Hey friends! I am fresh off a trip to Tulum, Mexico and I am convinced it is one of the most dreamy places. In fact, I am sad to write about it because I truly don't want the masses finding out about it. Part of its charm is how quaint and off the beaten path it is, however, its too fun to not share about.
If you want to know the gritty details of how we do this trip, check out Jamey's blog post with all the details HERE, and he tells you everything from our car rental to the grocery store we stop at on our way into town.
First - how to know if Tulum is for you! Do you like places that are not super touristy and frankly the opposite of an all-inclusive? What I love about Tulum is that you can go to some of the best spas, drink fresh juices, eat vegetarian meals, attend a yoga class, bum out by the beautiful white beaches, or shop at the cutest bohemian shops dripping with all things macrame. Its the land of dream catchers, hammocks by the ocean, and everything smells a little like essential oils. In the evenings you can go to amazing restaurants with farm fresh ingredients and get a unique mezcal cocktail with a tamarind-salted rim under a disco ball wth people from all over the world!
So if you want to go here are some tips I have for how we did our most recent trip there:
1.) Go with friends! It is quite romantic but its truly fun to experience with friends as well. We did 4 couples on this last trip and it was a blast. The girls had a spa day at Be Tulum, the Yaan Wellness Spa, while the boys did a spear fishing trip. (This is the 3rd spa I have tried in Tulum and it seems that you can't go wrong no matter which one you pick, however Be Tulum was my fav!) We came back refreshed from our mineral baths and facials, and the boys came back a little sea-sick and happy to grill their bounty they caught that day.
2.) We rented a house in Akumal, a town right outside of Tulum. It is on a bay, and a way we could all stay in one house with our own pool verses going back to separate rooms at a hotel. We liked being able to have a "home base" to come back to each afternoon where we could chill by the pool with our homemade piña coladas. There are amazing boutique hotels in Tulum, most of which are eco-friendly, i.e. do not have air-conditioning. You can get the full Tulum experience by staying in a bungalow on the water like we have in the past, however, we now prefer to stay in Akumal to have the ability to come back to our kitchen, make fresh guac and margs while we lay by the pool before heading back to Tulum for dinner! (Also our house has a sweet lady named Esther who lives in a back house, she is a maid/cook for guests. One night we stayed in and she cooked the most fabulous 4 course authentic Mexican dinner! What a treat!)
3.) Eating at Posada Margherita and Hartwood is an absolute must! Posada Margherita is some of the best homemade, fresh Italian food I've ever had. Also it feels like you are eating at Free People if they had a restaurant with all its fun boho-vibes. Your eyes will feast just as much as your belly if you like esthetically pleasing decor. Hartwood is a place where we made reservations months in advance so we could go. The food and atmosphere do not disappoint. The menu changes daily with only the freshest of ingredients. It is on the jungle side so bring your bug spray, organic of course, and get a cocktail while you wait. After dinner you have to go to Gitano for a drink and dance under the disco ball!
4.) Don't be afraid to explore the nearby beaches, they are beautiful and you can usually rent a beachside bed or lounge chair for the small price of ordering lunch and a few Pina coladas. Our favorites we usually go to are Xpu Ha & Santa Fe Beach, pictured below!
This trip to Mexico was a kid-free one, which was hard and good. I missed my little Rosie so much, but it was some good, quality adult time with people I love. The girls made it a point on our trip to each share our journeys and testimonies with one another, like the for real hour long version that starts in childhood. It was probably my favorite thing about the trip as a way to get to know one another even better, and recognize all that God has done in our life was such a blessing. And what better way to share your story than by the ocean! As a mom, friendship has been harder than I thought so I loved having a week to do things my otherwise busy schedule doesn't always allow me to do. Rest, sabbath, connect with friends, relax, eat, drink, and enjoy God's beautiful creation! Thanks Tulum! Until next time...
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