We drove down from the first leg of our stay at Aventura Spa Palace on February 3rd - arriving at Suenos de Tulum in the early afternoon on a lovely day. The property entrance, with its stone perimeter and a big log gate feels like a scaled down version of a Jurassic Park entrance.
Once we pulled up in front of it, the gates magically opened (we soon figured out how they knew we were there as they have a few charming and unobtrusive dogs on the property, which were very good company while we were there). Alan, the do everything fellow, was there along with Elizabeth (the feminine half of the ownership team) and both greeted us very warmly.
The charm of our conversation was much like we were there by personal invitation. The familiarity was instant. We felt so welcomed and Alan helped us with the embarrassing amount of luggage we took (we truly packed for two vacations – our opulent first half and our ‘escape’ in Tulum as well as an extra suitcase full of school supplies and clothes to donate a nearby library for the local children).
Entering the ‘resort’ was like entering an artists dream – thus the translation for the ‘suenos’ in its name as it means ‘dream’ in Spanish. The buildings are well constructed yet rather unconventional in design and had Jorge’s Mayan inspired sculptures adorned to the walls in the approach to all of their 12 rooms.
We were on the third (top) story of the Sol (translates to ‘sun’) building and had a miraculous view. To be above the palms and so close to the Caribbean on what has got to be one of the most spectacular beaches in the world (travel channel listed Tulum’s beach as #2 in this year’s top 10). There is no doubt why it is so glorious as there is so little development here we felt fortunate to be in this area before it gets fully introduced to the masses of travelers seen to the north in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.
The room was sparsely decorated with a king bed, high ceiling and rather efficient fan, grass style screens, artistically painted and had a fully operational uniquely tiled bathroom that had hot water at all times of the day. Even the sink and toilets were painted with seahorses. Soft eco-friendly nighttime lighting and torches made for an exceptionally romantic setting. We took advantage of the amazing star gazing opportunities!
Looking out off our balcony, there is a small pool, a dining palapa (with its kitchen constructed underneath) and a small yoga - massage - viewing deck, palms, several day beds on the perfectly groomed white sandy beach as well as the glorious Caribbean Sea all within view.
Since they are located down the ‘coconut’ road several miles from the access road that also is several miles from the highway, there is a definite feel of seclusion even though there are several other eco-friendly resorts and restaurants close by. Each of these is rather unique in their own way and vary from funky shacks to modest guest villas.
The kinds of people who are attracted to come to this area are themselves rather attractive people in personality and friendliness. There still is not a tremendous amount of mixing with other area visitors as the enormous size of this beach south of the Tulum ruins and north of the Sian Kan biosphere is approximately 15 miles and the total amount of guest rooms may total less than 400.
Other visitors seem so few are far between while on the beach. Even at the peak of the day, if you look to the north, you can see about 2-3 miles of shoreline and it may have 10 people on it that you can make out with the naked eye and to the south even fewer. There are certainly more just relaxing on the properties they are staying at but unless they are at the shoreline or in the water, they are not seen. Walks up and down this beach are truly a heavenly experience – VERY romantic.
The ruins and the biosphere, as well as jungle adventures and cenotes (fresh water river caves) as well as the snorkelling nearby are all fantastic reasons to come even if this particular place had no charm, which it does in abundance. The shopping in Tulum pueblo was also a fun and friendly experience.
The food – each meal was simply delicious. This description does not do the flavors justice as they were exquisite however it is the perfect description since the presentations were simple and delicious tasting. We had fresh tropical fruit with yogurt and granola each day for breakfast along with yummy breakfast rolls and a sampling of other dishes by special request (French toast, banana pancakes, Mexican eggs – with rice and peppers as well as scrambled eggs).
We had lunches and a few drinks prepared for us while we were on the beach and nearby there are several wonderful funky little restaurants that are worth sampling but don’t miss out on Jorge’s fantastic dinner offerings while you are there. We had grouper prepared ‘a la Diabla’ just as he would for his family and another dinner with fish done with a Mayan recipe called ‘tixnix’ (i know i have the spelling wrong) that is also a red sauce that is quite possibly the best meal I have had in my life!
With the location being between the dunes in front and the jungle behind you it makes sense there are screened doors out to your balcony and attractive nets over the beds - but surprise! There were fewer bugs than in our Seattle area home. We sat out on our balcony at all times of the day and evening and even very early a couple mornings. No bites or even attempts.
Speaking of the balcony, Jorge has built these wonderful benches to relax on made completely out of beach wood. They add to the funky dream-like flavor of the surroundings. Other furniture including the dinning room is similarly constructed.
The open-aired seaside location for yoga and massages was a wonderful setting for my two especially enjoyed massage treatments. Alvaro (one of the two practitioners serving here, is proficient at deep tissue, Reiki and Reflexology massage offered his healing hands and skills for a very reasonable price. He too, is completely fluent in English (in fact, he lived in Seattle for two years back in the mid 90’s) as were all the primary people here at Suenos de Tulum.
The food and the pampering you receive, the surroundings and the absolutely charming management team of owners Jorge and Elizabeth have created an artistic dream-like setting by the glorious Caribbean Sea. They, as well as the especially wonderful Alan, share this setting with an unprecedented charm. Suenos de Tulum certainly fits it name. It truly was a romantic dream for my wife and I to stay at for our 20th anniversary vacation.
We’ve been home for less than 2 days and are already making arrangements for our second trip there – this time with our children, who I know will love the setting, atmosphere and people as much as we have…you most certainly will as well.
Our endorsement - Make your stay at Suenos de Tulum where, as long as you find a funky – secluded – eco friendly experience in an appealing, your ‘dream’ escape will come to life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SUEÑOS TULUM is a 12 suite totally ecological solar powered beachfront hotel, built in a uniquely natural and mystical place, right on Tulum beach;one and a half hours south of Cancun International airport. This Mayan retreat was created to preserve the surrounding magic and feel of the area. WELCOME TO OUR DREAMOur resort was built with much love and dedication, Greatly influenced by Mayan prehispanic art.Each building is a work of art,sculped to represent the Mayan gods surrounding the hotel with will make you feel the magic of our wonder culture. ... more less
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