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Palmaïa, The House of AïA: all-inclusive wellness and shamans in Mexico

Are you familiar with the all-inclusive concept ? This all-inclusive formula means that all costs are already included in the room rate (food, drinks and a selection of ancillary activities). Usually synonymous with mass tourism, at Palmaïa, The House of AïA, this formula takes on a whole new meaning. Swap cheap booze for yoga, meditation and gong baths, forget tasteless buffets and replace them with delicious vegan dishes, hire a shaman instead of a G.O. – this is the unique concept of this extraordinary Mexican resort. Luxe Wellness Club invites you to discover this paradise for wellness fans.

The new wellness jewel in the Cancun region

A privileged location with its own private beach (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

Located in Playa del Carmen, less than 1 hour’s drive from Cancún airport, Palmaïa, The House of AïA immediately impresses with its 700 m of private turquoise beach in front of the hotel. While the Riviera Maya was already famous for hosting some of Mexico’s finest luxury hotels, no other hotel had until now created an offering entirely dedicated to wellness and health, with vegan menus.

The philosophy of this unique resort, recently opened in January 2020, is based on the ancient traditions and sacred rituals of Mexico. The aim is to put well-being at the heart of every customer’s experience. The basic principle is that you need to connect with nature and your inner self to find calm and serenity.

A ritual offered at the hotel (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

As a result, the resort makes a point of being eco-friendly: no plastic bottles, solar panels and various energy-saving measures mean that the hotel uses 50% less energy than a conventional hotel of comparable size. The resort is also involved in the development of the local community through various charitable initiatives.

If you’re looking for absolute privacy, don’t bother, because the hotel is imposing, with its 314 suites. This large size comes with its advantages, however: a wide variety of restaurants and places to relax, 4 infinity pools2 pools with Jacuzzis in the jungle spa, a gym and a beauty salon.

Design suites overlooking the turquoise sea

Bathroom and bedroom as one (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

The suites are both comfortable and soothing. The colors used are reminiscent of sand, driftwood and turquoise water. Bathrooms blend into the night space, allowing you to take your bath while looking out at the sea. Numerous elements give the whole a very attractive design touch.

Special mention to the Vegan Suites: here, no leather, vegan products and cosmetics, and even a meditation space to celebrate the value of all life on Earth.

Swim-out suites open onto the pool (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

Swim-out suites feature private terraces overlooking the hotel’s large swimming pool. Make sure you don’t end up in the wrong room when you come back from your swim!

All suites overlook the Riviera Maya, with its fine sand, palm trees and endless turquoise waters.

Please note: children are welcome and accompanied by professionals who guide them to explore their senses in a natural way. There’s also a library and music corner open from morning to night.

Atlantis: a spa in the jungle

Surrounded by tropical plants, the spa boasts numerous individual treatment rooms that open onto the jungle. The materials used are natural, with beige colors and linen.

Mexican rituals (Photo: Palmaia – The House of Aia)

Here the aim is toexplore life and its mysteries more deeply, using ancient Mexican practices and rituals. The main idea is that the body is our ‘receiver’ of Mother Nature’s benefits.

Nature massage (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

Treatments include chaya and verbena. Chaya, native to the Yucatán peninsula, is an anti-aging plant, while the citrus notes of verbena leave skin radiant while reducing inflammation.

Of course, you can also enjoy a massage in the great outdoors. Many ceremonies are also held in the middle of the jungle, with candles, singing bowls and traditional music.

Wellness programs supervised by shamans

Wellness experts are on hand to design a tailor-made personal development program for you: here they are known as the ‘Architects of Life’. The programs on offer unlock our inner doors, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.

Music and gong baths (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

A stay at Palmaïa, The House of AïA allows you to open your mind to new practices, guided by the shamans: meditation, gravity control, Vipassana, artistic frescoes, mandalas, sound vibrations… If all this isn’t original enough for you, try learning pre-Hispanic dances and local mantras. For the more adventurous, transpersonal astrology is also available!

Yoga on the beach (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

Of course, the resort also offers activities that stimulate the body, such as Tai Chi and yoga. In a typical week at Palmaïa, yogis can practice seven types of yoga, from Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa classes to Thai yoga and Tantra hatha.

Mostly vegan cuisine, always healthy

Palmaïa, The House of AïA is the first hotel of its kind in Mexico to compose all its menus with fresh, plant-based foods in its 5 restaurants.

Essentially vegetarian food (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

It also has a health café, where you can find some non-vegan snacks. Chef Eugenio oversees all the restaurants, bringing his own creative touch to each. LEK” is where the chef indulges his creativity, using local flavors (spices and herbs grown in the resort’s own greenhouse). “Su Casa” is open all day and offers a bit of everything: vegan, vegetarian, but also meat and fish in a very relaxing atmosphere.

Numerous bars and relaxation areas (Photo: Palmaïa, The House of AïA)

The “Ume” restaurant offers exotic flavors and colorful dishes. “Mar de Olivo” is all about Mediterranean influences.

El Caminante is the food truck in front of the pool. It offers fresh, local produce, revisiting Mexican street food. Finally, the Atlas Club is a beach club offering a vegan juice bar and fresh fruit cocktails that can be sipped with your feet in the sand, while listening to live musicians.


Take advantage of our expertise in wellness breaks and contact us for a personalized quote for an all-inclusive stay at Palmaïa, The House of AïA in Mexico. Read our detailed article: We tested it for you : Palmaia in Mexico

Rates : From around 350 euros per night per adult, all inclusive (room, all meals, yoga, meditation, gong baths…). Only spa treatments are extra.

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