So here we go after showing all the shootings from my time in México it is time to talk about my happy place itself as well. We first came to Tulum in 2014 when we spent our honeymoon here. And I decided to come back soon. Is three years later soon enough? Anyway I will need to go back even sooner now, since this really is my happy place. Tulum is a feeling. I’ve never felt so strong, blessed but also airy at a place being that beautiful like Tulum. It is very easy to feel good between all those beautiful places there, but it is not about the fancy restaurants or pampering massages. It is the Tulum lifestyle I adore. But let’s start with my travel guide to tell you more about what we enjoyed.
First of all whenever I say Tulum, I don’t mean Tulum City. Tulum City is about 4 km away from Tulum Beach, where the beach hotels are located. Tulum City is a typical mexican city which offers some cute local stores, supermarkets and the real traditional restaurants and cafes. You have to pass by Tulum City to go further to the beach. You will pass the Mayan Ruins and turn right and here we go. The jungle road starts and is marked in kilometers. So you don’t say hotel/restaurant xy is at street number z, you always tell the kilometer where something is located. Our hotel Nest Tulum was located at km 8.2 so very far at the end of the road. There were only 2 more hotels left until the real jungle aka the Siam Kaan National Park started. We drove all the way down with our rental car (totally safe during both times in Yucatan, so don’t worry at all) and it took us about 30 minutes since there are so many bumpers on the road as well as cyclists and people walking along the road. So the easy going immediately starts there.
All hotels, small shops and restaurants can be found either on the beach side of the road or on the jungle side. There are no large hotels (ours had 9 rooms which I totally loved) no giant stores or anything else which will make you feel like being at a touristy place. Nonetheless this place was made for tourists (especially american tourist, since they only have to fly some hours to get there) and being mean you could call Tulum an artificial bubble which wouldn’t be fair from my point of view. The Tulum style attracts all those fashion loving people from all over the world but so do other places as well and at least Tulum feels real. Tulum must have changed throughout the years and what we heard it must have been even more natural and laid back 20 years ago. But there is still no electricity all over on every day, often times wifi is so bad you’ll rather switch it off (which I loved) and eco chic is not only a word to attract clients, but a part of Tulum life. So I pretty much loved it anyway and it doesn’t feel like Cancun or Playa del Carmen at all which I strongly dislike.
Below I list all the restaurants we loved during our stay and which I can totally recommend:
Restaurare – vegan only, but trust me, everyone will love it there! The mayan curry is unbelievable good.
Pasha – a cute small restaurant with an owner from Greece who makes yummy salads, even more yummy homemade falafels and the best hummus I ate
Raw Love – yummiest smoothies and all vegan and raw in midst of a cute garden which is very close to the beach. Their chocolate cake makes me wanna go back immediately.
Nest Tulum – we loved eating at our hotel because it was so delicious and lying on your beach bed and getting lunch served is just vacation bliss. Try the quinoa salad and their juices
Be Tulum – we stayed here during our honeymoon and still love this place. They do have two restaurants now, we loved the one closer to the beach on the upper deck. The vegan pasta were to die for.
So about 90% of the restaurants and places are outside even without any roofs and directly at the beach or opposite to it which makes it ultra comfortable and even more fantastic. For me the worst part of being back home in Switzerland is that life is so much reduced to your own apartment due to the weather.
Being outside is the best thing ever and we nearly spent our complete day outside here in México which felt so incredibly liberating to me.
Whenever staying in Tulum make sure your hotel rents/gives you bikes. It’s the most easiest to cycle along the jungle road and go to restaurants and all places. They don’t recommend it during night, but we always did it (together) and felt absolutely safe. Just take a flashlight with you, since it will get really dark after sunset and you won’t see where you’re going to.
Many hotels and beach bars offer massages but for me Yaan Spa is t h e place to go for a massage. It was my second time there and this year they even got named one of the eight best spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, so I am not the only one who loves them obviously. Their prices are high (compared to Switzerland not, but for anyone living anywhere else) but it’s worth every single mexican peso. When you enter their spa instant relaxation will set in. You are able to use their pools and wellness treatments included to your massage before or after it and I felt like so relaxed afterwards. I had the Aztec Chakra Massage and enjoyed the best 90 minutes break in this fancy spa. Must go from my point of view!
During our first time in Tulum we went to several cenotes, but not this time. The hubby went on a snorkeling trip and tried three new ones and loved them. I didn’t like cenotes as much as I thought I would, since the water is really cold, there are fishes all around you who will even nibble your feet and I don’t like snorkeling, so thats why I stayed at the beach. But the hubby says Grand Cenote, Casa Cenote and the Temple of Doom is worth visiting.
So this is it for now. Go ahead and ask all the questions I have missed answering.
Or just go and enjoy the pics. Don’t judge me for a huge Fernweh alarm afterwards.
I feel it, too.