El Pez was absolute perfection. My boyfriend and I had been adventure travelling around the Yucatan all week and being able to settle in here for 2 nights was BLISS. Derek greeted us with cool towels and helped us get our bags to our room. He spoke perfect English and was very professional, which was lovely after struggling with our Spanish all week. The room was beautiful. BEAUTIFUL! And we had a sweet little deck out front with 2 chairs and a sunbathing "bed". We watched pelicans dive into the ocean, the sun come up and the stars POP in the exceptional darkness.
We went to dinner in the restaurant our first night and Jaime waited on our table. He was perfect! So sincere, attentive, and just plain sweet. His smile will break your heart ♥ The boyfriend had the special of spicy baked fish and I had octopus. It was outstanding! Also, it was the first time we felt confident enough about a place to eat any raw vegetables. We were fine! I knew we would be. There was also live music in the restaurant that night~ you don't have to be staying at the hotel to eat in the restaurant or drink in the bar, by the way ;0)
After a restful sleep and an exciting excursion to the nearby Tulum ruins & a bit of snorkeling, we returned to our hotel for a second night's stay. We went to the bar and had the Specialty of the House, "Coco~jitos" (very similar to a Mojito, with fresh coconut water, WOW!) and mixed seafood ceviche. I still yearn for both of those glorious creations! They were both recommended by Jaime. We were happy to see that Jaime was there again that 2nd night, and we met Jaime's older brother, Wilberth. He was the creator of the delightful specialty drink, he spoke to us in English and we had a very pleasant evening. Wilberth has 8 years of bartending experience. He is teaching his little brother, Jaime, all the tricks of the trade ;0) They are Maya. They speak Mayan at home, Spanish fluently, and Wilberth speaks English very well. Jaime's English is better than my Spanish, but we mostly just smiled at each other. Hee! We had a very sweet evening just hanging out with these charming people.
All the Maya that we met were so soft-spoken, real and absolutely sincere. I am honored to have met them.
Even though this place is a little out of our price range (my Mom paid for this trip as a graduation gift!), if I ever have the privilege of returning to Tulum, I will stay at El Pez. I would miss Jaime & Wilberth too much to stay anywhere else. Do yourself a favor and ask for them when you go!
- 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 family gatherings & romantic getaways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Pez At Turtle Cove Hotel Tulum
- Pez Ocean Palace Tulum