Plant a Tree, Watch it Grow and Celebrate Earth Day in Riviera Maya

Grand Velas TreeGrand Velas Riviera Maya Offers a Green Escape Hotel Package through December 2011

Riviera Maya (March 30, 2011) – Guests can give back to Mother Earth this Earth Day (April 22nd) and beyond and experience a natural adventure at the Green Globe-certified Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The resort’s Green Escape Package gives travelers the chance to see and learn about the property’s natural cenotes (fresh water sinkholes) and plant a mangrove tree in their name in the resort’s lush jungle area. Guests will receive a certificate with the tree coordinates so they can watch it grow from home on Google Earth. A lecture on reef conservation from a Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (M.A.R.T.I) expert followed by a snorkel tour to the Moc-che Reef is also part of the package.

Additionally, guests have a choice of visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere (a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site); Contoy Island, where the Ixlache reefs looms; or Xcaret Natural Park. Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s all-inclusive rate includes suite accommodations, a la carte dining at a choice of five gourmet restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hr in-suite service, access to fitness center with personal trainer, activities for adults and kids, roundtrip airport transfers, taxes, gratuities, and more. Rates in a Master Suite start at $493 per person per night based on double occupancy through April 30th and $439 per person per night from May 1 –Dec. 19th. The children from 4-16 years are $99 per child per night (Jan 3 – Apr 30, 2011) and $75 per child per night (May 1 – Dec 19, 2011). A three-night minimum stay is required. For more information and reservations, please call 1-866-230-7221 or visit

In addition to Green Globe Certification, Grand Velas Riviera Maya received the 2010 Playas Limpias (Clean Beaches) Certification from the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico in recognition of the resort’s pristine beach as well as their continued preservation efforts to preserve the natural beauty and general condition of the area. Grand Velas Riviera Maya is also certified by EarthCheck, the world’s leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organization who guides them in their sustainability initiatives, insuring that they adhere to the highest environmental standards.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances– premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Master Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world. The spa recently won Virtuoso’s “Best Spa” in the world and a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.