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A closer look w/ Studio Arquitectos

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.

Sanara Front Desk

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.

Sanara Yoga Studio

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.

Sanara Lobby

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.

Sanara Beach

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.

 Studio Arquitectos Team 

Studio Arquitectos Team 

Site images by the wonderfully talented Brian Magallanes

Restaurant Guide

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.

 

Cozy, tasty, yummy & magical!

tamarind

'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. 

All a flutter: The migration of the butterfly

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.

 

Turtle Nesting @ Sanara Tulum

One of the greater pleasures in life are the small yet beautiful encounters had with the world around us. The connection that human beings have with Mother Nature is a powerful one indeed. Every year from May through October it is Turtle Nesting Season in the Caribbean. Here is what you need to know!

Almost every night, upon sundown, a mother turtle arises from the deep blue sea that is the Riviera Maya, she then makes her way to the location she herself originally hatched and carefully digs a nest to lay her eggs. For those lucky enough to catch her "in the act", this beautiful and sacred encounter is certain to be ingrained in your memory.

For over a 100 Million years sea turtles have flourished among the pristine beaches of Tulum, yet today they are an endangered species. Only one in a thousand baby turtles reach adulthood. Of the seven species of sea turtles living worldwide, six reside within the Mexican beaches, four within Quintana Roo; The Green Turtle, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and the Leatherback. Together alongside the highly respected non-profit work of the Riviera Maya-Tulum Sea Turtle Conservation by Flora & Fauna, Sanara Tulum invites you to experience in the preservation of these beautiful creatures.

It is of the utmost importance that we share these precautions in the aiding of the sacred ritual. Keep an eye out for marked-off nesting areas throughout the Tulum beach. 

1. However tempting it may be, try to avoid approaching the turtles and we must NEVER touch them. Allowing the turtles plenty of space to nest, and feel secure. We highly advise against swimming at night, and avoiding the use of any beach beds or other accessories.

2. Tidy up after any & all beach play. A turtle can easily confuse litter especially plastics with their own food. Which could severely harm them or even be fatal.

3. Be aware of your untethered pets. Loose animals may unknowingly damage an existing nest or consume the offspring. It’s best to keep unsupervised pets off the beach during nesting season.

4. Sea turtles approach the beach in darkness as it a signal of safety. Avoid strong lighting, flash photography, and bonfires as these will result in frightening the turtles away.  Please note, Red colored lighting is safe and does not distract the turtles.  

5. Careful where you step especially during the dark and or walking at night, ball games can also destroy a nest.

6. Once they have hatched, sea turtles are guided by the natural light.  Should you find a nesting of baby turtles hatching, please advise a member of staff or security to assist.

7. The hunting of Sea Turtles is against the law and most importantly cruel. Do not purchase or consume any sea turtle-derived products.

The Riviera Maya-Tulum Sea Turtle Conservation has aided in the protection in turtle wildlife for almost three decades. In the past 13 years alone, the program has protected more than 67,000 Green & Loggerhead turtle nests. As well as released over 4 million hatchlings to the sea. Budgets are tight, and the peso is stretched in lengths to provide personnel with the correct tools. To find out how you can donate please email pr@sanararesorts.com or inquire at our Front Desk.

Photography by Irena Basiura, National Geographic, and your Sanara Tulum. 

Jardines del Colibrí Dorado

Located just a stone’s throw away from the Mayan town of Sisbichen, El Jardines del Colibrí Dorado is a non-profit destination ranch dedicated to the cultivation of self-sustainable living & the care of animal wildlife. Sanará's Creative & Health team took to the roads of Coba to delve into the highly respected ancient Mayan teachings of Abuelo Antonio Oxté León.

Upon arrival our hearts melted immediately as a peep of chicks freely greeted us with opened wings and selfless love. It was clear in this moment that we had arrived to a special place, a sanctuary for many living things. The whole-hearted Abuelo Antonio greeted each of us with a warm hug and and a cheeky smile.  

We quickly set off for our adventure, smartly accessorized with notebooks, and cameras ready. The beautiful garden illuminated with color and heaps of greenery. Wildly sprouting flowers blossomed, while vinery spiraled throughout and on top of trees. Cows mooed, dogs barked, and a stunningly beautiful mother deer protected her fawn the way god and nature had intended. Two very large Cenote sink-holes offered a look inside the busy traffic of a typical day in nature’s life. While Abuelo Antonio carefully explained each of the plants and their various uses.

Commonly referred to in Mexico as the Consuelda plant, a beautiful herb that is used to aid in healing broken bones, bruises and warts is both beautiful and medicinal. The very popular Ruda-plants are utilized to warn off insects. While ubiquitous plants such as yucca, vanilla vines, and cotton bushes stood tall and grand. The Garden housed several breathtaking yet life giving organisms. However there was a larger lesson to be learned.

It is a place like El Jardines del Colibrî Dorado, that one should acknowledge our Mother Earth and all it’s beauty. More importantly the need to care and nurture our planet for a better way of living. Since 2005, Don Abuelo Antonio began building upon his vision of a biodiversity garden, respecting native flora and fauna; beautifying with flowers fruits and curative plants. Inviting people from all walks of life to heal and be a part of his. Restoring and caring for the local Mayan and Mexican community.  It is with large hearts that we thank Abuelo Antonio and all of the beautiful souls of El Jardines del Colibri for doing what they do and so well.

Insider Note: The special dish of Quinoa-Mole served with roasted tomatoes & courgette, alongside a delicious salad covered in ginger and tahini dressing was handsomely prepared by Sanara's very own talented Eric Fischer and needless to say can not go unmentioned. Take a look in the images below. 

Celebrating National Children's Day with International Tulum School

Established in 2012, Tulum International School was introduced with one compassionate intention in mind, to inspire today’s youth.

Introducing a curriculum unique to its birth place, the school’s academic philosophy of global awareness and care for our planet has transcended the local educational system of Tulum. It is today on Mexico’s National Children’s Day that we recognize the students of Tulum International School and more so, the thousands of little hearts that inspire and fill our lives with love that is our future.

Opening with just three attendees, the teeny tiny private school has quickly grown into a program of thirty plus students and continues to thrive. Founded by Valeria Payton and with support from Sanara’s visionaries Daniella Hunter and Charlie Stuart Gay the Tulum International School has provided students with the tools needed to progress within their passions and ultimately strengthen the students’ skills and talent. Passion and inquiry-based learning form the basis of the curriculum, with a foundational support taken from the California Standards of education.  Previous units of inquiry include: Mayan permaculture, Legends & Mythology, the Underwater World, and Influential Historical Figures study.

Sanara Tulum supports a Mayan scholarship program within the school, helped by sales of our locally-produced Dreamcatchers, and we hope to increase this fund significantly over the next year, to be able to offer three places for local Mayan families.

With the days numbered until summer, Tulum International School has already begun preparation for the upcoming school year. With 15 enrollments being presented to new families, and a search underway for a new location. The school plans to expand the student base, and offer improved facilities.

It is with large hearts the Sanara Tulum family kindly asks your donation of used or new scholastic books. Whether visiting Sanara Tulum, or simply wanting to make a difference. Please email pr@sanararesorts.com for further information.

 

Earth Day

It's just another beautiful sunrise in paradise, as the cool winds of the beautiful sea carefully sway throughout the hotel on this steamy hot day in Mexico. The soothing sounds of the caribbean crash upon the beach in rhythm with the rustling of the palm trees lining the shore. The sounds resonate with the acknowledgement that today we celebrate Mother Earth, today is Earth Day.

In 1969, activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the earth and the concept of peace. Awakening a notion of change and it's possibilities available at ones little green fingertips. Alongside the hotel's philosophy for sustainable living, it is with large hearts we pay homage to the importance of McConnell's message to care and nurture for our planet.

The Sanara Tulum team has thoughtfully prepared freshly farmed coco palms and other local plants for guests & friends to collectively seed throughout the hotel. Together with the hotel's landscaping artist Jossemar Rivera & Benito Barcenas, Sanara's visionaries Daniella Hunter and Charlie Stuart Gay invite all guest and friends to participate and share the importance of today, Earth Day.

Introducing Sanara's Wellness Nutritionist

Meet Rhiannon Baker- A euphoric force to be reckoned with, Rhiannon epitomizes the very philosophy of health and wellness at Sanara Tulum and you need to know her.

Currently carving out an intricate facet within the hotel's wellness center, Rhiannon our in-house nutritionist specializes in abdomen (gut) health, as a basis for all well being. Strategically calling into question the common habits that are known to manifest diseases within the digestive system, Rhiannon carefully pinpoints various food intake that is damaging to the abdomen lining, ultimately drawing attention to health-giving nourishment.

Based on her knowledge of several different diet types, from vegan to Paleo her personal philosophy is grounded in eating local, seasonal and organic, vegetables, fruits, fermented foods, healthy fats and some ethically sourced animal products such as organic eggs, grass fed beef and deeply nourishing and healing bone broths. She is a passionate 'farm to table' devotee, consciously sourcing and eating of foods and has a particular interest in reviving traditional eating practices and food preparation techniques, such as fermentation.

Purposefully eliminating stressful foods such as grains, gluten, commercial dairy and refined sugar from traditional diets and providing recipes and guidance as to how you can easily transition into this way of eating. Rhiannon takes pride in eating a 'wild-diet' in which you connect to your food by foraging as much as you can from a local environment, especially as wild food often has a higher nutritional value than farm produced food due to its varied and fertile growing environment.

Originally from Bristol, UK and having spent the last seven years as a support worker and training in nutritional healing, Rhiannon makes up one vital yet delightful slice of the Sanara community. Introducing an eye-opening experience to healthy living, her effective approach to a well nourished diet is about to set the global health enthusiast alight. Offering individually tailored consultations, Rhiannon will arrange a private Q&A and delve into your life history, current situation and eating habits and finally draft a detailed response and dietary plan to help you reach your health goals. For more information about Sanara’s Holistic Nutritional Consultation, please email us at info@sanaratulum.com