We all live on this big round thing called Earth — right? And as far as I know, it’s our job to protect it.
So, whether you’re at home, at work or at the beach — hopefully you’re at the beach — there are things to do and places to go that will help you take care of our planet.
Below are six Mexican resorts who do an amazing job of being eco-friendly and staying green. And, they do it without forfeiting beauty or luxury.
1. Hotel Xcaret Mexico
This sleek, nature-inspired resort is a true stand-out. Even though they’ve only been open since December 2017, they’re already setting the standard for sustainable Mexico resorts.
Not only is it the first resort in Mexico to receive the prestigious EarthCheck Certification in Planning and Design, it’s the first resort in the Americas to receive the certification — they met EarthCheck’s standards before, during and after construction.
And, it doesn’t hurt that they grow over 130,000 plants native to southeast Mexico each year for reforestation in and around the Xcaret eco-archaeological parks.
2. Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
AMResorts owns 25 resorts that are certified with the Rainforest Alliance. Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is the latest property to be certified.
In order for a company to be certified, they must follow several key principles — sustainable management planning, a food and beverage safety program, quality management and human resource management. They have implemented Earth Day celebrations, beach clean-ups, on-site recycling to limit excess water and more to fulfill the certifications standards.
Plus, it’s beautiful.
3. El Dorado Royale
You might come for the breathtaking views of the Riviera Maya or the luxury of Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive experience, but either way — El Dorado Royale’s Passion for their Sustainability Program means you can feel good about living the good life.
The program ensures that hotel operations follow Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and both local and national regulations. Plus, the resort’s Green Team manages water, flora, fauna, energy usage, and waste to minimize the property’s impact on the environment as much as possible.
And, did we mention the resort has a Rainforest Alliance Certified greenhouse farm that provides fourteen tons of vegetables per month?
4. Iberostar Playa Mita
This stunning resort’s Think Green program is all about sustainability.
You can thank the sun and the resort’s forward-thinking for heating half their hot water with solar energy. Extending their care to the ocean, the resort developed a sea turtle conservation program and participates in the International Coastal Cleanup, which tidies up miles of public beach.
5. Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Since opening in 2014, this resort has made it a priority to be a trendsetter in sustainability by rigorously recycling, utilizing solar energy and composting right on site.
They’ve managed to keep over three tons of waste out of local landfills. So, it’s no surprise they’ve been awarded the Travelife Gold certification. And, to clean up the air, they’ve developed a tree-planting program.
6. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort
This all-inclusive hideaway is Travelife Gold certified.
Recycling, water conservation, environmental education, organic gardening, composting and caring for endemic flora in their on-site nursery is all part of a day’s work for Sandos Caracol Eco Resort.
In their Royal Elite rooms, the water is heated by solar cells and you definitely won’t find any plastic water bottles around — but don’t worry, they’ll hook you up with drinking water from refillable jugs.
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