Taking a vacation in Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences is transforming. We cover every aspect of a vacation experience for every guest, however nothing has been more transforming than becoming a green company in order to benefit the environment, our Members and our community.

Sustainable development practices are a natural consequence of our concern to preserving our precious natural resources in the Yucatán Peninsula, our homeland. In the center of our long-term vision we want to be the leaders in developing tourism in harmony with the environment, the society, culture and local economy.

Under the Sunset Green World signature, Sunset World communicates the actions being taken to preserve, restore and develop in harmony with our environment.


Since August 2014 Sunset World has been working an Energy Efficiency Program in order to reduce carbon emissions and enhance energy. This program includes optimizing air conditioning systems, and updating our water, heat and LED lighting technology at all six hotels.

Such actions have consisted of 3 stages:

  • 1) Identification. First we identified operational points and technology that were not energy efficient.
  • 2) Next we replaced equipment and processes that caused unnecessary energy consumption.
  • 3) Finally we got to enjoy the results.


  •  Supportable
  •  Viable
  •  Fair
  •  Sustainable


Sunset World founded Ethos, a farm located 32 miles west from Cancún, which is the local source of ornamental flowers, fruit and vegetables for the resorts of the chain. Climate and soil conditions in the area make it particularly difficult to cultivate food around Cancun, however in Ethos flowers, fruit and vegetables are produced using alternative energy, organic digesters, and ancient Mayan cultivation techniques producing tons of lime, papaya, tomato, zucchini, cucumber and exotic flowers. Ethos also has an apiary that produces honey and egg –lying hens so our Members experience an authentic “Farm to Table” experience, while we support the local economy by hiring local labor.


Families throughout México arrived in Cancún, eager to take advantage of new opportunities as this booming vacation destination took shape. But, the city’s hectic lifestyle often took a toll on traditional Méxican families. While both parents worked all day and children were in school, grandparents were left at home alone in city they didn’t know. To keep them from feeling useless and forgotten, Orlando Arroyo’s mother, the late Angelita Marroquín, founded Los Años Dorados de la Tercera Edad or The Golden Years Club for the Elderly. Every day several hundred members engage in activities such as singing, acting, dancing, sports, languages, computer science and handicrafts. Many participate in an annual talent show organized by Sunset World.


Over the years, sunset world has contributed to a constellation of causes, charitable organizations and institutions, supporting causes close to our heart.

  • Donating certificates for stays at our resorts to auctions and raffles held by charity organizations, schools, hospitals and other good causes.
  • Donation of retired hotel linens and goods to community groups in need, such as Los Años Dorados, Cancún Firemen, Red Cross, DIF, Ciudad de Alegría.
  • Contributing week-long vacations to the families of children with terminal illnesses
  • Inviting families with children battling cancer to participate in the Sunset Christmas Boat Parade.
  • Providing twice weekly equine therapy under the guidance of a certified therapist at no cost to children in DIF (The National System for Integral Family Development), a
  • Mexican public institution focused on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families.
  • Collection of toys, school supplies and other goods for donation to community members in need.
  • Working directly with student organizations that visit Hacienda Tres Ríos to learn about reforestation and green practices.
  • Donation of mangrove plants for reforestation in Cancún and Riviera Maya.
  • Participation in Beach cleanup events in Cancún, Riviera Maya and Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve


Sunset World has also launched and celebrated major events showcasing our culture, traditions and natural resources, including: Annual Sea Turtle Release, the Earth Hour, Hacienda Tres Ríos Triathlon, Mayan-Tibetan Cultural Encounter 2011-2012, Sunset Boat Parade (Christmas), Sunset World Pop Culture Fest 2013, World Environment Day, World Water Day, World Wetlands Day.


  1. Conventional sunscreens may damage animals and plants instead look for biodegradable sunscreen.
  2. Plastic pollution is exceptionally damaging to marine animals and their habitats. Endangered sea turtles often mistake plastic shopping bags for their favorite food – jellyfish. Where possible, avoid buying products that come in disposable packages and use reusable shopping bags.
  3. Animals are not toys. They are living, intelligent beings that suffer in captivity. Don’t pay to have photos taken with them or to swim with them and you can avoid keeping them away from their natural home.
  4. Turtles are very sensitive. If you see one laying eggs, don´t take photos or try to touch it or hop on it. Respect them and do not step over the fenced off nests in the beach.

  1. Do not buy plants or products of animal origin from endangered species such as turtle eggs.
  2. Practice water sports responsibly. Treat reefs as works of art. Do not touch them while snorkeling. If you are sailing, always look for a safe sand-bottom location to anchor away from the reef.
  3. Walk, use a bicycle or public transportation. Fossil fuel pollution contributes to climate warming, which is the main cause of coral reef destruction.


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