Tulum's "coastal zone" is an absolute paradise to vacation in. On one side of the one lane road are thatched roof hotels with small room counts, while on the other side are a series of small restaurants and shops, each better than the other. The construction is below the tallest palm tree, by unwritten agreement. The low room density means the place is not overcrowded or overly touristy.
Of the hotels built directly on the beach, none tops Ahau.
First, it has an amazing stretch of beach and central location along the beach road. You are steps away from all the best Tulum has to offer -- and you can walk there literally barefoot. Second, the hotel's common areas are immaculate, spacious, airy and staffed with some of the friendliest and most attentive people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Not only do they bother remembering your name, but they unobtrusively seek you out to make sure your needs are satisfied. Third, the plantings and the beach sand around the buildings are lovingly cared for. It is even regularly sifted to ensure it is clear of debris. The first thing you immediately want to do when you arrive is kick off your shoes. You won't need them again 'till you get back in the Taxi to head home. Fourth, nearly every room and much of the common area include high quality hammocks inside which you can enjoy the most amazing naps in the constant soft cooling trade breezes that blow off the ocean. Fifth, this is one of the properties that actually serves food and alcohol directly on the beach and to your room. Sixth, many of the rooms have A/C (good in summer months), and those that don't are smartly positioned to allow for the cool breezes to flow through. Seventh, the furniture is comfortable; the sheets are super soft; the mattresses are top quality; there is cool water provided in the room; and the showers are good quality fresh water. Sound "standard"? Well, it's not. We had to stay at another hotel for a couple of days at the tail end of our trip and we got sheets that felt like sandpaper, and salt water showers. Eighth, the food is awesome; each and every dish on the menu is worth eating. Don't forget to visit the hidden away food stand for an awesome wrap. Ninth, the clientele is awesome. Great, super interesting people and families from all over the world many of whom are already coming back over and over again to repeat the experience, despite the hotel's young age. Tenth, you can curl all ten of your little toes as the massage therapist works out all your kinks right on the beach and then you can curl them again as you enjoy the super sexy beds with gorgeous mosquito netting that make you and your partner feel like you are cocooning yourself in a heavenly white cloud meant just for the two of you.
What was our typical day like? Wake up with the sun. Do some Yoga. Eat some breakfast. Take a nap. Dive into the ocean. Take another nap. Walk down the beach to the right and visit Quoqui Quoqui for a meal or drink. Walk further down for a dose of Mexican Beach Bar Scene at La Zebra. Come back to the Ahau sanctuary and talk with some guests or the staff for a while. Dive back into the ocean. Read a book in a hammock. Win a few rounds of backgammon borrowed from the common area. Take a refreshing shower. Pop across the street to Secret Garden or Hartwood for an unforgettable evening meal. Walk up the street to check out some of the awesome clothing and furnishings stores. Come back to the Ahau sanctuary to pass out. Wash, rinse repeat. Rent the catamaran for a quick spin. Visit the ruins. Body surf and boogie board. Surf. Walk the beach in moonlight. Lie on the beach and lose yourself in the milky way after the moon sets, as you let the super warm ocean waves lap at your feet. Look for animals, faces, and shapes in the little clouds at sunrise. Enjoy the silence of the ocean breeze. Exhale. Breath. Be.
Do not overpack. Make getting there just as delightfully easy as it is to be there by packing light. All you need is a bathing suit, a pair of shorts, a couple of t-shirts, a hat, and your sunglasses. That goes for both sexes. The shoes on your feet will take you through the airport, into the taxi, and up to the Ahau entrance where you can take them off until you checkout.
- 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