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La Joya x NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine
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La Joya x NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine

Tucked-away in the Mexican jungles, this family-run seaside retreat with access to a hidden Sayulita beach is the sanctuary that will help you decompress and connect with nature

Words: Emily Georgieva

Photography: La Joya


05 July 2023

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Wake up to the sound of the waves greeting the shore and the songs of the birds flying through a cloudless sky. Drink your morning cup of coffee overlooking the coconut palm trees that guard the aquamarine shores of Sayulita. Take a dive in  the pool and allow yourself to disconnect. La Joya is a paradise tucked away in the jungles of Mexico where nature meets freedom to create a space that feels like a dream.


The wellness-focused amenities in La Joya allow visitors to follow their own pace when they design their stay. Choose between yoga classes, surf lessons or go for a run on the beach. If you are looking to decompress and enjoy a relaxing stay, the complex offers a spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, infrared sauna room and even a steam room which are all available for the guests.


As it is a family-run business, it is important to the hosts to ensure that visitors can experience an authentic stay at La Joya. John, Christina, Julianna and their cute dog Lily are happy to recommend places in the area where travellers can explore, places where they can sample the local cuisine and their favourite health and shopping experiences in Sayulita.


The seaside retreat offers between 12 and 17 ocean view rooms which will guarantee a tranquil and unique experience. Regardless of whether you are a solo traveller, you want to organise a getaway holiday with your friends or you are planning a couple's trip, the retreat will satisfy your needs. Between the modern Bungalows, the French windows in the luxury Villas and the open terrace space of the Casitas that is ideal for welcoming the sunrise, guests have many options to choose from.


A big focus for the retreat is creating a space that feels as much influenced by nature as possible. The team has thought the details through so even your shampoo, conditioner and body soap are made in the area with organic ingredients. The food served in the boutique hotel is organic, fresh and healthy. Enjoy colourful smoothie bowls, homemade tacos, sweet grilled pineapple and delicious breakfasts made from locally sourced ingredients. The menu varies and is trusted to skilled chefs and their team who manage to capture the essence of Mexico in every meal. 


If you are looking for a sanctuary for your next trip away, La Joya is the place to book your stay. We caught up with the team to talk about what they love most about Mexico and what inspired the idea for the retreat.

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‘‘Focusing on making sustainable choices where possible as a label is no longer optional in my opinion, it's mandatory. We all need to tread lightly and be more conscious & this especially goes for the fashion industry. The future of fashion is slow & thoughtful.’’

Becs, founder of balm wears for NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine

NOMADSofORIGIN: La Joya is a unique retreat that gives travellers the opportunity to connect with nature and completely switch off to take a break from their busy lifestyle. What inspired your vision for the retreat?
La Joya: I don't personally identify the brand as being bohemian chic, but the island roots probably give that kind of vibe! My inspiration for designs come from so many different places but I'd say I'm primarily inspired by vintage everyday fashion. I grew up thrift shopping and it has always been a huge passion of mine so incorporating that into my label was so very natural.

NOMADSofORIGIN: Between surfing, hiking and exploring the local sights, there is lots to do in the area. What are some of the less-known spots in Sayulita that you love visiting on your days off?

La Joya: This is a tricky one because I truly love them all! But my most frequently worn pieces would definitely be the yin yang clogs, hemp suit & scoop singlet. Ohh, and the sorbet linen pieces for when I'm feeling nice and colourful!

NOMADSofORIGIN: What is your favourite thing about Mexico?
La Joya:
Being based in Bali absolutely contributes to the slow fashion soul of my brand. I've lived in Bali full time since 2018 and only launched balm wears in April of 2021. After being here for a while and seeing the opportunities I had to be able to follow a dream of starting a small label while simultaneously countering detrimental fast fashion & providing opportunities to some incredible humans it seemed like a no brainer to give it a go. I work solely with independent makers and their families, not with a factory, so everything is done super slowly and in small batches. Additionally, since Bali is such a hub for production, I've been able to creatively source lots of deadstock fabric to assist in being more conscious. I honestly don't think I would have started balm wears anywhere else!

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NOMADSofORIGIN: La Joya is like an oasis nesting between a forest of palm trees and a coast of secret beaches. What role does nature play in the overall experience at the retreat?
La Joya:
Since the pandemic left us all pretty limited travel wise it encouraged me to explore a lot more of Indonesia vs. international travel, which was an absolute dream. I cannot recommend this country enough! Indonesia has so much more to offer other than the hustle & bustle of Bali. Otherwise, I've always been someone who follows the beach life dream for travels so a few other personal faves are Sri Lanka, Mexico & Nicaragua.

NOMADSofORIGIN: Guests can choose to stay in luxury villas, elegant casitas and cozy bungalows. La Joya seems to be centered around the idea of building a community. Is that an important part of the business?
La Joya:
Yes! Thanks to One Tree Planted it is so wonderfully simple & accessible to give back as a brand and pay it forward to our mama earth - I think in this day and age if you're running a business and not giving back to our planet in some way, shape or form you've really gotta check in. Focusing on making sustainable choices where possible as a label is no longer optional in my opinion, it's mandatory. We all need to tread lightly and be more conscious & this especially goes for the fashion industry. The future of fashion is slow & thoughtful. Many more people are beginning to see the true detriment of massive fast fashion brands on both the environment and human rights and are thinking twice about where their clothing comes from - as this awareness grows more fashion brands will need to follow suit and begin to operate more consciously (I HOPE!). 

NOMADSofORIGIN: The stunning retreat is located in the heart of Mexico. How is the local culture incorporated within the experience?
La Joya:
I wouldn't say I have one fashion icon in particular because I'm always most in awe & inspired by everyday style of people out in the world day to day, more so when I lived in a city, but from the island life following photographers like @thesartoralist who capture everyday street style showcasing people with unique style gives me my fix! 


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NOMADSofORIGIN is an independent annual publication with a focus on sustainable travelling and global cultural values. Each issue features interviews, engaging articles and photo guides, which take our nomadic readers through different destinations and introduce them to local people's perspectives.



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