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Slow Travels: Papaya Playa Project

Cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast in Mexico’s Tulum lies Papaya Playa Project; a sustainable, bohemian hotel made up of cabanas and casitas nestled between palm trees and white sands. 

With the mission of achieving a zero emissions and zero contamination community by June 2018 and a holistic wellness program that includes culinary and yogic programs, Papaya Playa is the ideal retreat for those with an affinity towards sustainability, good health, beautiful food, and considered design. A slower approach to living is the norm here, with a lofty, open yoga shala, cold pressed juice bar, day spa, and a diverse program of live music and arts. 

Each room is dressed in true Mexican style; a sense of rustic luxury that carries through to the bar and restaurant, where the menu is largely influenced by Mayan and Mexican traditions and local ingredients sourced from the nearby organic markets.

With morning yoga classes from 8.30am Monday through Saturday, a typical day at Papaya Playa is all about yoga, wholesome food, lying on the beach with a good book and swimming in beautiful waters. With water sports and kite boarding also on the cards, and beautiful cenotes to explore through Tulum, your holiday can be as adventurous or slow as you like.