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Take a look at these seven eco-friendly hotels & resorts that have received NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification.

NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification is a tool to help tourism businesses implement responsible practices. NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Standard is fully aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Criteria, which makes certification against this Standard reliable, simultaneously ensuring the best level of sustainability for consumers and businesses alike.

7 Eco-Friendly Hotels & Resorts certified by NEPCon

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta – Mexico

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Now Amber Puerto Vallarta is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 96.81% on its latest audit process.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Now Amber Resort and Spa features an outdoor swimming pool and private access to the beach. It offers luxurious all-inclusive accommodation and includes on-site water facilities. Now Amber Spa includes hot tubs, a sauna and steam cabin, a Swiss shower and an acupressure shower. There is also a relaxation lounge and guests can enjoy a range of beauty and massage treatments.

Now Amber Resort’s air-conditioned rooms feature an elegant décor and offer garden or ocean views. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable and satellite TV, and free bathroom toiletries. Offering 5 restaurants including 1 buffet, 4 à la carte, 1 barefoot grill and 1 café with no reservations required. All restaurant openings rotate throughout the week. In addition, as part of our Sip, Savour & See dining program the adult guests will be delighted with our three more venues for dinners only, located at our sister Resort Secrets Vallarta Bay.

This complex also features free-roaming local and international calls through the Now Resorts & SPA mobile app using the on-site Wi-Fi connection. Puerto Vallarta International Airport is about 15 minutes’ drive away.


Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

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Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 97.68% on its latest audit process.

Whether you’re a tourist or traveling on business, SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – A is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Punta Cana. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

Independent is renowned for its quality services and friendly staff, and SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – A lives up to expectations. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The property’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your reason for visiting Punta Cana, SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – A is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.


Secrets Saint James Montego – Jamaica

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Secrets Saint James Montego Bay is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 92.96% on its latest audit process.

This Montego Bay resort features gourmet dining, a gaming lounge and spacious suites with a soaking tub and private balcony. Sangster International Airport is an 8-minute drive from this resort. Caribbean Sea views are available from all cabana-style rooms at Secrets St. James. A flat-screen cable TV and iPod docking station are included. The in-room minibar is stocked daily with water and premium beer. A full-service spa is available and guests can relax in the large freeform pool with a sun deck and lounge chairs. On-site activities include beach and pool volleyball, tennis and dance lessons.

St. James Secrets offers dining options including the Seaside Grill with an alfresco setting. Located in the Promenade is French cuisine at Bordeaux and Mexican dishes at El Patio. Montego Bay Craft Market is a 4-minute drive from the resort. AquaSol Theme Park is a 5-minute drive away.


Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Mexico

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 98.09% on its latest audit process. Located 10 km from downtown Playa del Carmen, this 5-star resort features luxurious villas, each with a private pool and landscaped garden. It offers 11 specialty restaurants serving international cuisine and 3 bars. Each spacious villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya has an expansive layout which includes a private sun terrace. All villas include a large bathroom, walk-in closet and iPod docking station. The living room has a 42-inch flat-screen TV and free WiFi.

Mayakoba Banyan Tree offers international cuisine, including Thai specialties at Saffron. Reflections Bar serves cocktails and snacks by the communal outdoor pool. Banyan Tree Spa is a full-service spa, including massage and body treatments. Guests of Banyan Tree resort can work out in the gym or enjoy a mangrove boat tour departing from the lobby. El Camaleón Golf Club, opposite the resort, provides lessons through the Jim McLean Golf School. Cancun International Airport is a 45-minute drive from the Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort.


DON Mocona Virgin Lodge – Argentina

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DON Mocona Virgin Lodge is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 95.95% on its latest audit process.

Offering a restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool, Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON is located in Saltos del Moconá, within a natural reserve. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. El Soberbio is 43 mi from the lodge and the property has a private marina. A balcony with river and garden views and a private entrance are featured in all air-conditioned rooms at Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON. Private bathrooms also come with a shower. Water sports facilities are available at Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON. The rate also includes jungle trekking, rappel, tirolesa, tubing and several outdoor activities. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling and hiking. The property provides free parking. Saltos del Moconá is 3.7 mi from the lodge. Parque Estadual do Turvo is 124 mi from Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON.


La Aldea de la Selva – Argentina

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La Aldea de la Selva Lodge is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 98.46% on its latest audit process.

Set in the rainforest and offering an outdoor swimming pool with 2 hydromassage tubs, this luxurious lodge, just 11 mi off Iguazu Falls, features private balconies with hammocks and jungle views. Wi-Fi is free. Air-conditioned rooms have cable TV, parquet floors and are styled in cream-colored shades with natural fabrics and interior bricks. Bathrooms include baths. Some rooms feature hydromassage tubs.

An American breakfast with tropical fruits is offered. El Nido Restaurant features an impressive rustic chandelier, high ceilings and walls with embedded stones. Guests can enjoy a gourmet meal with rainforest views. Downtown Puerto Iguazu is 4.3 mi from La Aldea. Car rental is available. Iguazu International Airport is 12 mi away.


Rosewood Mayakoba – Mexico

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Rosewood Mayakoba is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

The hotel has achieved a global score of 96.18% on its latest audit process.

Luxury Rosewood Mayakoba is a resort that offers 3 outdoor pools, 3 restaurants a spa and a kids club that offers special activities for children. The comfortable bedrooms feature a private plunge pool in the terrace, LCD flat-screen satellite TV with DVD and CD player, Bose sound system, iPod dock, seating area and a mini bar. The bathroom provides bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can experience 3 different cuisines on site: Mexican, Asian and international style. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort also has a bar.

The facilities at Rosewood Mayakoba include a gym, sauna, steam room and a spa. The kids club also has a children’s pool available. Access to the Greg Norman, 7,000-yard, 18-hole course, El Camaleón is avalable for guests. Guests staying at this resort will receive a welcome tequila, free bottled water and fresh fruit, and Wi-Fi access. Playa del Carmen town center can be reached in a 10-minute drive, while Xcaret Nature Park is 9.9 mi away. Tulum Archaeological site and town are 60 minutes’ drive away.


About NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™

To be eligible to obtain NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™, an accommodation must meet at least 70% compliance of the overall NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification Standard for Accommodations and 100% compliance of its 32 Critical Indicators. The standard includes 19 high impact topics relevant to sustainable tourism related to the economic, sociocultural and environmental performance of the certified companies. For more information on NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification, please visit their website.

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