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Melissa Perlman



Author Christian Dori | Date 18/12/2019

Mellisa Perlman

 

What does the idea of influential woman mean to you?

Well being the definition of Influential is to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Being an influential woman to me means being someone that can have an effect on other people or on a place. Responsible in the way I operate my business and also in the way I deal with each and every person.

 

Do you consider yourself to be an influential woman?

I consider myself to be an inspirational person rather than an influential person. I was a pioneer in the sense that I came to Tulum when most people would say Tu what Tu where....I packed up my studio apartment in NYC after 9/11 and bought a one way ticket with the idea of making a little hotel in what was a sleepy little beach town.

It's the risk I took back then, that led me to where I am today and it has inadvertently, inspired other women and men to follow their dreams, take risks and leave behind the fear of failure knowing that it is all a journey that leads us from one place to another.

 

What did you dream of doing when you were a little girl?

I did not have a clear vision or dream of what I wanted to do when I was a little girl, but I do remember my mother who had a very good sense of humor saying to me along the way, "I hope there is a small country in need of a dictator when you grow up," which leads me to believe I had a strong sense of self from the time I was very little and never doubted myself.

 

If you have kids, how do you manage to work and look after them?

Balancing business and kids is very challenging. When you own your own business it is like another child that requires attention and time, and there is no way to do it without having an amazing support system, in my case it is the nanny who has been with us for years, and my father, my kids grandfather who helps out so very much and technology to be able to see and talk to each other everyday even if I am not physically with them. I try to create opportunities for quality time with the kids, which sometimes might be laying in bed at night just listening to them talk about their day or maybe me talking to them about an adventure to a new place The kids see me work and have a much better understanding of business than most kids their age.

 

Where the idea of your business came from?

One night when I returned from an evening out in NYC after 9/11 where people were talking about where to buy gask masks and what their Plan B was to get out of the city should it come under attack again. I asked myself, if I could live anywhere in the world right now, where would I want to live, and immediately Tulum came to mind. I began to think of a place that fit the needs of what I was looking for...a place where one could go to rejuvenate from the inside out, a place where through a combination of physical exercise, yoga, mindfulness, healthy eating, and pampering on the most beautiful beach in the world. That is when I came up with the concept for my hotel. That very night I made a homemade website using photos from my past holidays, and began packing up my little apartment with all the things I thought I would need to open a small hotel. I packed up 5 huge duffle bags and bought a one way ticket to Cancun, and from there took a local Mexican bus down to Tulum. I walked up and down the beach looking for a place to make Amansala, which only existed on my homemade website.

 

What are you most proud of your doing here in Tulum?

I am most proud of living an authentic life. I feel so proud to know my business was made from passion, hard work and determination. I was knocked down many times in Tulum losing two hotels before Tulum stabilized in respect to the land issues, and it was devastating but I moved past the many obstacles that were presented in front of me and kept following my bliss which kept me here in Tulum. I am also so proud of being a mother to two amazing children who brought so much more depth to my life.

 

What do you think about the connection between Ibiza and Tulum?

I think the connection between Tulum and Ibiza is that both places attract people who are not locked into one place and see the planet more than a specific country as their home. Ibiza has always cultivated creativity, attracted adventurous spirits and provided a place to call home that is surrounded by beautiful nature, and so is Tulum.

 

Everyone now is trying to help to save the planet, where do you stand regarding this matter?

I think more than trying to save the planet it is more about adopting a way of living where one treads lighter on the planet and to understand, small changes lead to big changes. The result of living off the grid, makes one more aware of the over consumption most people live with. Here in Tulum you are forced to be aware of how many watts of energy you are using and to take note that the shower you are taking requires someone to pump that water which goes through osmosis and the garbage that is created is not just picked up by a truck and taken off to who knows where..the organic is put back into the earth to make soil. So while I am not trying to save the planet, I am aware and implement changes in my business and personal life to reflect that awareness.

 

Do you agree that the inspiration while creating a brand needs to come from culture, music, fashion and love all together?

A brand can be inspired by so many things, some from culture, some from music, some from fashion but all from love. It is with love that any brand gets created as the person behind it must be passionate about what they are creating to give it the opportunity to grow. In creating my brand of Amansala, it came from my desire to create a type of holiday that did not really exist prior, it came from filling a niche where I was the target customer and from my love of all the elements needed to make it come together such as great food, massages, bringing together of community, exercise, and cultivating mindfulness.

 

Where do you see yourself in the next few years? And what about Tulum?

I see myself traveling the world, spending time creating amazing moments and memories with my children, and continuing to develop Amansala as the go to place when anyone needs to hit the reset button. I see Tulum becoming more of a year round community as more people work remotely and the more like minded people who are attracted to Tulum, the better we can care for her.How we care for Tulum today will determine the future. 

I personally do not believe Tulum should be a party hub as Ibiza was known for as only in the past years Ibiza began to be a hub for yoga and wellness, I believe Tulum was built on people seeking peace and quiet and natural beauty and it is best to allow nature to be our draw. The sound of the sea, the starlit skies, the amazing beauty of the cenote and jungles blended with the amazing Tulumanti style restaurants, shops, hotels and style, but free from festivals and all night parties because that creates conflict with those coming to hit the reset button.

 

Last question, are you night or day? 

By nature I am nocturnal. As everyone else is going to sleep, my brain wakes up and I get inspired to write, think and reconnect to myself.

 


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