My friend and I had a wonderful girls' trip here in August. We were in Cabana 10, right on the beach. The minute we put our luggage down and walked out to explore a little, someone found a hatching turtle nest! It was amazing. The staff quickly came running with a plastic bin to collect them in order to keep the birds from eating them. As the little turtles emerged from the nest, they were quickly and gently picked up. We were able to watch them being released later that night under a full moon. Magical!
The staff here are amazing. The care they take in keeping this place spotless is unreal. We loved the little foot washes outside the rooms - clean water every day! - and the beautiful tile in the bathrooms. Everyone that we had contact with here was kind and very welcoming. One of the front desk staff (ugh - can't remember his name. :( ) was so kind; we told him we wanted to find a store where we could buy an auxiliary cable to use in our rental car to play music from our phone. He said, "I've got one you can borrow." He let us use it for the whole day on our trip to Coba. So kind!! I have to say, that really made our trip. That kind of thoughtfulness was totally evident from all the staff.
The spa treatments are great. I had the Mayan Clay massage, which was really fun. After the massage, you go into the ocean (walking down there from the room to the beach, covered in mud, is a hoot) and wash clean. I admit I was more concerned with keeping the sheet around me since you're in your birthday suit underneath. LOL.
The food is excellent. You'll read lots of raves about the granola - there's a reason for that. I couldn't believe the size of the pecans in it! I'm usually not a yogurt-for-breakfast person, but the mixed fruit salad with granola and yogurt was pretty much all we ate every day to get us started. The portions are generous too - we kept ordering too much food because it all sounded (and tasted) so good! The fruit waters are delicious and such a wonderful addition to a healthy menu. We didn't actually eat a lot at the restaurant, except for breakfast, but everything we had was very good.
We arrived on a Wednesday and had perfect weather until Friday afternoon, when a storm came through. Before that, the ocean was smooth as silk. We didn't see any unexpected quantities of seaweed, but heck, it's the ocean. That's part of the environment. I will say there are two sections of beach, one on the east side of the property and one on the west. The east side looked rockier, but more protected and the west side (where we were at) had more sand. After Friday afternoon, the sea was too fierce to swim in, but was beautiful to look at. :) Be aware that the wind and wave noise is VERY persistent so if you think this will bother you, take ear plugs. I never thought I would be bothered by the sound of water, but when the storm came in, the wind and wave noise was pretty rough. Probably cause I was a little anxious about us leaving our windows open to catch the breeze and was afraid we'd be rained on. ha! That did happen to us: we left Friday to tour Coba and left our windows open. When the storm popped up, we came home to find the mosquito nets all blown to the back of the room with sand all over the beds and water all over the stone floor. Ugh - mess! Our own fault too - airheads. :)
Speaking of the wind and the waves, I wouldn't hesitate to go back again in an August. To me, that might have been the perfect time. There wasn't the crush of humanity you get at high season, the staff were super laid-back (and I'm assuming this was part of the reason - fewer people!), plus being right on the beach, it was never too hot to sleep. I'm from Michigan and do not do well sleeping when it's too hot. However, between the ceiling fan, the stand-alone fan they give you, plus the beach breeze, I really did sleep very well overall.
For those whose only experience in Mexico has been at all-inclusives: this is not that! Please don't compare your experience there with what you'll find at Maya Tulum. Maya Tulum is very much a place to feel less surrounded by the sterility of modern resorts and yet it maintains all the benefits of the 21st century. Their wi-fi worked just fine (although the signal strength was poor in our cabana), the sheets and beds are spotless, the shower has hot water. This is an eco-resort: water is trucked in and waste is trucked out; you will see and hear lizards in your cabana; there are insects there (relax! They're not going to hurt you!); and you will need to bring and WEAR mosquito spray. Don't complain about the bites if you're not willing to wear the spray. We did and weren't bothered in the least. Welcome to the jungle.
My friend and I both agree that we'll be coming back for a full week next time. Most other places we've gone before (last was St. John), we were both ready to go home at the end of our 5 days, but Maya Tulum left us wanting juuuuuuust a couple more days. We checked out the other resorts along the playa road and didn't feel any need to go anywhere else. Maya Tulum had it all for us. I can not WAIT to return!
By the way, if you were going to pay with cash, get money out of an ATM beforehand. You won't get a good exchange rate for pesos from the resort (it's a business, after all) and the final charges can be paid in either USD or pesos. Also, they can split stuff up if you're visiting with a friend. Tell them ahead of time that you'll want to use your credit card to pay (they need to have it verified by the Georgia office Monday-Friday; can't do it on the weekends) and have both parties names put on the room's account. This made it very easy for us to each charge stuff to the room, but split it up fairly at the end. Maybe this is common at resorts - it was new to me, but I haven't had the opportunity to do resort travel.
- 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
- Maya Tulum Retreat Resort