EL SOL: It’s no coincidence that I rise with the sun, especially this week here in Tulum, formerly known as Zama, “city of the dawning sun.” I’m a Leo, so I’m ruled by the sun, and spent three months in Mykonos this summer, which carries the light of neighboring island, Delos, birthplace of Artemis (goddess of moonlight) and Apollo (god of sunlight)—the epicenter of energy in the Aegean.
I’m a magnet to el sol, and it has a profound affect on my sensibility. I noticed the similarity in the light yesterday for the first time on the sea. If anyone knows the light in the Aegean, then you’d understand the white, luminescent, almost blinding dappling of the sun’s rays on Caribbean Sea. The parallel was outstanding, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else in the region in all my years of traveling here. The Mayans had a cosmic connection to all of the gods, I’m sure of it.
What many don’t realize is that the Mayans didn’t consider this the end of the world, but the dawn of a new era. So, as hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world gather here in Tulum, we must all embrace the power of the sun’s symbolic meaning, and understand that this is a new beginning, giving us life, power, strength, energy, force, clarity, self, and, of course, a bit of lovely beach time.
There’s not better spot to see the sun rise then outside our cabana at Papaya Playa, a Design Hotels project. This was shot here, this morning, by Peter Wesley Brown. The visionairies behind Design Hotels just get it, and they’re honing the beach side bohemian, euro-gypsy experience effortlessly…all with the perfect backdrop.