We’re ten minutes north of the town of Tulum, and as the taxi exits the highway, the dusty dirt road is a bit perplexing. There’s a chic luxury hotel here? But the moment we pass the gate and walk through the finely crafted wooden doors, our heart rates drops. The scent of fresh flowers, the refined architecture, tasteful décor, lush gardens, infinity pool, and white sand pathways that guide visitors to the beach. All within reach. We have arrived at Jashita.
Brenda, Clemente, Francisco, Ramirez, Laura. They are some of the attentive staff at this eco-friendly luxury hotel. A few days into your stay, they will feel more like family. That’s not surprising, because the hotel itself is a family affair.
Italian real estate developer Enrico Marchiorello bought the property in 1993 as a home away from home. Eighteen years later, Enrico and his family decided to turn their sanctuary into a boutique hotel. They wanted guests to feel as good as they felt when they traveled to the Mayan Riviera…harmonious, relaxed and calm. They have achieved that goal on every level. The décor is a fusion of items from the family’s favourite travel spots—Southeast Asia, Northern Africa, and of course, Mexico. The detail is striking, from the infinity pools to the gardens, tea time in the lounge to sangrias at happy hour on the rooftop.
Pristine and protected, Soliman Bay is perfect for swimming or snorkeling all year long. Its lucid waters are the blue of watercolours. Guests can run or walk the quiet beach, or take advantage of the hotel’s kayaks or paddleboards. White sand, crystal clear waters and perfectly appointed rooms overlooking the sea calm the body and the mind. In a word, it’s blissful.
Jashita’s three-night minimum stay means guests have plenty of time to explore the Mayan Riviera. From the ruins in Tulum to historic Valladolid, the ancient Mayan city of Coba to the Si’an Kaan Biosphere, daily excursions are easily arranged. A favourite is cenote Sac Actun, one of the longest underground river systems in the world. Some guests prefer to stay closer to Jashita, where they can hire a captain for a fishing trip, or simply take in the views with a margarita in hand while relaxing under a palapa on the beach.
Jashita’s 29 ocean-view rooms are tastefully appointed with luxury bedding, plunge pools, Italian bathrooms, linen bathrobes, a mini-bar and natural incense that stirs the senses. Turn down service comes with chocolates, and beach bags and towels are provided. There are no telephones in the rooms, which seems apropos for a sanctuary like Jashita. Reception, after all, is only a few meters from your room. The hotel’s three suites are exquisite, with their own private lounge areas, hammocks for afternoon siestas, and striking bathrooms with rain showers and bidets. Guests can book the luxurious penthouse, which comes with its own butler and private service. There is no fitness centre, but guests can get plenty of exercise by paddling on the water or walking along the beach.
Jashita’s SPA is tucked away among the treetops overlooking a private lagoon in the remote jungle. The hotel wants guests to completely disconnect, and that’s easy in the natural surroundings. The treatments are inspired by the Mayan culture, and deliver purification of mind, body and soul. The popular Cleopatra ritual offers an exfoliation scrub and milk bath fit for a goddess. The Luuk’ treatment, known to heal sunburn, skin lesions and insect bites, features creamy golden Mayan clay applied over the body while guests receive acu-pressure on the head, face and neck. The ritual ends with a relaxing aromatherapy massage using oils from the region. With the sound of the sea in the distance, the SPA is pure pleasure.
The hotel’s Sahara Café offers an international blend of Greek, Italian, Asian and Mexican cuisine. An å la carte breakfast is included in the room rate, and it’s mouth-watering. From perfectly roasted coffee to butter croissants baked on site, wildflower honey to fresh fruit and juices (try the Chaya and pineapple), yogurt and granola to a selection of main courses, Sahara delivers. Dinners are excellent, with fresh pastas, chicken, seafood, or steaks and lobster prepared on the outside grill. The service is impeccable. Live music adds to the magical ambiance among palm trees and tropical plants. If you’d like to dine on the beach, the staff will prepare a romantic table for two for a 5% additional service charge. Sahara Café is a culinary pearl.
Jashita Hotel offers far more than most five-star properties. From the staff to the surroundings, decor to dining, it redefines luxury. Elegant and serene, Jashita shines brightly in a galaxy of its own.