From fostering orphaned
wildlife in the general manager’s private pool to diverting 750 pounds of raw
food waste to a local hog farmer, the 345-suite Velas Vallarta resort in Puerto
Vallarta has raised the bar on environmental sustainability.
In response to guest
interest, the resort recently launched complimentary on-site, behind-the-scenes
Specialty guides take guests
to hotel areas seldom seen by visitors, including the solar panels, which heat
the showers and pool water, and the recycling facility.
Tour participants learn
composting and how to reduce the use of pesticides and get a peek at enclosures
used to house resident peacocks and injured wild birds.
The gardens at the Velas Vallarta resort are free of insecticides and a haven for the resort's resident peacocks.
Velas Vallarta is located on
Puerto Vallarta’s Marina Vallarta beach, where sea turtles nest from June to
The resort has a turtle
nursery where the eggs are kept for 45 days until they begin to hatch.
Volunteers come from around
the world and camp on the beach for weeks to help scientists find and protect
“We share the dedication of
these volunteers and support them with shower facilities and three meals a
day,” said Donald Willis, assistant manager of operations.
“Last year, with our combined
efforts we were able to raise and release 23,471 baby turtles,” he said.
The koi pond at Velas Vallarta resort.
Recent guest Carol Patterson,
adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, said, “The
resort’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond formal standards and
underscores research showing consumer choice is influenced by hotel support of
Velas Vallarta is certified
with EarthCheck (formerly Green Globe) and also with TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders
program, which recognizes properties that are actively committed to
environmentally friendly practices.
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