One word can describe Maya Tulum: Perfection.
It's a rustic yet upscale getaway that might not be for everyone. But if you're looking for a getaway in which you can truly take care of yourself, get some real R&R and decompress in ways you couldn't have imagined in the past, this is the place to come.
The palapas are rustic but wonderful. Be prepared, you may have a roommate or two: I had a cute little lizard who basically sat in the corner of the bathroom mirror, staring at himself all week. The mosquito netting is there for a reason too...nothing bad, but it's a nice safety measure. A water keg in the room is a wonderful touch as well - bring a water bottle so you can take it on the go.
Restaurant: it's great. It's nice to go back and forth from the buffet to the menu. I usually did the breakfast buffet (try the granola!) and went back and forth for lunch and mostly did dinner from the menu. The guacamole and shrimp ceviche were my favorites. Definitely try the fish tacos from the lunch menu and the fish marinated in lime and garlic (spicy) from the dinner menu. Desserts were only 'eh'. Margaritas were great. Ask for a watermelon margarita -- who knew fresh watermelon juice and tequila went together so well! Oh, and be sure to drink whatever juice they are offering that day. All were wonderful.
Spa: Fantastic. I got a deep tissue when i first got there and a Yoot Keene before I left. The Yoot Keene was awesome. A little weird at first --it's centered on your belly and that's a vulnerable spot. It took a little longer than usual to relax into it, but by the end...wow. When i came to dinner some table mates said i looked like i was glowing.
Temezcal: It was cool, but not earth shattering or life changing. If you're familiar with Russian steam rooms, this won't be too big a deal. It was a little gimmicky. I did notice that the Maya Spa up the road does a temezal for $40 as opposed to Maya Tulum's $70. I didn't try it there, so I don't know what the difference is...but that's something to keep in mind.
Yoga: I loved all the yoga teachers. Some i loved more than others, but everyone was top notch. I'm not a huge yoga person, but I thoroughly enjoyed the twice daily sessions and made it to every one. I could see myself making progress and getting stronger during the week. Wonderful. Note: you WILL sweat during these classes. A lot. Oh...and this place is CLEAN. At one point, I'm nose down on my yoga mat, which I had covered with a blanket. As my nose was buried in this blanket, I inhaled and thought...oh my god this smells so GOOD! They didn't use institutional cleaning solutions...this blanket smelled like home...all fluffy and comforting. That's a nice touch.
Excursions: I paid extra for the S'iaan Kaan Trip. Floating down that canal was fabulous. (Remember to bring/wear sunscreen!) I also did the Akun Chen cavern. It was beautiful and a short trip. It was nice to have the change of scenery and re-appreciate MT when i returned.
I didn't leave the property too much. I took a walk down hotel row two mornings in a row (again, you need cash for souvenirs, etc) and that was about it. i really liked the routine at Maya - yoga, breakfast, beach or excursion, lunch, beach or nap, yoga, dinner, early to bed. I did go to Posada Margarita one night for the fish cooked in sea water. It was nice, but nothing too special. A few of us also ventured out for drinks and music one night at Puro Corazon, an outdoor bar owned by a French guy. That was definitely a fun scene.
Some people rented bikes to go to the main town. You can hail a cab like in NYC, too. As a solo traveler, I probably wouldn't have walked down the hotel road at night alone, but it was fine when a few of us from the hotel went together. It feels pretty safe there, for sure. All people seemed really nice!
Other than that, for the most part, life at MT is quiet, peaceful and absolutely relaxing in a way I've never relaxed before. All my problems were left at home and coming back i truly felt refreshed. It's a very special place and I will definitely return. ( I met one woman who was on her 8th visit there!!)
Some odd/picky things:
Many of us noticed we didn't need much sleep there. I slept about 5 hours a night and felt completely alert and awake and refreshed. Weird...as at home, I can stay asleep for 8-10 hours!
Restaurant staff: They're super nice, but not super attentive. You need to ask for a menu when you get in, and often ask for your bill as well.
Yoga groups/retreats: see what retreat will be down there when you're planning your vacation. First off, the week i was there the group got the large, more beautiful yoga studio for all the classes, even as the non-group population increased. We were all a little peeved about that -- at least we could have switched back and forth. Also, the group that was there my week was a woman's empowerment group, so there was a lot of chatter, hooting, hollering and a bit of an annoying presence. It bonded all the non-group people though, as we all constantly had something to talk about. :)
Tipping: tip spa treatments at the time of service. Housekeeping can be done at the end, as can the restaurant staff...though someone told me that they tipped the restaurant as they went along and their service was outstanding (like, drinks were brought to them on the beach!).
So, all in all, Maya Tulum is perfection. Again, it's not for anyone. If you want a party scene, late nights and lots of drinking, no. But if you want a quiet retreat where you're just active enough to really unwind, this place might just work magic on you.
Things to bring:
•Bug spray (if the mosquitos get bad, you might want to spray down the mosquito net before bedtime)
•Plenty of small bills (and cash in general). Small bills are good for tipping; most places don't take credit cards so you'll need cash.
•At least three bathing suits. I usually wore two a day (I hate to put on a wet one), so two were wet but there was always one dry one
•Yoga clothes. Bring a few of these, or bring some Dr. Bronners and rinse out in the sink. You WILL sweat during yoga, so just keep that in mind.
•Sunscreen. A ton.
•A water bottle. You can fill it in your room and save on buying bottled water.
•Consider bringing a coffee to go cup so you don't need to use paper cups if you want to take it to the beach or your room.
- Also Known As:
- Maya Tulum Retreat Hotel Tulum
- Maya Tulum Retreat And Resort
- Maya Tulum Retreat Hotel
- Maya Tulum Retreat Resort
- Maya Tulum
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in the magical beaches of Tulum; where in between the white silky sands, and the soothing sound of turquoise waves you will find what you need for your inner journey. In Maya Tulum we offer complete Yoga and Wellness Retreats for your mind, body and spirit to connect and fuse into one, with our yoga classes, spa treatments, wellness therapies, healthy and pescatarian food we create the perfect environment to reach the inner light that lies within each of us, so divine peace can find its way into each of our hearts. We heartly and warmly welcome you to Maya Tulum. In Lak’Ech(I am another You) ... more less