At Etéreo, a new resort in the Riviera Maya, modern design meets Mexican tradition

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An appreciation for nature is woven into every aspect of Etéreo. With architecture by Migdal Arquitectos and interior design by New York studio Meyer Davis, the resort brings its surrounding splendor indoors through the use of local materials like lava rock, copper and wood. of indigenous tzalam. Each beachfront suite is also outfitted with furniture and pillows, towels, and rugs carefully selected by Mexican artisans. But the crown jewels of the design work are the wooden screens created by famed Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez, which feature throughout the property. These sculptural dividers, in which cylindrical wooden carvings form an intricate latticework, represent the Maya belief in life cycles.

A guest suite featuring Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez’s wooden trellis designs.

Photo: Courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection

At Sana, Etereo’s serene spa, ancient Mayan beliefs and techniques are on full display. The bathhouse – a cool cavern with a simple skylight – was designed to look like a cenote, another nod to the landscape of the Yucatán Peninsula. (There are more than 6,000 of these geographical wonders in the region.) The menu features an appealing hybrid of old-world traditions — Mayan healing stones, clay wraps made from local herbs — plus more epicurean treatments. modern. I chose the ‘skin alchemy’ facial, which harnesses the energy of crystals – in my case, a rose quartz gemstone – said to revitalize both mind and skin.

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