Mexico’s Caribbean coast,which is home to the famed Riviera Maya,has been dubbed the nation’s “latest white-hot destination” by Coastal Living Magazine,which recently took a closer look at the stylish,eco-chic town of Tulum. Here,jungle-bordered white sand beaches meet warm,turquoise waters at what many believe to be the world’s most stunning tropical paradise.
For years,Tulum has been on the radar of bohemian travelers worldwide,attracting naturalists,surfer types and anyone looking to really get away from it all. But over the last decade,Tulum has grown to become the new it-destination among international jetsetters,who are drawn back time and again by the region’s relaxed lifestyle and back-to-nature vibe.
“From Sian Ka’an,a breathtakingly pristine UNESCO biosphere of mangroves,canals and wetlands,to the famous Tulum Archaeological Zone – pre-Columbian Mayan ruins situated on a magnificent bluff,to the “hotel zone,” where almost the entire stretch runs on solar power,wind power and the occasional generator,Tulum has something for everyone,” writes Coastal Living.
Despite the town’s growth,Tulum is still a place where you will see travelers meditating,lounging in hammocks,making music on the beach or taking a seaside yoga class. And if affordable accommodations are what you are looking for,Tulum also remains a destination that packs a good deal of value with its offerings,but there are also upscale luxury resorts and fine restaurants in town for the more sophisticated traveler.
While here,consider renting a bicycle to explore the area,including the quaint hotel zone,which is an easy flat ride that takes you to the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Along the route,you can stop to enjoy brunch at one of the open-air taco and tequila restaurants,or head down the road a bit to explore Tulum’s shopping district,which is home to a variety of eclectic boutiques where you can find everything from “upscale boho staples such as fedoras and hand-printed maxi dresses.”
Specifically,Coastal Living featured a laid-back spot known as Hotel Zamas,which has been a fixture in Tulum for more than 20 years. Situated on a small piece of land between the main road and the sea,the front desk is a simply table and chairs located between the bar and open-air restaurant. The theme at Hotel Zamas is all about the environment,featuring a strict recycling program,refillable water bottles for guests and the use of both solar and wind power. The property is comprised of only 18 cabanas made of rough stone and a thatched roof,as well as a private terrace with hammocks that is just a few steps from the ocean.
For more information
(984) 877 8523
Web site: www.zamas.com
Coastal Living also explored the more luxurious accommodations at Be Tulum,a 20-suite boutique resort that “wouldn’t seem out of place in St. Barts or the Cote d’Azur,” with its spacious rooms featuring private outdoor showers and plunge pools. Situated near the entrance to Sian Ka’an,the resort pampers guests with in-room breakfast service,an upscale rooftop restaurant and bar,a spa and full-service beach club.
For more information
(877) 265 4139
Web site: www.betulum.com
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