Nature and environment
Most of our guests share a special care for the environment. They love nature, the sea, the beach, the sound of the waves, the singing of the birds, swimming, snorkeling, diving, walking along the pristine beaches. That’s why Maya Luna tries to take care as much as possible of its surrounding nature.
In front of ecological resort Maya Luna lies the second largest barrier reef in the world named “The Meso-American Barrier Reef“. This complex reef system extends from the northern Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras. The area is home to a great number of ecosystems, such as mangroves, lagoons, cenotes and sea grass beds. All these systems, including the reef, are linked by water that flows between them. All ecosystems have their own unique attributes but also are dependent upon each other. They provide a breathing place and shelter for all kinds of juvenile fish. Most of the areas outside of Mahahual’s fisherman’s village, including ecological resort Maya Luna, have been targeted for “low impact eco development”. This in order to preserve and protect nature and to avoid turning Costa Maya into a mass tourism destination.
Ecological Resort Maya Luna
Before we got the construction permit to build our ecological resort, we did an extended environmental impact study. This to ensure that the impact on the environment would be as minimal as possible. This study was approved by SEMARNAT, the Ministry of environment. Maya Luna has been constructed carefully. No trees were cut and no mangrove was destroyed. We try as much as possible to respect the environment by using natural resources:
Energy – The main building and the bungalows are powered by a solar energy system which provides 80% of the energy needed daily. In the evening we run a diesel generator to provide electricity to the restaurant and to use the water pumps to fill the water tanks on top of the roof terraces. To save energy, we use energy efficient lamps and fans in the main building and the rooms. All rooms have 24 hours of electricity.
Water – For its water supply ecological resort Maya Luna uses rain water falling on the roof to be collected in large basements under the terrace.
Waste water – Instead of using local septic tanks for each bungalow, a large basement was constructed connecting all bungalows including the main building. The basement consists of different compounds with filters installed. After filtering the water can be used for irrigation.
Sea grass –at our ecological resort we use sea grass as fertilizer in our garden.
Hotel and Bungalows
On arrival guests are informed on the different aspects of the ecological nature of hotel Maya Luna. We kindly ask them to use the rainwater as well as the electricity in a responsible way. Linen and towels are changed every 3 days at our ecological resort. We offer 24 hours electricity at our ecological resort. All bungalows have an energy saving fan and use energy saving lights. There is no air conditioning nor television in the bungalows. There is a television in the restaurant where you can watch your favorite (sports) event. The windows of the bungalows permit the sea- breeze to pass freely through your bungalow, what the locals call: Mayan-airconditioning.
Ecological resort Maya Luna joined a program which stimulates its members, all of them small business owners, to only buy with each other. As much as we can, we work with local providers. We buy the daily caught of local fisherman. Some of the menu ingredients, for example bananas, papaya and coriander, grow in our garden.
Maya Luna respects reproduction time of lobster as well as conch, during which it is prohibited to sell, buy and eat it. We don’t buy lobster or conch from fisherman nor sell it in our restaurant during it’s respectively reproduction time. We separate non-organic and organic waste, behind the restaurant we run a compost of all organic waste.
All decorations in the rooms and the restaurant all have been hand made by small local workshops in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula. The furniture in the rooms & restaurant (beds, desks, chairs, tables etc.) was hand made by local carpenters. The wood comes from the local community of Noh bec, a small village some 80 km from Mahahual. Trees are grown in a sustainable way. Buying the wood with them to make our furniture, we supported several families with it. If usable, we uses also wood that washes ashore to turn it into for garden furniture (banks and tables).
Maya Luna garden
All outdoor lightning is generated with solar powered lamps. We are proud of our beautiful garden; full of local plants, flowers, fruit and other trees, like a variety of palm trees, chit (protected tree) bougainvillea, banana, mango and papaya trees, flamboyant, cactus, nopal, tulips, sea grape, margaritas, almond and sugarcane.We use the sea grass that washes ashore every day as fertilizer for a lot of plants and trees.
Our complete staff is local. People working for ecological resort Maya Luna come from the surrounding villages like Limones, Bacalar and even from Chetumal. Maya Luna provides free accommodation and food to all staff. For members of our staff who did not finish high school, we offer the possibility to join a special educational program for adults. Maya Luna received a special diploma for joining this program. We also offer the staff monetary loans if they need it and don’t charge them interest. During working hours and outside working hours we are practicing with our staff some Basic English. We work with local tour guides.