We stayed at Ahau Tulum from 12/17-12/19/12, and next time plan on staying for much longer! It is a really beautiful, serene way to change things up. We live in a large city, and to be able to go somewhere so conscious of its gorgeous environmental surroundings and just slow down for a little while was fantastic. Prior to Ahau we stayed at a smaller all-inclusive, and this also was a great change of pace. Can't overstate how cool Ahau's construction and layout is.
We reserved one of the little Bali huts, which comes with a very comfortable bed and access to the garden shower and little eco-toilet (not a big deal at all if this causes you unease - vastly better than a latrine or port-a-john). Only minor issue with the Bali huts is that they do not offer much privacy. You share the hut and shower/toilet with another couple (we had a mother and daughter in the room below us). We had no problems with our neighbors, but just expect a communal atmosphere with the Bali huts. I don't think this is the case with the other two arrangements you can purchase.
We spent most of our time while at the hotel in the common room (which is awesome, beautifully built), in their restaurant (YUM, healthy and delicious) and on their gorgeous beach.
The staff is extremely helpful and very nice. We didn't want for anything. Only thing we'll do differently next time is splurge on one of the Master Suites - once you see them you'll understand.
Ahau is a great value, nestled in a cute community full of ex-pats and some hippies, with great access to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Only slight warning is if that new-agey vibe is a real turnoff for you, Tulum in general may not be your place to stay. It is not overwhelming but if that's a negative for you, it's definitely there. We enjoyed the earthy, chill atmosphere, the delicious food, and the tremendous beauty of the place. We'll be back! Thanks Ahau!
Splurge on the master suites. You won't regret it!
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