Go Green with These Eco-Friendly Resorts

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

For many, “Eco-Friendly” is an empty buzzword.

For these 33 resorts, Eco-Friendly is a lifestyle in preservation. It’s protecting the fragile ecosystems of the beautiful jungles, beaches and oceans that millions enjoy and the local cultures thrive on.

It’s an extra effort with future generations in mind.

But what does Eco-Friendly actually mean? Here’s a taste of what some resorts are doing to #GoGreen.


Riu Caribe – Installed energy-efficient CFL Downlight outdoor lighting on 70% of property

Riviera Maya

  • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita – Beach cleanup campaigns every fifteen days

  • Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun – Water treatment plant – the treated water is used to irrigate hotel garden

  • Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa – Replacement of our Air conditioned equipment for a brand new energy recycling engine that uses motor heat to warm water for our rooms

  • Grand Palladium White Sand & Riviera Resort & Spa – Awarded prestigious gold Travelife Award for environmental commitment

  • Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe – On the beach during sea turtle season, fencing surrounds nesting areas to protect baby turtles

  • Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa – Guided Eco Tour exploring the Mayan jungle including 16 natural cenotes, indigenous animals and exotic plants

Punta Cana

  • Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana – Water treatment plant – the treated water is used to irrigate hotel gardens

  • Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa – ANAMAR agreement for coral reef recovery and reforestation


  • Couples Resorts – 85% of menu is prepared with products from local growers and farmers

  • Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton – Earthcheck Award

  • Sunset At The Palms Resort & Spa – Bananas are grown in the on-site garden and then used in the resort’s restaurants


  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino – Uses of natural ventilation in the main lobby, befitting the resort’s tropical location while resulting in substantial energy savings

  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts – Uses water reducers, which cut down water flow by 60% in all showers and faucets, and low-flow toilets

Costa Rica

  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa – 80,000 trees planted each year (more than 500,000 since program began)

  • RIU Guanacaste – Support of protection programs for endangered species allowing the recovery of the flora and fauna

  • Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa – Uses local, organically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs in resort restaurants

  • Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort – Recycles and composts 90% of generated recyclable waste


  • IBEROSTAR Cozumel – First hotel in Cozumel to earn Green globe Certification for sustainable management and operation


  • Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort – On the beach during sea turtle season, fencing surrounds nesting areas to protect baby turtles

Los Cabos

  • Zoëtry Casa Del Mar – Weekly beach cleaning campaigns

  • Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa – Uses a desalination plant, allowing the property to have an independent water supply from the city and reusing the ocean water


  • Grand Palladium Vallarta – Bronze Certification from Green Globe


  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – On-site organic gardens feature 70 varieties of herbs, 100 selections of vegetables and 35 fruit trees

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Kauai – Heat produced by air-conditioning system is converted to heat water for guestrooms and swimming pools

  • The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui – Utilizes In-House Water Bottling System to reduce the amount of plastic bottles throughout the resort

  • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa – 40,000 newspapers from guest rooms per year is recycled from the resort saving 114 trees and 17 cubic yards of landfill

  • Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas – “Make a Green Choice” Program enabling the resort to conserve energy and water by giving guests the option to defer daily housekeeping services

  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Hawaii’s Big Island – Generates the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world

  • Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort – Styrofoam Elimination and use of reusable and/or biodegradable products

  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort – Features a farm-to-table restaurant, serving fresh foods, sustainably farmed

  • Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Makena bakes their own breads and makes their own sauces, stocks, soups and salad dressings in order to have freshest items for meal prep possible

  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel – Non-chemical treatment of pool, cooling tower and well water

At Apple Vacations, we are celebrating the resorts that #GoGreen and all those involved in supporting the cause. If you are interested in more information on the #GoGreen movement or any of these participating resorts, click here — http://applev.ac/1hl4Fq4

One thought on “Go Green with These Eco-Friendly Resorts

  1. This is a topic which is close to my heart… Thank you!
    Where are your contact details though?

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