Hidden Paradise on the Caribbean Coast of Tulum, Mexico
Our trip through Central America continued north to Mexico’s sparkling Caribbean coast. Finding the strength to peel ourselves away from the postcard beaches of Ambergris Caye was tough, but we pushed through it knowing that our next destination was going to equally impressive.
It’s no secret that Mexico’s popular Riviera Maya has quickly become world renowned for its lavish resorts and family vacations. A few years ago, we brought our family and friends to the Yucatan for our destination wedding. It was a wonderful experience that we continue to encourage engaged couples to consider.
But we had a different agenda for this trip to Mexico.
We wanted a destination that was quiet, relaxing and directly on the beach. Basically, we wanted a romantic getaway rather than a party weekend at an all-inclusive. Our friend from Vancouver had the perfect solution for us. He recommended that we check out Azulik Resort, a cluster of private seaside villas located directly on the Caribbean Sea. After checking out its website, we were instantly sold!
Like many, we were aware of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. After all, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Riviera Maya. We also heard that the town of Tulum was worth a quick visit, but we hadn’t thought about actually staying on the coast of Tulum. We just assumed that the place to be was between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. We were glad that we challenged out perception!
The secluded palapa-roofed villas are built on top of shallow cliffs that hang over the sea, with unobstructed views of the turquoise Caribbean below. Azulik Resort can proudly boast that it is a true beachfront eco-lodge. The rooms do not have electricity. There are no lights or power outlets. There are no telephones or televisions. Instead, candles supply the light, the sea provides the entertainment and the cool ocean breeze keeps the temperature just right.
Photos from our stay at Azulik Resort in Tulum, Mexico
The jungle boardwalk between the private Azulik Villas
Nicole enjoying the white sandy beaches at the resort
The picture perfect beach rarely had more than a few people
A seaside villa at Azulik Resort
Unobstructed views of the Caribbean from our private deck
Nicole enjoying some quiet time on our balcony
Evening soak in our private tub
Afternoon happy hour at our seaside villa
Beachfront Villa #1
Soft pastel Caribbean sunset at the beach
Morning soak with breathtaking views
Stunning views of the colourful Caribbean Sea from our balcony
Azulik Resort and its private beach from a neighbouring hotel’s sundeck
We really liked Tulum’s coastal strip. It has a laid back Caribbean vibe that is quite different from the touristy Mayan Riviera located just north of Tulum. The strip has a handful of local restaurants and shops, access to private white sandy beaches, and the Tulum ruins are only a short 5-minute drive away.
The hotels and restaurants are mostly small and original, with no major brand names or enormous all-inclusive resorts (if you’re looking for a Margaritaville or crazy nightclub, you’re probably better off staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen).
Azulik is an adult only resort that caters to couples wanting something different from the typical hotel experience. Hours and days were lost on our villa’s wooden deck, swinging on an outdoor bed and soaking in our private tub with a cold Mexican cerveza in hand.
The absence of electricity forced us to open our books and commit to days of uninterrupted relaxation. The soothing sound of water crashing on the shore quickly became the soundtrack of our private Mexican retreat. You have no choice but to unplug, relax and enjoy the view!
Check out our video from Azulik – Video Tour of a True Beachfront Eco-Lodge
Here’s a Twitpic of Nicole’s cliff-top massage at Azulik Villas
Have you visited the beaches on Mexico’s Caribbean coast? What did you think?
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Editor’s Note: Our stay at Azulik Villas was complimentary, however the thoughts and opinions shared in this post are entirely our own