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THE BEST OF TULUM
ONE OF OUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE PLACES TO ESCAPE TO IS TULUM, MEXICO'S BEACHSIDE PARADISE IN THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. WE REVEAL OUR INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE BEST ADDRESSES IN TULUM.
WHERE TO STAY
Renowned for its stunning coastal location and laidback vibe, Tulum is Mexico’s answer to yoga, palm trees and Mayan Ruins. Embrace what Tulum is all about by staying in accommodation that reflects the slow pace and idyllic lifestyle. There’s always a place for luxury, and Be Tulum is the perfect tropical hideaway for visitors seeking to switch off and relax. Fringed by jungle and sandy beachfront, there are 20 decadent suites that have been designed to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Lounge by the pool or enjoy traditional indigenous therapies at the on-site Yäan Wellness Energy Spa. For an eco-friendly stay where hammocks and outdoor showers come hand-in-hand, Ahau Hotel is the best bet. Named after the Mayan Sun God, this resort is a bohemian paradise for the earth-conscious traveller. Design is at the forefront of The Beach Tulum, where modern minimalism is incorporated into each guestroom. Go superior and you’ll gain access to a secluded roof terrace and a private beach area. Budget savvy tourists will love the simple oceanfront Mayan cabanas and guestrooms at Luv Tulum. Rustic and fuss-free, spend the day watching the palm trees sway or dining on handmade artisan tacos at the on-site restaurant.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK
Wining and dining is as much a part of a Tulum escape as salty hair and sandy feet. With so many options on offer, stick with these favourites for the ultimate combination of great food, stylish décor and good vibes. Any foodie who visits Tulum must head straight to Hartwood. Coveted for their speciality wood-fired cuisine created without electrical appliances, this open-air restaurant has a massive following, so be sure to get in early or chance missing out. When in Mexico it is only natural to lean towards local dishes, and nowhere does them better than Cenzontle. Try the cricket enchiladas with a sauce of five different red chilies followed by the whole fish in lime, ginger, paprika and olive oil served on a bed of chipotle rice. Dinner and drinks go together at Casa Banana, where guests experience Argentine flavours through grilled meats and thirst-quenching cocktails. Sit outdoors under strings of glowing lanterns for the perfect romantic night out. A little Italian gem on the beach, Posada Margherita is a seductive mix of casual and cool. Match the awe-inspiring view with a plate of mouth-watering handmade pasta, and drift into a heavenly food coma. As the day comes to an end, the party will just be getting started at the super trendy Gitano. Sip on mezcal tipples (Jungle Fever and Gitano Mojito are fail-proof), before taking to the dance floor for a night to remember–Tulum-style.
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