WHERE TO STAY
We loved Diamante K - the perfect spot to escape the crowds and relax on it's own private beach. Although it is a little further away from the main restaurants of Tulum it is the most picturesque place for some R&R.
Papaya Playa is described as 'barefoot luxury' and they're not wrong. With gorgeous architecture inspired by and built around the surrounding jungles and beaches, this hotel is just heavenly. Plus, being welcomed with a Pina Colada flavoured ice lolly is a big YES from us.
Nomade offers a truly unique experience. Don't miss sacred fire rituals, cacao ceremonies and ancient Mayan healing treatments, all while staying in luxurious suites, and even a tree house if you're up for it!
If you're looking to splash out, Rosewood Mayakoba is where you can live a life of complete luxury. An amazing beach, pool, spa and even a golf course, there is something for everyone. The only thing you need to worry about is what to do first!
WHERE TO EAT
Food made in tradition with Mexico's roots and, the food here is bold and explosive. Open-fire cooking is integral to Arca's menu, with small plates intended to be shared. An Auree friend with exceptional taste said it was one of their favourite restaurants EVER. Good luck getting a booking.
Gitano offers mouthwatering seasonal and local ingredients prepared in traditional Mexican style, while you sit back and enjoy a legendary cocktail. When dinner is over, make way for dancing. We just hope you brought a change of shoes...
The food at Casa Jaguar is outstanding. The chefs focus on artisanal dishes that represent life by the sea in Tulum. Plus, the interiors of this spot are absolutely to die for.
WHAT TO DO
Take a day trip to Chichen Itza, one of the new wonders of the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this really isn't one to miss. Marvel at these Mayan Ruins and the incredible architecture from as far back as the 5th century some say. Be sure to get there first thing to feel smug watching the queues when you come out.
What is a Cenote I hear you ask? Well, it's essentially a sink hole or cave that over time has filled with the most crystal clear rainwater or groundwater. Sounds odd but it creates a completely magical place to swim. We recommend visiting Cenote Calavera (10 minute drive from the beach) or if you are visiting Chichen Itza make a pit stop at either Cenote Suytun or Cenote Oxman (complete with your very own Tarzan swing) to break up the journey.
Akumal, or place of the turtles, is an absolute must see. All you need is your bikini, sunblock (an eco friendly one of course) and a snorkel. Crowds flock here to catch a glimpse of the majestic sea turtles, heaven.
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