Wow, just wow! There is much to be said about NVR. I found these tripadvisor reviews incredibly helpful when booking our Tulum vacation so I would like to share for others’ benefit. We stayed at NVR 5/12-5/18 2010.
A few other recent posts have been made regarding NVR and I would agree that all comments are spot on. We, too, had the pleasure of staying in Zona de Corazon, room #24 Ecstasis. Ecstacy couldn’t have been more accurate. I believe this is the newest section at Nueva and it is truly spectacular. The rooms are immaculate and gorgeous, the view breath taking, the service amazing. I had read comments about sand in sheets and linens… as to the sand in sheets, if you choose to stay in a bungalow right on the beach, it comes with the territory. Linens were clean, comfortable and so was our King bed. We slept with our door propped open by a chair as well, we did not use the mosquito netting. It was quite breezy during our stay which made for very comfortable sleeping. The ocean breeze and constant sound of waves were to die for. Zona de Corazon is adult only (for the most part all of NVR is) but it is slightly more restricted and it seems that section of the beach is a bit more secluded. Perhaps not the right word as you are right out in the open but it is a bit sectioned off from the rest of the resort. We just loved it as a romantic getaway.
So as to help set expectation, it is good for you to know what you are getting when you stay at NVR. If you a person who needs to bring a hairdryer, laptop, etc. this place is not for you. We opted for a truly relaxing vacation and left computers home. While there is internet, I understand sometimes the connections are slow and spotty. As is cell reception. If you come here, it is to get away from it all. A blowdryer would have been quite senseless as you really are living on the beach during your stay. Any attempt at hair is quite literally blown right out the window. As mentioned in an earlier post though, everyone staying in this area has a windblown, suntan, relaxed look. Including sand and sea salt skin. Not to say you don’t feel refreshed and clean after showering, you do. Our showers were hotter than hot if we wanted and we absolutely loved our outdoor shower even though it was just cold water. Again as mentioned, the warm air and ocean breeze (in May at least) does not require the hottest of showers. We stocked up on bottled water, too as advised. Yes, the hotel provides a bottle which is enough for brushing teeth. If you want more past that, it’s available nearby or on your drive in.
Flip flops, bathing suits and very casual clothing is all that is needed. Don’t bring anything with a heel on it. Half the time, we walked barefoot, shoes preferred when walking out towards the road to Casa Banana. Casa Banana was most enjoyable. The staff, the food all terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed having lunch and Sols brought to us on the beach. Our opinion is that Casa is a great lunch spot. We did very much enjoy our first dinner there but found after a week’s stay the menu is slightly limited. Not to place anything negative on our service or meals, all were great. We just seemed to gravitate there for lunch and other places for dinner.
Food suggestions, yes El Tabano. It is rated #1 by Trip Advisor. Certainly worth going to, not sure the #1 rating is accurate. The menu is entirely in Spanish on a large board. If Samantha is there, tell her Sue and Tom recommended her. She is a native New Yorker living in Tulum and a most wonderful server. The shrimp with carmelized onion and tomato was amazing. It is a garden setting so bug spray should be used. We also very much enjoyed dinner at the Mezzanine on the water with a rocky beach as opposed to a sandy one. Good place for martinis if you want something other than margaritas. LeZebra was truly one of our fave places. We loved their menu and their LeZebra margarita with fresh pineapple and ginger. The salsa party Sunday was a blast even though it was pouring out!! Lastly we would recommend S + S Hip Tulum. It is a branch off of Ana y Jose, a newer establishment. We enjoyed amazing service from Paco, with a table overlooking the beach just a few feet down from NVR. They have a neat menu, a neat restaurant and not many people know about it, the facility is just 4 months old. Keeping in mind while we were not looking to spend a million dollars for the week, we also did not give much thought to cost of each meal. I've noticed some people commented that some meals were high-priced, etc. We did not find anything to seem outrageous or mispriced but we do live near NYC so we didn't get hung up on meal prices.
We did have one night of crazy weather (wind and rain), but found it made it fun and interesting. It did bring the mosquitos but nothing a bit of bug spray doesn’t fix. Yes, we had a bit of water on the floor of our room but we had chosen to leave our door open for fresh air. The roof did not leak at all, which was somewhat surprising given the torrential rain coming down. By the next morning, the sun was out, our floor was mopped, our room was immaculate once again thanks to housekeeping. We slept warm and dry regardless.
The Cenotes are absolutely worth seeing, we did a zipline tour with Alltournative, our guide Emilio was fantastic.
We can’t say enough and the best compliment we could give NVR is that we are returning with 20 guests in 2011 to get married there. Ricardo, Gea and gang bend over backwards to make your stay great. They take much pride in their resort and it shows. I could go on and on about the views, the beaches, the services. Most of it has already been mentioned in other posts. It is all absolutely true. We cannot wait to get back there.
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