This resort is really nice - the food was amazing ever single meal! We did the all inclusive for 7 nights and while is ended up being kinda pricey, we had no regrets. The Cabana we were in was literally 50 yards from the surf and it was spectacular. The place has a real native feel that I doubt you could find else ware. The yoga was cool - you could take two classes a day. Although there were some instructors that I like a lot more than others, I took in as many classes as I could. The tours they offer in the package I highly recommend too.
There are a few things I wish I would have known however:
1.) If you are a wine lover go to the big grocery store down the road on the right just before you get to the main area of Tulum (about a 10 minute taxi ride). They have an amazing Argentine Malbec on the menu at Maya Tulum that you pay about $35 a bottle for when you have dinner, but you can get the same bottle at the store down the road for less than $10 (it is worth the taxi fare just for one bottle!). There are many other good Mexican and South American wines at that store as well.
2.) If you are paying for their tours (which are worth the expense), don't bother bringing your own snorkel gear from home. Everyone provides that for you whether you are going to swim with the Sea Turtles or take a cool dip in the Dos Ojos Cenote [do get to that one!] - a tour with MexiDivers just north of the resort and it was neat!
3.) Exchange your dollars for Pesos as soon as you can. The poor rate of exchange that you get when you pay for extras at meals and other things at Maya Tulum is a couple pesos less than the bank rate and feels kinda like you get double charged for things using dollars. You can go to the big grocery store down the road, previously mentioned, and use a HSBC ATM [there are English instructions on it] and get pesos from your US bank account easily and the charges were pretty minimal.
4.) If you want good coffee bring a coffee press and buy what you like at the local grocery store. The coffee and tea selection in the dining room was a surprising disappointment. I have had better in gas stations frankly. HOWEVER - the Ginger Tea they always have available for guests in the dining room was fabulous.
5.) This is not Baja people ... I am used to going to Mexico South of San Diego. Things are not as cheap on the Caribbean side of Mexico.
6.) If your wife is menopausal, don't take her to the tropics. Just saying ... there is no air conditioning in the cabanas (reflect back on the comment about the place being native), but there is a good breeze blowing all the time. After the first day, I acclimated. The spouse, not so much.
Over all we had a great time the week were there!
- 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