June 20th 2023

Escape to Palmaïa: Beaches, Serenity, and Exquisite Vegan Cuisine

BY Zoltan Lorantffy & Colombe Nadeau-O’Shea

Kaila Katherine

If you’re looking for a luxurious, soul-filling escape in paradise, serving delicate and elegant plant-based bites, look no further than Palmaïa, The House of AïA.

Palmaia Exquisite Vegan Cuisine
Palmaïa Exquisite Vegan Cuisine

Nestled on the longest stretch of private beach in Playacar, just outside of Playa Del Carmen, Palmaïa is sure to delight all your senses.


From the moment you step into the lobby, you can see, feel, and smell a special environment that is curated with love. At first glance, your eyes wander upwards to see a gorgeous, vaulted ceiling while your olfactory senses come alive with luscious earthy essential oils in the air. Palmaïa’s staff are a cut above, presenting themselves all in linen, greeting every guest with a warm smile and a custom virgin cocktail of your choosing. It’s impossible to feel anything other than relaxed upon entering the lobby – your shoulders begin to drop, and your body starts to feel a tranquil serenity that has been long overdue.

Palmaïa Pool and Cabanas
Palmaïa Pool and Cabanas

The resort itself is situated at the end of a pristine private beach, meaning complete and utter privacy. Day beds line the beach, as well as pools, restaurants, cenotes, yoga and meditation platforms situated up in the mangroves. Every day, Palmaïa offers a schedule of events, ranging from yoga, workouts, meditations, sound baths, art classes, and more. This is not your typical resort; rather, it is a fully plant-based luxury wellness retreat with many options for activities throughout the day (to work off those calories!). Did we mention 3-4 mini cenotes sprinkled across the compound!?

A golf cart with a charming chauffeur graciously escorts you to your room. As you observe the green and luscious jungle-like surroundings during this brief trip, it is obvious that this is a very unique and special place. Once in your room (we were lucky to stay in a king suite with an ocean view, an absolute stunner), your personal assistant (yes, you read that right!) comes to meet you and exchange information. The room itself is gorgeous and comes complete with sustainable tumbler mugs you get to take home.

All products in the room are plant-based. The fridge is stocked with coconut water, kombucha, and fresh-squeezed juices. You’re also provided with a selection of nuts and other vegan goodies right there in your room. With a huge soaker tub right in the middle of your abode and the magnificent ocean right outside the window – this is what luxury is all about.

Palmaia Beach View Ocean
Palmaïa Beach View Ocean

Palmaia staff are there at your disposal for whatever you need, from morning to night. Wondering what the schedule of activities is for any particular day? No worries, Samuel’s got you. Want to make a reservation for dinner? No problem…your reservation is a quick text or call away. We have never experienced this level of attention and service in all of our travels.

Palmaia Curry Cauliflower
Palmaia Curry Cauliflower

But we can’t talk about Palmaïa without talking about the food!

Palmaia Exquisite Vegan Cuisine
Palmaïa Vegan Gourmet

Palmaïa’s all-inclusive, plant-based cuisine was some of the BEST plant-based food we’ve ever had… this is not an exaggeration.

What did we love about it, you ask?

🌱 So many vegan options, everywhere, that were full of flavor – take the enchiladas, for example, on the breakfast menu at Su Casa, and the pasta at Lek (it was so good, you may need to order tree!).

🌱 El Caminante, the food truck on the beach, serves an incredible range of tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. Who doesn’t love yummy vegan tacos and cold beer on the beach?! These tacos were small but chalk full of amazing flavors and textures.

🌱 Umm…24-hour room service?! Even the room service food was outstanding.

🌱 Did we mention that Palmaïa is all-inclusive? That means more top-of-the-line plant-based food than you could ever possibly eat in one day (though we tried)


The only drawback to Palmaïa is that leaving is nearly impossible.

If you want to experience luxury, wellness, and incredible plant-based food in a tropical setting, Palmaïa is the only place to be!

Palmaia Beach Lounge
Palmaïa Beach Lounge

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