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New Beach Enclave in Riviera Maya is Steeped in Mystical Music Rituals

The newly constructed Palmaïa, The House Of Aïa delivers a distinctive oceanside retreat with immersive therapies and holistic philosophies

Palmaïa, The House of AïA immerses  guests in the complexity of the Riviera Maya allowing them to reconnect with nature and find their true spirit. In a region dotted with resorts and hotels, Palmaïa stands apart with its calming beach and cool-water cenotes hidden by jungle and wildlife. Thoughtful programs allow guests to explore and step outside their usual comfort zones.

The resort was designed with the belief that inner exploration and respect for nature and community are keys to bringing people together to create meaningful change. The resort is a place where visitors can seek personal growth through the property’s curated rituals and deep connecting ceremonies.

One of the jewels of the experience is the Architects of Life program. Alongside hand-selected visiting teachers and guides, guests are lead through rituals, such as cacao ceremonies, yoga, multi vibrational sound healing, meditation, plant ceremonies, and ancient practices that inspire reflection, exploration, and connection.

The resort will also feature a Rituals of Sound program that pays homage to the music environment of Tulum. Palmaïa becomes a stage for music and rhythms that transport guests through curated deep beats, and deep musical fusions.

“There is a growing community of unconventional thinkers and spiritual seekers that gather in small communities around the world to embrace creativity, music and the environment. Together we are creating a new modern collective consciousness,” said founder Alexander Ferri. “Palmaïa was designed to be one of these gathering points, and currently the only natural, forward thinking beach enclave of its kind. A safe place where we can create positive change within the boundaries of modern society.”

The resort lies on the Caribbean against a jungle setting with all oceanfront suites, each with its own private terrace for views of the ocean in seven distinctive layouts. They include suites for families with bunk-bedding for children as well as open plan suites for adults, suites with swim-out access to one of the hotel’s four infinity pools- all designed sustainably and without the use of animal products. A Nomadic Guide is assigned to each traveler to attend to guests needs throughout the stay, and for parents, Palmaïa operates the only holistic fun children’s activities program in hospitality run by certified Waldorf Educators.

While on property, guests can dine at four restaurants, each serving ethically sourced food from trusted farms and fisheries around Mexico. The Michelin-trained chef can create parallel plant-based menus for each dining venue, a unique culinary offering in Riviera Maya.

The signature fine-dining restaurant LEK serves gastronomic Mexican; Mar de Olivio is a destination for redefined Mediterranean cuisine; and the Oriental-fusion restaurant Ume merges Thai and Continental cuisines for à la carte dinner experiences highlighting sensual fragrances, exotic flavors, and densely rich hues. Su Casa, an integrated beach bar and restaurant on the dunes offers a laid-back Caribbean beach ambiance, with toes-in-the-sand comforts while El Caminante, offers an authentic food truck experience with a daily rotating menu.

The resort also includes a jungle spa, Atlantis, where ancient ceremonies like the storied Temazcal are included in the menu of services. At Atlantis, one is guided by the Book of the Nine Paths to Health, designed to treat emotions as root causes rather than physical pain. Treatment rooms feature floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the foliage and are immersed between natural cenotes used for rituals and meditation. The fitness center is also hidden in the jungle.

Guided by the philosophy that personal growth is the path to connect with Nature, Palmaïa was conceptualized without disturbing the original landscape of nature. The resort was designed with sustainability in mind and strives to become one of the first true carbon-neutral properties in the world in 2021 by compensating the energy Palmaïa uses by building solar panels on the resort and in other parts of Mexico. Guests will not find plastic water bottles on property and all bathroom amenities will be refillable and made with 100% biodegradable ingredients and essential oils.

Opening rates start at $600 per person per night.