There’s no secret formula of success for why Tulum has become the must-hit destination for the chicest travelers the world over — the allure is simply this: Tulum has mastered the art of slow living and good design. Cue flocks of Gypsetters. The Wanderess checks in at Casa Gaia to learn the ways of this world.
As one walks the main drag of (a dirt path shadowed in by overgrown palms) on their way to dinner it’s as if you’ve stepped into a guerrilla style fashion show at resort week. Tassels, and billowing sleeves meet lightweight fabrics that mirror the beauty of the landscape under the pink hue of the setting sun. One must be dressed appropriately, as the dining selection is just as curated. Fairy-lands of twinkling lights, and randomized tables nest deep into the Yucatan forest. While the outside world is more than happy to come in, it has yet to feel like it has overly impacted Tulum — instead you sense that you are joining in on a movement of lifestyle and design that is on the verge of exploding.
Each hotel has been crafted so carefully that its little slice of beach front becomes exotic Mayan folklore come to life. All different takes on the same terrain. That’s what brings us to the unassuming little blue gate of Casa Gaia — one in a collection of beach front homes that make up Mahayana Tulum. Its purpose being to reconnect you to the flow of the ocean. Sitting just at the edge of the white sand playa as if watching over the azure-hued ocean, this location empowers you to connect with the tides instead of the time. Everywhere you look here a hammock hangs in your peripherals, like visual reminders to take the day with ease.
The space itself is the perfect depiction of the organic aesthetic that’s been pouring out of Tulum in the last few years — it’s found an enchanting balance between eclectic and calmingly minimal, leaving the most busying view to be that of the pristine beach just beyond the balcony. In a space as such one’s imagination can run wild along the curving white walls, while the world beyond the Yucatan seems to wash away with one quick outdoor shower.
This is how the locals of Tulum have built up their slice of heaven — without over-affecting the natural elements, but working with them. One is surrounded by everything needed to indulge in this concept of slow living — morning yoga just next door at Sanara, neighboring eateries of nothing but clean, fresh dishes from land and sea, and of course spotty wifi connection as soon as you leave Mahayana. This is what it’s all about, meandering through your day with the intention to detach, and re-focus.