From the moment we turned on to Boca Paila Road, so began the enchantment. The lush vegetation sprawling both sides, different bushes and trees with bright, beautiful blooms. Funky, original boutiques, restaurants/bars, and spas adorning either side. However, all establishments blending with the natural landscape. Nothing tacky, Nothing towering. Somehow they are all so inviting, a person begins mapping their "to do" list before reaching the house! The prettiest yellow birds flying around and crabs scurrying across the road. What's even more exciting is that you know what's over the gorgeous scenery to the left...the water...and you are only minutes to prime, pristine location! Rest assured, you have NOT just entered some tasteless, rowdy, and tacky springbreak destination. People walking and biking down the road...many different nationalities. Clothing is relaxed, comfortable, and colorful. Their hair is whatever, no one cares. Perfect.
Pulling into the driveway, I thought it was natural reflex to wonder why I couldn't have a frontyard like this one. Adequate walkways mapped out past the casita and on to the main house. No more landscape disrupted than necessary. Palms, bushes, and other types of trees...some with flowers. Even living in the more tropical climate of south Texas, I don't have all these wonderful things sprouting up in my neighborhood! The house is wonderful, inside and out. Again, everything blends with the natural landscape. Then you open the front door and instead of exploring the home, I assure you, your eyes are affixed directly to the back. Large french doors, essentially what seems like an entire wall, opens to the backyard. The backyard IS the white, sandy beach and that stunning ocean of varying blues. Of course decorated with palms in such a manner that it looks as if they were placed deliberately by hand in the perfect lay-out. Somehow the palms are in flawless configuration for hammocks (many, can't recall the number) and the most fantastic swing. It won't be often that you or your children will delight in a swing like this! Bob and Bonnie (the owners) have seen to it that there are plenty of well-cushioned chase loungers for sunning. There is even an outdoor bed more proximal to the house where I assure you, you'll see every star in the sky. You'll see how bright the moon illuminates Tulum beach, reflects on the water and even at midnight it is still somehow plenty bright enough to walk around without need for a flashlight. That beach...I had no idea how long, wide and uninteruppted it was. A treasure.
So regarding the house...lovely. Super comfortable. Well and tastefully furnished. Love the lighting. Fabulous kitchen, oh and great charcoal barbecue out back. High quality linens dressing the equally high quality beds and decadent pillows. Bath towels are of good cotton as well... thick and thirsty. Great oversized beachtowels provided. There was no skimping in the comfort department. We left all of the bedroom doors open at night and ran the ceiling fans. Glorious breeze constantly circulating. You'll enjoy that sound rustling through the palms in additon to the gentle tide as it reaches the shore. It's a dream in and of itself. I noticed additional floor fans were available but we certainly didn't need them. Let me not forget to tell you that there is an awesome 3rd floor terrace with a sitting area, more hammocks and another ourdoor bed! Noteworthy sunset experience for sure.
As far as Tulum is concerned, there is a great grocery store, liquor store, and EXCELLENT produce markets a mere 10 minutes away in town. I recommend shopping for produce at those first and then if you don't find what you were looking for, finish up at the grocery. We enjoyed many restaurants...some of them on Boca Paila Road (location of the house) and some in Tulum town. ALL were good. These folks know how to prepare food. That simple. "Don Cafetos" was an authentic Mexican treat in Tulum town, certainly recommended. We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy an Italian restaurant in town, and much to my surprise the owners were from Italy's Tuscany region. We also prepared many great meals at home...your choice. I think it goes without saying...but please don't miss the Tulum ruins. Enchanting.
The owners, management, and camaristo (chamber guy) were all more than helpful, promptly responsive, and ALWAYS available. That being said, I hope that you will not leave Casa De Las Palmas without having Johnny (the camaristo) prepare a meal for you. PLEASE have Johnny cook for you at least once. This is of course done at home. His menu is within the information binder you'll find on the living room table. We had him cook for us twice in one week. I have never had guacamole that perfectly seasoned ( I am from Texas and we DO have great guac here...but not like that) and ceviche you'll not soon forget. The arrachera was perfectly charcoal barbecued and we had whole fish prepared two different ways...grilled and the other time fried. Delicious. That guy is worth his weight in platinum...an excellent worker and sweetheart of a gentleman. Your vacation home kept clean for sure...don't worry about that.
Ok, so I hope I've helped you conceptualize your pending Casa De Las Palmas experience. Our party included my 4 year old son, my 81 year old father-in-law, my husband (late 30's), myself (early 30's) and for part of our stay, we hosted friends from Merida...a 50 year old gal and her mother, aged 77. IT WON'T MATTER YOUR AGE...Casa De Las Palmas exceeds marvelous for anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning 3 bedroom house on Tulum beach. Next to La Zebra. Kitchen. Living room. Open concept. 3 Bathrooms. Rooftop terrace with 360 view. Children Welcome, Sleeps 8. 24 Hr electricity. Beach loungers, hammocks, kayaks, boogie boards. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa De Las Palmas Hotel Tulum