Tulum Travel Guide: Uncovering the Wellness Gems in Mexico's Sexiest Destination

Tulum is no longer one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets; this slice of Yucatan beach life has transformed into one of the most Instagrammed places in the world. But simultaneously, it’s managed to hold onto its status as a high-vibrational wellness haven for those seeking that rare combination of stillness and solitude coupled with world-class amenities and plenty of space to play.

Once a sleepy jungle town, Tulum has boomed over the last few years, rapidly sprouting a lively mix of high-end hotels, exquisite dining and more wellness activities packed into a few square miles than anywhere else on earth. This makes for an exciting mix of opportunities, but means you have to dig a bit deeper for the truly authentic “Tulum experience.”

ALIGN’s travel team spent a week immersed in this beachfront hotspot to uncover the very best of what Tulum has to offer. Here’s our take:


The Real Coconut


Breakfast and brunch are  must-have meals at The Real Coconut, one of Tulum’s most celebrated wellness restaurants. Gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar free—  nothing is off limits. Start with one of their signature juices or wellness shots—they offer the best turmeric shot in the Western Hemisphere—then dive into Macho Pancakes made from plantain flour, Ranchero Eggs with homemade coconut-flour tostadas and coconut cheese, or a platter of Toast and Spreads. A daily rotating list of healthy baked goods are perfect pick-me-ups post yoga or after a long day walking the beach.

Full disclosure—we ate here every morning, no questions asked.



Forget Hartwood and book Arca for truly brilliant cuisine. With a micro-seasonal menu representative of jungle Mayan and Mexican culinary traditions, the menu changes regularly. For our late-night nosh we inhaled Charred Heirloom Long Beans with Confit Egg Yolk, ‘Tzunum Paak’ Tomatoes smoked with pickled onion flowers and caramelized cotija, and the can’t-miss Suckling Pig Roulade with chorizo sauce, chicharron,  peanut crumble and mint vinaigrette. The chef, a former chef de cuisine to celebrated Noma chef René Redzepi, has made a true destination in the jungle. We recommend booking twice during your stay, because we know you will want to go back to devour the full menu. We did.

The Kitchen Table


Don’t let the long, dark drive through the jungle deter you from this gem. Hidden in the trees about a mile from the main strip is one of Tulum’s best-kept dining secrets, Kitchen Table. Situated high in the trees, the menu is centered around massive outdoor open fires, and cold produce is kept in coolers. Solar panels provide energy for twinkling lights and descriptor? music.

Kitchen Table only accepts reservations one week in advance so mark your calendar during the busy season. Cash and cryptocurrency accepted; make sure you have at least $100 per person in American dollars or pesos.

The Kitchen Table


New to the Tulum wellness scene in 2018, Nehktar was founded by one of Mexico City’s most celebrated cocktail mixologists. Aside from some of the town’s best juices, wellness shots, coffee drinks and healthy snacks, their “ice cream” bowls made from frozen bananas mixed with a variety of ingredients are the ultimate mid-day snack. Try the Lavender Blueberry, a luscious combination of fruit and flowers, or for a caffeinated boost, the coffee bowl is a must.


Yaan Spa & Meditation


Yaan is a can’t-miss spa experience that checks all the boxes: breathtaking location, exceptional practitioners, a 1-hour pre-treatment healing waters circuit, and innovative spa menu steeped in traditional Mayan rituals.

The spa’s rooftop garden grows the flowers and medicinal herbs used in the healing baths, body scrubs and cleansing rituals. We recommend at least two visits to experience a body healing treatment and one of their exclusive Mexican therapies.

Staff picks: Limpia Santiguada, which uses a sacred infusion of copal massaged all over the body then an energetic healing with Mayan prayer and psalms to release physical and emotional distress. Follow this with the Crystal and Clay Temple, a purifying body treatment ritual with Mexican clay and sacred crystals.

Yaan Spa

Yoga Shala


Our choice for those looking for the classic Tulum yoga experience, Yoga Shala has a beautiful outdoor palapa and a variety of classes from several practices including Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini and Vinyasa. Yoga Shala attracts some of the top yoga teachers in the world and regularly hosts master classes and retreats. Our evening class was one of the favorites of the week. Post class, pop over to Canopia for a Daily Dose juice of beet, mango, ginger, orange juice, turmeric, chia seeds and pinch of black pepper.

Sanara Wellness


It’s difficult to compete with the sound of the ocean mixed with sound healing and some of the best yoga in the Western Hemisphere, plus a sexy, full-service spa. Sanara has managed to capture all of these into one extremely picturesque setting that defines all the best of what Tulum has to offer in one location.

Start your day with yoga or a sound healing bath at their beach-side studio followed by a signature facial at the Sanara Wellness Center, followed by a meditation session on the rooftop deck surrounded by sun, sand and salty air.





The definition of cutting-edge Mexican beach nomad fashion. Caravana clothing has that perfect mix of modernity mixed with natural, organic materials—think Rick Owens meets modern hippie with a blend of leather, fringe, organic cotton, flowing cuts and revealing details. We walked away with a bag full of artisanal leather goods, perfect summer party dresses and chic beach coverups.




One-stop shop for all things festival, Tuluminati opened during Christmas 2018 and, we predict, will quickly become the go to for sourcing your favorite new pieces for festival season. One-of-a-kind custom painted and adorned hats, colorful fringe caftans, artisanal tribal jewelry, leather goods, handmade embroidered pieces and accessories are the hallmark of this new brand. Contact via Instagram to inquire for purchases.


Arte Sano


Part of a group of new shops on the far end of the strip, Arte Sano curates gorgeous home decor, fashion and accessories from Mexican artisans. We walked away with handmade artisanal ceramics, beautiful leather goods, delicate jewelry from a Mexico City artist, and of course a handful of copal incense. The shops are on the jungle side, not far from Be Tulum and Nomade.

La Troupe


A staple of Quintana Roo for good reason, La Troupe is an eclectic shop with artisanal organic cotton beach coverups, easy-living dresses and beautiful home goods. Stock up on handmade pillowcases, perfect party pieces and loungewear for hot summer days.

The best part of La Troupe is that the group supports women artisans throughout the country--many of them who are working from home so they can make money and take care of their families. The products are all made in Mexico in the Mayan zone. The owners of La Troupe, a trio of friends from Argentina pay fair price, etc. etc.




You will notice that Sanara is mentioned twice in this guide and for good reason. ALIGN recommends this boutique hotel above any other in Tulum due to a perfect blend of location, design, wellness offerings, dining options and hospitality. The name of the hotel means “to heal”, and it lives up to its reputation as the ideal place to hit the reset button.

It’s relatively central on the Tulum strip, but still feels a world away. The wellness center offers a wide variety of treatments including traditional Mayan healing, Crystal Healing, Aromatherapy, BioMagnetic Therapy and BioDecoding, Body Harmonization, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, therapeutic Mayan & Ayurvedic massage, clay and mud detox therapy, and reflexology.  
Sanara’s beachside dining, The Real Coconut (mentioned above), is reason enough to stay, but when coupled with world-class yoga, spa services and magnificent contemporary Mexican interior design, you have the complete formula for an ideal retreat.




A world away from Sanara, Nomade has come to define the classic bohemian “Tuluminati” experience. Inspired by Moroccan tribal style mixed with local Mexican heritage, the hotel complex embodies the Tulum spirit with a strong emphasis on inner well being and spirituality—a Bedouin-style yoga tent, holistic cuisine, spiritual retreats and plenty of space to kick back and enjoy beachside with tunes from world-class DJ’s.

High-end touches are found in every corner and at every moment—from linens to service to the sacred fire rituals, cacao ceremonies and dining. But the ultimate luxury at Nomade is simply sitting back on a beach bed, listening to the sound of the waves mixing with tribal electronica overhead and soaking in the high vibrations of Tulum.


Casa Malca


Casa Malca is undoubtedly the most majestic of Tulum hotel properties. The expansive property, once the home of Pablo Escobar, is the pinnacle of beach luxury for the design and art set. A brilliantly curated, museum-worthy art collection adorns the walls, including the bar area designed floor to ceiling in Keith Haring print. Contemporary masters hang throughout the 41 rooms and suites and are regularly rotated so regulars are constantly surprised. Access to private white sand beaches, luscious gardens, three pools and a rooftop with a 360-degree jungle view round out the experience here.

A Grand Affair


On a brisk evening in November, ALIGN welcomed The Grand to downtown Denver by hosting A Grand Affair.

As Union Station’s newest and best-appointed luxury apartment building, The Grand asked ALIGN to create an experience on par with its wildly creative interiors crafted by Ken Fulk, one of the most celebrated names in design.

The evening was designed as a journey of discovery. Guests made their way from lobby to penthouse, enjoying moments that revealed the highlights of morning, noon and night at the The Grand.
Curated nibbles by Biju’s Little Curry Shop were paired with craft cocktails from The Family Jones distillery and the funk/soul beats of DJ Wesley Barnes of Something Vinyl Club to set the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Guests were greeted at the entrance with custom cocktails mixed with Bougie Syrups.

The Denver design scene stopped by to take in the splendor of Ken Fulk’s lobby style.


The next stop was The Grand’s spacious gym where guests were greeted with Whole Sol fresh-pressed juices to quench their thirst while watching professional snowboarders twist and turn on the HD snowboard/ski simulator.

Guests were taken on a treasure hunt around the building, roaming floor to floor gathering stamps at each stop. The lucky winner received a one- or two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch with the choice of a luxurious spa package, a day on the slopes, or a memorable dining experience at the resort.


Post workout, the journey catapulted to the penthouse. Guests relished in sweeping views of downtown Denver and healthy bites from Whole Sol—White Truffle Avo Toast, Vegan Cookie Dough and Matcha Smoothie Bowls.


Fulk’s award-winning design took center stage in the penthouse suite with imaginative details and unique furnishings.

Celebrated interior designer Ken Fulk flew in for the affair, as did The Grand owner Sandra Shorenstein of Shorenstein Properties.


The final stop on the journey was the 23rd floor’s Penthouse Pavilion lounge and deck with sweeping views of the city lights. DJ Wesley Barnes of Something Vinyl Club  spun funk/soul/disco tunes while guests dined on nibbles from Edible Beats and sipped cocktails from local distillery The Family Jones.


Elevated Camping: Exploring Zion with Under Canvas


When imagining a weekend camping trip, we often picture stargazing underneath vast night skies, sharing thoughtful conversation and campfire-cooked meals with friends, exploring secluded trails, and unplugging from group texts and email alerts to finally finish that novel.

In reality, a weekend in the wilderness isn’t always so romantic. It often involves rushing to snag a campsite, hauling equipment, barely getting any shut-eye thanks to a dated sleeping bag and noisy neighbors, eating one-too-many Clif bars, and somehow using a month’s supply of dry shampoo in just two days. Sound familiar?

Though our ALIGN team still enjoys a rugged camping adventure every once in awhile (we like to think it builds character), we were thrilled to join Under Canvas for a taste of one of their all-inclusive glamping experiences.

For almost 10 years, Under Canvas has taken camping up a notch by offering luxurious accommodations in some of America’s most coveted national parks. Under Canvas founders, Sarah and Jacob Dusek, drew inspiration from guided African safaris to forge a similar experience stateside. Now operating in seven U.S. locations, the company provides pampering packages that feature chef-prepared meals, guided expeditions, chic tents, and even spa treatments—all while surrounded by jaw-dropping views. Sign us up!


We visited Under Canvas Zion, located on 196 acres that border the Southwest’s Zion National Park. Our group flew into Las Vegas, and took a quick shuttle ride up to Utah to reach the site.

We were greeted by the Under Canvas staff, where they debriefed us on the property and showed us our luxurious safari-inspired tents. The tents rivaled hotel rooms with their rustic-contemporary decor and attention to detail, and we were giddy to find that plush king-size beds, en-suite full bathrooms (hot showers!), and a wood burning stove awaited us.



Another perk of Under Canvas is that the experience is completely customizable, depending on what you want to do and see while you’re there. We chose a guided nature walk, where our knowledgeable field guide pointed out local flora and fauna, as well as a Jeep Safari tour accompanied by an engrossing park history lesson from our driver. A few thrill-seeking individuals from our group took a helicopter ride for aerial views of Zion and Snow Canyon State Park.

Under Canvas’ other national park locations offer a plethora of daytime activities and excursions to choose from as well. In the Great Smoky Mountains, guests can opt for a full day of hiking or a driving through the Appalachians, while the Yellowstone itinerary offers private horseback rides and whitewater rafting trips along the Gallatin river.

Each day, we grabbed morning fuel at Ember’s restaurant in the onsite reception area. This ‘master’ tent also housed beautiful common areas perfect for sharing meals and enjoying panoramic vistas of the park. Ember’s supplied convenient made-to-order lunches for our days away from the camp, and their chef-driven dinners including roasted trout, steak salad, and barbecue sandwiches were above and beyond typical campfire fare.

Some of the other sites, such as Yellowstone, have a neighboring property where guests can dine, but the majority of the sites function similarly to Zion with an easily accessible onsite restaurant.

Our time exploring Zion with Under Canvas was an unforgettable experience that made for a reluctant goodbye. The site served as an elegant and comfortable launching pad for exploring Zion National Park and we are already planning trips to the other sites scattered across the country.

We’re not the only ones who feel this way—Under Canvas has received rave reviews from Travel + Leisure, Forbes, and Vanity Fair. ALIGN would love to discuss how to get you there next, whether it be for a wedding, family reunion, corporate retreat, or a couple’s getaway. Drop us a line to assist in planning your next adventure under the stars.


Ciudad de Mexico: Muchas Devoluciones

Next time a friend suggests that you make the trip to Mexico City, listen to them. Recently named as the official 2018 World Design Capital, this vibrant, energized, fast-paced and style-forward city was well worth the journey.


In April, we decided to flee the States for tax season during the infamous blooming of Mexico’s Jacarandá Tree season. Each spring, these blushing purple flowers grace the streets and parks of the city. Interesting Fact: the first Jacarandá tree was originally a gift from a Japanese immigrant who came to visit the city, and has become to Mexican culture an enduring symbol of international friendship. Vertical gardens line the streets, providing clean air and presenting an innovative way to further beautify the city.


Fortunately for us, the most stunning view we found during our stay was right outside our hotel window at the Four Seasons! Our windows overlooked a lush courtyard with breathtaking views. No matter where you choose to stay, be sure to grab breakfast at Four Seasons’ Pan Dulce or enjoy a tequila craft cocktail from the stunning on-site bar, Fifty Mils.


We synced our trip with events centered around Condo Mexico City 2018. Denver-based Gildar Gallery, in collaboration with Gallery Hilario Galguera, held their opening reception for the Palletable Relations exhibit during our visit. The breathtaking space was host to works by many artists, including Denver’s own Amber Cobb and Andrew Jensdotter.


Our favorite lunch was spent celebrating a friend’s birthday at Contramar. Chef Gabriela Camará is the genius behind this female-owned restaurant. It was only natural that we treated the Founder of TARRA, Kate Bailey, to this iconic experience. If you order anything, be sure to have the Fish The Size from the entrée section of the menu. We opted for the Contramar Style fish, which is made with half marinade red chili rub and half parsley rub. The food was absolutely divine, and well enjoyed in the restaurant’s sunny, open interiors.


All of the wonderful flavors of Mexico can be found at Pujol on their tasting menu. Our favorite dish was the Mole Madre that has been aged for over 1,200 days. This bucket list item was rated No. 20 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants in 2017.


With so much beauty, design and fashion on tap, we spent the majority of our time meandering the neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma. With the green trails through the center of the city streets, corner bistros and coffee shops, and stunning architecture, you can’t help but imagine a more peaceful, beautiful life here in Mexico City.


Smart shopping is all the buzz throughout the city center. Be sure to visit Carla Fernandez for locally designed clothing and accessories and find a seat at Mercado Roma to rest your feet after a day of busy shopping and sightseeing.


Julieta Venegas, we get you:


“I went to Mexico City to visit, and I fell in love with the city. I went to my house to pick up my stuff. It was the craziest, most impulsive move I've ever done. I just felt like I had to stay there.”


Julieta Venegas


Building Our Cadence in José Ignacio

What’s your dream vacation? This commonplace question always elicits varying and diverse replies from its respondents. Though many of us know where we are most yearning to go, the biggest obstacle whilst planning a trip lies in determining how you are going to experience that place when you get there. When the ALIGN team sat down to discuss our next trip, we knew we wanted to travel to South America. This time around, however, we didn’t want to handle the logistical details, so we had our friends at Gray & Co. curate the perfect Uruguayan getaway for our team.


Gray & Co. is an industry leader in active luxury trips to all corners of the world. With more than two decades of experience, this tour operator curates custom itineraries for their clients down to the smallest detail. From biking through the vineyards of Tuscany, to exploring the surrounding areas of Lake Powell, each trip is thought out and flexible— crafted specifically around the preferences of the client. We were impressed by how hands-off we truly were throughout the planning process, and how seemingly effortless our dream trip to Uruguay came to life.

Pre-trip coordination was seamless. The Gray & Co. team has clients fill out information forms, which helps to dial in personal preferences to ensure the perfect trip is accommodating for everyone involved. Detailed itineraries are sent out months in advance, allowing participants to familiarize (and daydream!) about their adventure-packed days and their luxe evenings to come.


Many Gray & Co. itineraries are rooted in outdoor activities like hiking or biking. We spent three days road biking with our lovely guide, Annie. She assisted in fitting us for our top-tier carbon-fiber bikes, and in instructed us expertly through our gears. Much like Annie, your trusted guide will start with outlining the day’s ride in great detail to properly set expectations with the group. All of the routes we took were carefully chosen, and we had the opportunity to explore the area around Jose Ignacio, riding through the rolling countryside and cruising along the coastline.

On our second day of road biking, we stopped midday riding amongst various vineyards and wineries in the Uruguayan countryside, and made our way to the stylish Hotel Fasano for lunch. It was delightful to take in all of the views from the lovely property as we enjoyed a well deserved lunch overlooking the Maldonado River. The most memorable dining experience for all of us, however, was experiencing a traditional parrilla dinner at Estancia Vik. The servers brought out course after course of different meats and vegetables straight off of the asado.

Activities outside of road biking were seamlessly woven into our itinerary as well. On one of our visits to the rustic-chic Estancia Vik, we ventured out alongside their onsite gauchos for a sunset horseback ride. This was a fantastic way to experience their sprawling property, and learn more about the history of the hotel.


Gray & Co. handled our accommodation vetting, setting us up in the stylish fishing village of Jose Ignacio in a lovely three-bedroom casa at Playa Vik. We were not disappointed! Playa Vik was characterized by incredible contemporary design, incorporating unique architecture and art forms throughout. Visitors can spend the day strolling the expansive beachfront that sits just in front, or they can opt for soaking up the Uruguayan sun (or caipirinhas) in the hotel’s beautifully constructed cantilevered swimming pool. We were also treated to property tours of Vik’s sister properties, Bahia Vik and Estancia Vik, which are also plugged into Gray & Co. itineraries.


Lunch and dinner reservations are another thing that comes included in every Gray & Co. trip, really allowing travelers alike to focus on enjoying themselves rather than worry about the fuss of planning these details that can too easily become tedious. We kicked off our first dinner of the trip at Parador La Huella, a chic beachside restaurant that served up amazing seafood.

Our last morning in Uruguay was spent at the charming, The Shack Yoga, where we reflected on our trip during a lengthy Vinyasa style class. Overall, the blend of guided/planned activity was a great balance with the time we had to relax in the spa, peruse through the cute shops of Jose Ignacio, and break for cocktails.

Overall, our experience with Gray & Co. in Uruguay was incredible, a trip filled with unique experiences and the most memorable of moments. Gray & Co.’s experience in the luxe travel sphere is unparalleled. Our experience was a perfect balance of activity, leisure time and relaxation. We would be delighted to connect you with our friends at Gray & Co. to assist you with all the details for your bucket list trip in 2018.

ALIGN does Argentina: Good Airs and Fair Winds

If you’re familiar with ALIGN, you know our affinity for Paris has never been understated. Huge fans of the cultural landscape that is France’s capital city, we’ve always been just as interested in experiencing the city that has been crowned “The Paris of South America”: Buenos Aires.

This year we decided to ditch January in Colorado to visit Argentina. After spending a week in Buenos Aires in stylish digs, enjoying the innovative food and beverage scene, and immersing ourselves in the vibrant culture, we are delighted to report back on our favorite pieces of Buenos Aires.


If you’re looking for luxury accommodation, we recommend the classic Alvear Palace (visit their champagne bar!) or the modern-styled Faena Hotel (host to one of the city’s top Tango shows).

While the city’s top hotels are located in the affluent districts of Recoleta and Puerto Madero, we opted for a rental property in the stylish Palermo neighborhood, which served as an incredible homebase to explore Buenos Aires by foot. We spent warm mornings in our rooftop pool leisurely drinking espresso, and dedicated afternoons to exploring the nearby trendy boutiques, inviting cafes and fantastic restaurants.



For our first experience of the Argentine parilla, we visited one of Palermo’s famous restaurants, the uniquely styled La Cabrera. Stick to the ojo de bife, or ribeye, that comes with an impressive array of accoutrements. We haven’t stopped talking about their renowned starter dish of Provoleta, a provolone-style cheese grilled to dreamy perfection and served with chimichurri.

While visiting Palermo, be sure to check out Ninina. We frequented this minimalist yet delicious bakery for their green juices and outstanding alfajores, a traditional South American shortbread cookie with dulce de leche in its center. Be sure to order the burrata and, if you’re feeling bold, pair it with the “Hey Rose!”


On a particularly adventurous night, we tried out a new restaurant, Proper. Specializing in small plates, this was one of our more unique dining experiences in Buenos Aires. The pork chop was one of the best things we’ve tasted on our travels. A special thanks to the January 2018 issue of Food + Wine for pointing us in the “Proper” direction!

La Alacena was an unsuspected gem. This charming restaurant and bakery in Palermo serves up delicate dishes, including handmade pastas and inventive small plates. The stracciatella starter plate and the ricotta + pea ravioli were our personal favorites.

No trip to Buenos Aires is complete without the mandatory visit to Don Julio. This Palermo hot-spot is the most renowned steakhouse for tourists and locals alike. Though their steaks are definitely worth the hype, the beef empanadas coming out of Don Julio's kitchen might be the best-kept secret in the country.


Though not the boldest in Bordeaux, Buenos Aires’ beverage scene was diverse, rich and inviting. Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world, offering a variety of high quality libations. Classic Argentine innovation is setting the stage for their blossoming mixology and craft beer scene, which is taking off and gradually finding a place in the country’s nightlife culture.

A visit to La Malbequeria is perfect for a rainy day, or any day for that matter. This quaint wine bar and restaurant boasts a beautiful patio that  made indulging in their exquisite Malbecs that much more enjoyable.

Casa Cavia, a chic concept store and restaurant, was a perfect place to take refuge for a cool cocktail. Their unique drink list is inspired by literary works of past, resulting in a fun and quirky range of drinks to choose from. We suggest the Tennessee Williams, one of The Monocle’s Top Choices.

Our last night in Buenos Aires, we strayed from wine to check out the emerging craft beer scene in the city with a visit to Patagoina Brewing, which has multiple bars throughout South America. Their Pale Ale almost had us missing Denver.



We explored Buenos Aires via cruiser bicycles with Biking Buenos Aires. Highlights of the “Heart of The City Tour” included exploring the diverse neighborhood of La Boca, learning more about Argentina’s controversial history, and trying Argentine’s beloved street food, lomito and choripan.

Buenos Aires has fostered a unique art scene, which is rooted primarily in the city’s tumultuous history. Street art is widely popular, with expressive graffiti and politically fueled murals scattered across the city. The city also hosts a plethora of museums and galleries suited to every taste. We took an afternoon to visit The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (better know as the MALBA), which specifically focuses on Latin American art from the 20th and 21st century. We caught the remarkable exhibition showcasing the Mexican Revolution.

We stumbled upon our favorite boutique, Patrón,  just blocks away from our AirBnB. The shop showcases artisan jewelry, accessories, art, and decor from over 50 Argentine artists and designers. If you’re looking for a gift (for a friend or for yourself), this is the place to go— specifically for leather bags.

Culture, Design, Art and Food were the cornerstones of this truly unparalleled travel experience. We’re so happy to be able share our travels with you. Please feel free to share this list with anyone you know planning a trip to South America. And, if planning your international excursion seems like a daunting task, ALIGN can plan your trip to make sure you are making the best use of your time abroad.


Drum Roll, Please: Announcing Align Office Design

As you know, we’ve been passionate about creating undeniably amazing environments for our clients' residents. In working with many CEO’s, we can't help but notice the office as an extension of the home. A truly aligned office environment is streamlined, unique to the company's vision, and inspires your team everyday (even if that team is just you).

Currently we are infusing a few offices in Denver and Boulder with some extra mojo and attention to finer details. This additional layer of finesse definitely includes art and decor to bring about an aesthetically pleasing environment, but it can also enhancing the overall experience, including organization and efficiency systems design. How does your style reflect your brand? How will your place of business be inviting to clients, investors, employees (whether that's a home office, corner office or an office buzzing with activity)? How do you want to show up in the world as a professional?

Enter ALIGN Office Design-- Starting with Levin Family Dental

ALIGN was brought to the project by Levin Family Dental's talented Creator of Environments, Meg Miller. Taking a cue from her Mid-Century Modern sensibilities, it was necessary to create the same aesthetic behind closed doors-- and closed drawers. Our Organizational Experience Manager, Craig, developed systems and best practices for a full dental office organization. In 30 days, the ALIGN team completely transformed and streamlined files and products that Levin Family Dental has had in place for years. Even more, Craig was able to regulate inventory systems and check-ins that help hold staff accountable in their day to day work. Here's how it turned out: 


Stay tuned for more new office experiences to come! Co-Founder, Lauren Redlich spent her days before ALIGN on the commercial furniture circuit, while Co-Founder Nicole Adams has been curating tastes and spaces throughout her career. Both have enjoyed being exposed to a variety of high end interiors, either as guests or paid reviewers (that was a fun stint!). Suffice to say, Nicole and Lauren know just what to look for in a hospitable experience-- together they are passionate about using this knowledge to create alignment among people, purpose and space. While they already do this in the home, it was just time to do it in the office as well!


Biju's Little Curry Shop: Now Serving Good Chai and Chi

Positive vibes are the sustainable fuel driving Biju's work and life.

Positive vibes are the sustainable fuel driving Biju's work and life.

Mark Cuban once said, "Don't start a company unless it's an obsession and something you love.".  Here at ALIGN, we are firm believers of this sentiment, as we thrive off of the positive energy that stems from doing what we love. Positive energy is essential for any entrepreneur's early mornings and late nights and it is the positivity within that creates a sustainable life for business owners.

Surrounding yourself by positive people doesn't hurt either. Enter Biju Thomas of Biju's Little Curry Shop. Author of a few books, endurance athlete, private chef, consultant, and avid restaurateur. How does he do it all? We've experienced first hand as ALIGN had the privilege of executing both a client wedding weekend and dinner for Governor John Hickenlooper, with Biju as our Private Chef. It's a combination of the innovation, drive, attention to detail, and laughs in between that keep his passion for food thriving. Each event was executed seamlessly and all guests left with a smile, a belly full of goodness, and a sense of community. There is an art to achieving this experience and he writes about it in The Feed Zone Table.


Biju-- a visionary with a story. He is constantly encouraging the people that work with him and for him to strive for excellence. From his right hand man, Larry, that has Chai making down to an art, to his PR team--he actually draws inspiration from his employees and colleagues and counts on them to enhance each customer's experience.

We should all grab a cup of chai and toast to the people out there that empower you to be who you are and motivate you to keep putting your most vibrant colors out into the world.

Contact us if you are looking for an amazing celebrity chef for a private event. We think we have our finger on the pulse here. In the meantime, check out Biju's Little Curry Shop's most recent location inside of the Wholefoods in Tamarac and experience, first hand, the positive chi within.

Lauren doing what she does best-- keeping the jokes flowing.

Lauren doing what she does best-- keeping the jokes flowing.

Align's Top 10 Excuses to Escape to Paris in January (or Anytime for that Matter)

1. The absolute No. 1 excuse to escape to Paris in the dark and cold of winter is "Les Soldes". Heard of it? As our travel companion Phillip rejoiced, "The whole city is on sale"!  We were sure to pack an empty suitcase to fill for the return trip. Sales are state regulated in France and only happen twice a year: once in summer and once in winter. Boutiques, Design Stores, Pop up Shops, and Hardware Stores are moving inventory and everything is 30%-70% off. We purchased some items for clients and also managed to each come away with a pair of shoes and sunglasses. There were treasures left and right. “Les Soldes” was alone worth the trip!

2. Apologies to all of our vegetarian friends and followers, but the foie gras was EVERYTHING! We loved it at Le Comptoir, but ate it anywhere and any chance we got.  Our friend and traveling companion Charles was assigned to prep foie gras during his culinary years so he helped us critique each bite we took.  It’s always a bonus to travel with an expert.

3. Part of the journey was composed of trip to Maison & OBJECT. This show took place in Paris Jan 20-24, 2017. The show is centered around consumer trends, inspiring experiences, and product launches. Maison focuses on interior decoration and OBJECT is concept and retail. Philip told us that yellow is the on trend color for 2017!  Who knew Big Bird was on trend all along…


4. Any art, fashion, and design expedition in Paris requires a pit stop (or two) for a cocktail. In the heart of the Saint-Germain Arts District, we stumbled upon  Prescription Cocktail Club. Every creation was a different craft combination and each cocktail came in perfectly coordinating glassware. Don't forget to head upstairs and check out the draping Top Hat Light fixture installation in the upper stairwell. 


5. Customize your bootsAlteliers Heschung  custom ginkgo boots are perfect for the man in you or the man in your life. We customized a pair for a client because it was too fun to pass up! Much like interior design textiles, you match your leathers with your canvas and create the perfect pair. Your initials will appear in the tongue of the shoe and the shoemaker signs the shoe. French Shoemaker since 1934 and it shows. There are three convenient shops throughout the city.  Women’s shoes and boots also available!

6. More sightseeing s'il vous plaît. Pack a sandwich and a bottle of wine and take the trip to Chateau De Versailles. Located less than an hour from the city, The Palace of Versailles is the central part of a complex that housed the French government, most notably its royalty, during the reigns of Louis XIV (France's famed “Sun King”), Louis XV and Louis XVI. After the French Revolution in 1789, it ceased to be a permanent royal residence. With over 2300 rooms, we enjoyed studying each ceiling mural, special textile, and intricate piece of architecture. Don't forget to stop by the simple dive bar Pub O' Paris for a pint to cure your achy feet after a full day of walking thru this magical place.

7. We add our next suggestion to this list because we put it on the top of ours and we never got to it. The Picasso Museum  came highly recommended from our favorite US creative, Alexis, and our Danish friend Camilla that works for Trip Advisor. There's got to be a reason to get back to Paris soon, so please visit and tell us that we should return immediately.

8. You cannot leave Paris without stopping by Ladurée to try their infamous macaroons. Plan to stop again the day prior to your departure to bring home beautifully wrapped boxes for friends and family. Their interior aesthetic is an amazing reflection of their high quality tastes, both figuratively and literally. In fact, we travelled with a book, Paris by Lauderee that did not steer us wrong and outlined the details of The Paris Flea Market.

9. Our dear friend Neyla insisted we go to Merci and she did not steer us wrong. In the front, a cafe and used bookstore and behind is a large, beautifully curated concept shoppe. Anything hip and beautiful is found here. Shop while you wait for your name to be called for a seat. Cast your own chairs, scout for art and fashion, and check out the bag collection (including Topo Bags) on the lower level. Another concept shoppe series that occupies the streets of Paris is FLEUX . Here we found the perfect espresso set for our favorite Frenchman, Henri, and his husband Chris.


10. Last but certainly not least, Grand Coeur. Grand Coeur translates to Big Heart, but also bring your big thirst and your big appetite. Located on Rue du Temple in Le Marais, moments from our flat (where Jorie, Mary and friends danced the night away), this local gem is tucked away in a centre. Known for their gin and tonics, we ordered the drink special which was Gin + Tonic + Carrot Puree. The menu is French Farm to Table and the food was very thoughtful and appealed to the senses. The service was excellent and atmosphere extremely inviting. We got lucky with a walk in, but reservations are encouraged. The Michelin Chef is Argentinian and his food is based on nature and the garden. 


So much to see, so little time, don’t worry Paris we will be back for more soon!

Until we meet again,

Au Revoir

xo Nicole & Lauren

Mid Century Modern Meets Futurism

What if David Byrne and Slim Aarons were to dine under a Cuban moon? Then travel to Mars for an aperitif. This far-out concept is what inspired 30 fabulous guests to come together for a truly original birthday/dinner party experience. Who's birthday you ask? Align's Co-founder, Nicole Adams. Food & Libations: Eric Cimino and Turquesa Aros.