Ecotourism: Stay in a Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

Tiny Dome Home

Ecotourism, is it possible when visiting the most popular tourist locations in Mexico? Resorts line the country’s coastlines offering top-of-the-line amenities, such as all-inclusive food and drink, multiple enormous pools, beautiful combed beaches, and maybe even a hot tub in your own hotel room! It’s hard to say no to this type of luxury, but as a tourist, you can make a conscious choice to stay in accommodations that are less impactful on the environment. For example, on my recent trip to Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, I stayed in an eco-friendly dome home!

Tour the Tiny Dome Home in Mexico

This Tiny Dome Home was built by architect Diego Zamora, who is sustainability advocated with a passion for green building. The method used for constructing the dome was created in Iran during wartime by Nader Khalili. In simplistic terms, the Tiny Domes are created by filling bags with SuperAdobe, stacking the bags in a circular pattern, forming the windows and doors, securing the bags together with wire, and filling the holes with concrete. Once complete the domes are extremely energy efficient and strong enough to survive hurricanes!

Tiny Dome Home

*photo credit: Villa Duendes

Rent this Eco-Friendly Accommodation on AirBNB!

The property – named Villa Duendes – features several domes available for rent, all surrounding a picturesque pool and nestled in the jungle. A restaurant is on site, offering basic Mexican food and a variety of drinks – alcoholic and nonalcoholic. The location is a few miles from Akumal beach and requires a vehicle to navigate the winding dirt road. It’s an adventure to get there, but once you reach the tiny dome village, you’ll find it’s a secret oasis!

Tiny Dome Home

*photo credit: Villa Duendes

Features of this Tiny Home:

  • Skylight with ventilation
  • Tiny kitchenette
  • Two stories, with comfortable sleeping space for four
  • Bathroom with toilet & shower
  • Television with DVD player
  • Recycled materials used throughout
  • Swimming pool & hammocks, hot tub on the property

Tiny Dome Home

*photo credit: Villa Duendes

Diego wanted to build this dome using as many recycled and natural materials as possible. Once inside, you’ll see multiple recycled bottles being used for sink faucets, branches that have been carefully selected to be used as towel and toilet paper hangers, and even a large conch shell that acts as a shower head! The property is half off-grid. It features a solar power array, a grey-water recycling system, and a composting system. They do have septic and some power is provided by plugging into the grid, but the goal is to eventually be totally self-sufficient.

Do you think you could stay in a Tiny Dome Home the next time you visit Mexico?




  1. StellaTheKitty
    April 9, 2019 / 5:36 am

    wow. Amazing

  2. April 3, 2019 / 3:15 am

    I had no idea that there was something like dome homes.

  3. March 29, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    This looks great! I want to go. What’s the misquoto situation there? I see there were no nets.

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