Ecological Cabins in Cancun and The Riviera Maya
Cancun and Riviera Maya are destinations in the Mexican Caribbean whose popularity has grown year after year since their foundation in the 70s. Although, initially, these destinations were more focused on wealthy tourists, in the last couple of decades, they have become more affordable to everyone.
Nowadays it can be said that Cancun and the different destinations of Riviera Maya (Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum), as well as the islands (Cozumel, Isla Mujeres), are open to everyone, regardless of their vacation budget. There are different lodging alternatives that can fit to your budget. You can find everything from luxury resorts with ocean front penthouses to modest hotels close to downtown as well as hostels with a wide range of shared rooms and, of course, cabins.
A tourist trend that has become more popular in Cancun and, especially, in Riviera Maya (Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum) is ecotourism. The emergence of Cancun as a tourist destination was planned, but its growth and success has been so great that it has extended over some natural areas. So, after having experienced this situation, the smaller towns have tried to moderate their growth and have a better relationship with local ecosystems: mangroves, jungle, cenotes, etc. Thus, cabins as a lodging alternative is becoming more common in places such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
In Playa del Carmen, some of the main options for hotel-type cabins are:
- Petit Lafitte. It is located at Xcaloco Beach. In this hotel, you can find different cabins, some with ocean view, some inside the garden. These cabins provide a cozy, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. They are surrounded by the impressive Mayan jungle and just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea.
- Viceroy Riviera Maya. Its cabins range from 1000 square ft (93 m2) to 2900 square feet (2,895 m2). They have all the amenities that any resort room could have. You can also find ocean front cabins.
- Mahekal Beach Resort. It is an ecotourist resort and It is located North of 5th avenue. Its cabins are surrounded by vegetation, fabulous swimming pools, restaurants and bars. The cabins’ interior design is influenced by a gypsy-bohemian style with colorful Mexican accessories.
- Cocos Cabañas. It has six cozy cabins, also known as palapas or bungalows, as well as restaurant & bar. The facilities are comfortable and sophisticated and are located just 90 feet (30 meters) away from the coast of the Caribbean Sea.
- Paamul hotel. It has 10 cabins with all the services you need to have a quiet and relaxing stay. In addition, you can also find a restaurant service, pool, dive shop, mini supermarket and internet.
- Huaya Camp. Its cabins are surrounded by beautiful gardens. These cabins provide an ideal environment for meditation and wellness activities. It is located 8 miles (5 kilometers) from Tulum archaeological site and 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometers) from Tulum bus station.
- Nahouse Jungle Lodges. Located inside the jungle, these cabins have all the services of a hotel room. It also has a cenote-type pool.
- Playa Selva. It’s a small resort with ocean front cabins surrounded by the jungle. A perfect place for those who wants to have a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
- Joy. It is an only adults cabin complex located inside the jungle.
These are some of the main eco-cabin lodges in the Riviera Maya. However, this type of accomodation is growing fastly in the Mexican Caribbean. You can also find glamping options in some places of Tulum, Akumal and Playa del Carmen.