The Grand Velas Riviera Maya has debuted a new turndown service to further introduce guests to the fauna of its jungle and beach setting. During the first night turndown, guests will find a picture of one of the local animals. There are five different animal cards (orange oriole, toucan, iguana, spider monkey and Yucatan jay), and on the back of the card is more information about the animal. For instance, the oriole is considered a biological pest control agent, the spider monkey is characterized by its long limbs and impressive agility, and the Yucatan jay’s yellow beak turns black over time.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya also offers a complimentary ecological tour, giving guests the chance to experience its environment, learn about the native flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula and understand the resort’s conservation efforts. The tour includes a visit to the mangroves to learn about native species, measures to protect and sustain the ecosystem and more.
Guests also learn about the reforestation efforts of the resort by visiting a jungle consisting of more than 15,000 transplanted trees that help protect native plants and animals, many planted by staff and guests alike. At the beach, guests will learn about the resort’s innovative artificial reefs off the coast, which encourage marine life and helps prevent beach erosion. The reefs have quadrupled the width of the beach in four years, making it one of the widest beaches in Riviera Maya.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of 17 beaches in Mexico to receive the Clean Beach Certification from the government.