The white-sand beaches, biodiverse coral reefs and wildlife-filled rainforests of Mexico are under constant threat from overtourism and development, but you can play your part by choosing to stay in an environmentally friendly and eco-conscious hotel. From solar-powered beach bungalows on the Riviera Maya to repurposed mansions in Mexico City, here are the top 10 green hotels in Mexico – bookable on Culture Trip.
Stay in one of the first eco-conscious hotels in Mexico City when you book a quirky room at El Patio 77, located within an upgraded (and upcycled) 19th-century mansion. The eight suites are arranged around a green and verdant central courtyard, and each is styled after a different Mexican state. All feature locally sourced and recycled furnishings, biodegradable toiletries and taps and showers fed by rainwater. You’ll also love how El Patio 77 recycles all of its water and provides solar-powered heating for guests.
Hacienda Tres Rios is a resort, spa and nature park overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the Riviera Maya. It’s an all-inclusive, but you’ll love how the resort still manages to focus on its green credentials. Luxury rooms are constructed using sustainably sourced materials, and you can join ecotours into the surrounding nature park to learn more about local conservation efforts. The resort features two swimming pools, six restaurants and comprehensive spa facilities, while the protected coral reefs off the private beach are perfect for snorkeling.
Immerse yourself in the wild nature of the Yucatan with a stay at the luxurious Hotel Xixim. This eco-conscious resort, inspired by traditional Mayan villages, is surrounded by acres of pristine forest. While there are two outdoor swimming pools, you might prefer to soak up the sun on the white sands of the private beaches as you lie back under a thatched cabana. Spend your days exploring the Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve, kayaking or paddleboarding, before returning to the hotel to dine on Mayan dishes as the sun sets.
Hotel Misión del Sol is all about reconnections – reconnecting with nature and with yourself. This ecofriendly resort is located in the Sonoran Desert, and the layout is designed to promote harmony and tranquility during your stay. Take a four-hand massage at the spa, or revitalize with a traditional pre-Hispanic Temazcal experience. The restaurant uses locally grown and sourced ingredients, and has plenty of healthy vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Beachfront accommodation, Mayan Temazcal experiences and gorgeous traditional decor make Posada dos Ceibas a hit with the Tulum crowd. The beach bungalows feature thatched roofs, while power is provided by wind generators and solar panels. This green hotel offers a holistic approach to hotel stays, and guests can rest assured that the hotel is run sustainably, as well as their own bodies and minds benefiting from the hotel’s relaxed vibes, yoga classes and massage services.
The 48 wooden villas and tree houses of AZULIK Tulum overlook a seriously secluded beach on the Caribbean Coast. AZULIK Tulum is part hotel and part Mayan wellness centre, and the focus here is on spirituality, New Age enlightenment and good vibes. There’s no wifi and no electricity, but there is a beach bar, creative workshops, spa facilities and a Japanese–Mexican fusion restaurant. The private beach is clothing-optional.
Thatched roofs, wooden furnishings and a rainwater catchment system give Ahau Tulum serious jungle vibes, while also keeping this beachfront development as ecofriendly as possible. Luxury bungalows have been built in a Balinese style, and you can wake up every morning to join group yoga sessions on the beach, and end the day with a complimentary massage. Ahau Tulum has installed solar and wind generators, helping them to harness the powerful forces of nature along the Caribbean coastline.
Nueva Vida de Ramiro is a beachfront hotel that’s powered almost entirely by solar and wind generators. This Tulum Beach favorite sets the standard for green hotels, because it was one of the original eco-conscious developments in Quintana Roo. The 33 beach bungalows sit on wooden stilts and are covered in sustainably sourced grass thatching, while the hotel owners are active when it comes to local conservation efforts – you’ll even be invited to take part in a turtle conservation programme on the beach.
Contemporary art meets the wild nature of Tulum at the ecofriendly Casa Malca. This luxury hotel is perfectly situated next to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and has its own private beach and nature-filled gardens. The hallways, corridors and bedrooms all feature unique works of art, while the Calma Spa offers four-hand massages. The dinner menu features freshly caught seafood, delicious ceviche and wood-fired pizzas.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by Lauren Cocking.
These recommendations were updated on September 20, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.