Tulum, Q.R. – A new hotel proposal for the town of Akumal outside of Tulum has been rejected by the local government.
The proposal was Yal Ku Hotel, a 400-room project that would have included three towers, 12 villas and a pool that would have seen over 25,000 square meters of vegetation cleared for building purposes.
The proposed project was presented to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) last summer, however, the environmental impact statement was not approved citing 80 percent of the proposed vegetation removal was that of protected low jungle vegetation.
The hotel project would have taken its name after the Yal-Ku Lagoon which is just north of Tulum. The lagoon is one of the most popular in the Riviera Maya for its natural waterway that offers visitors a chance to snorkel with a large assortment of fish as well as sea turtles.