Innovation and sustainability
The land occupied by Mayakoba is part of the Punta Beté-Punta Maroma natural park, where the predominant ecosystems are basin-type mangrove swamps, medium semi-deciduous rainforests and dunes. In order to protect this valuable environment and guarantee an ecological equilibrium in the area, before its construction Mayakoba invested a four-year research before the project’s architectural design.
A multi-task group conducted a biological, geological and hydrological analysis of the region, given that highly sensitive ecosystems such as mangrove swamps and coastal dunes should not be modified in an isolated manner. As a result of this work, recommendations were made to locate the project’s buildings with a view to causing the least possible impact on the ecosystems.
90 % of the hotel’s structures are located 500 meters away from the beach. These structures provide a view of the golf course fairways and canal network, providing settings of high environmental quality and changing the sea-view concept. When landscaping, a team of landscapers and biologists was used, given that one of the project’s basic objectives was to keep a high percentage of vegetation in its natural state.
Ecosystems are the ones that have most benefited from the effort made in design, development of the works and implementation of the project. Evidence of this is that Mayakoba has become a sanctuary for animal species. One of the greatest indicators is the increased height in mangrove swamps, which were originally 2.5 to 3 m high and are now up to 12 m, in the plants associated to the canal network.
Since 2010, the tourist complex holds an alliance with Rainforest Alliance, participating in the program to check the application of Global Criteria for Sustainable Tourism, which covers environmental, social, cultural and business aspects of management.