“Intimate, rustic-chic hotel with a happy and tranquil vibe, right on Tulum’s perfect white-sand beach”
Breezy, spacious and open-plan, the 8 rooms are decorated in calm shades of cream, with rustic furniture and vivid accents of local handmade fabrics and artwork. Elevated kingsize beds are clad in light and soft linen and are super-comfy, while flowing mosquito nets and floor candles create a very romantic vibe. All rooms have private wraparound decks, sliding glass doors and hardwood floors.
The 4 Beachfront rooms (Mar and Arena on the ground floor, Cielo and Estrella up above), sit directly on the sand dunes and have magnificent panoramic beach and sea views. Slightly set back are the 2 Garden View rooms (Flores and Tierra), and sitting in the treetops with beautiful glimpses of the ocean are the Ocean View rooms (Luna and Sol). The latter, Sol, was our favourite; a perfect mix of exotic treehouse feel, stunning ocean views and seclusion.
All rooms are almost identical in layout, amenities and décor. The only differences are price according to setting, and that top-floor rooms have high Mayan thatched ceilings, giving them an even airier feel. Garden and Ocean View rooms have an additional rollaway bed for a 3rd adult or a child over 12.
Bathrooms are colourful, with bright blue glass walk-in showers and mosaic-tiled sinks. We loved the large selection of natural soaps and lotions; the bamboo body wash smelt absolutely divine. Other nice touches include a handwoven beach bag, beach towels and a hairdryer socket (a rarity in Tulum).
A continental breakfast is included in the room rate: warm banana and coconut bread, fruit platters, a variety of fresh juices, yoghurt, and the most delicious toasted granola we have ever had. It's served on beautiful handmade local crockery, creating an immediate happy mood. Smoothies, lattes and eggs (including huevos rancheros) can be ordered for an additional charge.
The casual restaurant and bar is open throughout the day and serves fantastic dishes with regional flair, such as pollo con mole with aromatic Mayan chocolate and sesame seeds, and tequila-infused shrimp. On Friday nights there's a live musician, and the melancholic sounds of his acoustic Spanish guitar make dining under the starlit sky with your feet in the sand even more special.
There are plenty of fabulous restaurants and cool bars just a short beach stroll or bike ride away from the hotel. We particularly liked the vintage-style Playa Azul for a simple meal of guacamole, tacos and margaritas; and the whimsical, upscale El Tabano, set in a jungle garden, for fresh lobster, truffle crêpes and fine Mexican wines. True foodies should head to sophisticated Cetli in Tulum proper, for an authentic Mexican feast with all the bells and whistles.