It has been a while since I have posted and A LOT has been going on. Grad school this semester has been a little insane work wise so that is why I have been MIA. But also I was in Tulum, Mexico for a week totally disconnecting which was much needed.
Tulum was AMAZING! I want everyone who is looking to go to Mexico to consider going here. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee.
Tulum is a small little town located about 1.5 hours south of Cancun along the cost of the Yucatán Peninsula. The reason I was attracted to this area is because it is known for its well preserved Mayan ruins AND Cenotes (under ground caves).
You fly into Cancun International Airport and then most hotels have shuttles or partnered car services to take you. One thing I will say for those who are nervous traveling to Mexico given all the news about what is going on: Tulum is in the middle of no where. It is a very rural town and there are not large resorts like you see in Cancun. It is mostly small boutique hotels and everything is pretty open. There is regular police patrol that is not different than what you see in Boston, but it is definitely an area where you can be very vulnerable if you are expecting maximum security from the military or a resort. Basically, if you don’t have common street sense, don’t go here. Find a resort.
What we did notice while we were there, there were very little Americans and a lot of Europeans. Also, its is the perfect place for Bachelorette parties or even a single traveler. Tulum is a place where you can do absolutely nothing but eat and relax or you can see many historical sites. We chose to do nothing.
We stayed at El Pez which is part of Colibri Boutique Hotels which is ALSO affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World which is a company we are looking to use for every single vacation we have been looking into. I have a BS in Management with a Concentration in Hospitality and all of my professional Hospitality career was done in luxury boutique hotels, so you can say they are my passion. I did MUCH research before we went and I am a hotel snob, so I have extremely high standards and El Pez met them all! I will be doing a Travel Tips Post later this week hopefully where I give you my professional input on how I book vacations.
We did not do much while we were there because we needed a few days to just Relax and Rejuvenate, but we will be going back hopefully withing the year because I really wanted to go to the Cenotes and all the Mayan Ruins. If we do we will stay here 1000%.
The best thing about luxury boutique hotels is the service. In a good hotel most staff you are interacting with will get to know your name and use it regularly, this also allows them to put the personalized touch on your experience, more than what you would get at a Large resort. El Pez has under 20 rooms so EVERYONE knew our names. Even the grounds keepers who took care of the common areas.
We stayed in a Sea Front King which is technically the lowest level room and our view was amazing! Every room has a veranda and every morning they deliver coffee. We did not set a single alarm while we were there. Our view faced the sunrise, so we just left our curtains open. I am the only one who drinks coffee. Every morning between 7 and 8, I would wake up to the sun rise, grab my coffee outside my door, and sit on the veranda while I enjoyed my coffee. No technology. (they also deliver meditation tea every night)
Then J would wake up and we would head down stairs for breakfast, which was included, sit watching the water, eat fresh fruit and just be present. IT WAS PERFECT! This was our first Vacation as a couple and prob the best possible one we could have done.
After breakfast we would go back to the room and from about 9 to 12:30 is the sun would hit our Veranda perfectly I would just sun bath up there.
The rest of the day we would just walk around the town exploring and eating Tacos. J was obsessed with Mateo’s Mexican Grill, so we ate there every day. They have outstanding service, a beautiful Sunset bar AND a different featured Margarita every day. The one above is a Cucumber Margarita which I had multiple times a day (they made it for me even when it wasn’t the special because we kept coming back).
Shopping was amazing as well. Tones of little boutiques, local companies. My FAVORITE purchase was this wall hanging! I was looking for this exact one. It took about 3 hours to find the best one because I am so indecisive, everyone give J a round of applause for putting up with me.
OVERALL: I give Tulum 15 out of 10 starts. I find I usually have high expectations in my head of what my vacations are going to be like, and they never quite measure up. Tulum blew us away. Best thing, you can go to relax or to have an adventure and learn some amazing Mexican History.
As always, Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below or email with questions! I have a lot of Highlights on IG as well.
DISCLOSURE: This is not sponsored, pure opinion.