Do you have your mind made up that an all-inclusive isn’t for you? Hang on a second. Have you stayed at an all-inclusive sustainable resort that’s part of a 326-acre nature park? Check in to the Hacienda Tres Rios in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The buildings of the 273-suite hotel are constructed on pilings above the ground, which allows the natural water flow of the area to continue unimpeded. Regional materials and finishes were included in the construction, and more than 50,000 plants were reforested in 6 acres of forests that had sustained hurricane damage from Wilma in 2005.
In addition, cold water from a well is used to cool the air-conditioning systems, heat generated from air conditioning is captured and used to heat water, and a water-desalination plant treats and filters water so that the freshwater aquifer is not used.
When not relaxing in your comfortable suite or dining at the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars, there is a wealth of outdoor activities to indulge in. Take a tour of the resort’s plant nursery, snorkel in Cenote Águila, check out what’s going on behind the scenes in the kitchen, or indulge in the Sense Adventure Tour—a guided exploration to “your perception of the five senses.”
Convinced that “all-inclusive” doesn’t have to mean a cheesy vacation, and can actually be a great green experience? Take advantage of the Hacienda Tres Ríos Thanksgiving Special. For $218 per person/night, the package includes four nights of Endless Luxury All-Inclusive Plan accommodations, round-trip VIP airport transportation, Thanksgiving special dinner, complimentary 30-minute massage (per person), unlimited tours in the nature park, a welcome bottle of wine and fruit basket, and in-room complimentary Internet access. Taxes and gratuities included.
And while you’re giving thanks, enjoy your green Mexico vacation!
Photos and articles courtesy of Jill K. Robinson