Grupo Mall is bullish about tourism
potential in Campeche. The Spain-based company is in the midst of
building the Campeche Playa Golf, Marina & Spa Resort in
southeastern Mexico. The first phase, currently under construction,
is a $200 million project that will open in summer 2008.
The first phase
will include 1,245 residences, a 150-slip marina, an 18-hole golf
course designed by Jack Nicklaus and a 500-room hotel.
hotel will have a spa, a gym, multiple swimming pools, tennis
courts, restaurants and space for meetings and
development is to be completed by 2010 in four phases. It will
ultimately have about 3,000 residences, restaurants and a turtle
This is the
company's first project in Mexico and was the result of a
fortuitous visit, according to Julio Noval, president of Grupo
associate invited us to Campeche, and from the very start we were
taken by its exceptional beauty. Also what struck us were its
cultural aspects -- the gastronomy, the archeological treasures and
The company soon
made plans to make its first major investment in the state of
"Grupo Mall has
always distinguished itself by its unique and singular concepts,
and we've wanted to put this philosophy to use in Mexico," Noval
Campeche is the best place to do it. It has all the characteristics
we've been looking for: sun, beaches, a calm sea, great cultural
assets and every type of service."
The fact that
Campeche is not yet as well known as other destinations was also a
selling point, according to Noval.
Visitors will be
able to arrive at the airport in the city of Campeche as well as
those in Merida, Ciudad del Carmen and Cancun.
excellent location will make it possible to visit incomparable
sites, in a region filled with privileged places, with numerous
Mayan ruins and great cultural wealth," Noval said.
Noval said he
expected the complex to attract "a high percentage" of tourists
from Spain, England and elsewhere in Europe. These travelers "will
not only see Campeche as a place of rest but also as a place to
live after retirement," he said.
"It's a similar
philosophy for people from the U.S. and Canada, which are also two
important markets for us. It's about people who want to spend their
time in a quiet place that offers them a better climate and
lifestyle but without having to give up the modern services and
potential for ecotourism is an important aspect of the project,
according to Noval.
"Grupo Mall has
always supported environmental conservation and, by using
sustainable means, minimizing the effect [of development] on
ecosystems," he said.
Golf, Marina & Spa Resort is a project that is completely
nature-friendly, which will contribute to ecological conservation
of the fauna in the region, through a project designed and managed
by specialists from various backgrounds who will be in charge of
preserving the habitat.
"In fact," he
added, "the entire project has been meticulously designed to pay
utmost respect to the environment, which is reflected in the
creation of green zones and a 'biological corridor,' which will aim
to preserve the natural vegetation of the mangroves and jungle, and
also the animal species that live in the area.
"From the resort,
people will be able to admire thousands of birds in their natural
habitat: pelicans, herons and an endless number of unique
focus will also play out on the golf course, according to Noval.
The facility won't use chemical maintenance products and will use
recycled water from a nearby purification facility for
Grupo Mall is also
donating space for a new facility, the Carey Turtle
opportunity for those at the Campeche Playa Golf, Marina & Spa
Resort to have the privilege to witness the arrival on our shores
of the turtles as well as the protection of their nests, the
collection of samples and the birth and liberation of the turtles,"
"We think these
measures are the least we can do to help conserve this species,
which is in danger of extinction, and we are very committed to the
cause. The Yucatan has the North Atlantic's largest Carey turtle
nesting areas, and it's the species most likely to disappear
because of the extensive amount of illegal capture.
"We should all try
to do something to improve this situation."
Other Grupo Mall projects
project isn't the only one Grupo Mall currently has in the works in
In Panama City, the
company is developing what it claims will be the tallest
residential skyscraper in the world: Los Faros de Panama, which
will include three towers (one of which will rise 95 stories),
1,786 apartments, a hotel, a casino and a shopping center. The
project is expected to be completed by 2010.
And there may be
more to come from Grupo Mall in Mexico.
"Mexico has become
a reference point in terms of beaches and tourism development,
positioning itself as one of the most important destinations
worldwide," said Noval. "At this time, we're concentrating on the
Campeche project, but our intention is to continue investing in the
country. In fact, we are considering a project in the state of
But for now, Noval
said that all eyes in Mexico are on Campeche.
"Without a doubt,
what's being witnessed here is the birth of a new, world-class
tourist destination," he said.
For more info,
visit www.campecheplaya.com or www.mall.es.
contact reporter Mark Chesnut, send e-mail [email protected].