For years we have been supporting the Akumal Ecological Center through direct work on the Board of Directors. For the past few years, we have implemented our own initiatives to become Mexico’s premiere eco-friendly resort.
We have constructed wetlands for the 12 rooms in the 200 section of the bungalows. We’ve further decided to invest in a wastewater treatment plant so we now have the entire property on the system.
We are taking part in a program called the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative. Our staff is provided with ongoing workshops for each department to help further our efforts.
We use low-wattage bulbs in many areas of the hotel and are in the process of converting all bulbs. We have installed water-saving shower heads in the rooms. For years, we have asked our guests to save on water by reusing towels and by requesting that sheets not be changed daily. We also ask our guests to recycle their aluminum, plastic and glass which we then take to the collection center.
We use biodegradable products when we can find a reliable and financially viable supplier. We send the majority of our paper from our offices, already shredded, to the ecological center for recycling. A service picks up all our used cooking oil so we don’t dispose of it into our drainage system.
Our outdoor common area lighting is on sensors to turn off automatically at daylight. More importantly, we use yellow lighting on the beach side to avoid distracting the turtles during turtle nesting season. Our guest rooms have information on our efforts with the reef, Bay management, and turtle protection programs at the Ecological Center.