Villa Del Palmar At The Islands Of Loreto Embraces The Environment
Eco-Friendly Golf Course, Solar Roofs, Greywater Recycling Initiatives Are Among The Resort’s Efforts to Preserve and Protect Its Region
When it comes to environmental initiatives and sustainable efforts, a resort such as Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto must do more than talk the talk: It must walk the walk. The newest member of Villa Group Resorts, and Baja’s first million-star resort, is doing just that.
“Maintaining unspoiled views, crystal clear waters, and a rich environment is a vital piece of who we are,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group Resorts. “We are proud of the many eco-friendly practices we’ve implemented at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the area’s natural beauty and cultural history by minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible.”
The resort’s environmentally friendly initiatives range from solar panel-lined roofs to a sophisticated seawater purification system, as well as greywater and regular recycling systems. In addition, the TPC Danzante Bay Golf course, which opened in 2016, debuted with a number of eco-friendly measures in place. Where possible, plants that were removed during the construction of the course were transplanted and relocated throughout the golf course to maintain native landscaping; plants unable to be transplanted are used as compost and reintroduced to the area’s soil.
Significantly, the resort is opting for organic fertilizers instead of hazardous chemicals, as well as maintaining the golf course with treated water and the use of solar energy to heat water to further protect the natural environment.
The resort’s location within the world’s second largest protected National Marine Parks helps limit the size and power of boats that traverse its waters, keeping pollution from watercraft to a minimum while protecting the area’s abundant marine life. The resort has worked closely to preserve indigenous flora and fauna in the region with Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the federal agency responsible for promoting the protection, restoration and conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, environmental goods and services.
Other measures include solar-panel-lined roofs that collect and store power from the area’s more than 300 sunny days each year, greatly reducing the resort’s energy needs. A seawater purification system collects and purifies water from the Sea of Cortez for use throughout the hotel.
The resort also created a greywater-recycling program, which helps conserve water and aids irrigation on the property. The recycling of aluminum, glass, and plastic is a high priority among all staff, and guests are asked to contribute during their stay.
Other sustainable efforts include the resort’s maintenance of its own vegetable and herb garden, which supply ingredients to the gourmet meals served at its three restaurants – The Market Restaurant, Casa Mia, and the fine-dining Danzante Restaurant – for a true farm-to-table experience. Also, biodegradable straws are used in all the property’s restaurants and bars.
Walk the walk. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is definitely doing its part to be a good environmental steward.