What a great new addition to Tulum hotels, and believe me, I did my homework! It was already mid-January when I decided to spend a milestone birthday in late March with a bunch of friends in Tulum, and I searched furiously for accommodations that would suit all of us. Boutique-like rooms and atmosphere? Check. Air conditioning? Check. Modern-style bathrooms? Check. Central beach location? Check. Availability for a group of 8? Check! And that was only because My Way only opened in November, so word had not spread yet. Lucky me, as I took a chance and booked 4 suites for a week and we ALL loved it!
They were very prompt and accommodating when making reservations, and trust me, that is not something I encountered with many other properties. The new "hip" Papaya Playa Project? NO emails or phone calls back!? Be Tulum? A response took days. I love Casa Violeta, but it also took days to hear back from them. Knowing that I've been to Tulum numerous times and was bringing many seasoned NY'ers with me (!), they were kind enough to give me a terrific birthday discount, which helped a lot. And then we arrived, and oh man, was it paradise.
The rooms or "suites" are the perfect combination of rustic and modern, just as the pictures convey -- thatched roof casitas with charming decor, comfy king beds, A/C and ceiling fans, and the nicest bathrooms I've encountered in a Tulum hotel! That might sound like a lot of the hotels there, but there was a newer, more modern feel to My Way: It was new and hip enough for us to feel comfortable, yet laid-back enough for us to go barefoot all the time. It was not a scene, thank god (see: Coqui Coqui, Be Tulum) so we made our own "scene" - lounging on the beautiful blue chaise lounges, drinking made-to-order cocktails, and eating simple lunches (quesadillas, guacamole & chips, fish tacos), all on a beautiful - and rather secluded - stretch of beach. They don't have a restaurant, but it doesn't matter as the rate includes a fantastic breakfast brought right to your deck, and as stated, they do light lunches. More importantly, My Way is just two doors down from the fantastic Posada Margarita (really great Italian food and great vibe) and numerous other great restaurants.
Because of moving around a bit, we stayed in 6 of their 7 rooms, and they are all similarly lovely with the same decor. Koko is closest to reception and the road, whereas the identical Horizon, while small, is right on the beach, where my friend had to close her sliding glass doors at night so as to not be awoken by the roar of the sea (silly girl!). On top of Horizon is a veranda (their "spa") where I had one of the best massages in recent memory, with a view and breezes of the sea all around me - pretty magical. The Queen and Imperial suites were really large, with the latter able to easily accommodate 3 or 4 people. The Imperial had a small kitchen, which we used for cocktail-making (!) and 3, count 'em 3 decks! The upper deck/rooftop had a large, shaded lounger and an outside rain shower and was just spectacular. The Corazon/Caribbean house had that too.
If I were to return (and I will!) I would stay in Horizon - for the beach - or the Imperial - for the room and the decks. But you really can't go wrong with any of the rooms.
Lastly, and though it is written all the time, I can't not write about the warm and welcoming feeling we experienced by all who worked there, from check-in to check-out. Vincente at reception helped us with EVERYTHING, Leo took care of all our drink and lunch orders with a constant smile, and the young Italian owners Elena and Massimo were just great. Without hesitation, Elena helped the girls of my party with a certain item we had forgotten, ahem, and on my birthday, they arranged a great lunch next to the bar and surprised me with a beautifully decorated birthday cake!
What more could one want in Tulum? New and modern decor, all the amenities of modern travel, charm and comfort galore, a central beach location yet secluded enough to feel private, and a great staff. If I had the money to stay at uber-chic and pricey Be Tulum, where the celebs stay, or even a fancy private vila, I'd still choose My Way. It was EVERYTHING!