Tulum is definitely having a moment.
It’s the magical Mexican town all over our Instagram feeds at the moment, and for good reason; Tulum is absolute heaven. Unlike many destinations that loose their charm as soon as they become ‘popular’, Tulum oozes character and has an authentic magic feeling that you discover from the second you arrive. Just under two hours drive from Cancun (a direct 9 hour flight from the UK) and an even easier journey if you’re coming from the UK, it feels more accessible than other wonderful destinations such as the Maldives or Bali. Tulum stretches across a spectacular coastline of sugar-like sand and jade-green ocean, and is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city – you can still see the ruins and learn about the Mayan civilisations or perhaps spend your afternoons exploring the caves and Cenotes; there’s so much more to Tulum than the beaches!
El Pez, a boutique hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels group made for the perfect place to base ourselves during our three night stay in Tulum. The location couldn’t have been more perfect; with it being situated in the middle of the main road where all of the hotels, beach clubs and restaurants are located in Tulum, and yet it has it’s own cove and plenty of space and privacy. With only 18 rooms, the hotel never feels too crowded, in fact it had a friendly,family-like feel with the staff greeting us by name, and remembering our coffee orders each morning! Small touches like this made us feel at ease and incredibly welcomed, as did the ‘little extras’ that you so often find with Small Luxury Hotels, such as the early morning delivery to your room of fresh coffee, or the evening delivery of herbal tea, waiting for you on your terrace.
Our room as located right on the beach, there’s truly nothing I love more than slipping into my dressing gown and stepping out onto the decking to watch the sun come up, something I enjoyed every morning during our time in Tulum. Aside from the unbeatable location, the room was decorated in a simple but luxurious style, with a huge and very comfortable king size bed, and there was also a day bed that would have been perfect for a family stay.
As well as the incredible location, beautiful decor and fabulous staff, the cuisine at El Pez was a real highlight. A hearty breakfast was included in our room rate, which consisted of a ‘starter’ and main dish, as well as a fresh juice and hot drink. The avocado on rye was quite possibly the best avo toast I’d ever tasted, although the pancakes and french toast options were hard to resist as well! The juices and smoothies were made from fresh local fruit, and all presented absolutely beautifully with chopped fruit and seeds.
In the evening, we enjoyed scrumptious tacos and cocktails created by the skilled barmen – Mexican food in London is fabulous, but here? Wow. Possibly the greatest food I’d experienced in a long long time!
As a guest of El Pez, we were also given a few cocktail vouchers for the other hotels within the same company, including La Zebra which was a 15 minute bike ride away; where we enjoyed a fabulous lunch with dishes such as inflated corn tortillas filled with chorizo, and Mexican cheese fondue. The cocktails created at the Mulberry Project bar on the beach at La Zebra were equally as spectacular, with exotic combinations of hibiscus, coconut, fruit puree and tequila used to create unique masterpieces that we could enjoy on the beach.
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