culture of Mexico and The Travel Foundation.