Beachfront Glamping In Mexico: The Alternative Spring Break

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When the allure of a wild spring break trip to Cancun has lost its lustre, there is a fast-growing alternative for experiencing the lush landscapes of Mexico: enter glamping.

Through Glamping Hub, an AirBnB-esque company dedicated to unique accommodations in nature, I recently discovered this award-winning, beachfront bamboo treehouse in Mexico.

While the stereotypical spring break scenario has its perks, particularly the cost, they aren’t known to be relaxing and rejuvenating. I recall nursing a horrible, self-induced hangover for days after my Grad trip. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun at the time, but I’m no longer a spring chicken (using that term probably doesn’t help), so when seeking an all-inclusive vacation to Mexico this time around, I was looking for something that would allow me to unwind and de-stress.

Instead of trying to find a patch of sand on a loud, crowded beach or witnessing a wet T-shirt contest by the pool, my boyfriend Geoff and I were able to fully immerse in the natural habitat of our surroundings. We ate fresh food from the on-site garden, watched as the sun rose during daily morning yoga, released baby turtles out to sea, and walked for hours on a stunning stretch of secluded beach.

See my detailed travel diary below for more on the breathtaking Glamping Hub tree house:

THE GEOGRAPHY

Nestled between the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean, near the small village of Juluchuca, Mexico, I recently returned from a luxury eco-resort called Playa Viva.

We flew into Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and were greeted by Oscar, part of the Playa Viva team who drove us to our destination (approx. 45 minutes south of the airport). My jaw dropped as we turned off the desolate road into a secluded oasis.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

As an eco-luxe resort, I was blown away by their dedication to sustainable tourism – a concept that revolves around the commitment to renewable practices. They promote the idea that development should be a positive experience for the surrounding community, while making a low impact on the environment and local culture.

The more I learned, the more impressed I was at how well they balanced luxury with sustainability.

Some of Playa Viva’s renewable and regenerative features are:
• Supporting an on-site nature reserve
• Cultivating an edible landscape and permaculture
• 100% off-grid solar system (which uses cleaner and more abundant energy)
• Sustaining the resort on smart water conversation measures
• Eco-friendly materials – all of the pottery, light fixtures, soaps etc were made by local craftsmen, while the building materials were harvested on site (such as the palm fronds, bamboo, and clay used in wall pigment colours)

THE PROPERTY

The property is over 200 acres and includes an estuary, a turtle sanctuary, coconut grove, miles of private beach, state-of-the-art outdoor yoga pavilion, as well as their own organic farm and garden where local workers and international volunteers come to learn about the ecology and ecosystems in this

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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