by Adrienne Arieff

Our Spa Diva heads south of the border for some fun and fitness in the sun.

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Amansala is located in Tulum, Mexico. A two-hour drive from the Cancun airport and this small paradise awaits. This place is for the person who wants a mellow bikini boot camp (for which they are now famous) and some serious relaxation. The choice is really yours.

Amansala seems to attract supermodels, solo women who want to chill, couples who want to get away, and New York society, as well as cute, single boys wanting to check it all out. Days are a combination of excursions to one of the freshwater swimming holes or the nearby Mayan ruins, and beachside massages, yoga and Mayan clay treatments. The program is all-inclusive: accommodations (minimalist chic cabanas with luxury linens and plush towels), gourmet meals, yoga, and two beachside massages are all part of the package. The setting is a combination of Bali meets Mexico. Not a bad combo.

Amansala’s Manhattan-based owners Melissa and Erica wanted to escape the city and travel beyond the Hamptons. They found some pristine real estate in Tulum, and Amansala was born. Melissa and Erica are dedicated to keeping the area in tip-top shape.

Amansala’s outdoor treatments provide the setting for various massages, manicures, and pedicures. Try the signature full-body massage. Nothing is dreamier than receiving a full-body beach massage while listening to ocean waves. One of the best parts of all this? A glass of wine or a fruit cocktail awaits you 24-7 at this place.

Oh, and of course the yoga awaits too.


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