Two quotes came to mind when we got here: one from Monty Python - "And now for something completely different" and the other from an Eagles song - "this could be heaven or this could be hell". Well, it WAS completely different and we loved it. There were six of us and not all of us loved every single thing about it, but some of us did love every single thing. Our ages, by the way, ran from 14 to 65. For me and my wife, although we enjoyed our two night stay, I must say that after two nights we were looking forward to a room that didn't have sand blowing under the door (it wasn't a big deal though).
Take the Bali out of "Bali Hut" and you have what they are - huts. They're made with stacked saplings, and as you can imagine, there are gaps between the saplings. It's a cool look, but it lets wind blow through. That's good since they're not air conditioned, but bad because they're on the beach. And I mean ON THE BEACH. You can't get any closer to the water than this (well, unless you had the cabin between us and the water). But on the beach means sand. Add wind and you've got blowing sand. One odd thing is that, to keep the sand from blowing through the walls, they've hung a piece of plastic on each wall, which also stops the air, so they can be warm during the daytime. With all the gaps and plastic, there's not a lot of privacy with the huts. That shouldn't be much of a problem since you're going to be spending most of your time wearing as few clothes as possible. Each hut (with a beach level room and an upper room) has a toilet and shower attached to the back. It's a pit toilet, but don't freak out - it's about the nicest, cleanest pit toilet I've ever seen. Even the shower is nice, although ours was visible from the upper room's window.
My grand daughter stayed in a room in the "guest house". We wouldn't have liked that (no window) but she did (it was separate from the grown ups but still close).
Although we had a mosquito net around the bed, we never had a problem with bugs - there was a constant wind all along the beach.
The place is a mix of buildings, most of them open air. It's nice eating in a restaurant with no walls. There's an upstairs yoga studio - open air. Very nice.
The hotel "vibe" is decidedly hippie, as is the entire beach road. There was a bit of topless on the beach, but tasteful. Nothing lewd. My daughter said the area was Trust Fund Hippie. My son called it Trustifarian. They both loved it. It was our favorite part of a trip that included Cancun and Merida.
We started and ended each day with long walks down the beach. Our kids walked down the beach road to a musical event at another hotel. It was just really, really nice. And completely different.
- 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