Wanderlust Locations with Amenities That’ll Enchant and Inspire Spiritual Awakening
Too many choices can overwhelm us, and we end up flipping a coin or settling on convenience.
I’m going to help you mitigate the risk of hosting a retreat that does not match your expectations.
You’ll find the following four places will only enhance and complement your ultimate retreat vision.
La Veleta is a neighborhood that is becoming the next most popular destination to stay in after the Beach Strip and Aldea Zama. Holistika has already become the landmark of this neighborhood.
This 18-hectare property consists of various facilities for you to customize your retreat to fit your spiritual needs. It boasts a yoga shala and a yoga dome built to enhance acoustics, perfect for sound healing. If guiding a vision board or painting class is part of your retreat, there’s a building dedicated for artists to come together to create. Their outdoor restaurant is a popular brunch spot, serving eggs benedict with charcoal hollandaise sauce and acai bowls with homemade almond butter. A big part of the jungle property hosts art installations from local artists.
These beautiful installations would hold your attention to the present moment as you take your walking meditations.
A page on their website is dedicated to retreats, where you can fill out a contact form to get the conversation started.
2. Jungle Keva
If you’re looking for tranquility and elegance, Jungle Keva is where you need to book your retreat. Organizing a retreat is no small feat, but Jungle Keva brings you clarity and attentive assistance where they essentially become an extension of your team. On their website, you’ll find information that would take guessing out of the equation. The excellent staff helps you organize from ayurvedic cooking classes to excursions to sacred cenotes and jungle ziplining. Their yoga studio opens up to a view of their pool surrounded by lush greenery. Their restaurant serves beautifully plated food highlighting local ingredients. Each dish is attended to with a lot of thought that you can taste.
Whether it’s making their own yogurt or grounding spices to create the best chai latte in Tulum, you can guarantee your retreat guests a heart-fulfilling culinary experience.
After a satisfying meal, head back to one of their five luxurious lodges for a peaceful night’s rest.
Ikal is situated in the National Park area. Crystal waters and white sand continues down this side of the beach. There are minimal restaurants and hotel establishments here, so it doesn’t attract the Tulum partying crowd. Instead, you’ll find yourself amongst diverse yet like-minded individuals who are there to bring the best out of each other.
Surrounded by endemic nature, the creative minds behind Ikal organize various events and ceremonies that tap into ancient Mayan traditions.
Continuing their emphasis on connecting with traditions on the dishes served at Maia restaurant, the talented chefs use old cooking methods and make corn as their star ingredient. To host your retreat here, you would reach out to them through email to begin the conversation. If you’re looking to host a retreat that includes an abundance of amenities to help you cultivate your spiritual nature, and discovering generational influences within yourself, this would be the ideal place for you.
4. Casa Naga
Think secret location, think connecting to nature in all its wild and spiritualistic form - this is Casa Naga. Located in the jungle side of Tulum Beach road, you’ll feel a universe away from the famous Beach Strip.
Casa Naga is a place for spiritual healing - period.
You are transported to a place where surrounding nature feels ancient and wise. So open yourself up to the knowledge it brings. A single octagonal-shaped stunning palapa hosts up to 12 guests. An expansive deck sits on this property overlooking a cenote where yoga and ceremonies are held. The peacefulness is palpable. If you are looking to host a one-of-a-kind retreat that is meant for deep introspection and healing, then you just discovered a hidden gem. There is no website for you to visit; however, take a look at their Instagram profile, which has minimal but beautiful content (there’s even an endearing story behind the palapa, go check it out)
Each of these phenomenal destinations would help you create an unforgettable experience.
Tulum is sometimes known as a spiritual vortex. This place holds an energy that cultivates your innate desire to connect. And if you stay aligned with your heart’s purpose, I have no doubt, the retreat you plan to host, or looking to attend here in Tulum, will be everything you imagine and more.
Elite Tips from Tulum’s Hospitality and Design Gurus to Elevate Your Meditation Room
It’s been a turbulent year(s), and my morning rituals kept me sane throughout self-quarantine, times of heartbreak, and times when I felt anxious about the future. Between the global pandemic, polarizing politics, and the personal adjustments that many of us had to make, we can all use a place where we can have a spiritual practice of our own.
The good news is, crafting your oasis is incredibly fun!
You may already have a meditation space - but these tips are more than just aesthetics, these tips will elevate your connection to your spiritual nature.
Now that I’m living in Tulum, Mexico, the mecca of “wellness architecture,” there’s plenty of design inspiration and tips from experts I am eager to share with you.
Here are three invaluable tips to construct your very own sanctuary.
1. Channel Your Ancestry Roots
A luxury eco-resort is one way to call Azulik. It is also considered a masterful work of art and a magical experience that reconnects people with the natural world. The innovative mind behind this masterpiece is Roth Azulik. He explains that one of the core aspects that guide their design is ancestral connection.
“all communities share a common ancestry, and we should respect and learn from this shared history.”
Learning about our ancestors creates a sense of belonging. To incorporate a piece of your culture or family tradition into your meditation space can enrich your practice and bring a deeper connection with yourself.
TIP: Be curious, and do a little research into your family tree. Look at family heirlooms and cultural artifacts that resonate with you. It can range from a piece of jewelry to ceramic bowls, from furniture to rugs.
Take a deeper dive into the creative process of Azulik’s team:
2. Fabric and Textures
Do you know that feeling, of sleeping in fresh white sheets, or snuggling up on the couch with your favorite blanket? How you instantly felt at home and relaxed.
Wellness design encompasses a collaborative list - fabric material and neutral color palettes are integral components.
Looking to Daniella Hunter for inspiration, she brings an elevated level of awareness to her hotel, Sanara Tulum, and the Real Coconut restaurant. All materials used in her designs are biodegradable at the end of their life span and made in small batches.
Hemp, lyocell, organic cotton, and silk are used, and even coloring of the fabric is conducted with care and attention to its impact on the environment.
TIP: When looking for fabrics, take that extra step to check the origin and the production process to indicate its sustainable credentials. As for colors, have fun with neutrals. Go with grey, cream, and brown all at once. As well, bring in a lot of texture. Offset rough with soft and coarse with smooth.
For more details on the fabrics mentioned, take a look at Daniella's website: bydaniellahunter.com/pages/our-fabrics
3. Outdoor Indoor Integration
When we visualize an oasis, we most likely think of being outdoors, breathing in the fresh air, and soaking in the sunlight.
There are many health benefits to fresh air. One advantage is the increased amounts of oxygen you breathe will help produce more serotonin (the happy hormone) in the body.
When it comes to lighting - having natural light in the room helps us attune our body and mind to our circadian rhythm.
Circadian rhythm is our internal 24-hour clock, a part of our brain that regulates the alertness, sleepiness, and behavior changes our body goes through by responding to the light in our environment.
CO-LAB is a design studio whose portfolio is an impressive list of highly sought-after architectural projects in Tulum. One of their recent design is a pavilion that takes the form of a five-sided catenary structure, with sweeping walls made from bamboo and arched vaults. This structure captures the interaction between light and shadow, further enhances the tranquil quality of the space. It also allows for plenty of airflows, guiding the jungle breeze in and through the area.
TIP: Choose a space in the house close to a window. Allow as much natural light in as possible during the day. If that space is not available, make sure there is adequate ventilation in the room, place a standing fan in the room to keep the air moving. Keep the lighting warm or light candles for evening meditations.
Check out Co Lab’s website for more inspiration:
Wellness-focused design involves lighting, materials, air, neutral color palettes, and outdoor-indoor space integration—just to name a few.
According to the Global Wellness Summit, “Wellness Architecture” is one of the top wellness trends of 2021. I would also add that this trend is inevitably irreversible. Considering feeling happier, healthier, and more alive will never go out of style.
Sophisticated and Luxurious places to stay in Tulum that's Instagrammable but without the crowd
I’m back in Tulum, Mexico, after my last visit five years ago. This time, I’ve decided to stay here indefinitely, and my curiosity to know this city amplified. As weeks went by, I became acquainted with business owners and like-minded entrepreneurs. I discovered hidden gems that I cannot possibly keep to myself. These unique places need to be shared and experienced by all who seek to be inspired.
Over the last five years, development has sprung exponentially in Tulum as it becomes synonymous with the ultimate beach vacation. Situated on the state of Quinta Roo’s Costa Maya, it boasts white sand beaches, surrounded by lush jungle, and an assortment of restaurants that would satisfy the most discerning foodies.
Its natural surroundings undeniably heavily influence the accommodation scene. Bohemian-chic and eco-friendly are foundational design aesthetics to draw from. There is no shortage of Instagrammable spots such as Azulik and Nomade on the beach that says wanderlust getaway.
But because of Instagram, many of these spectacular spots are overly exposed.
You end up having a swarm of tourists lining up in front of hotels to take photos of Burning-Man-like installations.
What if you can experience dream-like accommodation surrounded by Tulum’s natural beauty that is just as Instagrammable, but without the crowd?
A side of Tulum to stay that is yet to be discovered by the masses?
We will uncover hidden gems in Aldea Zama, La Veleta, and the Beach Strip. Accommodations that will surely inspire you to visit.
Tulum is a paradise vacation spot to many, but it is also an ideal place to call home for others. Aldea Zama Premium is a residential gated community that locals and visitors alike reside. The community is developed upon a guideline that helped developers to maintain the precious qualities of the jungle.
Casa Areca, situated in Aldea Zama Premium, would be a dream project for anyone. The owners who fell in love with Tulum wanted to create an oasis, not only for themselves to call home but also for travelers. They set out to find the best team to collaborate with, mesmerized by the enchanting Caribbean seas and the mystical Mayan jungle.
It was without a doubt that Co-Lab was the ideal team for the project. Co-lab is an architectural studio that’s worked on many exceptional projects in Tulum. They’re renowned for incorporating Yucatan’s natural beauty, where guests can experience a closer connection to the natural world through their design.
Encompassing modern luxury comforts and the magnetic energy from the surrounding jungle.
The result is the sophisticated serenity of a four-bedroom home. A stunning feature is the floor-to-ceiling glass panel doors bordering the ground-level floor— each panel pivoting to expand the living area into the outdoor space. If you want to feel as though you are in the comforts of your own sophisticated home and experience nature’s elegance at the same time — here is where you want to stay.
Beach Strip (Jungle-Side)
From the moment you step inside the Treehouse property, it’s hard to believe that just a second ago, you were on the trendy beach strip. You are transported to what feels like a secret location exclusively for artists, musicians, and designers. Yet this is a three-bedroom building that welcomes all travelers and locals alike who wish to stay.
A diverse group of local artisans, builders, craftspeople, and international designers united to form the Treehouse concept.
The thoughtful architectural design comes again from Co-Lab studios. Throughout the premise, local, organic, sustainable materials are used wherever possible. Elements such as old linens, rough textiles, weathered wood, and vintage-contemporary pieces add contextual contrast throughout the building. Besides having stylish rooms for you to stay in, Treehouse provides a collaborative space for artists to experiment and showcase their craft. Whether it is the art of cooking, cinema, or music, Treehouse holds an inviting space for them to express and for you to immerse yourself.
Jungle Keva's vision to provide a nurturing and inspiring sanctuary that would facilitate guests to connect back with themselves has now fully come to fruition. The lushes jungle seems to weave through the property effortlessly. From determining how to maximize energy and trade wind airflow to designing the infinity pool not to uproot ancient trees, their intentional effort and attention to detail are used to create this magical space.
The lushes jungle seems to weave through the property effortlessly.
From determining how to maximize energy and trade wind airflow to designing the infinity pool not to uproot ancient trees, their intentional effort and attention to detail are used to create this magical space.
Be sure to try their house chai latte, and soak in the poolside view from the intimate dining space. Steps from the pool is an elegant yoga studio, beautifully lit with natural light. Daily yoga classes and retreats are held in this tranquil setting. The five luxury lodges feature a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass, giving the room an expansive sense of connecting the interior space with nature outside.