Amansala….*sigh* I’m so zen upon my return from 4 days at Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp that I had to drink several cups of coffee to get the juice going to compile by copious notes and experiences down for you Poshbrooders.
A girlfriend and I, Kelley McCormick (a Poshbrood team member) decided to get our bods in bikini shape (yeah, right) and have some time for ourselves to decompress and relax. We each have three small children and work fulltime, you feelin’ me, ladies?
Amansala is located in Tulum, Mexico about 1 hour, 40 minutes south of the Cancun Airport. The Mayan Riveria is beautiful and the Tulum area very quiet unspoiled and with beautiful fine white sand beaches and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. There is jungle/rainforest on one side of Tulum and the other one of the best beaches in the world. See our idol, Andrew Harper’s, post on the Best Beaches here, there are two properties listed in the same area. It’s outrageously beautiful!
Amansala is an "eco-chic" resort. You stay in huts right on the beach with nice comfy beds and linens and mosquito netting around your bed.
There are no televisions, solar powered lights only after dark – and candles for ambiance in your lodging at night -- that sort of thing. We opted for the “Bikini Bootcamp” program which is not drill instructor style but a healthy program in equal parts of exercise, relaxation, spa and sightseeing. Mornings begin at 7 am with journal writing and coffee followed by a four-mile hour long beach walk. A healthy breakfast of granola, yogurt and fresh fruit comes next followed by eggs and fresh juices. Here is a photo of a daily schedule, written in the main lounge/bar and restaurant area.
Circuit training, body sculpting and daily yoga classes, along with a special activity (a bike excursion to the Tulum ruins) complete the day's activities. There is plenty of time in the morning before lunch and again after lunch until about 4 pm to enjoy the beach, read in a hammock, take a bike to nearby Tulum village with shops or go for a swim. Two massages and a Mayan clay skin treatment are also included in the package. The treatment, which locals say helps to remove toxins from the body, is done on the beach and entails slathering your body with a mix of clay, honey and olive oil. After 15 minutes, you cleanse your body in the sea. The group is small, only 22 people max and our group had a great time bonding and getting to know each other. There was one lucky male, Rafa, who we all adored and help the ladies stay in check.
The all-inclusive package covers all meals and accommodations. You'll find delicious, low-fat, high-protein dishes that incorporate local fish, lots of steamed vegetables and fresh fruit.
The Baja fish tacos were amazing. Fresh, crisp, veggies with lime and cilantro are served with the best guacamole I have ever had. I didn’t miss the chips one bit and could have licked the plate. Oh yes, I did lick the plate. Zero willpower.
Amansala also believes in balance, not deprivation. I enjoyed my sunset margarita each night on the beach and an excursion to Salsa Dancing at Le Zebra a few minutes down the beach.
By the end of the day, we were so happily exhausted and relaxed from the surroundings, that we were in bed at 9 pm and snoring contentedly under our mosquito nets. I probably had some of the best sleeps of my life with sound of the ocean waves and fresh air (and no children waking me in the night).
There were a few non Bikini guests there when we were there, some of them families. I can’t recommend the area enough for family travel. The beautiful beaches, tranquil waters, historic Mayan sites, eco-explorations, cenotes (fresh water sinkholes that you can snorkel in), swimming with dolphins, etc. It is also largely an affordable vacation with many moderate and economy cabana accommodations. Amansala welcomes families and has several double double cabanas and also several one bedroom “rooms” that can interconnect for larger groups. Plus, the gorgeous resident yellow labs (3 of them!) love to play.
For the more adventurous set, try Extreme Kiteboarding which is very popular along the Tulum beaches. One of our Bikini girls worked out in the morning and did Kite Boarding in afternoon with Extreme Control Kiteboarding School and had a blast.
The owner, Melissa, and her staff were just great. Josh, who did a lot of our guided walks, cardio and circuit training, was especially beloved. Even though we were hoping the Snowmaggedon 2011 would trap us at beautiful Amansala, Kelley and I left refreshed, lighter emotionally and physically and with a great group of new friends. There is no doubt we’ll be back!
Poshbrood recommend’s Amansala for Bikini action or just a restful Caribbean break. Also, if you have any questions or need recommendations while you’re on the Mayan Riveria, get in touch with Kay at LocoGringo.com or on Twitter @locogringocom
Tip: Get 2x1 margaritas, martinis or mojitos or fresh fruit smoothies at Mezzanine, a cool hotel and Thai restaurant just 15 minutes from Amansala by bike. Their beach is fabulous and the views from the patio amazing.
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