As a frequent traveler to the Riviera Maya, I am constantly looking out for a new resort that is eco-friendly minus the crowds of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Akumal has been the town of choice for our family for years, but I am tempted to try the new eco-friendly resorts popping up in Tulum.
|Tulum Ruins - taken by me in September 2008|
Famous for its Mayan Ruins, turquoise waters, and pristine beaches, Tulum is located about two hours south of Cancun. It is easily accessible by car, the First Class ADO bus or even the colectivos; I personally use the ADO and colectivos, and recommend them for the budget-conscious traveler. When the whole family is traveling we usually rent a car for the week.
|T on her first ADO ride.|
Just remember to mind the topes if driving down highway 307!
The Amansala Resort caught my attention because it is the antithesis of the giant, all-inclusive resorts to the north. What this bohemian boutique hotel lacks in amenities (air-conditioning, all-inclusive food/booze, and shuttles to the beach) it more than makes up for with its ambiance, location, local organic food, and retreats. With the cabana room just steps away from the beach and crisp ocean breezes, you won’t need air-conditioning to sleep nine months of the year.
My daughter and I usually take a trip to the Mayan beach sans the boys in search of quiet beaches, good snorkeling and relaxation. We often find ourselves doing yoga in the morning overlooking the beach; however, the location of the classes at our usual resort often leaves something to be desired. At Amansala, guests can register for either a yoga retreat or bikini boot camp with a quality instructor offering group led classes throughout the trip.
|Yoga room overlooking the ocean|
I see the yoga retreat being a perfect escape for us offering serenity and relaxation…
All yoga and resort images are from the Amansala Resort.