An eco hotel, or a green hotel, is an environmentally sustainable hotel or accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the natural environment and eco friendly hotels Mexico are considered excellent place to hang out for a couple of nights in Mexico City and beyond in Mexico.
Tulum has been branded as a eco-friendly haven but in recent years the expansion and development has left this small town playing catch-up. Simply put, there is no modern infrastructure in Tulum. … The lack of infrastructure puts the onus on the hotels to manage their guests’ waste – from plastic bottles to poop.
Getting from Mexico City to Tulum by car is an option only if you have a stop on the way (Villahermosa) and the most important thing as a foreigner in Mexico, have a driving licence valid for the Mexico. It’s quite easy to get one if you just go to Tozome.com for all the details.
Best Eco Tours in Mexico
- Colonial City of Valladolid, Pink Waters of Las Coloradas and Pink Flamingos
- Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Private Tour from Mexico City
- Tour To Bacalar And The Lagoon Of The 7 Colors From Playa Del Carmen And Riviera
- Shared Tour To Holbox From Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Riviera And Tulum
- Shared Tour To Las Coloradas And Rio Lagartos From Cancun And Riviera Maya
1. Papaya Playa Project 3*– Eco Hotels Mexico
Papaya Playa Project is a sustainable boutique hotel complex of beachfront cabins and cottages, located on Mayan Riviera in Tulum. Set on a 900 m stretch of private beach, it offers rustic accommodation with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. a 24-hour front desk is available.
Video Review of Papaya Playa Project
The eco-friendly cabins at Papaya Playa Project are modestly decorated, with high ceilings, a private bathroom and lots of natural light. Some have sea views or views of the tropical gardens.
Papaya Playa Project organises events every saturdays and once a month a full-moon party.
All the events feature music from international DJs at its beach bar.
There is also a spa specializing in Mayan Shaman therapies. Water sports and fishing are all available on the nearby beaches.
Set amid jungle, this upscale cabin and cottage retreat along Playa Pescadores beach on the Caribbean Sea lies 6 km from Tulum town center. Highway 307 is 4 km away.
Thatched, no-frills cabins without TVs feature mosquito nets, en suite bathrooms, and decks with jungle or sea views.
Eco-chic 1- and 2-story cottages come with free Wi-Fi and minibars; many have rooftop terraces and/or private outdoor pools, and some offer butler service.
There’s a trendy restaurant, and a bar with sea views and weekend DJ parties, plus a spa and an outdoor pool.
Yoga classes and water sports are offered. Breakfast is available (fee).
Eighty-five cabanas have been renovated by the Design Hotels™ creative team.
Integrating local materials and building techniques, they encourage its residents to soak in the warmth of the elements, both physically and mentally.
The separation between man and nature diminishes in these rustic spaces while the perception of small indulgences – like high thread count sheets, flowing mosquito nets and thick towels – is heightened.
The ultimate luxury in most of the cabanas, is the private porch, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm.
This is a Category 6 hotel (with v high nightly rates), but it’s a world apart from say the Ritz in Cancun (also Category 6).
PPP is an eco-chic property bordered by the ocean and the jungle. It is a unique experience and we adored our trip.
It is well run and thoughtfully designed, but don’t expect Ritz-level luxury.
There are newer and older parts of the property and the new rooms are nicer than the old ones but even the new ones are small, have thatched roofs and a gap between the bottom of the door and the floor (for those concerned about creepy crawlies, you can roll up a towel to block the gap at night).
If you’ve never been to Tulum and are thinking “Category 6,” manage your expectations and take PPP for what it is.
Tulum is truly magical and PPP is unique and awesome but know that your experience and room will be more rustic than what you would normally receive for these rates (running a hotel sustainably is expensive).
If what you want is an American-style, luxury resort with all the frills, then PPP (and, tbh, Tulum) might not be right for you.
First, the quiet setting in harmony with nature in every way makes for an incredibly relaxing vacation. I love that they’ve built with and around the trees and are truly an eco-focused resort.
Next, the staff is incredibly welcoming and i feel like family, not to mention the two cats that call it home. The food is beyond compare.
When I’m not there, I dream about the kuxuum eggs for breakfast, the sea bass for dinner, and lazy afternoons on the playa enjoying chips, guacamole, and insane ceviche with a couple drinks.
Also, the early morning yoga classes overlooking the ocean feel more like a dream than reality.
Finally, the “Full Moon” parties on Saturday nights always have epic DJ’s and there’s nothing like dancing in bare feet in the sand under the stars with the tropical breeze until all hours.
The food -breakfast, lunch and dinner were exceptional.
The staff were very accommodating and friendly.
Our Oceanfront beach hut, although I feel were slightly basic, this was mainly due to the eco friendly concept which justified the price.
The resort look and feel as well as pool and beach areas made up for it! Special shout out to Israel who went above and beyond to make our stay a memorable one. Very sweet guy with lots of knowledge of the local area.
It’s a really nice hotel that is trying to make good eco-friendly decisions.
The staff were more than willing to help with any questions we had for arranging dive trips and sightseeing. Food and drinks are again very good but a bit expensive but it all depends on what you’re looking for.
I personally only ate there a few times and have no complaints, other than perhaps offering a more comprehensive snack menu for around the bar.
The small pools are relaxing and off the beaten track enough that they are quiet, but would have liked a larger pool to be able to actually swim.
The cabanas are great if slightly dark, the resort itself is clean and tidy.
If you want to connect with nature in a chic /comfy way , ( bear in mind it its an Eclectic Eco chic hotel which makes you feel you’re in a luxurious jungle).
We were delighted by everything a hotel can offer you. Since the warm welcome with some ginger-lemonade cocktails through great designed “casitas” all the way to its well preserved nature surroundings.
From the moment I arrived, front desk received me the best, all very smiling and kind, they gave me a drink that was very refreshing, the room was nice, it goes very well according to the concept of tulum, good vibes and eco chic.
This place is truly magical. The moment I stepped onto the property I fell in love with it.
The vibe, the people, the drinks. Everything was amazing. Being an eco resort the rooms are not packed with amenities like other places, but we hardly spend anytime in the rooms.
Mostly hanging out on the hammocks drinking beers and relaxing or dancing at their oceanfront restaurant/club.
How much does a room costs at Papaya Playa Project?
This suite features air conditioning.
This room features an open plan shower area (not enclosed)
Where to book online – Papaya Playa Project – Eco Friendly Hotel Mexico – you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Mexico during Dia de Muertos which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mexico on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Xinalani Retreat Mexico 3* – Eco Friendly Resorts Mexico
Set in Quimixto, 18 km from Puerto Vallarta, Xinalani Retreat boasts a spa centre and Temazcal. The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. All room rates include 3 meals and 2 yoga classes per day.
All rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured some rooms. Xinalani Retreat features free WiFi.
Video Review of Xinalani Retreat Mexico
This tranquil beachfront yoga resort with palm-thatched cabins is a 14-minute walk from the sands of Playa Majahuitas and 2 km from Caballo Beach.
Featuring terraces with beach or jungle views, the relaxed open-air cabins offer mosquito nets and safes.
Upgraded rooms have balconies, while suites offer Zen-like sitting areas. There are no TVs or Wi-Fi.
Freebies consist of 3 meals and 2 yoga classes. There’s an open-air restaurant with vegan options, and a bar offering beach views.
There’s also a spa and a beach club. Activities include meditation and steam baths. Kids age 6 and older are welcome.
Xinalani is one of Mexico’s premier retreat centers. We offer a wide range of activities related to health, fitness and fun, in an environmental friendly setting.
We have 33 guest rooms in the jungle, a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (fixed menu, 3 meals included in fare), a beachfront lounge bar, a beach club, 5 fully equipped yoga spaces, a spa with a complete array of massages and treatments, and a little souvenir store.
Our 4 acre pristine beach front property is solely accessible by boat.
Xinalani is absolute magic!✨ The owners have created such beautiful spaces for people to find joy, wellness, happiness and peace.
It’s a brilliant place. I hope these people know how happy and well their vision/creation makes people!!
So many people there were repeat customers- not surprisingly!!
If you’re looking for paradise, you’ll find it at Xinalani.
It’s a wonderful, luxurious eco-chic place – unique from all other places in the Bay.
Go there for fun or go there for a reset.
Xinalani is a eco-friendly and beautifully picturesque retreat nestled in the mountains SouthWest of Puerto Vallarta, MEX.
Very remote, requiring at least a boat ride or horse ride from PVR. Yoga was twice a day, usually at 8am and 5pm.
Yoga sessions were great. Food was delicious and overall healthy/wholesome. Daily activities in between yoga included kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, massages and trekking in the nearby jungle.
Stay was extremely courteous.
Overall, the best part was the ambience: the retreat embodied a milieu of mindfulness, patience and relaxation.
Everything was super casual, yoga clothes and shorts or sundresses. Pack light, you’ll be glad you did.
If you’re concerned about the stairs, check out the map on their website so you can see which room types have less stairs. We stayed in the petite suites which were farther up than most rooms.
The eco chic and half of the deluxe rooms weren’t as far up the hill. The casitas were at the bottom.
The eco-chic suite room 6 was just amazing and you are torn because you can spend all your day just there and never leave.
The view from the hammock to the sitting chair to the bed all offered something different and you could take in the ocean views all day long.
We took the 30 minute hike from Xinalani to the pueblo of Las Animas and that really was a beautiful hike that hugs the ocean border with incredible views looking down. Another day we kayaked and the view from the kayak back at the jungle forest of huts was superb.
The food was just amazing with a chef paid attention to so many details and pride in every plate delivered.
Super healthy. It is the kind of place where you make friends easily due to the shared dinner tables and small yoga classes and small outside bar area with lounge chairs so we all bonded.
How much does a room costs at Xinalani Retreat Mexico?
This suite features a sea view and private entrance.
Where to book online– Xinalani Retreat Mexico – Eco Friendly Resorts Mexico – you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Mexico during Dia de Muertos which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mexico on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hacienda Tres Rios Resort Spa & Nature Park 5* – Eco Spa Resort Mexico
Featuring free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a sun terrace, this eco friendly hotel Hacienda Tres Rios Resort Spa & Nature Park – All Inclusive offers accommodation in Playa del Carmen, nestled on 326 acres in a nature park.
The resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Modern accommodations at the Tres Rios Resort are furnished with flat-screen TVs and iPod compatible radios. Enjoy views from private balconies or browse the internet with in-room wireless internet access.
Video Review of Hacienda Tres Rios Resort Spa
Set on the beach, this lively all-inclusive resort is 7 km from Maroma Adventures activity center and 11 km from El Manglar Golf Course.
Featuring bright, hacienda-style decor, the airy suites have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, plus terraces or balconies, pull-out sofas and/or hot tubs (fee).
There are 9 bars and restaurants, including a pizzeria and a sports bar.
Additional amenities include 2 outdoor pools, a fitness room and a spa, plus tours, a kids’ club, and fitness and cooking classes.
This is a great resort with an impressive Eco–friendly award legacy! There are more things to do here than at other resorts.
The grounds are beautiful and well maintained and the staff is very friendly! I recommend Tres Rios to any family or group that is looking for variety of activities.
The way the resort is eco friendly with its water desalination fresh grown foods and solar power is just amazing. You don’t have to worry about the water.
No mosquitoes and yet so much beautiful clear water that meets up with the incredible ocean waters and view.
Our room was very comfortable, and housekeeping kept everything spotless and free of germs.
In the bathroom, the resort has eco–friendly products you can use including lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and the works.
The showers have water flow restrictors which provide plenty of water for our shower but also do not waste it. It’s another example of being sensitive to the environment.
This resort was wonderful. This hotel was beautiful and eco friendly.
They are fully organic and all leftover buffet food goes into a compost.
I would suggest this place more for families and older people. They have a wonderful selection of activities to do on the resort and have transportation and available activities to leave the resort.
This is a great eco friendly resort on the beach with a an abundance of things to do.
I especially enjoyed swimming the cenotes, and the crystal clear river water.
Room Service was great and much appreciated. The snorkeling tour with Diego and Jose was an amazing adventure and Diego especially was really helpful and supportive.
If you do visit, also do the kayak tour with these guys which runs down from the cenote to the Beach.
Hacienda Tres Rios started as an eco-park. The eco-park failed but the Sunset group decided to keep the ecology the same, if not better, and build an all-inclusive hotel on the water just a little north of Playa del Carmen.
If you’ve been to the Riviera Maya before, you might find that it is bigger than you remember. It originally started in Playa del Carmen and continued toward Tulum.
Today, the Riviera Maya extends roughly from the southern edges of Cancun all the way to Tulum.
It encompasses Puerto Morales, Hacienda Tres Rios and resorts popping up all the time. The only luxury eco-resort along the way is Hacienda Tres Rios.
I was a little skeptical when I first heard about this resort 10 years ago. Many hotel chains talk about the environment and all they do is have water stations rather than plastic bottles of water.
This resort has really made a commitment to solar energy, energy saving lighting, recycling, intelligent use of water and even ecologically friendly design and construction.
How much does a room costs at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort Spa & Nature Park?
Prices start 374$/night for Junior Suite Mangrove View.
This suite has a balcony, bathrobe and cable TV.
Where to book online – Hacienda Tres Rios Resort Spa & Nature Park – Eco Spa Resort Mexico – you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Mexico during Dia de Muertos which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mexico on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. El Patio 77 3* – Eco Resorts in Mexico
In a refined 19th-century Colonial-style house, this eclectic boutique hotel is a 6-minute walk from a metro station and 14 minutes’ walk from modern art at the Museo Universitario del Chopo.
Featuring vintage and upcycled furnishings, the 8 trendy, individually styled rooms offer free Wi-Fi and safes.
Most have en suite bathrooms. Some add balconies, 4-poster beds, living areas and/or wood-beamed ceilings. There’s stair-access only.
Complimentary breakfast is served in an atrium dining area. There’s also a sophisticated lobby lounge with a chandelier, plus a patio garden with a fountain.
The beauty of El Patio 77 lies within the history and details of this building. Walking behind the main door of El Patio completely sweeps you away from the busy streets of Mexico City and straight into a lush courtyard.
The height of the ceilings are refreshing and makes us envious of having so much space in our own apartment.
The furniture is curated perfectly, think modern decor with vintage vibes.
Every morning you’re greeted with breakfast downstairs in the dining room, where you get a chance to gather and socialize with the rest of the guests before all heading out.
The staff here are all very friendly and hands on. They were very accommodating and even have a concierge present to help with any needs.
It’s important to mention that El Patio is eco friendly, kindly asking guest to save water and rescue towels when possible.
Due to the eco-friendly design, the room did not have a temperature control and we experienced some unusual cold weather.
The neighborhood is also very quiet and a bit of a walk/taxi-ride to the other districts. The staff was very helpful to recommend restaurants and things to do.
There are a few spots and tasty taquerias in the area, our favorite was “Tacos El Guero”, only a 2 minute walk down the street! Contrary to other reviews I had read, it’s actually quite far from Chapultepec, La Condesa, Zocalo, La Roma and other areas. Though, we mostly walked everywhere (took a bit of time) and felt extremely safe.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel for everyone looking for an intimate, unique and personal experience. Just for the building and the design alone, it’s enough to consider! The price was also very reasonable.
We look forward to our next stay in Mexico City in the future.
The hotel decoration is perfectly in harmony with the style of eco-friendly hotel, this place wishes to provide and when you enter, you are amazed by the courtyard patio and the building architecture reminds us the european style in the middle of Mexico city.
The bedroom are very clean and well-decorated.
The bed are soooo comfortable, surely you will sleep well – as it is located also in a very quiet area.
And in the morning, you can enjoy a nice traditional mexican breakfast before starting your day.
If you come to Mexico, this is the perfect place for your staying and I would highly recommend you to spend some days here.
The design of the hotel is the star. While the rooms are spacious and beds are super comfortable. I stayed in the Guerrero (Warrior) room.
It was lovely with big open windows and lovely old furniture as well as a canopy bed. The bathroom, which I think is a really important part of a hotel, left a bit to be desired.
First, the bathroom was completely open to the rest of the room. It was fine for me as a solo traveler, but I was imagining what it would be like as a couple, and I can’t imagine that would be all that enjoyable.
Additionally, the bathroom was not well appointed in terms of toiletries.
The only item on offer was eco-friendly soap that was supposed to be used for everything from hair to body.
There was no body lotion, no q-tips or cotton balls, no conditioner etc.
In fact, I’m not even sure I saw a hairdryer. While I really appreciate a hotel that is eco-conscious this made the experience feel a bit less high-end to me than I had hoped. Additionally, the hotel uses recycled rainwater for their shower.
Kudos to them for making an effort, but the shower experience was quite unpleasant.
All in all, absolutely beautiful spot. I really love the eco-friendly mission and the space itself is stunning, which made the money feel worth it.
Fan was provided for when it was warm (even in March it was a bit hot!) and the staff kindly checked in.
Definitely recommend this spot if you can afford it, and keep in mind you’ll save on breakfast!
How much does a room costs at El Patio 77 Mexico City?
Prices start 77$/night for Junior One Bedroom Suite.
Where to book online– Xinalani Retreat Mexico – Eco Resorts in Mexico – you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Mexico during Dia de Muertos which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mexico on Agoda.com or Trip.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor
5. Hotel Xic Xanac 3* – Eco Hotels Mexico
Located in a quiet area of Zacatlan, Hotel Xic Xanac features an eco-friendly freshwater swimming pool, a hot tub and a traditional Temazcal sauna.
It has an organic farm and vegetable garden.
The Xic Xanac uses solar power for electricity, hot water and heating. The cosy rooms have free Wi-Fi and either private or shared bathroom facilities.
Free organic toiletries are provided.
Video Review of Hotel Xic Xanac
In a 19th-century hacienda, a former barn and wooden cabins, this laid-back hotel in a rural area is 2 km from Templo de San Pedro and 12 km from the Cascadas Tuliman waterfall.
It’s less than a kilometer from Highway 119.
Hacienda rooms feature terraces, while cozy attic rooms in the former barn have exposed beams and sloped ceilings. Cabins sleep up to 5, and add TVs. Some are bi-level and have fireplaces. All have rustic furnishings and decor, plus Wi-Fi.
There’s no air conditioning.
There’s a casual restaurant/bar with a terrace. Other amenities include a traditional Mexican steam bath, and a yoga and meditation hut, plus massage services.
The hotel’s charming rustic-style restaurant serves organic Mexican and vegetarian cuisine, using products from the on-site farm and garden.
In summer you can enjoy meals outdoors.
Xic Xanac it’s a family owned ecological development built in which it was a 1880 colonial farm or hacienda using recycled materials from the region.
Surrounded by mountains and in the hearth of the sierra (mountain range) of puebla Mexico about 2:30 hrs from mexico city int. airport.
On August 2006 we start welcoming alternate tourism from all over the world for those who wants to experience the beauty of small towns in Mexico, have real contact with local people and really have the chance to get to know the culture and nature of mexico in a different way.
As soon as you get into Xic Xanac immediately will have the sensation of being in a place made with love and commandment and great vibe.
Let us invite you to know our facilities you won’t regret. Facilities are mainly of clay and wood, to obtain the warmth of this material born from our land.
We have lots of activities and tours like morning walking through the woods or mountains, cycling tours, outdoors fireplaces, visiting the Valley of Piedras Encimadas and Ruta del Pulque (local ancient pre hispanic drink), yoga classes, temazcal ( prehispanic steam bath) walking around ancient villages in the middle of the mountains ( visit a real totonaco street market where they still trade different items).
All rooms are made for a quality stay, the food is the best and one of the best places to relax and enjoy the sound of the air, the environment is nice and enjoyable and also you can get good wine and places to read.
This was a wonderful experience. Is located in the beautiful town of Zacatlan de las manzanas, Puebla, you can go for a walk in the morning and breathe clean air, food is very healthy and tasty, try the Tlacoyos and black beans, also yoga class is available.
The staff is very helpful, clean rooms and definitely beautiful place.
From the moment the taxi dropped us of at the hotel I felt relaxed. This is not a standard hotel.
More like cabins in a very nice village with some farm animals.
They grow their own vegetables that they use in the food you get there.
The cabins are nice and clean, and the owners are very friendly. This is a great place to get relaxed and find energy.
It’s about 15 min walk to the center or a short and cheap ride with taxi. It’s also a lot of nature stuff to see close to the city.
So if you are looking for a calm and relaxing place, with very good and organic food this is the best place. Can’t wait to come back to this place.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Xic Xanac?
Where to book online – Hotel Xic Xanac – Eco Hotels Mexico – you can find the best eco friendly hotels deals in Mexico during Dia de Muertos which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mexico on Booking.com or Trip.com or Agoda.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.