Where to Stay and Play in Tulum, Mexico

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Mayan Ruins Beach

 

Tulum is home to many exotic and historical treasures. People come here to see the ancient Mayan Ruins,  explore underground water filled caves called Cenotes and to escape the ultra-touristy, Americanized cities like Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. Bordering Tulum is the largest biosphere reserve in the region, called Ki’an Saan, making Tulum’s picturesque beach landscape even more pristine. Right on the beach, ten minutes away from the Mayan Ruins, you’ll find Mezzanine Tulum, a boutique hotel with a colorful boho chic vibe.

 

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Mezzanine Exterior

Mezzanine Tulum is the perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation enjoying the best of this coastal Mexican paradise. You’ll notice all the structures in the town don’t tower above the tree line, and have the traditional palapa roof style unique to the area. Mezzanine is no exception, but their take is a more modern style building with Thai and Buddhist interior design inspirations. The staff is helpful, friendly and will help you with everything from getting to and from the airport, renting bikes to catching and paying for cabs in Spanish. Though the rooms are exquisite you will want to spend most of your time outside on the decks that jut out over the beach giving you the perfect view on the comfort of a lounge chair or bed with a freshly made house margarita featuring local tequila and limes.

 

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Mezzanine Bedroom

 

Locavores will enjoy the cuisine in Mezzanine’s Thai restaurant and bar where fresh local foods are featured prominently on the menu. For breakfast try their fresh smoothies with papaya, freshly prepared coconut milk and bananas, and for lunch or dinner you must get guacamole and try out their spicy Thai curries. If you want to explore other options I highly recommend checking out Ahau Tulum (beach pictured above) for their healthy organic locally inspired fare, and a beachfront dining experience that will have you relaxed instantly. Across from Ahau is the Casa Jaguar bar, set in the jungle of Tulum, with a rustic vibe, lit by candles and lanterns at night with unexpected and inventive food, as well as house made mezcal. 

 

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Casa Jaguar

 

For day trips consider going to the Rivera Maya for paddle boarding, where guides take you to see the Cenotes up close. The ruins are right down the road from Mezzanine about a ten minute walk from the hotel, but you will want to venture out really early as it gets extremely hot there in the afternoon, and more crowded. Bring a swimsuit too, as you will want to swim on the beach there. At night Mezzanine does a great happy hour and often has DJs but I suggest hitting up Papaya Playa Project later in the night where international DJs play underground music sets and create a cool ambience for beach parties attended by sexy people from around the globe ($20 cover typical.)

 

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Papaya Playa Project Party

 

Tulum is only an hour and half away from the Cancun International Airport, so if you want to try something a little off the beaten path that feels like an undiscovered gem of eras past (with all the modern luxuries you demand,) then Tulum is the place for you. Any questions or need more recommendations feel free to email me!

 

*Photos courtesy of the author, Mezzanine Tulum, Expedia and Travel Advisor.