Tulum, located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is easily my #1 travel destination. The area of Tulum is protected, ancient Mayan land, which hasn’t been hit by commercialism like Cancun and Playa del Carmen have — at least not yet.
After more than two years since our last visit, we returned to Tulum this July with my friend from home, Laura. Even when our expectations were sky-high, we were still blown away by Tulum’s magic. It was even more extraordinary than what we remembered. Tulum is the perfect balance of a small, untouched beach town holding its authentic vibe, while huge enough to also quietly offer the luxuries of a popular tourist spot, thankfully doing so without the invasion of strip malls and chain stores.
Here are some of Tulum’s stunning spots that we got to spend time in during our recent three-day visit…
Villa Pescadores was where we stayed for our three days of heavenly bliss. I sure do miss the gorgeous white drapes that surrounded our bed at night, stepping straight out onto the sand from our villa, waking up to fresh pots of tea and coffee sitting on our veranda each morning, the fresh juice bar and delicious breakfasts, and the cocktails on the beach served in freshly-opened coconuts.
“Villa Pescadores is a hotel and beach club, featuring rustic cabanas on the beach front, inspired by local fishermen with a touch of Mexican retro-style.” – Villa Pescadores
I was floored when I walked through Be Tulum. It’s a stunning resort, embracing Tulum’s jungle-like environment with discreet little pathways to lead you through the resort, laced with little reminders of mindfulness such as inspirational quotes hanging within a dreamcatcher in a tree. Once you walk through the resort, toward the beach, it opens up into a stunning, bohemian pool area, bar and restaurant.
This will absolutely be our next spot to stay when we return to Tulum. It is everything I’ve ever dreamed of as the “perfect” beachside setting… I was like an excited little girl who just found a mountain of chocolate while on an easter egg hunt.
We didn’t get to explore Nomade Tulum for very long, but paid a quick visit after spending the afternoon at Be Tulum, just next door.
This is like a stripped-back, more simple version of Be Tulum. They’ve got stunning private villas, but they even have tent options, “glamping” style. Check out their variety of rooms here.
The restaurant, Macondo, offers an extensive vegan/vegetarian menu of gourmet raw and cooked organic foods, using local and sustainably-farmed ingredients. They also have a seafood grill, La Popular, out by the beach where they also focus on sustainability and strives to rescue artisanal fishing by sourcing produce locally and ecologically, respecting our ocean and Tulum’s biodiversity.
They often hold events with a range of different healers, therapists, shamans, etc. I’d love to make it to one of these next time.
We stopped by Ahau Tulum for a delicious pre-dinner cocktail. The setting was stunning, of course. As you can probably tell by now, it’s hard to find a setting that isn’t incredible in this town.
I was eager to check out Raw Love Cafe, but unfortunately it was closed by the time we got there. It’s a little hut at Ahau Tulum, serving raw vegan food for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes pizza, pad thai, cheesecake, yogurt, ginger beer, kombucha and ice cream. They even make their own coconut milk daily. I was shattered I didn’t get to try it for myself! It’s at the top of my list for next time.
Ahau Tulum is a beautiful resort in a great location, with a yoga studio, cafes and boutiques across the road.