You guys I am super excited about today’s video because I have Karen Collado here to talk about Palmaïa - The House of AïA – which is a super amazing, new wellness property that can be found outside Cancun in Playacar.
Palmaïa is a concept like no other and I'm bringing you this property because I want you guys to discover all of the amazing things that we can do regarding wellness for ourselves and our mind, body and spirit. This is truly a transformational experience that everyone should have!
Read on to see just what an incredible – albeit low key – adventure awaits you at this stunning and very zen oasis.
Location: Palmaïa is located in Playa del Carmen, inside Playacar, between a blue Caribbean Sea with a pristine white sand beach and cool water cenotes – and on the cusp of the undisturbed jungle. Needless to say, its location is incredibly beautiful and while you're inside Palmaïa you will find yourself in a tranquil, calm and relaxing spot. Fun Fact: AïA means connection with nature and boy will you be able to connect with nature while staying here!
Playacar is very close from the Cancun airport which means that you're not spending a lot of time getting to Palmaïa and once you're at the property you're really going to want to just immerse yourself there. But when you do feel like venturing out to see some of the area around you – Tulum, Akumal or even Puerto Morales are all right at your fingertips. So, it's the best of both worlds because when you’re inside Palmaïa you're in a very quiet relaxing spot where no one will bother you and you're going to feel like you're on a private island - but if you want to go out and explore the shopping and other activities around you - Palmaïa is well situated to do so.
Background: Palmaïa’s founder and CEO, Alexander Ferri, wanted to create a place where people that are looking to take care of the environment, people that want to embrace creativity, and people that want to create a change in the world and in modern society can all get together somewhere and create a community and that is what you will find here – it’s very much a sense of community at Palmaïa.
And as most of you guys know Book Here, Give Here is not just all about wellness travel but social responsibility within travel as well. So here we really have an opportunity where we are not only able to give back to mother earth so to speak, but we're also giving back to ourselves. I think that we forget that, and so with this community, and this concept, it is really all about having that transformational adventure – it's not just experiential in the sense that we're experiencing something but we're also transforming. And that’s because Palmaïa invites people to really reconnect with nature as well as with their inner selves – to find yourself, to know what your purpose is here, to see how you really are inside – as here they focus more on the inside rather than the outside.
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For you guys who are my wellness coaches, business coaches, or anybody who is in the medical field, and you really feel like you need to let other people know about this wonderful wellness property – let's have that conversation! If you want to have a retreat here this is a great place for the mind, body and spirit – so not only can we do your yoga retreats, but we can do your spiritual retreats as well. And again, we're talking about that transformative aspect where we want to transform you into what everything is from the inside out. COVID brought us quarantine and a lot of time stuck alone, getting to know ourselves – well here's a way you can take what you learned about yourself, continue learning and take yourself to a higher level of understanding and purpose.
And Karen said it perfectly – they call it the new luxury – meaning luxury is not about buying cars or new handbags or boats anymore. It’s using your money to take care of yourself and to have all these lives enhancing experience that will help you feel better every day of your life. And you know what? By doing that you're not only helping yourself you're also helping your community because you become a better citizen. Because let’s face it – sometimes, we're too focused on what we do as individuals – and this is about what we do that impacts others and I think that's something important that we often forget.
The Gifting Lifestyle: At Palmaïa all your meals and beverages are included – so it has the all – inclusive concept but in a different way – so let's talk about how it's different.
First – they actually don't call it all-inclusive, they call it their Gifting Lifestyle because they gift their guests several services and amenities that they have on the property. So, you pay the price of the stay, and they gift the rest – that's how they see it. But to make it clearer it's like a type of all-inclusive plan but what makes it different is that yes, they have the meals and premium beverages – and the food is outstanding but it’s a quite different experience. They also have three programs that they include in the Gifting Lifestyle and that’s what makes Palmaïa the property that it is. They also have butlers, bikes, Wi-Fi and valet parking - all of which is included - so that you don't need to worry about anything - you just need to relax and enjoy and have a life enhancing stay with them. Here’s a complete list of what is included:
For the children it’s also a wellness experience but at their age level. And that's important because they’ve been stuck at home doing digital learning for the most part so here is an opportunity where you're going to be able to take your child and de-stress them and I think that's important because they are citizens of world, so we need to educate them on how to be better citizens and how to be the people that we want them to grow up to be. Needless to say, I think this program is absolutely amazing and for those of you who want to do work-cations or even do that digital learning - you can do it there. They can still study and when they finish maybe they can have a painting class and liberate their mind and just be creative and be mindful.
Fruit of the Earth: Karen advised that they offer parallel plant based menus for each dining venue, a unique culinary offering in the Riviera Maya and throughout the hospitality industry. So being a wellness property it means they will take care of the wellbeing of their guests and not just through their Architects of Life program but through the food as well because what we eat plays a big role in our health. She went on to explain that the chef is always looking to grab the highest quality ingredients that he can find out there and that's especially important because they are always going to serve good, quality of food. And since all of their food features “fruits of the earth” they refer to their restaurants as Fruit of the Earth. In addition, all Palmaïa’s restaurants feature full plant based menus with non-plant based options as addons. So – instead of it being a carnivore adventure, you're going to have an opportunity to be a herbivore and add any carnivorous pieces that you'd like. How it works is that you're going to get to one of their restaurants and on the menu – which is full plant based – next to each dish you’ll have the option to add animal protein such as chicken or fish – so you always have that option. They also have snacks like hamburgers, pizzas and all that but they’re really highlighting their plant based philosophy because they know that out there there's a big community of people that are plant based or vegetarian or gluten free or have allergies and for them it's always hard to find good food.
Accommodations: Palmaïa is not considered a large property room wise considering all the space they have. There are a total of 314 suites, spread throughout several low rise buildings that are also spread out giving you both privacy and that boutique-y feel. The suites are 538 square feet and feature terraces that are 107 square feet and boast the following amenities:
Atlantis – Spa In The Jungle: Here Karen explained that guests are guided by the Book of the Nine Paths to Health designed to treat emotions as root causes rather than physical pain. So yeah - the spa at Palmaïa is quite unique. As you've seen the property in general has brilliant features and programs and the spa is no exception. At Atlantis they focus on treating emotions rather than physical pain which means when you leave Atlantis – you're going to be feeling better in your body yes – because they did a massage but also inside – in your mind – and your emotions because you're going to be happier or more relaxed – depending on how you were feeling when you arrive. Inside Atlantis they also have a natural cenote (a sacred place where you have pure water with a lot of minerals that’s exceptionally good for your skin)
where guests can actually go in and refresh themselves before or after their treatments as well as a fitness center that is open 24 hours a day. Note: If you have never done a cenote, I need to put that on your itinerary because it is one of the most amazing mind-blowing experiences you're ever going to have – and that’s all I'm going to say about it – but we need we definitely need to put that on there!
Rites of Passage: The property also has quite a bit of romance attached to it as well so for those of you who guys who want to do a private ceremony for your rites of devotion, rites of love or maybe just want to have your vow renewal or maybe you want to do something that is intimate just for you and your people – it's tailor made for that. They will host celebrations morning, noon and long into the night. And for those of you who want to do proposals this would be a great place to do it too – hint, hint. And Karen added that they would love to celebrate with you – birthdays or honeymoons or vow renewals – or even life! If you want to celebrate life, just go to Palmaïa and they will celebrate right along with you!
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing the CDC recommends unvaccinated travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Mexico.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date COVID protocols at Palmaïa - The House of AïA click here.
So. We have this obviously beautiful place where we can go to rejuvenate and refine and find yourselves all over again and I think that is super important overall. I am beyond excited that we got an opportunity here to show off this amazing property and really, I mean there's just so much awesome about it – I feel well already! And after everything that we've been through I think that we all need a relaxing getaway and just to focus on ourselves more than anything else right now and just to be healthy. So yes travel of course and have fun, but also travel in a more conscious way.
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During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.
Here you will find the videos as well as written summary of each. Summaries are transcribed by Carole A. Peck.
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