A brand-new hotel, Palmaia, The House of AIA, has opened its doors in the Riviera Maya.

The ethos behind the new resort is purely about experiencing the Mayan sides of Mexico. One of the cornerstones of the resort is its Architects of Life program, led by in-house Shaman Balder. Alongside visiting teachers and guides, guests can experience cacao ceremonies, yoga, multi-vibrational sound healing, meditation, plant ceremonies and ancient practices.

The resort has a Ritual of Sound program, as well, which reflects the music environments of both Tulum and Mykonos. Palmaia will bring guests through deep beats, and deep fusion electronic music, in various forms from 4 p.m. until midnight each day.

The resort has all oceanfront suites, each with a private terrace. Suites for families include bunk beds. Swim-out suites have direct access to one of the hotel's four infinity pools. There are also suites tucked among jungle, all facing the water. A Nomadic Guide will be assigned to each traveler to attend to needs throughout the stay.

The resort has four restaurants, as well as a rotating food truck that will serve ethically sourced food from around Mexico. The signature restaurant, LEK, will serve Mexican; Mar de Olivio will offer Mediterranean; and Ume will be an Asian fusion restaurant. On the sand, guests will find Su Casa, a beach bar and restaurant serving Caribbean cuisine.

Eolo Beach Club will have two pool bars serving fruit cocktails, while the Atlas Club will be the nighttime den for drinks and music. A spa, Atlantis, will feature treatments based off of local rituals, like the temazcal.


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