Category: Green Friendly Hotels

All-Inclusive Sustainable Resorts in Mexico

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Mexico knows the importance of being eco-friendly. Many hotels and resorts understand how vital it is to protect the environment, as does Elite Travel Consulting.

They provide a number of vacation packages all over the world, including to environmentally friendly destination. Consider these six sustainable resorts for your next getaway to Mexico.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Hotel Xcaret is pure Riviera Maya. It is the first in Mexico and the first in the Americas to receive the EarthCheck Certification in Planning and Design, meaning it met all the standards before, during and after construction. Hotel Xcaret is a nature-inspired resort that blends perfectly into Riviera Maya.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a family-friendly resort that made it’s own Sustainability Development Department to help compost food waste, recycle properly, conserve water and so much more. It’s also the first Hyatt property to become certified for their sustainable operations and management by Green Globe.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

This stunning gem is Travelife Gold certified, which means you can feel great about staying here because Sandos takes care of the environment. They take part in recycling, composting, conserving water, environmental education, organic gardening and so much more.

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun has been doing its part to care for the environment since opening in 2014. Not only do they recycle and use solar energy, they also compost on site, which has kept tons and tons of waste out of local landfills. Because of all their hard work, they were awarded the Travelife Gold certification.

El Dorado Royale

This resort has a Rainforest Alliance Certified greenhouse farm that produces fourteen tons of vegetables per month. The Gourmet Inclusive experience means you’ll be dining extremely well. And the staff at El Dorado Royale all do their part to ensure the resort follows Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Iberostar Playa Mita

Iberostar Playa Mita is a Green Globe Certified resort on the west coast of Mexico. They heat half their hot water via solar energy, and they have a Think Green program that ensures the property is all about sustainability. Be sure to join in for the International Coastal Cleanup and support their sea turtle conservation program as well.

Stay Active at Couples Resorts

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Just because you or your client is on vacation doesn’t mean the workout routine should suffer.

At Couples Resorts, guests can indulge while also finding numerous ways to remain an active lifestyle. These all-inclusive luxury properties in Jamaica feature stunning views as well activities to keep you moving.

Whether you’re staying at Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Tower Isles or Couples San Souci, here are some fun ways to stay active.

Stay Fit

Couples Resorts feature fully equipped fitness centers, as well as land sports like tennis and golf.

For the major fitness lovers out there, Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica has a 10-acre sports and fitness complex, complete with tennis courts, squash courts, racquetball courts, a basketball court, a fully stocked gym, a 25-meter lap pool, an outdoor jogging track and more!

Lessons and training sessions are included, so be sure to let Couples know how important fitness is to you or your client.

Water Activities

Another great way to stay active is through watersports.

Guests can swim laps in the pool, try their hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or pedalos, which is a two-person paddle boat.

You can always run along the beach for a great workout while your partner is out in the water if watersports just aren’t your thing.

Excursion Tours

Stay active while you explore Jamaica with one of the many excursions Couples Resorts offers. You don’t have to stay at the resort just to remain active.

Try zip-lining through the rainforest or go horseback riding along a mountain trail or along the beach.

Other fun excursions include swimming with dolphins, riding 4×4 vehicles and the ultimate kayak tour, which includes kayaking, hiking and zip lining.

Learn More about Couples Resorts

Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica

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Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.

In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.

Couples Q&A

What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?

Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.

Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.

Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.

How does Couples Resorts work with travel agents?

From our founding, the success of the Couples brand has been directly tied to the success of thousands of travel agents across the globe. Travel agent partnerships are a key part of our DNA. And with one of the most attractive agent incentive programs in the industry, we are working on future initiatives that will be even more rewarding.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts strong selling points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?

Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.

Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.

How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?

First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.