Cinco de Mayo Travel Inspiration
How about a little Cinco de Mayo travel inspiration. Here in the States, the day is celebrated even more than in Mexico. It’s a right of spring, and everyone knows how long we’ve waited for that to arrive! Did you realize the date marks Mexico’s victory over the French forces in 1862?
We are on our way south. If you’ve ever travelled to the Yucatan peninsula, you can easily reminise about the fragrance of the area: heady tropical woods, juicy limes and orange blossoms, and of course the ever-present scent of coconut. These are the dreamy aromas that intrigued parfumer and landscape architect Nicolas Malleville whose curiousity was piqued by the many species of flowers, woods and exotic herbs from the area. Learning from historical journals about these original scents, which were created on the Yucatan peninsula, he embarked on a mission to recreate the prized perfumes originally created by Franciscan monks during the colonization of the new world. After several years of development, Coqui Coqui Perfumes was founded in the mystical town of Valladolid. Wanting to design a complete experience, Malleville then created the Coqui Coqui Residences and Spas.
Influenced by local architecture and the nearby ruins, the Tulum location is an eco-friendly getaway complete with it’s own spa. The marriage of jungle and white sand beaches make for a winning combination at Coqui Coqui. Recycled and repurposed materials were used in the hotel’s construction. Solar energy powers the site and natural light is abundant. The water-purifying system ensures that there is no need for bottled water and the open plan layout takes advantage of the beautiful vistas throughout the area. Food is local and delicious, and the laid back vibe contributes to the overall experience. The spa offers a variety of treatments maintaining a holistic approach using natural ingredients, herbal preparations and traditional methods, continuing the ancient techniques and fragrances from the original research. Coqui Coqui clearly is deeply rooted in symbolic custom, but has been built for a sustainable future.
A UNESCO World Heritage site nearby allows for exploring the flora and over 300 species of fauna at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Protected lagoons and beaches named “Origin of the Sky” by its original Maya inhabitants, this biosphere contains tropical forests, mangroves and marshes as well as a large barrier reef. One of Mexico’s largest protected areas, you can also find cenotes, a geological peculiarity which is basically a sinkhole with fascinating life forms.
No longer the sleepy hippy enclave, Tulum still retains much of it’s counterculture vibe, a place where luxury and sustainability happily coexist. After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the exceptional beauty of this natural coastline, head to Heartwood, where former NY chef Eric Werner will ensure you continue the unwinding process. The restaurant is set in an open air environment and operates with only the use of solar panels.
Everything is prepared by hand, and cooking is done in a wood burning oven or open grill. Because the ingredients are all fresh and local, the menu is ever-changing, but expect to find just caught fish and produce from the local farm. Oh yes, and did I mention they have an EAT RETREAT Food Workshop every year? Yes it’s on my list….
Now…back to reality. After you’ve made my very favorite jackfruit carnitas (it is Meatless Monday after all) sit a spell and toast the festivities with some sangria. Celebrate and share Mexican – American culture. Viva el Cinco de Mayo!