Sanará Tulum: The Wellness Retreat

In Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

With a name meaning “you will heal,” it’s no surprise that this eco-boutique features a world-class wellness center and a beautiful beachfront yoga studio. The wellness center specializes in treatments like Sobada Maya Massage, crystal-healing therapy, Sanará Breathe Massage and Sanará Relieve Massage among others. The wellness center also offers its signature Cleanse & Heal program, a three- to seven-day experience that includes cleansing diets, unique treatments (think detox baths and Magnesium Oil Massages) and yoga and meditation classes.


To complement the healthy lifestyle of the hotel, The Real Coconut Café serves up energy-boosting dishes that incorporate key elements of paleo diets, gluten- and grain-free diets, and vegan practices. Some of the dishes even include original recipes like coconut cheese and coconut tortillas. Headed up by Daniella Hunter, the beachfront eatery is also able to create custom menus, offer juice-fasts and support detox programs with its specially curated menu that features nutrient-dense food to cleanse and re-balance. Food options range from loaded avocado toast and plantain pancakes to plant bowls and coconut tacos, as well as an extensive list of juices and smoothies.


Accommodations include 19 suites on both the jungle- and ocean-side of the hotel with beautifully appointed features like freestanding bathtubs, chandeliers, geometric pendant lighting and whimsical dream catchers. A classy color palette of whites and grays mixes with warm woods for chic, yet rustic interiors while outdoors, guests will find private gardens and decks or balconies. Some higher-level villas and suites feature rooftop terraces, waterfalls and pools. The newest addition to the hotel’s accommodations is the Jungle Compound, a collection of rooms and suites tucked away into the thick foliage. The standout here is the Sanara Jungle Villa, two interconnecting two-room apartments each with a king-sized bed, a private bathroom, a living room, a kitchenette, an oversized deck and a rooftop terrace.


Looking Good: Sanara Tulum won the 2015 National Competition for architecture and interiors from the Asociacion de Arquitectos e Interioristas, Mexico; along with receiving the gold medal at the Biennial of Architecture of the Mexican Caribbean.

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