With a few minor exceptions, this was a perfect trip. I know a lot of people have commented on the seaweed on the beach, so I'll address that first. Yep, there was a bunch of seaweed. Sometimes, it didn't smell nice. However, they had a gent out on the beach raking it up most of the time, and I was still able to go in the ocean unmolested by plant life. The person who said that the beach was basically rocks surprised me-- perhaps the seaweed was obscuring the vast expanse of white, powdery sand that I enjoyed. Rest assured, there is a great deal of beach, and it is lovely.
- Loved the beach huts. I was in F, at the very edge of the property, and loved the privacy. Room was a great size, clean, comfortable, and had the perfect blend of rustic luxury.
- Staff were excellent, particularly those that clean the rooms and grounds. They were particularly good at finding just the right moment to clean my room; I never saw them there, they were never there when I wanted to be in the room, my room was just magically clean whenever I came back. Also, groundskeepers are everywhere and constantly raking, pruning, and beautifying.
- Food was awesome. By the last of five days I was starting to want a bit more variety, but the menu is quite good. The seafood here is fantastic and varied. The Chac Mool fish for dinner was particularly tasty.
- Yoga class with Victor was fabulous. Just the right amount of challenge, direction, and relaxation. Tania's classes are great if you want something slower/more relaxing. Sem's classes were fun for a good work out, and his sense of humor made you love him, even as he was telling you to spread your fingers wider for the hundredth time.
- I had one of the Mayan treatments, a sea salt scrub and honey massage, with Carmen. AMAZING. I will admit, with deep shame, to having drooled a little, I was so blissed out. She is a tiny woman with amazing hands; if you're looking for pampering, I strongly recommend her.
There are a few points I think they could work on. I wouldn't go so far as calling them negatives, but perhaps growth points:
- Yoga classes and excursions often start at the same time, or overlap. This just seems like poor planning. If you're there to do yoga and want to ALSO do excursions, you should be able to do both. They did change the time of one of the excursions for us, which was great, but it seems like this should be scheduled better.
- Yoga is offered twice a day, which is perfect, but some of the classes are beginner classes. This is great, BUT if you're going to a yoga retreat, and you are not a beginner, it's a bit irksome to either miss the class, or go and feel like you're not being challenged. I think they can still have a beginners class, but would like it if the teacher perhaps offered options for those in the class who aren't beginners.
The highlight of my trip needed its own paragraph. The Temazcal ceremony. DO IT! It's basically a Mayan sweat lodge, looks like a big brick igloo. I had heard of them before coming, and decided to do it. I was a little worried that the heat would be unbearable, but if you've been in a steam room or a hot yoga class, you'll be able to manage just fine. The ceremony, from start to finish, took us about 3.5 hours (not all of that in the sweat lodge, have no fear). The medicine man, Adrian, was incredible. He was great at explaining what we were doing and why, why we were using certain stones or herbs, etc. After we'd sweated, chanted, screamed and laid ourselves bare (figuratively, not literally) we came out to a warm night breeze, the ocean crashing, and moonlight like you wouldn't believe. I had such a sense of peace, elation-- definitely one of those moments you remember.
I met some really fabulous people on this trip, and they certainly contributed to the fun, welcoming atmosphere of Maya Tulum. Would certainly go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mexico’s Maya Tulum Resort is a destination like no other - a vortex of natural energy and wonder. Located an hour and a half from Cancun on the sparkling waters of the Mexican Riviera, Maya Tulum Resort guests are encouraged to engage in a life-transformational yoga experience, indulge in healthy cuisine, be pampered by gifted healers and spend lazy afternoons basking alongside the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Maya Tulum Resort features two fully-equipped yoga halls offering classes twice daily under the skilled and gentle guidance of experienced teachers. Yoga classes are offered in many different styles and variations - including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar and SUP Yoga - plus a variety of special yoga retreats. Maya Tulum Resort also offers outdoor oceanfront yoga, a Meditation Labyrinth and a Temazcal Sweat Lodge for traditional Mayan ceremonies. Maya Tulum Resort offers 49 spectacular thatched-roof guest accommodations, including Villas, Beach Front Cabanas and Ocean View Cabanas. Each secluded bungalow was designed to let in the light, fresh air and the soothing sounds of the ocean. Guests can enjoy immaculate beds with crisp white linens, well-appointed tiled bathrooms and daily maid service. To help guests truly retreat and disconnect, Maya Tulum Resort offers no televisions, phones or clocks in the guest rooms. Wireless Internet is available in the restaurant and at the Front Desk. Maya Tulum Resort features a seaside restaurant with cool marble floors, white limestone walls and enormous windows offering fantastic views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The restaurant serves a variety of fresh dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including proteins, seafood and vegetarian meals, along with Americano coffee, fresh juices and a selection of house teas; a full bar is also offered. Great focus is placed on nutrition and meals are designed to accommodate a wide range of dietary preferences. Maya Tulum Resort features eight individual spa rooms specially designed to help guests find absolute peace of mind within the beauty and elegance of simplicity. Rooted in ancient inspiration, the resort offers a variety of relaxing spa treatments based on ancient Mayan specialties, including the Mayan Honey Xuunan Kab and a traditional Mayan Clay Massage. Additional options include Aromatherapy, Hot Stones Therapy, Reiki, facials, body treatments and exfoliations. Guests are encouraged to explore Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula through a variety of guided half and full day adventure tours. Excursion options include visiting the Tulum Ruins or the Coba Ruins to learn about the ancient Mayan culture, snorkeling trips to a lagoon filled with tropical fish and coral formations or a tour of the Aktun Chen caverns followed by a cool, refreshing dip in the Xunaan-Ha Cenote. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maya Tulum Retreat And Resort
- Maya Tulum Retreat Hotel Tulum
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