Rivera Maya

“Absolute Heaven on Sand”

When I travel I look for location, ambience, room/hotel comfort and vibe. Sanara fit the bill for all 4. I travel weekly for work and am particular about where I stay on my personal time. From the moment I found Sanara on the website I knew it was my type of place and it did not disappoint. No detail was spared and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel right at home and like family. 

First off the setting. Sanara is set on the most beautiful part of Tulum beach. With the whitest sand and the most beautiful blue water. Sanara is set in the middle of the stretch of beach and made for great walks to the other hotels and restaurants. It was also our quiet haven to chill and relax while lounging on our comfy beach bed under our wooden canopies for resort guests only. My favorite thing to do was to just lounge and have one of my yummy smoothies from the Real Coconut. 

Secondly the rooms. Attention to detail on design and decor provided the utmost comfort. We stayed in a beachfront room on the upper level. We had the perfect view and were lulled by the sound of the crashing waves. The beds were heavenly. The sheets were the softest I have ever felt. Bamboo silk that was so soft and soothing against your sun kissed skin. Our balcony was perfect for our morning coffee and a treat at night for a nice read before retiring. The bathroom was comfortable with a nice large shower. And enough counter space for all our stuff. There was a great daybed for an extra guest or ideal for lounging. 

Third - the spa services and yoga. Both my husband and I had massages. I had a few. The practitioners were professional and great at what they did. I had an amazing Reflexology treatment with Mauricio and it was super healing! The massages are a must have for any muscle issues or just to relax and heal.  The Yoga studio was the best in Tulum and most places I have been. The setting is the best view in Tulum. Alessandra and team were the best instructors I have experienced. I hadn't practiced yoga in a while and this has gotten me back in. The experience cannot be explained and must be had. 

The Real Coconut - my husband was nervous about the vegan/gluten free health side of restaurant. Well he came back transformed. The food was delicious. Every meal left us content, and satisfied our taste buds. The juices and smoothies were my favourite and I loved them all. Breakfast, lunch or dinner were all yummy! The staff were all so great and always wanting to please. Even the impatient travellers with the highest expectations were pleased. We love you guys and Cindy too! We left with hugs and kisses after a week of getting to know our friends. We miss you and thank you for taking such good care of us!

Finally the owners Daniella and Charlie. The sweetest, most good natured individuals. We love their outlook and what they are trying to achieve. They are good people who care and we found an immediate connection with. We hope to meet you again soon! Allegra and Angel and everyone from reception Thx so much for looking after us! You guys are the best. 

So pack your bags and give it a try!!

We completely concur. Thank you for the lovely post CN911, Senior Contributor on Trip Advisor. We're wonderfully grateful to share this experience with you and look forward to seeing you soon. 

Your Friends, 

Sanara Tulum 

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. 

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.