Guests like Demi Moore, Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have been among the first to receive massage, Mayan healing and energy treatments in one of the five new personal cabins on-site, which are situated across from the hotel on the jungle side of the road. “A designer friend says it looks like some extraterrestrials came to Tulum to do a co-venture with the Mayans,” says Sebastian Sas, an Argentinian architect and Be Tulum’s owner.
Everything at the spa is fundamentally Mayan, from the temazcal — a domed sweat lodge made out of clay and cement — to the herbs used in the body scrubs and massage, baths and energetic cleansing treatments, which are plucked from the organic rooftop garden. And each treatment begins with a signature healing-water circuit, which includes water therapy pools, a sauna and a steam room.
“We call them healing waters because the spa uses natural cenote waters — water from Yucatan’s natural sinkholes that is very clear and fresh — which are purified through a complex osmosis and energy system,” explains Bobby Klein, the spa’s director. An L.A. transplant who has lived in Tulum for three years, Klein boasts a 45-year career in the healing arts and also offers intuitive life path counseling and energy work to help guests explore the mind, body and spirit. “New Yorkers need it,” he says. “We get a huge rush after Fashion Week, especially.”
Other therapists on staff include healers from the Mayan villages, who perform traditional treatments like the Sobada Maya, a deep Mayan massage using native plants and herbs including rue, white sage and basil to heal and cleanse the body (80 minutes, $240); and the Traditional Energetic Cleansing, which combines copal (an amberlike resin) therapy, sacred feathers, crystals and herbs to restore clients mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically (50 minutes, $150). Other popular treatments so far include a soothing floral bath of bougainvillea and hibiscus flowers, and the three- and five-day cleanses based around colonics and juices.
And if you can’t snare a reservation at the hotel — it’s currently booked up, and has recently been inhabited by the likes of Terry Richardson, Calvin Klein and Francisco Costa — it’s O.K. to stay in Tulum’s less pricey bohemian huts and hit the spa as a day guest.
Carreterra Tulum Boca Paila, Km 10, Tulum, Mexico; yaanwellness.com, (52) 984 179 1530.