The small village on the Caribbean coast of Mexico is truly a paradise and the perfect place to recharge between November and April. White beaches for miles, azure blue sea and tropical temperatures ensure that you’ll forget everything around you. Instead of the huge concrete blocks found in the surrounding cities of Cancun or Playa del Carmen, in Tulum there are small, luxurious boutique hotels that individually cater to the needs of their guests. Yoga classes, wellness packages and superfoods are commonplace. Here are my personal favorites for the perfect getaway.
Hotel: Papaya Playa Project
The passion project from Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger was originally planned as a pop-up hotel in 2011. Since then the location, with its adorable cabanas and trendy beach club has become one of the most booked hotels in the region. Especially beloved are the many events, for example, the monthly Full Moon parties that attract world renowned DJ’s to the tiny town.
Perfumery: Coqui Coqui
Every Coqui Coqui location has a fragrance created especially by them that is reminiscent of the nature of that particular environment. Inspired by the many palms that grow scattered across the beach, for Tulum Coqui Coqui chose a coconut scent. In the beautiful little perfumery of the Coqui Coqui Tulum Residence & Spa you can not only purchase all of their scents, but also pamper yourself with their beauty products at the in-house spa.
Day Trip: Cenote Dos Ojos
A bit north of Tulum is a huge underwater caving system that is a charming setting for diving or snorkeling. The Cenotes were only discovered in the 80s and are still being explored. The crystal clear sweet water and the spectacular limestone formations offer unforgettable opportunities for pictures. An underwater camera is definitely recommended!
Favorite Spot: Mayan Ruins
The picturesque Mayan Ruins directly on the sea are an incredibly special and mysterious place. The well-preserved buildings were built in the 13th century. The main attractions are El Castillo, a ceremonial temple, The Temple of the Descending Gods and the Temple of Wind. To avoid the flood of tourists, it’s worth it to go to the ruins as soon as they open.
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The Hartwood is Tulum’s trendiest restaurant by far. All of the ingredients are local, grown according to Mayan traditions and prepared over an open fire. The sustainability goes so far that the restaurant does not produce any waste. To snatch one of their popular tables you should drop by in the early afternoon to secure a spot for the evening.
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Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.