SANARÁ TO HOST SERGE BARBEAU’S STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC RETROSPECTIVE OF THE CASTE WAR OF YUCATÁN
Sanará, the luxury eco boutique hotel and wellness centre located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is delighted to announce that it is hosting a major photographic exhibition.
Opening on 31 March and running for three months, Últimos Testigos The Caste War 1847-20?? is a much talked about retrospective by Canadian photographer Serge Barbeau that focuses on the last Mayan descendants of one of the most dramatic episodes in Mexican history. The revolt of the Maya Indians of Yucatán against their white oppressors began in 1847. By 1855, when the major battles ended, the war had killed or caused the flight of almost half of the population of Yucatán. For over 50 years a new religion supported Mayan independence; surviving their eventual defeat, it continues today.
This very emotional photographic testimony consists of portraits of the sons and grandsons of the Maya rebels with the interviews of the protagonists carried out during the shoot.
Sanara’s Studio will be the spectacular backdrop for ten of the original images that have already been exhibited to great acclaim inthe Yucatán capital Mérida, and which will be on display at the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich this the summer.
Últimos Testigos The Caste War 1847-20?? will be open to the public at Sanará for two months. Limited editions of the pictures, accompanied by a copy of the original corresponding interview, will also be on sale. All profits will go to the villages where the pictures were taken, through the Xyaat cooperative, a non-profit Maya organisation in Señor, Quintana Roo.
Says Sanará’s co-owner Charlie Stuart Gay, “The promotion of Mayan contemporary history and culture has always been at the heart of what we do at Sanará, which is why we were so excited when Serge first approached us to host this important exhibition. We are very involved with local cooperatives ourselves, so were delighted to learn that Xyaat will be profiting from the sale of these powerful images.”
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Our organic Cuban coffee, fresh off the plane from Havana, and delivered in person to Tulum by our man in Cuba. Served daily at The Real Coconut Tulum. We love this coffee, sourced in the South East area of Cuba from a plantation near Guantanamo Bay, for its delicate flavor but also because it doesn't give off the caffeine jitters which other coffees can cause.
It is wonderful that we are supporting pure,organic coffee production from boutique farmers in Cuba. We can also help you arrange to make an exclusive travel excursion to Cuba supported by our Cuban team.
Guests have enjoyed staying over the Holidays in our new villa, located within our beach garden area.
Located on Sanará’s beach side of the property, just slightly back from the beachfront, our 3 bedroom Beach Villa features a stunning downstairs luxury suite with master bedroom and separate spacious living and dining room, and a 2 bedroom suite upstairs. Internal villa staircases and doors facilitates the Villa to be rented primarily as a 3 bedroom Villa, or separately as luxury ground floor and first floor suites.
The ground floor offers a master luxury suite with a super king bed as well an additional full bed, a large living/dining room with an additional sofa bed and feature an exclusive private back garden area and spacious extended front decks with seating and dining spaces. The downstairs suite can very comfortably accommodate 2 adults and up to 3 children. This is ideal suited as a luxury suite for a couple or an expansive family accommodation.
Upstairs there is an additional 2-bedroom suite, with a super king bed and additional single day bed, and a further room with a super king bed, to accommodate up to 5 guests.
The central living and dining area may be used for the Villa guests when booked as a whole, or as an addition to the downstairs suite when occupied separately. Entrance to all rooms will be through an internal stairs which allows for customers booking all the rooms to experience a private home or for the ground floor and first floor accommodations to be accessed and secured separately.
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We won.... and then we have won Gold again.... and now Sanara Tulum is the official representative of design for hotels across the Mexican Caribbean.
Its always a bit surprising when other peers recognize the brilliance of creativity and so on behalf of everyone involved in the design and building of Sanara Tulum, we are honored to be nominated and then to win awards for our work.
First in October in Mexico city the hotel won the 2015 National Competition in the category of Architecture and Interiors for Hotels from the Asociacion de Arquitectos e Interioristas, Mexico.
Now in November in Cancun we have become recipient of the Gold Medal at the Biennial of Architecture of the Mexican Caribbean.
Charlie Stuart Gay said on winning these awards "We want to thank the immense efforts of my partner, Daniella Hunter, whose clarity of vision as well as her ability to implement each action became the measuring stick for all our team members to work towards.... then to the team of Studio Arqs here in Tulum. We came together at the start of the project with Lalo and Paulina, after our dear and brilliant Los Angeles space design friend, Sean Knibb traced the layout on the Tulum sand with us, and over two years we have bonded into an immensely effective unit. There are many in the crew that have lived with us through the week and called the Sanara lands their work place for over two years now. Also a huge thank you to all our friends and family who helped propel our vision to reality and of course o God. We thank you"
We have a wonderful line up of teachers, classes. and special yoga events .We thank all our team from around Tulum for giving our guests such a high level of practice.
My boyfriend and I have just got back from staying at a new hotel in Tulum. Sanara is absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous from the reception and the front desk staff to our Ocean view room - it even had a newly installed soak bath in the back garden - to the Studio where we had great yoga teachers in a studio which was the best I have ever practiced in anywhere in the world ... I had an amazing Mayan massage and afterwards we walked for ever on the Tulum beach.
The Sanara beds and their linens somehow made me have the best nights sleep in my entire life and waking to sun rises will always stay with us, until we get back again ... Thank you everyone at Sanara.
Another satisfied customer. thank you for the lovely review Bellaholpop.
Offering the perfect balance of direct and uplifting instruction, Andriana Magino is one of Sanara's finest yoga instructors and this is why you need to know her.
Originally from Mexico City, and now fully fledged Tulum expat, Adriana Mangino began her study of yoga eight years ago when she felt her body and mind asking for something more. The certified Vinyasa teacher combines an eclectic blend vigorous and fitness based Power Yoga. Adriana takes pride in knowing that her students are not just bodies on a mat, she enters lives, and they enter hers.
The highly celebrated Power Yoga class introduces an emphasis on strength and flexibility, and is considered by many to be the “gym yoga”. Both Ashtanga & Power Yoga classes are taught by Adriana Mangino, all levels are welcome. Please see yoga schedule here.
Photography by Mark Heartman
Fashioned from imported bamboo and cotton from Italy, Sanara’s signature bed linens are designed for the ultimate luxury in sleeping. The perfect balance of rich textures and sensibility are sure to awaken one with precious delight. Sumptuously opulent in craftsmanship, the T300 thread count is constructed to withstand the test of time. Unifying contrasting textures in the all white palette, the Sanara sheeting is divinely soft to the touch yet durable and machine washable.
King Sheet Set - Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. -$295
King Duvet Cover Set- Featuring a standard duvet cover with two pillow shams. - $275
Sheet & Duvet Cover Set Pack -Featuring a standard duvet cover. Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. -$495
Queen Sheet Set -Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. $275
Queen Duvet Cover Set - Featuring a standard duvet cover with two pillow shams. -$255
Queen Sheet & Duvet Cover Set -Featuring a standard duvet cove. Including both flat & fitted sheets and two pillow shams. $450
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Once merely a sleepy fisherman's village on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum has since grown into an epicenter of counter culture eco-tourism. Now a place where high style and down to earth eco-living can co-exist. Our Rudy Gonzales recently spoke with Studio Arquitectos, the highly innovative and sought after architects of Tulum’s most populated spaces to delve into the majestic architecture that is Sanara Tulum.
Constructed of unparalleled craftsmanship, Sanara Tulum was designed with one intention in mind: to create a tangible place in the world, a space to unite like minded individuals with the common purpose of self-transformation, for greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us... objective achieved!
Your Sanara Tulum hotel is positioned on the highly coveted beach of the Riviera Maya, the hotel’s foundations and structures have been built with the utmost respect and awareness of the sanctity of the land of Tulum. In an effort to incur minimal displacement or damage to the beach, the hotel’s stand alone properties are strategically placed without walkways ultimately allowing Mother Nature to grow harmoniously throughout and with inhabitants of its birthplace. Each structure is developed and supported on ground-level pilotis, elevating the building from the earth ultimately allowing the continuity of living organisms below. Above, pristine white sands, coco palms, and Mayan chit trees flourish naturally throughout the Sanara Tulum landscape.
RG: How does Sanara Tulum differ from other hotels in the area?
Studio Arquitectos: ‘The design is based on the respect of the site's original vegetation. The modules were always intended to be elevated from the ground so that firstly it does not impact the ground by it’s column foundations, then, so that turtles and other fauna have the ability to make use of the sites space. Creating a proper ventilation that tropical context requires, allowing hurricanes and strong winds or water to pass through.’ says Paulina Villa CFO of Studio Arquitectos.
Utilizing indigenous materials such as; clay, stone and local Mexican wood the hotel’s design is made for sustainable living. Showcasing details of traditional Mexican architecture, the recognizable and carefully sourced bajareque and tzalam lumber stands strong and tall throughout the hotel’s grounds.
RG: The wood at Sanara is absolutely beautiful, can you tell me more about how and where it comes from?
Studio Arquitectos: Most of the wood comes from the town of Noh-Bec which is an important supplier of the región and is regulated by authorities, the people who are in charge of this place take pride in care and calculating their consumption. It's worth noting, that they sell the wood seasonally in an effort to reforest the woods annually. After 20-25 years of each cycle they cut and analyze the logs to begin the supply again. Explains Pablo Garcia Figueroa Designer of Studio Architects and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City alumni.
A more personal touch, is the hand-selected Sanara Tulum tiles comprised of natural materials, the muted colors and geometric composition make for the perfect addition to the hotel’s minimal esthetic and offer nice balance of traditional Mexican style.
RG: There are a lot of details in the design, can you tell me more about the pop tiles showcased throughout the hotel?
Studio Arquitectos: “The Mosaicos Artesanales are a typical addition to the historical buildings in our country, specifically the región of Yucatán. You can find these tiles in the local haciendas, this type of colorful finishing that gives each space a warm feel. These pieces are very eco-friendly because they are all handmade one by one. First, they make the mold of each shape. Then, they fill in a mix of cement and at the very top, the artisan will color a finish depending on the design. The materials and pigments originate from nature and the labor is 100% handmade”. - Sayas Pablo Garcia Figueroa.
By necessity, Sanara Tulum takes in consideration the use of local resources. In an effort to conserve energy, Sanara’s floor to ceiling polished concrete walls are beautifully constructed to decrease the usage of electricity, organically cooling the rooms, and most importantly diminishing the cost of waste and repairs. Each wall showcases a beautiful blend of textured of monotone greys that are strategically finished and take several hours to complete. With plans in the near future to implement solar panels on the main roofs of the hotel, Sanara aims to maximize on the energy of solar radiation and the use of sustainable materials.
RG: From your Architectural point of view, how would you say Sanara has enhanced the town of Tulum?
Studio Arquitectos: The architecture and the owner’s concept introduce the perfect example of how health and nature can coincide. Says Lalo Garcia Figueroa, Head Architect at Studio Arquitectos.
The sophisticated design, has without a doubt turned a few heads and raised the bar in the business of holistic living. “A modern look for the new Tulum” says Pablo Garcia. As Tulum continues to develop so does its community. To deny change would be denying the inevitability of Tulum’s growth. “The idea was intended to uplift ourselves, our guests, and our world, as we walk our own paths to healing and ultimately leading lives of wellness and harmony." says Sanara’s Creative Director Daniella Hunter.
Dedicated to 'building dreams', Studio Arquitectos is highly celebrated for producing contemporary designs in the most natural environments. Creators of the Tulum’s most recognizable locations such as; Hartwood, Gitano, and now your Sanara Tulum. 'It's with the highest acknowledgement and gratitude to call the team of Studio Arquitectos family.
Conceived on the affinity for social good and sustainable living, Sanara is built on the firm belief for both the care of our ourselves and for our environment. Together alongside the creative minds of Studio Arquitectos, Sanara Tulum opened it’s doors December of 2014.
It’s true what they say, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, however, you don’t know what you’ve been missing until it arrives. Sanara Tulum, heal with us.
Site images by the wonderfully talented Brian Magallanes,
Sanará is centrally located to some of the tastiest Mexican and International cuisine in Tulum. Artisans of individuality have created a variety of venues, unique in their own right. We highly recommend our guest explore and experience the taste of Tulum. In no particular order please see a list of our favorites. A map of restaurants is also available upon request at the front desk.
La Zebra- Positioned directly to the right of Sanara, La Zebra is the perfect mix of Mexican infused dining. Providing live DJs and Salsa dance class on Sundays the La Zebra restaurant offers a selection of traditional Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates.
Casa Banana- Located just a stone’s throw away from Sanara Tulum, Casa Banana is lovely little eatery located on the jungle side of Tulum’s beach road. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner Casa Banana is the perfect spot for a late brunch or dinner.
Puro Corazon- Overlooking the turquoise sea. Located directly across the highly recognizable Mateos. Puro Corazon is known for it’s authentic and relaxed ambiance. The serene yet vibrant restaurant offers a selection of infused and traditional Mexican plates.
Restaurare- Inspired by the philosophy of restoring the spirit. Restaurare is a Vegan oasis tucked away off the beach road adjacent the bar Tábano. The meatless menu, offers a delectable taste of traditional Mexican dishes. While the no-frills yet charming esthetic compliments the dedicated whole-hearted staff.
Zamas-Home to the celebrated Chef Gerardo Molina Cruz, Zamas Restaurant is a destination for those seeking Mayan and Mexican dining. Specializing in fish plates such as groper, lobster and snapper. The Zamas wood burning oven also features thin crust pizza pies and charred pepper salsas.
Mezzanine- Located on the public side of the beach road of Tulum, Mezzanine hotel & restaurant is home to one of the best views in town. Offering a unique mix of Mexican infused dishes alongside delicious plates of Tai food. The restaurant offers a happy hour from 1-4 PM and their fish tacos are not to be missed.
Posada Margarita- The intimate open-walled Italian restaurant, serves a classic selection of pastas alongside a daily catch. Creating a fresh menu daily. Each meal is served with an anti pasta platter that includes; bruschetta, focaccia, and cauliflower. The wine list includes a selection of chianti and South American offerings. Please note, Posada Margarita does not accept reservations, walk-ins only.
Gitano- The renowned Tapas Restaurant and Mezcal bar opened just last year. Gitano by it’s Spanish definition means gypsy, and the space embodies just that. Featuring s a wild esthetic of nature, a romantically light lounge, and complete with a Mayan inscented aroma. The chillingly infused Mezcal cocktails are dressed to perfection and the best on the beach. Attracting both locals and tourist alike, Gitano is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight.
Ahau- A destination for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Ahau restaurant is a place where rustic living meets high style. The Latin American cuisine is favorited by tourist and locals alike. Showcasing a seaside grill, fresh salads, and hearty sandwiches. Favorited by both local and tourist alike, Ahou is known for great music and a beautiful crowd.
Villa Pescadores- Freshly opened early last year, Villa Pescadores is positioned just before the road that leads to the Tulum Ruins. The youthful and relaxed environment sits in view of Tulum’s finest fisherman. The large offering of small plates and cocktails, is the ideal location for casual play. More often than not, live music and dancing is had at sunset.
Hartwood - The highly celebrated Heartwood is favored internationally. Tourist flock from all over the world to taste the unique dishes prepared by Chef Eric Weiner. Inspired by the savory fruit and and protein options found only in the Yucatan. Hartwood’s specialty is good food, and the flavor in every last bite. Run completely on solar energy power, the no-frills kitchen prepares most of its plates over a wooded fire. Hartwood does not accept reservations in advance, in-order to score yourself a table one must physically schedule a table between the hours of 3-6PM.
'Our stay was nurtured on every level of our being. My taste buds and cells were doing the happy dance for all meals. Ahhh.. the juices were unbelievably healthy and tasty. Breakfast, the best I have ever had. The bedding was sooo cozy that I would wake up during the night not only to hear the ocean but to feel the softness of the sheets. The staff are soo kind. .A lot of thought, care and love resonates from the entire hotel. Thank-you...thank-you..thank-you.'
Thank you! Michelle K of Toronto, Canada the pleasure was all ours.
One of the less boasted about yet incredibly enchanting experiences had throughout Mexico is the migration of the butterflies. If you’re lucky enough to step outside in the very sunny streets of Tulum, look up, and you will find a swarm of butterflies have filled the air with absolute beauty.
Fluttering about in all shapes and sizes, the long travelled insects have reached their final stretch of a 5,000 mile long journey that began in North America. The final destination of the year long feet is complete with the well deserved mission of hibernation. Thousands of tiny caterpillar eggs will be laid upon selected milkweed leaves for the next generation to complete the life cycle.
Sometimes one simply needs to look up, and the inspiration finds us!. Starting now and throughout the month of July enjoy the beautiful migration of one of Mother Nature's most beautiful creatures.
Draped in rich stratum yarns of cashmere, cotton and silk, the Lars Andersson S/S 2015 collection makes its Caribbean debut. Now available for purchase inside the Sanara Tulum hotel, the beautifully un-constructed hand knitted capsule is pulled from the finest spun-yarn mills and produced overseas in Nepal.
Founded by Sweden native Lars Andersson, a pure artisan at heart, the S/S collection was made for the beach chic and city dwelling individual. Dedicated to only the finest in craftsmanship, the insouciant style is not designed for everyone. The basic and ensembly challenged need NOT apply.
Dark colors and breezy cool knits touch softly on the skin. Featuring genderless pieces that are unique in style, as they are to the individual. A sleek wrap hoodie for him or her is adorned with a simple all-over pin. While oversized T-shirt dresses can be worn to and from, any and everywhere. The Lars Andersson collection is the perfect item for traveling, no matter who or where the destination. Just wait until you get your hands on one!
Please see a few select images below alongside the very beautiful Amber Valetta shot by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Michael Philouze for Zeit Magazine.
"Serene. A focus on wellness without being preachy."
Your Sanara Tulum, featured inside the highly respected online publication A Hotel Life. Written by the always lovely Yasha Wallin. A Hotel Life was founded by Ben Pundole, a travel and seasoned pioneer in the nightlife and hotel business.
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