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All-inclusive Resorts in the Riviera Maya

Hotel- Resorts in the Riviera Maya

Due to recent events I outline here the reasons why I generally do not recommend to book (and spend) a vacation in Mexico in resort facilities.

Of course, all of the facilities are big employers in the region. The jobs that are assigned among locals are more these jobs which do not require long-term training or they receive their training in the course of the employment relationship (training on the job). These are serving staff, cleaning staff, garden assistants. Many of the positions in the higher income classes are either occupied by Mexicans who have been transfered within the hotel chain and an above average percentage of the higher management are foreigners.

Now, let’s imagine, there would be many small hotels that would have the same number of beds and capacity. Would the structure still be like thatß I think, from the economic point of view, tourism can be promoted and at the same time the region with its inhabitants, if we do not rely on international groups, but support small and family businesses.

Presentation of food as buffets and the all-inclusive strategy with all beverages for free convey the impression that food and drinks are in abundance and can be wasted. With buffets more food is thrown away than through a normal ordering service, since the cooling chain must be strictly adhered to in our tropical climate in order to prevent food poisenings.

The premises are all very nicely designed and resemble a huge tropical garden. This is deceptive of the fact that they are artificial gardens and that true nature is banned. For many hotel facilities, mangrove and wetlands were dried out, sand was shifted on the beaches and cenotes were covered, wildlife animal on the property are often poisened.

However, the biggest reason I reject to recommend to book a holiday at one of the resort, as many of them have a dolfinarium, a swim with dolphins program on their property. A study of Delfines in Libertad in 2015 estimates that the number of facilities with dolphin in captivity in Mexico is 29, and 20 of them are in Quintana Roo alone. Since 2008, 11 new facilities have been added (in all of Mexico) and this is of course because the tourists create the needs. If you have not already known before, I would like to point out the connection between dolphins and capturing wild dolphins (Taji or Faroe Islands and Solomon Islands) and the catastrophic conditions in which the dolphins are kept (too small pools, water with chlorines, no shadows and too shallow pools). Dolphins swim in freedom up to 150 km and are highly social beings. I uploaded the complete study here (in English).

(c) Delfines en Libertad


These hotels have dolphin installations and are on my black list (as of June 2017)

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa
Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort & Spa, Isla Mujeres
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun (near Playa del Carmen)
Hotel Grand Sirenis, Akumal
Hotel Occidental at Xcaret Park
Hotel El Cid Puerto Morelos
Hotel Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Hotel Barcelo Maya Beach, Playa del Carmen (south of Puerto Aventuras)
Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal

For the sake of completeness, I mention here that I do not want to support any of the dolphin activities that are not affiliated with any hotel nor any of the dolphin parks such as Xcaret, Xel-ha, Dolphin Discovery, Delphinos or Dolphinaris.






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