Tulum, Mexico

 

May 2016
Tulum | Mexico
Eduardo Cerruti & Stephanie Draime

You’ll love Tulum. It’s one of those beach towns where you don’t really understand if things are meant to be like that or if it all just magically happened. I am pretty sure it is the second one. 

We flew into Cancun airport and took a one and a half hour drive to our hotel- Coqui Coqui Tulum Residence & Spa, a boutique hotel surrounded by the jungle and the Caribbean sea. It’s safe to say it is one of our most favorite destinations we’ve visited. A one of a kind experience and with only six rooms, Coqui Coqui has created a curated lifestyle; an exclusive and relaxing formula. With a design inspired by the nearby ruins of Tulum, this soft colored beachfront stay has an ocean-inspired spa, breezy bedrooms and views of the Caribbean. Owners Francesca Bonato and Nicolas Malleville even have a fascinating story behind the creation of Coqui Coqui, and you can read about it here. They also have a perfumery, and if you have not already stocked your home up with one of their scents, you should! We stayed in the Jungle Room, room number 5. No words can justify the beautiful curation behind this space. Filled with inspiration, we couldn't help begin photographing it even though we were wet and sandy from the beach. There was a box on the bed filled with Coqui Coqui goodies such as perfume scents, scented mosquito repellent (so smart), tooth paste, brushes, soaps, shampoo and conditioner! And moments after we got a knock on our door to receive yet another surprise, a Coqui Coqui made mayan chocolate bar on a plate waiting to be devoured. A dream!

And it doesn't stop there. It’s so surprising how this 10km jungle road can be the home of such unique places. Hartwood Tulum is located on the jungle side of the road and with no beach breeze or view they still manage to sell out every night.

All cooking is done by open fire within a hand made wood burning oven and grill.The menu changes daily depending on what the sea and land has to offer them but nonetheless each ingredient comes from local Mayan farms. All the fish is spear hunted in the Caribbean and therefore fresh and exquisite. Luckily we went twice so we could try almost everything on the menu. The octopus and grouper were sublime. We also had roasted sweet potato, two types of ceviche, a jicama salad, prawns, and a lime tart, and not one dish disappointed. Oh, they do not accept reservations. We strongly recommend arriving at 2pm on the day you wish to dine to secure a table that evening. You'll wait in line till 3pm for the hostess to come out and take reservations. It's all worth the wait. While you are in line, listen for the bells of the ice cream wagon and make sure to get a cup of homemade coconut or mango ice cream.

Fortunately, if you can't make it there are other tasty alternatives. Safari has amazing grouper fish tacos in a purple beet tortilla, Gitano has the best drinks and shrimp tacos, and Posada Margherita is a lovely hotel where you can also shop, eat and drink. We rented a bicycle for 10US$ a day so we made sure to explore the entire 10km long jungle road and here is what we recommend:

 

  • Coqui Coqui 
  • Hartwood
  • Gitano
  • Safari
  • Posada Margherita
  • Jaguar