Yasha Wallin


  • Where:Tulum
  • Why:A friend's epic 40th birthday party.
  • When:February 2015
  • Who:Me and 27 magical men, women and children.
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Yoga is awesome when done in a studio overlooking the ocean.

I loved lounging around this lobby letting the locally made dreamcatchers work their magic. At this point, I had drunk the Kool Aid.

They were always friendly at front desk and not just because of the free ice-cold water and coffee they offered.

Overview of the grounds— not too shabby.

Sanará’s beautiful, light-filled restaurant opened the week we were there.

Our backyard and the Caribbean Sea in all its glory.

Our beautifully-designed room.

My roomies and I hanging at the beach.

The cafe.


Me, soaking up the good life in our private outdoor tub.

Tarot readings in bed…when in Tulum, do as the Mayans did.

The room.

Sun-basking selfie on our private patio.

The open-air entryway sets the tone when you first walk in.

Highs & Lows

  • Sanará was conceived by former underwater photographer Daniella Hunter and sustainable entrepreneur/Cher’s former manager, Charlie Stuart Gay. They put their heart into the project and are always around the property, so you get the feeling this is an extension of their lives and feel taken care of and welcomed because of that. They’re also very integrated into the community, even starting Tulum’s first international school for kids, after relocating from London in 2012.

  • Sanará means “you will heal” in Spanish. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, quiet, detoxing and pampering, this is the spot.

  • There are many sustainable design elements throughout the property, including building accommodation raised above ground level to offer protected areas for sea turtles to lay their eggs. Adorable.

  • Sanará was only open for a month when we visited, so things are still being worked on like the boutique and additional rooms. The following week they held the first TEDxTulum, about incorporating Mayan culture into your every day life. So it’s clear that as they grow and settle in, even more magical things will transpire.

  • Our bedding was awesome. I haven’t slept that well in years.

  • All the amenities at Sanará are worth the money, but for the budget conscious, there are more affordable yoga and breakfast options down the beach.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Relaxed luxury. Detail oriented but not pretentious.

  • Vibe

    Serene. A focus on wellness without being preachy.

  • Location

    One half of the property is on the far end of Tulum beach, the other is nestled in the jungle.

  • Rooms

    22 “Ocean Side” suites or “Jungle Pool” rooms.

  • Music

    The sound of the ocean.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Designed by Studio Arquitectos and the owners.

  • Pool/Gym

    A stunning yoga, pilates and dance studio with floor to ceiling windows looking out toward the turquoise sea.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. Their dairy, gluten, soy and sugar free menu amazingly doesn’t taste like cardboard, ie: homemade chia cereal, avocado toast and my favorite, a vanilla coconut smoothie.

  • Bar

    No. Definitely not going for a party vibe.

  • Minibar


  • Children

    There were a few, but it’s more suited for couples and singles looking for downtime.

  • Price

    High end beachy: $200 - $600

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