By Melanie Lieberman
February 09, 2016

Tucked between the mangroves and crystalline lagoons of the Yucatan Peninsula is the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort, an eco-friendly luxury property with a design dictated by the natural landscape. The first of its kind in the region, the environmentally sound golf, spa, and 401-room hotel complex is equal parts luxury (marble floors and five swimming pools) and sustainable.

GLP Films follows the biologists and ecology specialists who work with the hotel to ensure that every component of the complex serves to preserve and promote the indigenous wildlife and culture. Water-efficient washing machines preserve thousands of liters per cycle, and use biodegradable detergents, for example, and guests are encouraged to take part in nature-minded activities.

This Mexican beach resort also offers snorkeling, miles of trails across the sand dunes, and soaking in the spas twin mineral pools. Guests may even see hotel staff caring for new turtle hatchlings or harvesting herbs for dinner from the on-site gardens.