The once sleepy town of Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is quickly becoming one of the world’s premier destinations for sustainable tourism,with plenty of eco-friendly accommodations that specialize in offering luxury and wellness retreats without depleting the environment. Here,we’ve compiled a list of three resorts that are making headlines for their efforts. Although each may be very different,they all offer specific solutions that are designed to help preserve the area’s considerable natural resources while promoting wellbeing among visitors.
Recently featured by Yahoo! Travel,this boutique eco-resort is part of the EcoTulum brand,which also includes the nearby Cabanas Copal development. With only 15 thatched-roof cabins available,guests will enjoy a sense of solitude,along with rustic wooden bathtubs,in-room massages,direct beach access and kayaking tours to the world’s second largest barrier reef,which lies just offshore. The cabins do not have electricity,but plenty of candles are provided and carefully planned shade,combined with the region’s naturally fresh ocean breezes,are enough to keep temperatures comfortable. No children are permitted at Azulik,which also makes it ideal for couples or anyone who is looking for a peaceful,eco-friendly getaway.
Named one of the ‘World’s Best Wellness Resorts” by USA Today,Maya Tulum is known for its extensive list of spa treatments,healthy meals and retreats that are carefully designed to renew mind,body and spirit. This all-inclusive option offers the best in modern luxury,seclusion and rejuvenation,with 45 private thatch-roofed cabanas,seven massage rooms and 4,500 square feet of yoga space.
Although this destination is still in development,it promises to be one of the area’s most impressive eco-friendly options upon completion of its many phases,which will unfold over the coming years. Characterized by four hotels – each with a different theme designed to embody various aspects of Mayan architectural styles,culture and history – the resort will also feature a world-class golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. In addition,there will be more than 500 single-family home sites available,along with golf villas and condos for sale in Tulum.
“More than 200 acres will be set aside for open spaces with limited roads and pathways planned with ecology in mind,” writes Nicklaus Design online. “The site is conveniently located adjacent to the Ecological National Park and Archaeological Zone of Tulum.”
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Would you be more likely to stay at a beach hotel that is eco-friendly than one that is not?