Breathing Easy at Mukan
Private Clubs – Summer 2018
Nicole the massage therapist tells me that some people cry during the janzu water treatment I signed up for. Others feel bliss. We’re standing in the 4-foot-deep lagoon, and instead of envisioning the rebirth water dance we’re about to do, I’m thinking about the mushy bottom under my feet. I don’t like mush. Nicole also tells me that sometimes she’ll squeeze my shoulder before she guides me under the water, and sometimes she won’t. Oh, and sometimes I’ll be upside down, submerged, with my wet feet on either side of her head.
This is the kind of thing you do when you’re at Mukan, the first eco-resort in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It opened in 2016 under a different name, but a new management team recently made some upgrades and reintroduced the rebranded Caribbean property in January. To get to this skinniest of barrier islands, you leave behind Tulum’s bohemian strip and take a tiny boat south through the mangroves for 45 minutes into a world of privacy and seclusion, the beachfront resort’s two big selling points. It boasts just nine accommodations and not much else, precisely the reason people book this hideaway…
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