an eco-chic retreat | Tulum, Mexico

Well hello.

How I’ve missed you, and missed blogging.  I thought I would return this year by sharing some notes from a recent trip to Tulum.  It was a trip that I planned to ring in a milestone birthday.  I feel very lucky to have a birthday right after new year’s, as it has caused me to habitually kick-off each calendar year with self-reflection and goal setting as a result of entering a new year and turning one year older within a few days of each other.  This year was a milestone so I wanted to fuel my passion for wellness with a trip that would enable me to stop and appreciate everything I have, while setting intentions for a new year and new decade in my life.

There were a few parameters that were important to me for this trip:

  • Must be warm weather in January & and must be on a beach
  • Must have healthy, clean food
  • Must have Yoga daily

A few of my girlfriends decided to join me for this adventure, and as we conducted research for places that would meet the above criteria, we landed on a place called Amansala in Tulum, which offered all of the above and then some.  It was 6 days of paradise with morning meditations, walks on the beach, yoga and an array of other fitness classes, very healthy food in a clean simple way, as well as incredible mayan healing treatments, and sightseeing  – it was exactly what I we needed.  I wish I took more photos during my time there, but the truth is, it was such a transformative experience, I often left my camera behind so I could soak it all in and completely unplug.  Knowing that I wanted to blog about this trip and share it with you, I did manage to capture some highlights.

The accommodations at Amansala are rustic yet beautiful and there are no bad views.  This was my  bedroom in our suite.

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Meals were hosted here, and the view was even more beautiful in person as you can imagine.

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You could do as much as you wanted to during the days, and this is what an average day list of options looked like.


The sunrises and sunsets were magical, {as they all are}, and I didn’t miss a morning sunrise during this trip.  The morning mediations during sunrise were an incredible way to start each day.

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Each day meditation was followed by a walk on the beach.  Tulum beach is lined with beautiful chic hotels and with the sound of the waves and the stunning scenery, I found these walks to be incredibly soothing.

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Dressing and packing for this trip was easy and simple.  All you really need is a bathing suit, a coverup that you would pretty much spend most of your time in when not going to classes, yoga gear, great shades and a great sunscreen {how refreshing!}.  Here are some of my picks for not only Tulum but the beach this year.

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Rimless Mirrored Iridescent Ray-Ban Sunglasses {just bought these and love them} | Marysia scalloped bikini | coverup {love the side tie details and subtle print} | My go to clean sunscreen for the face | great Balenciaga studded flat sandals for the beach or dinner

This is a trip and experience I am so grateful for, I would go back in a minute and met some incredible people from around the world during my time there.  I came back with clarity, a whole new set of healthy recipes, and in better shape than I was when I left. If you are looking for a healthy, escape somewhere beautiful along the ocean, I would highly recommend Amansala.

Wishing you a beautiful day, and a Spring filled with endless opportunities,


About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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