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Innovation and sustainability

Innovation and sustainability section image header. Mayakoba

The land occupied by Mayakoba is integrated into the Punta Beté-Punta Maroma natural unit, where the predominant ecosystems are the mangrove-type basin, the medium-sized sub-forest and the dunes. To protect this valuable environment and ensure the ecological balance of the area, before building Mayakoba, four years of previous studies were invested in the architectural design of the project.

A multidisciplinary group carried out a biological, geological and hydrological analysis at a regional level, since sensitive ecosystems such as mangroves and coastal dunes should not be considered in isolation. This work resulted in recommendations for the location of the project buildings with the criterion of causing the least possible impact on the ecosystems.

90% of the hotel structures are 500 meters from the beach. These structures provide views of the fairways of the golf course and the canal system, generating scenarios of high environmental quality and changing the concept of ocean view. For landscape design, a team of landscapers and biologists was formed, since one of the fundamental objectives of the project was to preserve a high percentage of vegetation in its natural state.

With the effort made in the design, development of the work and implementation of the project have made the ecosystems benefit the most. This is evidenced by the fact that Mayakoba has become a sanctuary for wildlife species. One of the major indicators in this regard has been the increase in the sizes of the mangroves, which originally had an average size of 2.5 to 3 m and currently reach up to 12 m in the mangroves associated with the canal system.

Since 2010, the tourism complex maintains an alliance with the Rainforest Alliance, through participation in the verification program of the application of the global sustainable tourism criteria, which consider the environmental, social, cultural and business aspects of management.