Tulum

Tulum

Tulum sounded too good to be true. Rumors of the last undeveloped stretch (33 whole miles) of white sandy beach in Mexico with a creative, artsy, boho chic vibe, yeah right. Well, the rumors proved to be true. We celebrated Lucy’s birthday here last year and it was the perfect blend of relaxation on the beach, yoga, culture via the Mayan ruins and margaritas. We will be back often, especially as it is only a few hour flight to Cancun from LA and then a two hour drive.

WHAT TO PACK

Tulum is a laid back sort of place so no need for anything too dressy and definitely no high heels—in fact, for some of the resorts, you don’t need anything at all. Literally.
Bathing suits
Cover ups
Sundresses or white jeans and cute tops for night
Flip flops
Sweater or wrap for evening
Sneakers in case you are inspired to jog or for biking
Yoga clothes

EAT

Posada Margherita
Carretera Tulum-Boca Palla Km. 4,5
tel: +52 984 801 8493
www.posadamarherita.com
Lunch and dinner, bar, hotel

Our favorite restaurant in Tulum. Run by outgoing Italians (there are a lot of ex-pat Italians in Tulum which makes for some great food, wine and style!), we loved the homemade seafood pasta and “sea water” fish. We were also impressed by their wine list – it can be hard to find good wines in the Caribbean.

Casa Violeta
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8,2
tel: +52 1 984 879 0294
tel: 1 917 239 6331 (USA)
www.casavioletatulum.com
Lunch and Dinner, hotel

We had a delicious dinner in their cozy, dimly lit dining room on the beach—exceptional pastas with seafood.

Hemingway’s
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 5,5
tel: +52 1 984 114 23 21
www.hemingwaytulum.com
Lunch and dinner, hotel

The best mojitos we have ever had brimming with fresh lime and mint as well as insane seafood pasta called Mariscada.

El Tabano
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 5,5
Tel: +52 1 984-134-8725

Don’t skip this authentic family run restaurant because it’s on the land side of the road. We loved our traditional Mexican chicken in pipian sauce under a palapa set in a tropical garden.

STAY

Amansala
www.casademiel.com
12 cabanas (#4 is our favorite), 4 rooms
restaurant, yoga classes, Bikini Boot Camp

A collection of funky palapas made from local materials that equate to a glammed up version of Swiss Family Robinson right on the beach. The owner, Melissa Perlman made a name for herself by developing Pablo Escobar’s old hideout into a small boutique hotel. After getting rave reviews, apparently Pablo wanted his house back…. So she opened Amansala (briefly called Casa de Miel)—an eco-hotel that is free of drug lord’s past and present just last year. Amansala is full of Perlman’s stylish flair- from romantic mosquito nets over the beds, to Balinese furniture and bright orange lounge chair cushions. Request the upper rooms as they allow for greater views. The food at Amansala is also noteworthy, from the hearty breakfast to the light but delicious fish salad for lunch. We will be back to “suffer” through the Bikini Boot Camp!

SEE

Tulum Mayan ruins
35-40 pesos entrance fee
8 AM- 5 PM daily
To pay homage to the divine Mayan energy we were feeling in Tulum, we forced ourselves away from the perfect beach to explore the Mayan ruins located about 10 minutes north of Casa de Miel. While somewhat crowded with sunburned tourists, the juxtaposition of the ancient ruins next to the Caribbean Sea was