First off, my wife is still raving about the chilaquiles that she had at El Pez. Unfortunately for me, she's a little unsuccessful in recreating them. But here's the thing, El Pez is located next to Dive Bar, a great new little hip scene that is one of the only establishments that allows dancing on the weekends. I noticed someone else's review that they were disappointed because of the bar, but that's one of the reasons that we loved it. But first, let's get into the look and feel of El Pez. The first thing you see when you arrive is the giant gate that marks the entrance. We were immediately greeted by the manager of both the hotel and Dive Bar, a young couple that live at the hotel. We were then shown to our room, where they explained everything. The rooms are studio-esque with a 6-foot wall separating the bathroom/shower from the bedroom. The water from the tap is slightly salty, but they provide bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth. Each bed is oriented towards the balcony/porch, which in our case faced the ocean (all but two rooms face the ocean). -- this is great in the morning when you wake up to the sunrise and just see a beautiful blue expanse in front of you. Each bed is a queen-size, but the best part of each room is the outdoor area (balcony/porch). They have a reclined chair (equivalent to a queen size bed) that you can sit on and either nap/read in private while maintaining your great views of the ocean. Dolphins and paddleboarders go by from time to time... and you'll constantly see pelicans diving for fish.
Every morning, we would wander back to the common room, where we'd be served fresh local produce and another breakfast plate (remember the chilaquiles). The managers were always around and accessible (even to accommodate someone like me who is allergic to down pillows).
So on Friday nights, Dive Bar opens up for a bit of a dance party. On the other nights, it's just a restaurant/bar where you can go and get great food. Having this within 100 feet of our room was an extra added bonus. If you had a craving, you didn't have to jump in a car or walk a 1/2 mile to get some food... it was right there. I can see how if you don't like to dance or have a drink at a bar that is both popular and convenient, this could be a problem (i.e. you have kids,etc.), but for us, El Pez was an ideal location. To give you an idea of how much I liked this place, I've probably recommended it to about 30 people that I know since arriving, and my wife and I are already talking about when we can go back.
So here goes, if you want to get away, don't want to be completely secluded so that you have to drive or walk for extended periods to get anywhere, want to feel as though you're being taken care of (i.e. the managers there, again, are great), and like a hip/fresh feel to your vacation, then El Pez is the place.
As an extra added bonus, we got to see about 120 baby sea turtles born there on our first night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Pez evokes the feeling of a private villa on the beach, with all the amenities of a small boutique hotel. Featuring six Luxury Cabanas, four Sea Front King Rooms and Two Sea View King Rooms, suitable for solo travelers, couples and families, El Pez is situated at picturesque Turtle Cove, where the Mayan fisherman and pelicans create a visually stunning seascape from the hotel balconies and around the hotel grounds. The setting is both intimate and romantic and a stunning backdrop for weddings, family gatherings & romantic getaways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Pez At Turtle Cove Hotel Tulum
- Pez Ocean Palace Tulum