So glad TA added "formerly Esmeralda K" to the top of the listing, since reviews prior to 2012 are likely reviews for the old property, not for Ahau.
My mother and I were fortunate enough to share an upper master suite at the end of June, 2012, and I thought the room was spectacular. The bed was possibly the most comfortable, fluffy, luxurious bed I've ever slept on--certainly in Mexico. The upstairs master suite also has a large daybed, which is actually a full-size mattress, and the same mattress as the master bed. I hope to share this room with a friend next year, maybe flipping a coin or switching beds mid-week.
The bathroom was perfect, windows all around made it feel air-conditioned though it's on the back side of the room. Great shower, shampoo/shower gel dispensers (much more eco-friendly than little plastic bottles), complete door to separate the bathroom from the bedroom (many hotels don't have this). The deck is huge, the view is amazing and the decor in the suite is beautiful. Another eco-friendly note is the large water dispenser in the room, no wasteful little plastic bottles.
One very cool thing about Ahau is that while they do have these very luxurious (and expensive) rooms, they also have true bargain rooms with shared baths, so there's an interesting mix of people and options. There is also an incredible mirador, a lookout tower that gives incredible views of the sunset over the jungle as well as up and down the beach. The restaurant/hangout space is funky and eclectic and comfortable.
The staff is wonderful, professional and charming and the food is terrific. They have a juice bar for light refreshment (I had one with cucumber and I think chaya; really delicious). Chef Roberto came to Ahau from the Villa Las Estrellas a few months ago, and he is definitely having fun creating new dishes. My mother and I had a fantastic dinner--a new fish to me was pargo, apparently in the snapper family, nice firm white fish with a wonderful preparation. And in the morning, you must have the Eggs Ahau--one of the best egg dishes I have ever tasted! It's basically poached eggs in a phyllo cup with spinach, but so much more than that. My mother and I fought over the last bites, though we also had a very nice plate of huevos ranchero to share. Delicious coffee, AND they serve breakfast starting at I think 7:15--that's 45 minutes earlier than most places on the beach road.
The beach is spectacular, of course, and the location is very central; 1 kilometer of beach walking in either direction will hit many of the most popular bars and hotels on the beach.
Let me know if you have any questions!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ecological luxury Hotel with a Guest House in Tulum Beach in Mexico ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ahau Tulum Hotel Tulum
- Esmeralda k Hotel Tulum
- Esmeralda k Tulum