We just returned from a 5-day stay in Tulum, split across two hotels, El Pez and Ahau Tulum, which is about 2-3 km further south on the beach. Both currently rank at #7 and #8 in Tripadvisor reviews, and I fully see why, as both are very excellent hotels. I would return to either one. However, they are different, and I will try to differentiate them in my review for persons trying to choose a hotel in Tulum. For those deciding between Tulum and other locations, I'll also try to differentiate Tulum from other options.
This was my first trip to Mexico, and for my first trip I had several conflicting desires: beauty, luxury, safety, character. Tulum beach wonderfully straddled this combination - a small beach-side walkable village of off-the-grid luxury hotels sandwiched between private cabanas and occasional campsites of hippies who wouldn't look out of place in Phuket or Goa. I'm not surprised at all at Tulum's popularity among New Yorkers - it's walkable with a strong sense of place, luxurious, stylish, and a bit crunchy at the same time. By day three, I found myself wanting to do a juice cleanse and study with a yoga guru (I had another cucumber margarita instead). It's that kind of place. (Most of the negative reviews you'll find for hotels in Tulum are really not about the hotel at all, but are about a mismatch between Tulum and what the traveler really wanted. If your idea of paradise is ruined by having to throw toilet paper in a trash can instead of a toilet, or low water pressure in a shower, off the grid luxury is not for you. However, as an actual beach camper, I was really impressed but how luxurious Tulum hotels were - eco-luxury with emphasis on the luxury.)
Now about El Pez itself. What really differentiated this hotel was the wonderful hospitality of the staff (I never entered the hotel without being offered a drink, or some other assistance) the well-designed rooms and common areas, and the location on a beautiful cove filled with birds. The wonderful El Pez staff deliver a thermos of coffee to your room at sunrise. Sitting on our sea view deck drinking my coffee watching the sunrise over the cove while dozens of pelicans flew around us is a memory I will treasure. I missed both the coffee and the pelicans when we moved down the beach to our next hotel. Once we moved down the beach into Tulum's 'zona yoga' I also missed the quieter, more relaxed vibe of the more northern stretch of beach. There's a very strong euro-yoga-bikini-bootcamp-hipster vibe in the more southern section of beach, and I found myself working harder to suppress my inner New York cynic once we moved further down the beach.
- 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