New Year's Destinations: Maya Tulum Resort

No one said your New Year’s resolutions had to feel like punishment. Jump-start 2013 with one of these seven spirit-recharging escapes.

Jan 28, 2013
Outside Magazine
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The Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico.    Photo: Intersection Photos

Modern Mayans didn’t really believe the world would end with the 2012 winter solstice. Instead, think of 2013 as a time for transformation, one that begins with a little healthy living on one of the most gorgeous stretches of the Caribbean Sea. Check in at Maya Tulum, a 45-cabana resort just south of Tulum and an 80-minute drive from Cancún. The resort’s seven-night Mind Body Spirit package gets you a thatched-roof room with Caribbean views, three meals a day (think papaya smoothies and fresh mahi-mahi), and two 50-minute spa treatments, like the Kaaten Kuxtal, a cleansing Mayan massage with honey and oils. When you’re not snorkeling with some 500 species of fish along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, learn 11 types of yoga—restorative, anahata, power—at twice-daily sessions held in two airy halls. Get out the impurities in a temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge, before plunging into a nearby cenote: a sinkhole filled with water as clear as your mind will be when it’s time to go home. Seven-night Mind Body Spirit package, from $1,630.