I like a solo journey, household journey, or romantic getaway with my husband as a lot as the subsequent individual, however there’s one drama-free, laugh-filled trip that may at all times prime of my listing: a women’ journey. Is there ever a time you are feeling happier than while you’re laughing uncontrollably with the gal pal who simply will get you?
I lately discovered the reply to be sure — doing precisely that within the barefoot bohemian paradise of Tulum. This stylish seaside city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has been all the fashion in recent times; honestly, I anticipated to search out it overhyped once I lastly paid a go to, however after jetting off for an extended weekend at The Seashore Tulum and Cabañas Tulum Seashore Lodge & Spa with my finest buddy, I’m smitten.
Situated side-by-side on a quiet (a valuable rarity) stretch of Tulum Seashore within the southern finish of the Lodge Zone, these two boutique accommodations share facilities together with a spa, health club, yoga palapa, swimming pools (one in full solar, one winding beneath tropical bushes), and two eating places, Ziggy’s Seashore Membership and Fresco’s.
The principle distinction is that Cabañas is ever-so-slightly set again from the seaside, with sun-drenched rooftop rooms, whereas The Seashore sits nearer to the lapping waves of the Caribbean Sea — however in the event you didn’t know they had been separate accommodations, you would possibly by no means discover. Our journey started in a beachfront room at The Seashore and we thought life couldn’t get higher, however after switching to Cabañas for our subsequent two nights, we had been hard-pressed to play favorites.
Upon arrival, we ditched our footwear, as a result of completely sandy ft are a part of the Tulum expertise — and we had been whisked away to salsa-making class, the place we helped make (OK, style) 5 completely different varieties, together with a hearth guacamole.
You could possibly keep on property all through your keep in Tulum and be completely pleased — additionally they supply lessons in ceviche-making, salsa-dancing, tequila-tasting, and even a weekly sound-healing ceremony — however we opted to wander and work off the fresh-baked chips and lip-burning spices.
The principle highway working parallel to Tulum Seashore isn’t walker-friendly (there’s much more vehicles than sidewalks), so study from our errors and stroll the seaside; you’ll see beautiful examples of Tulum-style driftwood structure housing all the pieces from moonlit cacao ceremonies to open-air massages to thumping seaside bars. The lodge has bikes accessible for visitors, however we discovered the congested road too formidable to pedal.
By the point you attain a landmark like Matcha Mama, you’ll be sweaty and prepared for an iced matcha. Hydration in hand, we ambled again to the lodge for a personal hatha yoga session within the lodge’s upstairs palapa. It was 75 minutes of stretchy bliss, the right antidote to our early journey day — by savasana, we each fell asleep, nestled by light breezes, chirping birds, and swaying palms in each course.
I’d hoped to hit a close-by must-eat restaurant, however we ended up with power for nothing greater than an informal feet-in-the-sand dinner at Ziggy’s. Fortunately, we couldn’t have chosen higher for ourselves. We really returned for spherical two of the requesón-stuffed quick rib tlacoyo and beef barbacoa tacos.
The following morning, we arose early for breakfast at health-conscious Fresco’s — the locavore menu right here is strictly what you’re within the temper to eat in Tulum, with colourful smoothie bowls, savory chilaquiles, and extra — to gasoline up for a half-day Mayan Jungle Expedition with Dwelling Desires Mexico, organized for us by the lodge.
If you happen to’re undecided what to do in Tulum however need to expertise somewhat little bit of all the pieces, this tour is it. An area information introduced us to 4 uncrowded cenotes (we swam in three and zip lined over the most important) within the personal Maya neighborhood of Tankah, then the journey wrapped with a lunch of rice, beans, grilled hen and pork, and refreshing hibiscus tea, all handmade earlier than our eyes. Pay just a few pesos additional for dessert: the chocolate-and-cheese marquesita is value sampling, and there’s additionally fresh-fried churros.