Fitness Sanctuary In Tulum: Zamaya Villas

Have you ever imagined a paradise where the Mayan jungle is the cradle of a lifestyle that allows its inhabitants to take care of themselves like a temple? Let us take you on a journey to Zamaya, an unparalleled fitness retreat in the heart of Tulum. So pack your bags and get ready to explore together this world where training becomes a transformative experience and where every day is an opportunity to better yourself!


The Concept of Zamaya


Zamaya is a tropical fitness oasis, conceived by Dave Fran, the former Rugby player with a passion for training and business. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Fran brought his vision to Tulum, Mexico, with the goal of creating a destination where athletes of all abilities could immerse themselves in an environment dedicated to optimal physical development. Fran envisioned Zamaya as more than just a training center; it is a sanctuary where the fitness community can thrive.


The Anatomy of Zamaya: Infrastructure and Accommodations


Zamaya Fitness Resort is much more than just a place to train; it is a complete retreat space. With 48 hotel rooms and 24 three-bedroom villas, the resort has the capacity to accommodate individual athletes, couples and large groups. The state-of-the-art facilities offer everything needed for training, recovery and relaxation, including fully equipped gyms, recovery areas and outdoor spaces for physical activities.


Living the Philosophy: Training and Education Programs

The world’s top trainers and experts have been selected to lead a variety of training programs tailored to all levels and abilities. From high-intensity group classes such as CrossFit and HIIT to relaxing yoga sessions, Zamaya offers a personalized experience for each guest. In addition to fitness training, emphasis is placed on nutrition education, mental health and recovery techniques to ensure a holistic approach to wellness.

Zamaya’s Home: Tulum

Tulum, known as the place of the sunrise in the Mayan language, provides the perfect backdrop for Zamaya. Surrounded by the lush jungle and stunning white sand beaches of the Caribbean, Tulum offers an unparalleled natural environment for fitness and wellness. The area’s unique energy and rich cultural history add an additional component to the Zamaya experience, creating an invigorating and enriching environment for guests.

Building a Sanctuary

The process of developing and building Zamaya has been an exciting and challenging journey. Collaborating closely with Inspired Architects, a renowned architectural firm with expertise in large-scale sustainable projects, the team behind Zamaya has worked tirelessly to bring this unique vision to life.
The mind behind the design is award-winning Mexican architect Jesus Acosta and his firm Jaque Studio, Zamaya’s design reflects a perfect combination of contemporary architecture and the natural beauty of its Mayan jungle setting. The integration of local materials and sustainable construction techniques has been a priority, ensuring that the project is developed in a way that respects the environment and the local community.

Zamaya Villas

Our favorite part of the project is without a doubt “Zamaya Villas”, we always highly value low density projects that respect and integrate nature into their design, so when we saw that within the resort would be 24 residences that would have unlimited access to what Zamaya has to offer, we knew this was the project of the year and we would definitely have to talk about it.

Each villa offers a spacious open-plan design that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen, creating a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. This fluid design is complemented by generous outdoor patios, gardens and private pools, providing owners and guests with an unparalleled indoor/outdoor living experience. The first floor features an impressive double-height master bedroom and opulent en-suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower, while the second floor houses two additional bedrooms, each spacious and bright.

(Excerpts from Brochure Zamaya Villas)


  • Owners and guests of Zamaya Villas not only have direct access to the resort’s fitness and training facilities, but also to all amenities and services, such as room service, restaurant, spa treatments, coworking spaces, concierge and laundry services, among many others.
  • If villa owners plan to put their property on the short-term rental market, Zamaya Fitness Resort can generate a significant amount of direct bookings for the villas, especially during large group retreats. This ensures that villa owners do not rely solely on the Airbnb rental market.
  • Zamaya Fitness Resort can also offer complete turnkey management of the villas on behalf of the owners. This includes all communication with guests, cleaning and maintenance of the villas, and check-in of guests through the resort. 

Choosing to inhabit your body

Zamaya is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious projects that the Riviera Maya has seen the birth of, not only for its disruptive design or its concept, but its existence alone is an open invitation to inhabit the body in which we live day by day. To be present, to push the limits and demand more of ourselves. We are excited to see the vision that Dave Fran decided to share with the world materialize.

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