’ is a big deal in this era of global warming, and when you go on holiday you might not want to sacrifice your morals for a potentially not-so-eco-friendly stay in a luxurious five-star resort. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the ten best green, eco-friendly hotels in Mexico
(often incorrectly conflated with ecotourism
hotels), with a focus on those that are caring for the local environment through renewable energies and recycling.
El Patio 77, Mexico City
Let’s kick it off with the capital’s only (yes, only!) completely eco-friendly destination. Mexico City’s El Patio 77 has been going strong for just over seven years now with a firmly established reputation for top notch service and comfort, as well as caring for the environment. Situated in a 19th century mansion furnished with vintage pieces, El Patio 77 uses solar panels, recycled water, LED light bulbs (which work on sensors) and filtered (not bottled) water to accompany their 100% organic breakfasts.
El Patio 77, Calle Icazbalceta No. 77, Cuauhtémoc, San Rafael, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5592 8452
Enjoy Mexico City in style and eco-friendly comfort at El Patio 77 | © El Patio 77
Hacienda Tres Ríos, Playa del Carmen
Constructed from local materials – and perched three metres above water – the five-star, all-inclusive rooms at Hacienda Tres Ríos are frankly spectacular. Don’t let the luxury feel distract from their ecological efforts though; at Hacienda Tres Ríos, the water is filtered, rubbish is recycled and the heat created by transforming cold water from the air conditioning system into a vehicle for heating water for bathing. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also attempting to reforest the surrounding areas. Extra points for these guys.
Hacienda Tres Ríos, Carretera Cancún-Tulum, Km. 54, Tres Ríos, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México +52 984 877 2400
Enjoy nature in luxury with the hotel for travellers seeking an eco-clean conscience, Hacienda Tres Ríos | © Hacienda Tres Ríos
Hotel Xixim, Celestún
Hotel Xixim, Celestún
Situated in the heart of some of Mexico’s most spectacular and densely populated mangroves, Hotel Xixim is surrounded by nature and is the ideal destination for those wanting a break from hectic city living. With views over the Gulf of Mexico and Mayan-inspired architecture, the eco-friendly rooms are constructed from 60% recyclable local, natural products such as bamboo. Hotel Xixim’s green credentials don’t end with its construction though, as recycling (of both water and waste) is also practiced here.
Hotel Xixim, Celestún, Yucatán, México +52 988 916 2100
Celestún at sunset | © k.d..did/Flickr
Majahuitas, Puerto Vallarta
Mexico’s top green hotel in the eyes of Food and Travel, Majahuitas is situated in the popular tourist town of Puerto Vallarta and has just eight cabins for rent. It’s so far removed from the hustle and bustle that it’s accessible only by boat. While that might not sound very eco-friendly, it was actually the area’s first green resort and is dedicated to a low-impact approach that benefits both the environment and the local community. Everything is solar-powered and as such you won’t find TVs or air conditioning here, and the land it’s situated on is owned by the indigenous community of Chacala.
Majahuitas, Playa Majahuitas S/N, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México +52 322 293 4506
The eco-friendly right-in-nature ambiance of Majahuitas can’t be beat | © Majahuitas
Casa Malca, Tulum
Considered one of the world’s best green hotels, Casa Malca in Tulum is the perfect place to escape from the world along Mexico’s glorious Caribbean coastline. With its inception in 2014, the hotel quickly established itself as one of the best new green hotels, offering both an ecological and distinctly artsy experience. Casa Malca’s buildings were constructed by local craftsman with sustainable materials like organic, pesticide-free cotton, and there is a focus on serving only homegrown vegetables and local produce in their on-site restaurant.
Casa Malca, Carretera Fed. Tulum-Boca Paila km 10.5, Tulum, Quintana Roo, México +52 984 167 7154
The artsy vibe of ‘green’ hotel Casa Malca will have you swooning | © Martin Varsavsky/Flickr
El Jardín B&B, Yelapa
Moving briefly back to the opposite Mexican coastline with Yelapa’s El Jardín B&B, we are presented with an equally eco-friendly option that boasts a welcoming atmosphere to boot. With every room offering beautiful ocean and jungle views, they could easily do away with their sustainable appeal and still attract guests. However, they are committed to offering both a luxurious and green experience at El Jardín B&B, which recycles water for use in the toilets and gardens and also strives to rely on sustainable products only.
El Jardín B&B, Calle Huachinango #63, Yelapa, Jalisco, México +52 322 209 5284
The terrace at El Jardin | Courtesy of El Jardin
Hotel Xic Xanac, Puebla
Hotel Xic Xanac, Puebla
While it sounds like it should be situated on the Mayan Riviera, Hotel Xic Xanac is actually firmly in the heart of inland Puebla, proving that tempting and sustainable accommodation isn’t only found at the beach. At any given time, there are up to 40 guests staying in this refurbished 19th century mansion, which now employs all the modern eco-friendly amenities like rain collection systems, solar panels and pesticide-free vegetable gardens. Don’t miss your chance to take a dip in the natural swimming pool either!
Xic Xanac, Cruz del Guardián S/N, Barrio Eloxochitlán, Col Cruz del Guardian, Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Puebla, México +52 797 975 5997
A street view in Puebla | © Russ Bowling/Flickr
Posada Dos Ceibas, Tulum
Just to one side of the famed biosphere reserve Sian Ka’an in Quintana Roo is this excellent resort with some equally exceptional green credentials. Posada Dos Ceibas runs all eight of their rooms from pure solar energy and does not provide plug sockets, in order to discourage needless energy waste. Don’t fret though, as you can ask to charge all your electronics at the front desk before you go out for the day! Rubbish is separated efficiently and contributes to compost for the garden, while waste water is reused when possible.
Posada Dos Ceibas, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km.10, Tulum, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo, México +52 877 265 4139
A gorgeous beach view in stunning Tulum | © Mindaugas Danys/Flickr
Hotel Misión del Sol, Morelos
Another luxury hotel with a different yet still eco-friendly way of thinking is the Hotel Misión del Sol. Situated in Morelos, it was green from the get-go with an edifice entirely constructed from biodegradable and recyclable materials. Stepping inside, you’re confronted with a feng shui décor that only reinforces the collaboration between man and nature, as well as adding to the tranquil air of relaxation that pervades the hotel. While staying in Morelos, you can take part in all manner of open-air and sporting activities, as well as the ritual temazcal ceremonies.
Hotel Misión del Sol, Av. Gral Diego Díaz González No. 31, Jose G. Parres, Jiutepec, Morelos, México +52 777 321 0999
A temazcal ritual in Monterrey | © Steven Zwerink/Flickr
Balamku Inn On The Beach, Mahahual
Balamku Inn On The Beach, Mahahual
Finally, we round off our green guide with Balamku Inn On The Beach. This charming place offers total rest and relaxation for all visitors, and is, as the name suggests, plonked right on the edge of the Caribbean coastline. As far as eco-friendly efforts go, Balamku works hard to ensure the survival of the many native trees on its property (replanting them when possible), and all their lights and fans operate on energy-efficient solar panels. The position of each room is intended to maximise the cooling, natural air flow. Balamku also eschews septic tanks and recycles used water.
Balamku Inn on the Beach, Carretera Mahahual-Xcalak Km. 5.7, Mahahual, Quintana Roo, México +52 983 732 1004
A view of in nature of the Mahahual beach | © descubriendoelmundo/Flickr