To end our week of Mexican beach goodness, let's dream a little about Casa Magna, two eco-luxe villas on the Tulum beach. The resort only runs its electricity during limited hours, skips the air conditioning in favor of ocean breezes, and goes for the romance of candles over energy-sucking bulbs late at night.
Originally built by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (and abandoned when he was killed in 1993), Casa Magna has been re-birthed as a place of peace -- really boho-green-chic peace. Casa Magna's owners know a thing or two about creating cool places to relax and de-stress. They run Amansala, of Bikini Bootcamp fame, up the road.
Lucky for you, this Saturday splurge isn't too far off our Green Postcards limit. Double rooms (two queens) start at $225. Friend- and family-ready rooms (sleeping four to six) go for $310. (If all six of you pitch in, that's $52 a night. That's downright Green Postcardsy.) Romantic king-bed rooms are $245-$265.
The real splurging starts with Casa Magna's retreat -- The Cleanse. The package includes six days of healthy meals, yoga and fitness programs daily, trips to nearby ruins and ceynotes, two massages and a Mayan clay treatment. You'll be so blissed, you won't even notice the $1,950 charge (per person for a shared room) on your credit card. You'll probably even want to come back alone ($2,400). In a deluxe room ($2,850).
And bring friends. If you'd like to take over an entire villa, you can. Villa One has eight bedrooms and can sleep sixteen adults. Stay six nights for $15,500 - $18,500 depending on the season. Villa Two has thirteen bedrooms, so its rate go a higher -- $24,000 to $28,000. The prices include a private chef who prepares all of your meals, housekeeping, free bike and kayak rentals, and all the privacy of living in your very own beachfront villa for a week. I think I'll go daydream about that for a while.
Come back next week for two U.S. getaways -- one Texas ranch and one funky Hawaiian beach stop.