Guests can now play an integral role – participating in the two critical action phases – in the highly successful Sea Turtle Protection Program at Las Alamandas, the hideaway resort on the Mexican Pacific nestled inside a private 1,800-acre nature reserve.
On late-night sorties with the staff, they search for and dig up newly deposited eggs, which are kept in a container filled with sand to mimic the natural nest and watched over until they hatch. With the birth of the baby turtles, guests join the staff on the beach, meet and hold the tortuguitas, protect them from hungry sand crabs and diving seagulls as they exuberantly charge to the safety of the water, and wish them bon voyage as they swim off on the great adventure of life. In 2013, Las Alamandas released about 5,000 turtles, and the resort is on track to surpass that number this year.
While helping save the olive ridley turtles, guests enjoy four private beaches, two lakes, 17 spacious and luxurious suites, beachfront Spa Pavilion, farm-to-table Contemporary Mexican cuisine, the gamut of water sports and activities, and a private airstrip.