One year after Mexico’s ultra-luxury Mayakoba Resort signed an agreement to implement a series of best management practices based upon the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the Rainforest Alliance has honored them with the prestigious Sustainable Standard-Setter Award at their annual fundraising Awards Gala held on May 11th in New York.
Mayakoba received four awards in all, one for the master development, and one each for its component hotels, the Fairmont, Rosewood, and Banyan Tree Hotels, all of which are well known for winning awards in the luxury tourism sector, but this time are recognized for their commitment to conservation and outstanding leadership in efforts to improve the environment and local community outreach.
Both Mayakoba and the Rainforest Alliance are keen to point out that luxury destinations can also be the most sustainable places to support. This latest co-operative effort sees the Mayakoba hotels as the first in Latin America to be recognized as a Rainforest Alliance Verified Destination.
Mayakoba is a large self-contained luxurious destination located on the enchanting Riviera Maya. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools, and dreamlike beaches, Mayakoba also offers a spectacular 18 hole golf course designed by the world-renowned golfer, Greg Norman, which is also the setting for The Mayakoba Golf Classic Tournament, Mexico’s only stop on the renowned PGA tour.
Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with crystal clear waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all the hotels at this eco-sensitive tourist development. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being known as “the Venice of the Yucatan.”
Commenting on the Award, President of OHL Desarollos, the developer of Mayakoba, Andres Pan de Soraluce said “I am always delighted to learn of the awards our hotels receive, but this one is particularly special, as it validates all of the hard work and imagination of our talented team in proving that it is possible to produce an exquisite setting with luxurious standards, and still be sensitive to the environment and local community.”
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James Batt (English)/ Edna Vega (Spanish)
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