A Touch of Verde
At Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, we’re committed to preserving the environment. We’re instituted a variety of green practices and eco-friendly initiatives at our resort – all designed to help conserve our planet’s natural resources. But our efforts extend far beyond our own hotel operations. Learn more about what we’ve done to help preserve the natural habitat and local wildlife in Cabo San Lucas below.
Taking millions of years to evolve from a land to sea turtle, today the Olive Ridley is considered an endangered species. Primarily due to their blind pursuit by the fishing industry, they are also victims equally of habitat overexploitation and manmade pollution.
Driven to danger by one of its food sources – the jellyfish, which resembles any one of the millions-plus plastic bags currently polluting our oceans, the millions-plus plastic bags currently polluting our oceans, the Olive Ridley will often die of asphyxia after consuming this imposter.
Perfectly shaped for millions of years, Cabo has some of the most secluded beaches – each safely away from most land based predators. With an average shell length of 30 inches and olive green in color (darkening as the turtle reaches adulthood), the Olive Ridley is considered an omnivore, with its diet consisting of everything from shrimp and lobster to small invertebrates and of course jellyfish.
Even though it will nest sporadically throughout the year, for those looking to observe these majestic creatures, its regular nesting periods are from July to October. Normally nesting in massive numbers where thousands of females land the beach in simultaneous waves (known as Arribada), this trait is not found in the Los Cabos. Mostly solitary, the Olive Ridley will nest one to three times per season, each time taking up to two weeks to produce approximately 100 eggs that are then incubated for up to 60 days.
Saving The Olive Ridely
As the Baja has grown in popularity of the past 50 years, Regional Governments have worked hard to protect this sea-faring friend – Creating the Los Cabos Sea Turtle Conservation Program. In 2005 many of the community’s hotels, resorts, restaurants and organizations have joined in, creating the Los Cabos Sea Turtle Protection Network. In 2008, Casa Dorada was officially added to this strategic alliance, shortly thereafter, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources granted the hotel federal permission to establish a working nursery for the safekeeping of Olive Ridley eggs, a privilege extended to only a handful of institutions in the Southern Baja.
Going green is great!
From detergent reduction to energy saving lightbulbs, we’re doing our part for the environment.
To what is characteristically done at our homes, where linens are washed no more than a couple of times per week. Guests’ participation in this program is one of our greatest rewards and it makes us feel proud of doing the right thing for our environment.
Thus, we can reconcile two of our foremost guidelines: meet our guests’ high expectations of customer care and service excellence while at the same time we protect the world where we cohabit; delivering a clean world to our next generations is a shared responsibility.
Desalination plant - Our hotel has a system of reverse osmosis desalination. This process takes Sea water and was removed the salt leaving high purity water. This process has the advantage that it does not remove the water from wells or aquifers, but that takes water from the sea and the over is returned to the same.
CFLs LED - Our hotel will soon feature a lighting system in rooms under the system of diodes. This system provides energy savings around 93% compared to a light bulb saver which does not generate heat for not emit infrared rays which helps mitigate the global warming. Importantly, our state's energy is produced by the combustion of petroleum products and reduced demand, less environmental pollution.
Energy savings card, which is placed on entering the room (I assume it must have a technical name) - energy control system in rooms which guarantees that the absence of people in the room and turns off all lighting equipment avoid unnecessary expense. It is important to remember that when reduced power consumption, in the same proportion will reduce emissions of CO2 and NO to the environment.
Casa Dorada continues on the forefront of sustainable development with the installation of 190 solar panels to provide eco-friendly water heating system for one of its swimming pools and the hotel’s general water supply. The system has been functional since September and the final installation phase is scheduled to conclude at the beginning of November.
Casa Dorada’s new water heating system will provide clean energy while taking full advantage of Baja’s predictably sunny year-round conditions. To further increase its efficiency, the system features a dual mode allowing to heat more than 20,000 liters of water to 42 degrees Celsius from April to September and to keep a 400 cubic-meter swimming pool at pleasant 28 degrees from October to March.
Guardian of energy - is a structured and systematic plan that avoids wasteful use of energy in the hotel. The energy monitored is: gas, electricity and water.
Saving water in rooms (Pichanchas are placed in the single lever. - Water saving system in each exit. This project was implemented on September 2009, which consist in increase the speed of water flow and reduce pressure thus reducing water consumption.
Keeping playa perfect.
See what you can do to keep your favorite vacation spots free of pollution.
Easy tips- We can all do our part to make the world a better place to live, so when you’re on holidays, here are a couple of super easy things you can do to make your favorite vacation spot a little greener.
1. Be active in linen programs, by letting us know that it’s not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day.
2. Keep track our your towel, attach a safety pin or tag to each towel to ensure everyone knows who’s is who’s.
3. Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering.
4. When you leave your hotel room, close the drapes and any sliding patio doors.
5. Leave little toiletry bottles in the room if unopened.
6. Pack a permanent marker and write each person's name on the cups and bottles in the hotel bathroom.
7. Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home.
8. Let hotel management know, by speaking directly to management or writing them a note, that you want them to conserve and that you want to participate.
9. If the hotel provides complimentary newspapers, pass it someone else, or leave it in the lobby for another reader.