Looking for the best Eco Resorts and Eco Hotels in Tulum? Well, there are quite a few of them, so I’ve compiled a list of the best ones to help you choose. Check it out!
Eco-friendly accommodations are becoming a trend around the world, especially in countries like Mexico, which pride themselves in their natural landscapes, unspoiled beaches and reserves, and have such a strong connection with the Mayan civilization that worshipped nature.
Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean that the hotel is going to be uncomfortable or cheap; quite on the contrary, most of Tulum’s eco resorts and eco hotels are luxury ones, and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference with a normal 5-star hotel.
Here are 12 fantastic eco hotels and eco resorts in Tulum, Mexico.
Azulik Hotel, Tulum
In the heart of the Mayan jungle, Azulik comprises 48 hand-made villas constructed around the trees of the jungle, harmoniously coexisting with the landscape without causing any damage to the nature that surrounds it. While Azulik continues to grow, it does so around its natural surroundings, without disrupting them in any way.
Azulik hotel in Tulum is a community project that was born from the desire to bring together art, ancestral knowledge and the love for the planet, and the villas are located imitating a maze of treehouses, connected by wooden walkways that are surrounded by flowers and tropical plants.
There is a natural wetland system running beneath the hotel’s canopy that nourishes the ground and supports the ecosystem of the area. This eco hotel in Tulum has no electrical light or devices, including TV or air conditioning, providing its guests with the chance of disconnecting from the modern world and coming back to nature.
The lack of electricity should not scare you; the hotel offers incredible facilities to keep you entertained, relaxed and happy. The sea villas offer uninterrupted views of the Caribbean, while the Mayan villas boast jungle surroundings and an outdoor tub. There’s a Mayan mosaic bath filled with sacred water from the Azulik’s cenote in each villa, and the three restaurants offer a mouth watering gastronomic experience combined with multi sensory activities.
You can also take sunrise yoga lessons, meditations classes and participate in sacred ceremonies. Get pampered at the spa, which only uses organic products, and take long walks along the beach with a cocktail from the beach bar on hand.
We like it because the lack of electricity provides the perfect excuse to disconnect from work and social media and reconnect with yourself. Azulik also offers stunning views of the jungle and sea, and despite its gorgeous location it was built and continues to function while caring for the environment.
Zamas is one of the best hotels to stay in Tulum. Situated in the middle of Tulum’s National Park’s beach, Zamas is a mostly electricity-free hotel (it only uses a generator to supply wifi in common areas and limited lighting) and its focus on low-density accommodations prevents the place from ever being crowded; there’s a limited guest capacity.
The owners, a family originally from California, live on site and work hard to ensure that the hotel lives up to its eco-friendly title, doing beach cleanings, promoting the local arts and habits and staying true to the culture of Tulum.
Zamas comprises 18 thatched-roof, simple cabins with balconies overlooking the gardens or the sea and hammocks. It has direct access to the beach from where you can enjoy the sunset, and boasts an open-air restaurant that serves both Mexican and American dishes.
The colorful cabins of this beautiful eco lodge in Tulum are surrounded by the extensive tropical gardens, and the decor is stylish with rustic touches that add to their charm. The hotel also has a swimming pool and spa services.
We like it because the owners are committed to being as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, and the hotel’s location is perfect to be able to enjoy nature without being too far away from other tourist attractions and tours.
Sueños Tulum connects the best of both worlds with more than 20 years of sustainability practices. This eco-friendly resort in Tulum offers high-speed internet and 100% solar-powered electricity and also runs a recycling program while limiting plastic consumption as much as possible.
The food they serve is locally sourced, and Sueños Tulum also has a wastewater treatment plant and rainwater collectors.
The hotel’s building was influenced by Mayan Prehispanic art, and each individual suite and area has sculptures representing the Mayan gods and beautiful pieces of art. Each villa represents an element of nature: Jungle, Earth, Rain, Sun and Moon, and the whole vibe of the hotel will make you feel at home right away.
We like it because the electricity is 100% solar-powered, they limit the use of plastics and the owners turned this place into a celebration of their culture and history, honoring their roots and ancestors.
Located in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Reserve coastline, this multiple award-winning eco resort in Tulum is an example of ecotourism in the area. Mukan has only 10 available rooms and it’s equipped with its own solar panels, wind turbines and a water-purification system.
Mukan Resort is an eco luxury hotel that provides all the facilities for its guests, from a full-service spa to a swimming pool, private beach area, activities and wellness lessons, but at the same time works hard to become completely self-sustained.
The restaurant serves locally sourced products and the hotel’s main concept is to help you experience the environment and the jungle not only through your eyes, but through your whole body. According to previous guests, it’s one of the best hotels in Tulum for couples.
We like it because even though it’s already more eco-friendly than most hotels, it continues to develop with the goal of reducing its impact on the environment as much as possible.
Olas, as the name in Spanish suggests, is an eco-hotel inspired by the joy and freedom of the waves, and it goes a long way in protecting the ecosystem and environment that surrounds it.
The entire hotel is powered by solar energy from panels located on the roof, and only on the rare occasions when the sun doesn’t shine do they use the small generator, ensuring that guests never see their comfort interrupted.
They also have an intricate system to collect rainwater, which they use to feed the indigenous vegetation, and the property’s water supply consists of an underground river system that captures water from a nearby cenote and then transfers it to cisterns on the hotel’s roof.
The food comes from local providers and regional farms, and they cook daily with fresh produce, limiting kitchen waste and composting the rest.
But their commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop there: the architecture of the hotel, designed half a century ago, took nature into consideration, therefore the curvature of the walls help to channel the flow of the sea breeze, eliminating the need for A/C completely! It’s definitely one of Tulum’s eco hotels with the most positive impact.
As for the facilities offered to the guests, they are pretty impressive too. They take their guests’ wellness very seriously, and offer yoga sessions in a studio surrounded by the jungle and holistic massages next to the beach. You can also embark on a kayak trip along the wetlands, or go on a sunset birdwatching tour. The suites are fully equipped and you’ll be served a freshly made breakfast every morning.
We like it because their electricity comes 100% from solar energy, and they protect the surrounding vegetation and environment of the hotel. Since their food is locally sourced, they also support regional farmers.
Ahau Tulum is named after the Mayan sun god Kinich Ahau which means universal consciousness.
With this idea in mind, this eco resort in Tulum, Mexico is strongly committed not only to environmental causes but also social ones, supporting projects and improvements in the local community and working hard to diminish hunger and stimulate economic growth for the local residents.
This hotel has been awarded by the Green Key Hotels in Mexico program for its sustainability and positive impact on the environment.
They limit food waste, their toiletries are natural and biodegradable, the building materials for their cabanas are locally sourced and they carry out water preservation practices. The hotel also promotes the protection of marine life and nature preserves.
Ahau is a beachfront hotel, and all of its rooms, decorated with handcrafted artwork and rustic architecture, have outdoor spaces, as they were constructed around the natural landscape. Most of them even have amazing ocean views, and they were designed specifically for the environmentally conscious traveler seeking a luxurious getaway, as they promote on their website.
Among the facilities you’ll enjoy at Ahau Tulum are daily yoga lessons, sunrise meditation practices, Temazcal ceremonies, swimming pools and a spa. There are also family rooms available if you’re traveling with your kids, and they are pet-friendly!
The Tulum Ruins are only minutes away, so you can rent a bike to visit the site or explore the area.
We like it because they make a great impact in the local community, creating new job opportunities and improving the locals’ quality of life, and at the same time they take every measure to be environmentally friendly.
Habitas is one of the beachfront eco hotels you’ll find in Tulum that succeeds in balancing luxurious experiences for its guests and environmental practices.
Habitas Tulum takes part in a reforestation project, protecting the indigenous communities in ecological zones and offsetting carbon emissions from their operations.
They also participate in local beach cleanups and manage a recycling program, involving the local community by placing plastic receptacles all around Tulum. One of their greatest positive initiatives is the elimination of single-use plastic on the hotel.
Guests will encounter a luxurious, eco chic hotel in Tulum boasting an outdoor swimming pool, access to the beach, a full-service spa that offers everything from massages to yoga lessons and wellness packages and cultural activities, such as movie nights and temporary art galleries. There are also bikes available and a nightclub.
We like it because they take the single-use plastic issue very seriously, and they also counteract their carbon emissions by reforestation, therefore making the minimum impact possible on the environment.
Papaya Playa Project
Papaya Playa Project constantly seeks to improve their surroundings and community. The resort has retained 93% of the original jungle, which compared to the norm (5%-30%) is pretty impressive, and they recycle the wastewater for the irrigation of plants and jungle.
All the food that they serve is locally grown in organic gardens, and their drinking water is transformed using environmentally friendly technology, which also uses very little energy. The pool water is also treated with less chemicals than most pools, and uses much less energy.
A few years ago, Papaya Playa Project launched their mission to achieve zero emissions and zero contamination, and they strive everyday to live by that norm.
Their Villas, Cabins and Casitas feature simple decorations and benefit from lots of natural light; and whether they have views of the sea or tropical gardens, they are all surrounded by nature.
This Tulum eco lodge has an almost 900-meter stretch of private beach for its guests, a swimming pool, family rooms and a full-service spa. Events take place every Saturday, and there’s a full-moon party once a month. Featuring a honeymoon suite and a chapel overlooking the sea, this breathtakingly beautiful resort also hosts weddings.
We like it because it combines comfortable accommodation and facilities for its guests without losing sight of its main objective, which is contributing to the environment and making as little impact as possible.
Posada Lamar is one of Tulum’s eco-friendly hotels boasting a beachfront location and breakfast delivered to your cabin. There’s a swimming pool and private beach area for all guests, as well as beach equipment such as umbrellas or loungers and a sun deck.
Posada Lamar’s rooms are simple and decorated using local handicrafts, displaying a rustic look that adds to the laid-back vibe of the place.
Electricity comes from solar panels and wind generators, and the lights are kept low to avoid disturbing the breeding cycle of sea turtles, iguanas and sea birds that lay their eggs on the beach.
The hotel was built with organic and recycled materials, and it offers access to the cenote nearby and their private lagoon, along with a bicycle rental service and water activities.
We like it because they’d rather reduce their commodities than endanger or disturb the animals that live and breed in the area, and the rusticity of the hotel blends in with its surroundings, offering the perfect getaway from modern civilization.
Nueva Vida means New Life in Spanish, and true to its name this eco lodge has worked for over 20 years with the Sea Turtle Conservation Program to protect the endangered and nesting sea turtles in the area.
For six months every year, Nueva Vida hotel provides accommodation and meals for the volunteers that come to the area to work in the conservation of sea turtles, and they also run educational programs on the subject.
They also participate in beach cleaning activities, have a management plan to relocate sargassum in different areas for the generation or recovery of coastal dunes, and run a reforestation program of native vegetation.
Nueva Vida boasts more than 30 thatched-roof bungalows and houses, situated right in front of the beach and distributed on a 7.5 ha property, ensuring the intimacy of all guests.
The hotel is powered by solar panels and wind generators, providing you with 24-hour electricity, which is another great contribution to the environment; it’s one of the most sustainable hotels in Tulum.
Beach beds and chairs are set on the beach every morning, a complete Mexican breakfast is served and you can get massages or reflexology to completely relax during your stay.
We like it because its main goal is to ensure the protection of endangered sea turtles, which are vital for the environment, and even though they already do so much for this project, they still participate in cleaning and reforestation programs, and rely on solar panels for their electricity.
Sanará means it will heal in Spanish, and the resort was initially conceived as a wellness center to strengthen our relationship with ourselves and our body. It has now extended the concept to the wellbeing of our planet, and they work hard to provide a healing experience for their guests at the same time that they care for their natural surroundings.
The beach side foundations of the hotel are raised above the ground, leaving the low space and sand for the nesting turtles. While they rely on generator power at the moment, they are researching solar-power options to minimize their energy use.
Regarding waste, they have a microbe-based system that deals with sewage and wastewater, they use all the organic waste for compost and run a recycling program. They also have a no single-plastic policy in the property.
The rooms are specially curated to become your sanctuary for deep introspection and physical healing during your stay, and you’ll be welcomed with a wellness kit that includes a personal yoga mat, a beach towel and a bathrobe.
You can opt for beachside suites, garden villas or poolside rooms, and enjoy the different wellness programs like yoga classes, spa treatments and nutrition. You can also have a private meditation session or participate in the beach fitness lessons the hotel offers.
The restaurant, Real Coconut, offers Ayurvedic menus and 100% gluten, grain and dairy free recipes to nourish your body. All products are organic and locally sourced.
We like it because they have a great waste-management system and strive to improve their sustainability. Their focus on the wellbeing of their guests is a good reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves, body and soul.
Harmony Glamping is nestled between the jungle and the Caribbean ocean, and staying true to its desire of being part of the natural landscape, it was built using sustainable materials, including dead wood harvested by Mayan communities and rock from their land.
All beds and most of the furniture is made out of recycled pallets, and the building was oriented to get the most sea breeze and northern winds possible, reducing the use of air-conditioning while keeping the rooms cool.
All wastewater is recycled using a bio digester and then used to irrigate the plants. Rainwater is also captured to feed the garden.
At Harmony Glamping and Boutique Hotel you can opt for regular hotel rooms or glamour bell tents; all of them come with biodegradable shampoo and soap, luxury cotton sheets, mosquito nets and all suites have an en-suite private bathroom.
You can practice yoga, enjoy a massage, book a tour at the hotel or take one of the bikes available to explore the area.
Their café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they have vegan and vegetarian options. All produce is harvested from their own organic farm.
We like it because they are a great example of how far recycling can take you, and manage to offer a glamorous experience for guests without neglecting their commitment to nature.
The fact that they harvest their own produce and provide organic, biodegradable toiletries shows their deep engagement to the environment.
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