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TEQUILA SUNRISES

Punta Nizuc

PRIVACY & PAMPERING

Perfume brand Coqui
Coqui welcomes
guests to Meson De
Malleville in Valladolid

Valladolid

CRYSTALLINE CENOTES & COLONIAL CHIC

Far from beaches and free from chain
hotels, this tiny jewel-like city of
17th Century Spanish colonial villas,
chapels and squares doesn't make it
onto many tourists to-do lists. But its
modern-day Mayan inhabitants, and the
world's top location scouts and fashion
photographers know better, with every
corner revealing another #nofilter
worthy backdrop.
WHERE TO STAY With four guest suites
set around a courtyard, each dec'd out
in polished concrete, roll-top baths,
vintage copper and monochrome, Meson
de Malleville feels designed specifically
for fashion editors and influencers.
Owned by the super-chic Coqui Coqui
luxe lifestyle brand, it sits happily on
Valladolid's most-Instagrammed street.
WHAT TO DO In the fierce heat of
day, there's only one thing to do; dive
into one of the many picturesque

cenotes dotted throughout the forests.
Alternatively, take a trip back in time
to nearby Mayan temples, then join the
evening crowds which gather to watch a
free, high tech audio-visual history of the
city projection-mapped onto its oldest
building, a 16th Century convent.
WHAT TO EAT Traditional Mayan
cuisine. Dip tortilla chips into sikil p'ak,
a humus-like salsa made from pounded
pumpkin seeds, and wash it down with
a super-healthy chaya (spinach tree)
and lemon verbena smoothie.
TREAT YOURSELF Valladolid has seen
more than its fair share of religious strife,
but has now settled on an open-minded,
tolerant fusion of Catholicism, pagan,
Mayan and new age spirituality. Casa
Axis Mundi is a raw and vegan retreat
set in a secret garden that hosts daily
meditations blending Buddhism, Mayan
and secular practices.

July 2018 BA LA N CE

It doesn't matter whether Cancún's "Vegason-Sea" reputation (and skyline) fills you with
excitement or dread: all Yucatan itineraries
start and end here, so you may as well do
it right. Right? That's what the owners and
architects of Nizuc believe, too. A stunning,
but unshowy five-star spa hotel, it covers
the entire southern-most point of Cancún's
infamous 15-mile Zona Hotelera sandbar, a
short cab ride from the airport. It's blissfully
undisturbed by either, with pristine views of
the mangrove-fringed Caribbean from every
single one of their 274 suites and villas, all six
world-class restaurants and from every pool
and private beach.
WHERE TO STAY Cancún has little to lure you
away from the sun-lounger, and has recently
seen a steep rise in drug cartel violence, so
splash out on a night or three of all-inclusive
luxury. Power-off your phone and revel in
doing 'absolutamente nada'.
WHAT TO DO Salute the sunrise with a
paddleboard yoga class; snorkel out to MUSA
(a sub-aquatic sculpture park created by
Mexican artists, inhabited by contemporary
Mexican parrot fish, rays and turtles); get
hitched on the sun-bleached wooden jetty; or
sip a margarita in the infinity pool at sunset.
WHAT TO EAT The one and only time to
deviate from local fare, Nizuc's posh Peruvian,
'NI', specialises in small dishes with big
flavours drawn from healthy, fresh ingredients.
TREAT YOURSELF Shuffle between hot tubs,
bubbles, jets, sauna, steam and ice baths in the
Thermal Experience, then head to the ESPAbranded spa for a 90 minute 'Mindful Massage'
with guided breathing and visualisation,
reflexology and warm rose quartz crystals.
Nizuc Resort's
private jetty in
the Caribbean sea

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