Words & photos by Celebs.com Contributing Editor, Ellen Gonda
Tucked away towards the end of Carretera Costera Tulum – Boca Paila, a seemingly endless road of eco chic resorts, including the Amansala, where last month gal pals Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon participated in the resort’s signature “Bikini Boot-camp”, is soon to be opened Mangroove Lodge. Worlds away from the towering all-inclusive resorts in nearby Playa del Carmen and Cancun, Mangroove is a four suite hotel located above the mangroves and with access to a “cenote” (a sacred ancient water well thought to have healing properties; Mayans still believe their god Kukulcan will rise again from the depths of one). A “limpia” (Mayan cleansing) was performed to seek permission to build the property as well as to bless it with renewed energy.Mangroove Lodge owner, Christopher Young, who has spent his career as an entertainment and advertising producer, said he “always wanted to own a bar, restaurant, hotel” and that “it has taken fifteen years to make this dream come true.” Drawing inspiration from travels to Sweetwaters in Africa, Bali and the Amazon, Young wanted this property to feel like living in nature. The suites are built on stilts above the mangroves, and have the most comfortable beds imaginable.
Last night Mangroove was the venue for a cocktail party for the Riviera Maya Film Festival. Tonight’s film was Eran Riklis’s Zaytoun, starring Stephen Dorff, and tomorrow’s closing gala feature will be Terrence Malik’s To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. See the last movie review Roger Ebert filed: http://www.rogerebert.com/
Starting May 15, 2013, Mangroove Lodge will open to the public. Suite rates will be approximately $200 per night, which includes breakfast. The property has beach access across the road.