One of the hottest new tourism trends involves an increase in demand for sustainable,eco-friendly travel options,and Mexico’s Riviera Maya region is definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to giving jet setters what they crave.
For example,the region’s Mayakoba resort development offers a variety of eco tours that take visitors through the 1,600-acre property’s many canals,where a guide helps to acquaint travelers with the stunning local natural habitat. Actually made up of three separate resorts,Mayakoba lies about 45 minutes south of Cancun and is home to the Asian-inspired Banyan Tree,the secluded Rosewood and the family-friendly Fairmont resort complexes.
Nearby,the Hotel Esencia recently announced a new “Essence of Natural Healing” eight-day spa package,according to the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch. The new package features personalized Mayan treatments for all ages at its all-organic spa. This breathtaking property was once the private retreat of the Ferrari fortune heiress and includes more than 50 acres of tropical gardens,private beaches and luxurious accommodations. In a nod to supporting sustainability,many of the ingredients used in the resort’s spa treatments,including the limes,aloe vera and various herbs,are grown on the property and hand-mixed by healers.
Finally,the Viceroy Riviera Maya combines romance and luxury in a private,eco-friendly atmosphere. Here,41 villas are positioned throughout the six-acre sanctuary,which provides easy access to unspoiled beaches and a wide variety of five star amenities. The resort’s long list of eco-friendly initiatives includes low-flow water fixtures,reduced chlorine usage,a comprehensive recycling program and the purchase of local food items whenever possible,to name only a few.
To get the most out of any trip to Riviera Maya real estate,however,ecotourists should also visit the nearby Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve,which is a 1.6 million acre oasis that consists of quietly meandering lagoons,limestone-filled canals and some of the most beautiful natural scenery that can be found anywhere on the planet.