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August 30, 2021

Palmaïa Resort Announces Move to 100% Renewable Energy

The move is estimated to prevent over 56,000 tons of carbon emissions over 10 years.

By Kim Ayling

In a meaningful move toward fully sustainable luxury, restorative wellness resort Palmaïa – The House of AïA has announced that it is now entirely powered by 100% clean renewable energy, thanks to a partnership with eco energy provider, Beetmann.

The beachfront resort, which sits near the Mexican town of Playa del Carmen, has been prioritizing sustainability since it opened in early 2020. Now, its latest eco-friendly initiative will see Palmaïa reduce its output of carbon emissions by an impressive 56,000 tons over the course of its ten-year partnership with Beetmann. The news also makes Palmaïa the largest property in Playa del Carmen to switch to completely renewable energy.

However, armed with the knowledge that complete sustainability is an ever-moving quest, the resort isn’t stopping here, with further plans to install 2,000 solar panels over the next year to generate additional green energy. An innovative heat pump is also being installed to supply hot water to each of the oceanfront suites, which is estimated to save an additional 22 tons of carbon per year.

[See also: The Most Luxurious Eco-Friendly Hotels]

Palmaïa resort looking at beach

The resort itself was designed to have minimal impact on the pristine environment that surrounds it / ©Palmaïa

“As stewards of our planet, we must do what is within our power to protect this sacred bond and act as responsibly as we can when in a position of privilege,” said Palmaïa CEO and founder Alex Ferri. “We do our best to follow ethical principles where profit is not the only driving factor, we must act for the good of the environment and for future generations as well as the communities and people that surround us. We are excited to be working with Beetmann, Energyn and Solarfuel who also share similar aspects of our principles.”

The resort itself was designed to have minimal impact on the pristine environment that surrounds it. Instead of being built on top of the mangrove jungle, the property was built around it, with all green areas allowed to prosper naturally without intervention. As a result, an abundance of local wildlife continues to call the area home, with the likes of spider monkeys, iguanas, anteaters and armadillos all regularly spotted in the grounds.

Additionally, in recognition of the significant environmental impact of industrial agriculture for animal consumption, the food offering at Palmaïa follows a non-limiting ‘plant-based first’ ethos, whereby the main focus is on vegan dishes in order to showcase the diversity of meat- and dairy-free cuisine, but non-vegan dishes are still on offer for those guests who prefer.

Elsewhere in the resort, every room is labeled as cruelty-free, meaning no animal tested or derived products pass the strict quality checks, while all bathroom amenities are refillable and made with 100% biodegradable ingredients. And of course, it goes without that saying there isn’t a single-use plastic in sight anywhere in the resort.

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It goes without that saying there isn’t a single-use plastic in sight anywhere at the resort / ©Palmaïa

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