From my Instagram Stories, you may have seen that my friends and I recently spent a weekend in Tulum, Mexico, for one of their birthdays. We had an unforgettable time exploring the area during our stay while still making time for some beachside tanning and relaxation.
We stayed at Maria del Mar for this trip, a charming boutique hotel with a private beach. The hotel is located in the most popular area of Tulum, just a few minutes away from the Mayan ruins. The hotel offered a spa, yoga classes, and one of the most delicious restaurants in the area called Mina, has an award-winning chef. The first night we ate dinner at Mina, and the menu consisted of Mexican-Argentinian-inspired cuisine. The food and the presentation were exceptional.
The view from our room was beautiful. It was a dream to wake up in the middle of a beach-jungle paradise every morning. The hotel offers different types of rooms. We stayed in the one-bedroom beachside ground-level suite, which was perfect for getting out of bed, putting our bikinis on, and jumping on the beach to get an ideal tan. I highly recommend the oceanfront penthouse for couples, which has a jacuzzi on the balcony with a beach view. I liked how tropical yet chic the hotel was, and the service and hospitality were top-notch.
On the second day of our stay, we decided to rent bicycles within walking distance from the hotel, and we took them on an adventure through the Mayan ruins. The cost of the bikes was very cheap, and going to the ruins was a magical experience learning more about the Mayans and their lifestyle.
We spent part of every day laying down on the chairs, working on our tans, and enjoying the amenities, which were so beautiful you couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. On our last day in Tulum, we enjoyed the beautiful sunrise from the deck, where they hosted some of their yoga and massage sessions. On the terrace, you will also find comfortable hammocks where you can lay down and feel the ocean breeze.
Our time in Tulum was magical, and I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy all the fresh food and fantastic beach they had to offer. I look forward to coming back and experiencing more of this paradise.
OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO IN TULUM
If you want to experience the mystical nightlife of Tulum, this is the place to be. Their quality crafted and flavorful beverages will not disappoint you. They don’t have a menu- you just tell your bartender what your favorite flavor is, and he makes a special drink for you. It was so much fun, and the DJ played the most exciting music. Also, if you make a reservation early, they offer you food—an experience you can’t miss out on.
A cenote is a natural pit or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath with beautiful crystallized water. If you are the type who likes to do scuba and discover caves underwater, that is the place to be.
They have scuba, caves, and snorkeling. We didn’t have the opportunity to go there, but I hear good recommendations for a spot I would like to try next time I’m there.
It’s near Tulum (taxi is cheaper) and just as magical. We had the opportunity to discover some caves underwater, jump from a cliff and swim with tortoises. It was beautiful.
Another unique boutique hotel next to Maria de Mar. Even if you don’t stay here, you can swim by and stop for a drink at their awesome bar or have a moonlight dinner. Their style is fascinating, and nothing else compares to it. It’s a must-visit.
Exotic restaurant/bar where they have live music. Their interior design and bar area are beautiful. The cocktails were crafted and very fresh. Late at night the DJ comes out and plays the best music. We had a great time there.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?