Where do I start? Back in December...as a Christmas gift, Jake surprised me with tickets to Mexico to go on vacation. We had a bruuutal winter in Boston, so by the time the end of March came around I was dying to get out! We had such an incredible trip, it was the perfect combination of doing absolutely nothing on the beach and being able to leave the hotel to explore the adorable downtown. Jake did a bunch of research on where to stay and narrowed it down to Papaya Playa Cocqui Cocqui and BeTulum. Ultimately, Jake talked to a friend that had visited BeTulum for lunch during his recent trip and had nothing but amazing things to say. We decided to treat ourselves and book it! The hotel itself completely exceeded our expectations. I could go on, and on, and on. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. They thought of every, single little detail. The hotel itself was on the beach with amazing cabanas and lounge areas. While in Tulum, we enjoyed some of the best food I have ever had in my life and had hands down the best spa experience that paradise has to offer.
If you plan on visiting Tulum, feel free to check these places out:
Hartwood-I thought it was completely ridiculous that you have to wait in line at 2pm to put your name in for a dinner reservation. After three attempts of showing up right around 2pm we finally were able to get in on Saturday night for the 5pm seating. The hype (which I had never seen before) was COMPLETELY worth it. The restaurant is outside on the main jungle road that goes through the charming town. There was no refrigerator and everything is cooked on an open fire. Jake had the whole fish and I can't remember what I got but it was incredible. If you go to Tulum, don't miss out on going here.
Posada Margarita-Beach restaurant that is entirely powered by solar panels. They have a very small menu, but everything is made from scratch. The ambiance is perfect to get a bottle of wine, and arrive early to watch the sunset before you eat.
Mateos Mexican Grill-Casual, no-frill taco bar located on the beach road. The food was some of the best we had in Tulum and they have several decks with games and bars. I would recommend going here for lunch over dinner.
Yaan Wellness Spa -This was directly across from our hotel. Jake had never had a professional massage, so for his birthday I booked him one. Yaan is an incredibly peaceful place that hosts morning yoga, a sweat lodge, and cryotherapy. I did the water circuit and never wanted to leave.
Ziggys Beach Bar- Ziggy's bar is open all day everyday. Sun-beds and palm trees will await you as will some of the larger drinks you have ever seen in your life. My memories from Ziggy's are a bit blurry as they kept trying to up-sell us on all sorts types of tequilas. We never ate here, so I can not speak for the food, but I highly recommend stopping in for drinks during sunset.
Please email me if you plan to visit the Yucatan Peninsula. I am happy to share other ideas!