“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” -Emerson
Tulum, my love. Such an appropriate way to refer to this gorgeous little beach town along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. If you’re looking for a quick getaway look no further- Tulum is it!
For us, Tulum was the result of a late night road trip mixed with a quick google search of “prettiest beaches in the world”. If you search Tulum online, you’ll see it described with terms like “eco-chic”, “trendy”, “paradise”, and a great place for a yoga retreat. While all of this is definitely true, I have to say theres so much more to this little town. After our trip I’m convinced there’s an unspoken element, a true soul to Tulum. One that attracts those of us after an adventure. Those of us that want to get off the beaten path and see more of what this beautiful world has to offer.
You can find our full itinerary here, but think lazy beach days filled with stops at roadside taco stands and frozen mango margaritas. Cliff jumping in the most beautiful clear water cenotes after adventuring out to Vallodolid- the most adorable authentic Mexican town almost completely untouched by tourists. Snorkeling through underwater caves and sexy nights filled with even more delicious cocktails and the best grilled octopus you may ever eat in your entire life.
Where to Stay
When I’m searching for the place that will be our “home away from home” during our travels I like to look for a few things. First, proximity to town, or in this case the main drag of the beach road. I like to be close to the hustle and bustle without being right in the middle of it. Second, reviews. I scour sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Conde Nast, and Travel & Leisure for anything I can find on hotels in the area. Third, price. Let’s face it, as much as I wish I was a Saudi prince and could rent out an entire glamorous hotel for the week, unfortunately (thanks, mom) I’m not. So price does play a key role. And lastly, the feel I get from all of the above. I visit the hotels actual website and follow them across social media. Is the hotel clean and updated? Are they responsive to messages or emails? What sort of information and image do they provide across these platforms?
So after what was weeks and weeks of research we chose to stay at Mi Amor, a Colibri Boutique Hotel on the north end of Tulum’s beach road, called Bocapaila. We went to Tulum for a “couples getaway” trip if you will, so the location of Mi Amor was perfect. Close enough to ride bikes (that you can rent directly from the hotel) down to the popular beaches, restaurants, and spas; while at the same time being removed enough so that we weren’t kept up to the popular beats of Pitbull thumping beneath our room all night long.
I booked us the Seafront Room with a plunge pool, because for an extra $30 a day I my as well go big or go home, right?! (When booking I actually asked the concierge if the pool was heated or not and he just laughed. Mexico has one temp- HOT, in case you forget.) We stayed in room 13 and Simon (my new bff) wasn’t lying when he said it was the best room on the property. There are only a handful of rooms on the hotel grounds and they are all pretty secluded, but we had a direct private path to ours and could sneak in and out unnoticed if we felt like it.
One of the things with Mi Amor that I was nervous about, and actually the only thing that kept me from booking the hotel sooner, was that it’s not on one of the beautiful white sand beaches of Tulum, but rather perched atop a rocking hillside. Once we got there though I never even thought twice about it. They have these amazing daybeds scattered along the rocks that are perfecting for laying out and lazily ordering snacks (yes, bc I can’t go an hour without snacks) and drinks from. There’s also a beach literally right next door that you could walk to, though we never felt the need.
It wouldn’t be a fair overview if I didn’t mention the service and genuine hospitality at Mi Amor. From the moment I called to book Simon was so nice and helpful. He and his team helped me arrange transportation to and from the airport, booked excursions, and gave us endless truly useful tips for navigating Tulum. We were greeted every morning with bright smiles and warm hellos from everyone we came in contact with. Allen, in true Allen fashion, quickly became best friends with the bartenders and waitstaff, who all knew us by name by the time we left. Our room was cleaned twice a day, everyday, and little local chocolates and hot tea were left beside every night.
Literally everything about it was a dream! If you have any questions please let me know! I’d be happy to answer anything I can!
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to those views??
Don’t miss my next post, “Tulum My Love: Where to Eat”, where I’ll delve into the amazing restaurants in Tulum (including the one at our hotel!) and how we lived out our wannabe foodie dreams! Do y’all have any cute little beach towns you love?! Tell me where I should go next!