Living “green” is an important idea in this age of global warming, and when you go on vacation you may not want to sacrifice your morale for a potentially not-so-green stay at a luxurious five-star resort. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the top five eco-friendly hotels in Mexico (often mistaken for ecotourism hotels), with a focus on those who take care of the local environment through renewable energy and recycling.
El Patio 77 – Mexico City
Mexico City’s Patio 77 has been going strong for just over seven years with a firmly established reputation for world-class service and comfort, as well as caring for the environment. Located in a 19th-century mansion furnished with antique pieces, El Patio 77 uses solar panels, recycled water, LED bulbs (powered by sensors), and filtered water (not bottled) to accompany its 100% organic breakfasts.
House In The Woods – Xalapa, Veracruz
Wake up to the view of the beautiful jungle scenery right outside your bedroom window. This secluded ecological retreat is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature while enjoying the charm of a small town in Xalapa, Veracruz.
Hotel Xcaret – Cancun, Quintana Roo
Located in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Hotel Xcaret is a first-rate luxury resort committed to environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The recipient of numerous awards, this vacation destination successfully combines all-inclusive convenience with strict sustainability practices.
El Jardín B&B – Yelapa, Jalisco
Returning briefly to the opposite Mexican coast with Yelapa’s El Jardín B&B, we are presented with an equally eco-friendly option that has a cozy atmosphere to begin with. With each room offering beautiful ocean and jungle views, they could easily remove its sustainable appeal and still attract guests.
Hotel Xcaret Arte – Cancun, Quintana Roo
Grupo Xcaret’s second project boasts its majesty following the eco-integrating line of its architectural concept that honors the Mexican roots of Mexican art. In them, guests can find workshops to complement their experience in the art world. Offers include painting classes, learning more about Mexican weaving techniques, creating your own ceramic piece, learning to dance, and other interesting workshops.