Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort has a 6.7-hectare conservation area to maintain the integrity of our biodiverse ecosystem, a habitat for many plant and wildlife species. We are the only hotel in the area that maintains the coastal dunes, which are a protective barrier against the wind and tides and prevents erosion.
The resort has reduced its energy consumption using the following strategies by switching to LED lighting and air-conditioning sensors, and phasing out equipment that uses the R22 gas refrigerant. We’ve developed a waste management plan that resulted in a 34% reduction in waste from 2015 to 2016. To conserve water, 100% of the faucets have aerators and guests are encouraged to reuse their sheets or towels.
We are committed to treating people fairly and with respect. We provides good working conditions for our staff, and invest in our employees by providing regular training. We are an active member of the local community; we’ve donated $17,000 from our guests to “Casa Hogar San José” in Isla Mujeres, where 13 girls live and are educated by 5 sisters of the Franciscan congregation.
We support the local community by directly purchasing locally-made products, without intermediaries. In the hotel’s Coco Café you can buy local products or souvenirs, all of which are 100% sustainable. By purchasing these products, you can help improve local livelihoods. Two craft workshops that the hotel purchases from have created 10 fixed jobs, 17 temporary jobs, and four permanent jobs.
Secrets Playa Mujeres also involves guests in our sustainability activities. In 2015:
- 227,696 guests were involved in sorting wastes in the public areas of the hotel, this thanks to the identification of the containers placed by the pool, the beach, trails and roadways. They were also informed about the possibility of reusing sheets and towels to help save water.
- 228,350 people, guests as well as staff, learned about the importance of the biodiversity in the hotel’s conservation areas and coastal dunes, thanks to signs placed on all trails and roads that connect the hotel with the beach area and through postings made on social media.
During 2015 and part of 2016, 12 events were organized to clean up the beach, mangroves, lowland forests.