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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit harmoniously coexists with its surroundings thanks to a seemingly endless number of environmentally and socially responsible initiatives. From biodegradable cleaning products, solar water heating, recycling, meticulous beach cleanup, and composting to donations to local organizations and wellness programs for guests and staff members, these practices make us a great example of sustainable hospitality at its finest.

ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES

  • Nespresso capsule recycling

    All the Nespresso capsules that are used in the resort are collected in a special container and delivered to a Nespresso ambassador to separate and recycle each component: The aluminum to produce other materials and the coffee to make compost.
  • Waste separation

    The separation of organic waste from the inorganic is carried out regularly. Organic garbage is kept in a cold chamber at a precise temperature, allowing food to be preserved until a local supplier can take it to feed the farm animals. Inorganic garbage divided into different classifications; plastic, glass (separated by color to facilitate its melting), cardboard, and paper. Furthermore, we store used oil cooking that is later is dispensed to a supplier to be converted into biodegradable fuel.
  • Biodegradable chemicals

    The adoption of biodegradable chemicals that guarantee the preservation of the planet and use less water has been successfully implemented.
  • Donated food to local farms

    All the food that is not consumed at the resort —from untouched to leftover food— is donated to local farms, where it is used to feed farm animals.
  • Compost elaboration

    Inside the resort, there is a garden area designed to store tree, flower, and plant shreds; it is stocked and mixed with soil, that makes natural fertilizer which is later spread in the resort's gardens.
  • Solar panels

    We have solar cells that help us to preheat the water and take advantage of the regional weather. By using the sun's energy, the water can fill the tanks at a warm temperature, saving 45% of gas consumption. This water remains hot due to the gas heaters.
  • Cleaning and beach conservation

    We are responsible for maintaining the beach area in excellent conditions so that guests can enjoy them during their visit. Our team walks the beach area daily, picking up any item that does not belong to its natural environment. In this way, we can keep the "Blue Flag" and "Clean Beach" certification, this one given by the Semarnat (Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico). Every three months, teams of around 30 staff members are in charge of cleaning the beach area in and around the resort thoroughly. Activities consist of sweeping and raking the sand to maintain its delicacy and softness.
  • Campaigns with guests - "Earth Hour"

    Every year, we invite staff members and guests to participate in worldwide campaigns, such as "Earth Hour". This one-day program consists of turning off as many electric lights as possible for an hour (without affecting the resort operation). Through personalized letters and displays, we invite guests to turn off the lights in their suite in case they are inside. Furthermore, we prepare activities where they can participate without the need for electrical power. We usually hold this campaign in March, following the worldwide campaign.
  • Internal campaigns - "consume less, save more"

    In this campaign, our staff is invited to turn off all electrical devices that are not being used, such as light bulbs, computers, and air conditioners. This can be done whenever staff members are out of their offices for an extended time.
  • Straw-free resort

    We recently revealed to be a straw-free resort, which implied the removal of all plastic in our consumption centers. In case a guest needs a straw, we will provide a biodegradable straw made out of avocado seeds.
  • Preservation of the sea turtle

    Since our beach area is labeled a sea turtle nesting area, the Security Team is trained to assist shall any turtle-related situation arise, such as births or nesting. Protocols provided by Profepa (Federal Procurator's Office for Environmental Protection of Mexico) are strictly followed.

SOCIAL PRACTICES

  • Support for local recycling programs

    We stay in touch with companies that make effective use of recyclable materials that the resort discards. An example is the civil organization "Ángeles en Libertad" to which soda caps are donated to raise funds and support low-income people with health issues.
  • Green public areas

    We are responsible for the weekly maintenance of the sidewalk on highway 200 (Tepic-Puerto Vallarta). This path is around 2 km of grass and palm trees, and our organization maintains the area in excellent condition for visitors and locals.
  • Support of the Huichol community

    The resort has designated a section exclusively to native Huicholes, allowing them to sell their merchandise to promote their culture and preserve their cultural heritage.

CULTURAL PRACTICES

  • Grand Cora Massage

    Among the different services of our Spa, guests can find a treatment called Grand Cora Massage. This highly energetic massage stimulates sensory perception and eliminates nervous tension through a ritual of sounds with natural instruments that portray harmony with nature: Caixa (fire), rain stick (water), winchas (air), and cymbals (earth). A warm copal oil is also applied to restore emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being.
  • Dream catchers workshop

    To further appreciate the American tribes, guests are invited to participate in the creation of their very own dream catcher inside this atelier. The hoop symbolizes life, the web serves as the dreams or self desires, and the center is "the great mystery." One of our body artisans is in charge of imparting this activity.
  • Ojo de Venado (Deer's Eye)

    One of the protection amulets widely used by the Mexican people. It symbolizes the blessing and protection against harmful energies. A very common practice is to place it on the wrists or ankles of babies so that they grow with an aura distant from the "evil eye".
  • Ojo de Dios (God's Eye) workshop

    The Ojo de Dios (God's Eye) demonstrates the artistic ability illustrated by the Cora and Huichol culture. Its purpose is to provide protection and power. Each color has a special meaning.
  • Black: Life
  • Blue: Rain
  • White: Clouds
  • Red: The life of God
  • Purple: The life of man

Our Spa personnel imparts this workshop with the understanding of the importance that the Eye of God represents for the indigenous people. One is created alongside guests, and after each treatment, they receive an additional one as a gift of protection. The Deer's Eye and the God's Eye are given as a farewell souvenir to our guests.

  • Wixárika (Huichol) cultural heritage

    With the goal of preserving the Wixárika language, our therapists utilize the welcome greeting Airuyeme, which means "welcome", and the farewell message Pamparius, which means "thank you" in the native Huichol language, which serves our unique identity due to the region where we are located.
  • Copal harmonization

    Instructors: Karen Vidal and Deyanira Vallejo This morning ritual with copal fragrance eases the flow of the energy and frees the being from negative vibrations. The copal fragrance harmoniously connects with the essence of oneself, cleansing the body and spirit.
  • Offering to the goddess of water Haramara

    A meditation overlooking the sea, symbolizing gratitude for life and the renewal of the body and soul. Tatéi Haramara, the goddess of the sea, is bestowed a harmonious ceremony that delivers prosperity and abundance, according to the Wixárika worldview.