RLH Properties Finalized The Installation Phase For Mayakoba’s Sargassum Eco-Friendly Barrier

December 1, 2019

Eco-Destination comprised of Andaz, Banyan Tree, Fairmont and Rosewood Hotels has completed the installation phase for a new sargassum barrier that will contribute to maintain its mile-long pristine beach in perfect conditions.

Mayakoba, Mexico – December, 2019 – Mayakoba, a destination synonymous with sustainability in the Riviera Maya, reaffirms its compromise with maintaining and improving the balance in the ecosystems and beach within its 620-acres of tropical forest and mile-long Caribbean coastline.

Sargassum is a microalgae that floats to Caribbean coastline all the way from north of Brazil due to excessive proliferation during spring and summer seasons. To keep the influx of sargassum RLH Properties and Mayakoba Resort have joined efforts with the installation of a new FLEXPRIN Beach Guard barrier to divert the floating algae and push –with the help of an 18 feet specialty design boat– to strategic recovering areas. 

In addition to continuous hand cleaning of the shore of our precious beach, this has contributed to guarantee that our guests and residents always enjoy of pristine and sargassum free beaches. This action holds the quality of the guest experience as our highest priority demonstrating that luxury travel can go hand in hand with environmental sustainability since the barrier completely complies with established regulations which require responsibly and eco-friendly solutions to the sargassum control. Mayakoba has taken environmental stewardship to the next level with this measure and implemented a comprehensive solution with three principles in mind: divert, recover and re-use. Sargassum waste is crushed, compacted and delivered to nearby regulated extraction plants being turned into pharmaceutical, textile and agricultural supplies.

The installation of the barrier and the special equipment took place during October and was completed in early November, leaving Mayakoba beaches prepared with the best comprehensive and sustainable solution to sargassum surplus management for seasons to come.

About Mayakoba
Nestled in the Mexican Riviera Maya, Mayakoba is a 620-acre destination surrounded by the natural beauty of lagoons, jungle, tranquil waters and a sugar sand beach. Four meaningfully placed luxury hotels can be found within Mayakoba — Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba — each with distinct personalities and amenities, perfectly complementing one another. Within the coveted destination are a wealth of lifestyle experiences including four acclaimed spas, more than 23 restaurants with eclectic cuisines and a village square that serves as an event space modeled after the historic Colonial plazas in Mexico. In addition, guests have access to a three-mile-long nature trail and spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect and PGA TOUR legend Greg Norman, which is home to the Mayakoba Golf Classic, first PGA TOUR tournament in Mexico. 

About RLH Properties
RLH Properties is a Mexican holding company dedicated to the acquisition, development and asset management of luxury and ultra luxury hotel assets and associated branded residential assets. RLH Properties was established in Mexico City on February 28, 2013 with a focus on activities exclusively related to the high-end segment of the hotel business. Thus, it focuses on the acquisition and development of high-end segment hotel assets located in cities and on beaches that are situated in the main urban centers and tourist destinations in Mexico and Spain. RLH has strategic locations that are difficult to replicate, with various barriers to entry and that are in low supply relative to current and potential demand. RLH has a flexible business model that seeks investment in AAA hotel assets operated by various internationally prestigious hotel brands. Currently RLH owns four resorts within Mayakoba, the Four Seasons Mexico City, the Villa Magna in Madrid and the One&Only Mandarina set to open in the second quarter of 2020.

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