A recent Booking.com survey revealed that 65 percent of U.S. respondents are looking for authentic experiences that immerse them in local culture, and 64 percent of Americans polled want money spent while traveling to go back to the local community they visit.
Organic Farming & Giving Back
In the beautiful Riviera Maya in Mexico, Palmaïa - The House of AïA, an oceanfront sanctuary with private terraces, infinity pools, a jungle spa and soft, sandy beaches, just launched DEPTH, holistic wellness experiences, retreats and new programming based on benefiting the local community. The new experiences benefit organic agriculture projects that Palmaia developed with locals to help boost the local economy and protect nearby ecosystems. DEPTH invites Palmaïa’s guests to be fully immersed with local Mayan families to learn about their culture, lifestyle and daily challenges.
The DEPTH program involves a lot of time spent outdoors in the beautiful climate, and includes visiting with beekeepers, organic farmers and jam producers. There is the opportunity to experience a Jungle to Table plant-based Mayan meal in the traditional home of Don Manuel, a community leader, with seasonal produce prepared by his wife, Doña Guadalupe.
In addition to DEPTH, Palmaïa’s Architects of Life program features sessions with healers, cacao ceremonies, yoga, sound healing, meditation, plant ceremonies, with some in a nearby jungle setting.