Royalton Riviera Cancun Scores Big in Sustainability

Royalton Riviera Cancun Scores Big in Sustainability
May 8, 2019 Bradley Cox

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a 5 star all-inclusive property in Mexico. The resort is comprised of three distinct sections where guests can choose to stay at the Resort or Diamond Club sections or enjoy the ultimate luxury at a resort within a resort, the Hideaway. Exuding a taste of modern luxury and understated elegance, guests will be captivated by pristine beaches, charming architecture and a soothing tropical ambiance.

Green Globe recertified the Royalton Riviera Cancun earlier this year with the resort achieving a magnificent score of 96%.

With 840 guest rooms and suites and 9 restaurants, this large resort remains committed to improving its overall sustainability performance in all areas of the property. Management and staff work closely together in establishing and carrying out their Sustainability Management Plan that incorporates environmental, social and cultural factors. The extensive SMP is communicated to staff from the first day of their induction and training programs held annually to reinforce sustainability objectives. Guests are also informed of upcoming events and sustainability actions via bulletin boards while Royalton’s Sustainability Practices are featured on its website.

Royalton Riviera Cancun has its own dedicated Green Team that manage and monitor various activities such as monthly group clean ups at beaches, mangroves and green areas. Other events are aimed at educating children, where they are taught about the importance of tree planting or can join in celebrations when newly born sea turtle hatchlings are released into the wild. Social initiatives sponsored by the property include the donation of tools to support low-income community members.

Cultural events to honour Mayan culture and traditions are organised by the resort. Events are held during the annual Day of the Dead celebrations and ceremonies conducted for the Aluxes, usually delivered in the Zapatoteco language, is also shared in English for foreign visitors. Aluxes are knee high spiritual beings that are sacred in Mayan mythology. These special ceremonies allow people of different cultures to come together to appreciate everyday life in an intimate setting.

Solid plans are in place for the effective management of electricity, water and waste that minimize potential environmental impacts. An onsite reverse osmosis plant treats wastewater and a thorough water analysis is completed before water is reused for irrigation purposes.

To reduce plastic pollution, the use of plastic straws and disposable plastic bottles has been eliminated at resort restaurants. The eco-friendly Vero Water purification system has been introduced in some areas of the resort and progress will be monitored throughout the year. In addition, used coffee grounds are composted to fertilize gardens in line with the property’s recycling program.