I traveled solo on the first week of December 2013 and stayed for a week. I was looking to replenish energy with yoga, beach and sleep, and thanks to Yoga Shala that's exactly what I got.
First, the staff is amazing.. from the night guard Armando who greeted me upon arrival, to the Margarita the cleaning lady, Artemio the maintenance guy and the owners and people at the reception, everybody was outstandingly nice.
The yoga classes were amazing... because I stayed for a week I got the $50 unlimited 1-week pass, and it was the best. I enjoyed every class and thought that the level and the variety were excellent. Sometimes I took two classes a day! Sometimes hotels have crappy yoga classes for tourists, but the Shala had professional ones and it was evident that many locals and people from other hotels would come to do yoga a Yoga Shala which was a great sign. The yoga studio was beautiful... almost outdoors.
I wanted to stay there so badly, that I changed rooms three times because of availability so I can say that I totally did the tour of their shared bathroom rooms. Every room I stayed in had a super comfortable bed with a high quality mosquito net which seemed almost unnecessary because at least when I traveled, there was almost no bugs. The shared showers downstairs always had hot water, whereas the shared showers upstairs often didn't, but that was not a problem for me at all... the heat either from the weather or from the post yoga class temperature was so intense that lukewarm water was perfect. Also, the linens and towels were impeccably clean.
They have a small cold food kitchen (no animal products allowed) where you can keep some items in a cooler and also re-fill your bottle of water with filtered water as often as you want. The kitchen is open 24 hours.
Wifi worked fine every time I needed it and I was very happy to be able to eat at Il Barino every day... they have amazing juices, smoothies and nutrition packed meals that were a perfect combo to the yoga intense week.
Also, the vegetation and fauna were beautiful! birds, butterflies, lizards, geckos and all kinds of jungle little beings were always around.
The only reason I didn't give it an excellent review is because I was looking for peace, calm and sleep, and though it is not the hotel's fault, some guests were very loud at night and if I had gone to bed early I would get awaken by people coming back from dinner at late hours... it only happened a few times, but I wish the hotel would ask guests upon arrival to remain as quiet as possible when promenading on the premises.
I would totally go back to Yoga Shala!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a holistic, yoga oriented petit hotel 50m away from Tulum's pristine beaches offering the most yoga classes in Tulum on a regular basis. Set amongst luscious tropical gardens, there are 15 rooms available, some with private bathroom, some share the communal bathrooms. We also have an onsite a health orientated restaurant, clothing boutique, massage room and there are bicycles for hire. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yoga Shala Tulum Hotel Tulum