This was my second visit to Tulum, Mexico - and my second stay at Posada Luna del Sur. The fact that I came back for a second time is testimony to how wonderful it was, and my memories from two years ago were only made better by this repeat visit.
My review from two years ago on TripAdvisor (May 4th, 2007) still holds true. I'll probably end up repeating myself, but hey. If you're up for the read, great, if not - just go ahead and book this place, you won't be disappointed. Staying at the Posada Luna del Sur was a great choice, and really dictated the tone of the trip.
A bit about Tulum and the location of the hotel: it's a small town about 1.5-2 hours drive south of Cancun, and it's easily walked around by foot, and fun to walk the back roads to avoid traffic on the main drag. The hotel itself is located on the southern edge of town -It is walking distance (3 or 4 blocks) from the main drag, which is a combo of tourist trap shops and restaurants, fruit shops and internet cafes. The town itself is a few kilometers from the beach, which is an advantage - no mosquitoes, lower humidity, and easy access to the restaurants around town. We had a rented car, so beach access was easy - we did see quite a bit of people biking down to the beach.
And now, about the hotel: what makes this place so special are Janet and Jack, the owners and hosts. Simply put, these are wonderful people who want you to have fun and relax...they lived up again to their reputation of being like family, the cool relatives who live in a great place, near the beach, and you can't wait to visit them on your next vacation. After a long plane ride, with hassles in between, we were greeted by them with open arms, a Pacifico beer and tequila...the perfect relaxation technique. That really set the tone for the entire trip, and put my fiancee (who was a little wound up prior) at ease. The next morning, we ran a few more ideas by Janet and Jack for things to do on our second visit in Tulum. A little bit about this: Janet and Jack gave us advice last visit on what to see, do and eat - which was nothing short of great and honest advice - and was right on the mark. Every day we'd have small questions - and every day we'd have great conversations with Jack and Janet about pretty much everything and anything...just like family.
The hotel itself was the exact same way we remembered it: very, very clean, and very secure. They had upgraded the beds (which were great to start with!), but the lock to the front gate, the safe in the room (for valuables), night guard, parking under the hotel was the same. We did end up parking mostly on the street, and once again this didn't seem to be a problem. The rooms are just like the pictures: simple, clean and pretty (the pictures from other people and the website do not lie!) - and most importantly - air conditioned! (also with ceiling fans). The room comes with an attached kitchen, fridge and importantly - a water jug with a manual pump, since the tap water in all of Tulum is not intended for drinking. And the WiFi worked really well! That was a nice surprise (I was able to call my family on Skype and gloat that I was in heaven, heh heh). Just another word about the beds...oh, those king size beds...so great...so comfortable.... some of the best 9 hours of sleep that I've had in years.
Another thing worth commenting is the bed/towel art done by Jesus, one of the workers - so fun, so magnificent to look at, always bringing a smile to our faces. (BTW - for those who are new to the Posada, since the hotel is in town, they do not provide beach towels - so don't forget to bring one from home.)
So, our major "activity"...was going to the beach. In a nutshell, the Sian Kaan biosphere reserve (CESiaK) was just as we left it: a piece of heaven. White sand, turquoise waters, fantastic restaurant...and free boogie boards to borrow!
(I had to pause to sigh...I want to go back so bad...deep breath. Onwards.)
Other things we did:
1. Punta Laguna Monkey reserve - we had a wonderful guide, Manuel (from Manzano Expeditions), who took us around to see the spider monkeys (who had just given birth earlier in the month, and were teaching their babies to scale the trees!). Very nice, bring a camera with a zoom lens!
2. Ek Balam - a 1.5 hour trip from Tulum by car - it was one of the major Mayan cities and was actually the historic capital of the Yucutan. This is a much less touristy site, excavations starting in the 1980's - we had the place to ourselves. Very impressive, very scary to be at the top of this pyramid. Since the Yucutan is flat, the mounds of jungle around us reminded us that these were unexcavated temples! Our guide, Aurelio, a local Mayan, was great.
3. Valladolid - we ended the Ek Balam trip in town, near the Zaci cenote (which is smak dab in the middle of town!). We were hot, didn't bring our bathing suits (the locals were taking a nice cool dip)...but the town looked very quaint (old Spanish colonial), and worth an excursion in the future.
We also went to the Tulum ruins - big mistake. Albeit a gorgeous site, it's a HUGE tourist trap. Every bus from every all-inclusive from Cancun southward was there. Humans as far as the eye could see, like lemmings on the side of the cliff. We won't talk about this.
And of course....places to eat - my all-time favorite, Taqueria Diaz, was up and running, every day after 6:00 PM. Their tongue tacos were nothing short of heaven. By the 3rd night, my face was familiar and the question the server had was simply "how many". Cafe Expresso (near the fruit stand) and Don Cafeto had marvelous breakfasts). We also went to "Candido", a local chicken place on the corner of a street - cheap as hell, and really great chicken on charcoal. And of course...the Sian Kaan restaurant: fantastic. Best pescados, guacamole...and their entire menu. And the service is friendly...and the view stunning. Don't miss out on this.
So...I'm sad to be back from vacation. And all thanks to this wonderful place...thank you again, Jack and Janet, for some of the most relaxing time of my life. You are dearly missed in the frozen tundra of Cleveland...
p.s. There is a recent review of this place, which was quite disparaging...I feel so bad for them for not having our great experience, bless their hearts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada Luna del Sur is a delightful small boutique hotel of 12 private suites, which has earned praise for excellence value, service, comfort and quality from travelers around the world. The suites are graciously proportioned and lovingly appointed. Immaculately maintained suites include; king size or twin beds sleeping accommodations (roll-away beds available for parties of three on request) cozy sitting area, balcony or patio area, mini fridge, unlimited complimentary bottled water, ceiling fans, A/C, security safe, cable TV, free WiFi hot spot, hot water, 24 hour security/bellhop, concierge services, tour desk, and our signature a la carte breakfast inspire care-free times and peaceful dreams! Our hotel is focused on value, service, comfort and quality. We have won multiple TripAdvisor Traveler´s Choice awards throughout the years; our most recent in 2017 for the best ¨value¨ hotel. We believe you can still stay at a quality boutique hotel in Tulum, without breaking your bank. A gem in the Riviera Maya, we invite you to come and discover why! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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