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 that 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?
Share your experience in the comments section below!
Editor’s Disclosure: Our stay at Azulik Villas was complimentary, however the thoughts and opinions shared in this post are entirely our own
Jan Ross says
Most people have no idea how beautiful that coast of Mexico really can be. They are also intimidated by stories about Mexico being dangerous when, in reality, this area is as safe as any in the U.S. I would love to go back there!
We agree. Mexico is totally safe and a great destination for us here in Canada because it’s only a short 5 hour flight away.
I went to Tulum last March & absolutely loved it. I stayed a bit further down the coast towards the Biosphere, but had a similar experience (beautiful beaches that were fairly deserted). Hopefully the area can retain its remote feel, despite being so close to Cancun.
There is lots of room for development (at least in the area we were) so it’s hard to say if it will continue to be remote. But for the time being, its perfect for something a little different.
John in France says
I am surrounded by 20cm of snow at the moment in NZ! What a place – I need it now! Stunning, thanks!
We’ve been reading that it’s been the snowiest winter in NZ! Hit up the mountains 🙂
Shirlene from Idelish.com says
Wow – looks like you found your relaxing, romantic, hidden getaway! The morning soak looks heavenly!
The best way to wake up for sure 🙂
The Travel Chica says
This looks like my kind of resort. Quiet and peaceful. Not overly polished and generic. Excellent ocean views.
Can’t beat the ocean views! It was nice waking up to the sound of waves crashing.
Robert London says
That looks great, and I agree the beaches near Tulum are some of the finest in Mexico – but that looks like a great place for a wedding also!
We didn’t see a wedding but we agree! It’s a beautiful spot.
It IS the perfect place for a wedding. We were married there in May…… Perfect weather, perfect location, perfect hosts, perfect accommodations, a wonderful holiday…..
Mark Wiens says
“Uninterrupted relaxation” – this really looks like a perfect retreat to get away from the mental clutters of daily life and just spend time enjoying life. Beautiful photos – makes me want to get some of that relaxation now!
Caanan @ No Vacation Required says
That looks amazing. For those of us who work virtually or blog while we travel, planning trips that force us to relax is a very smart idea. It’s why we love going in to the back country (although I would take a morning soak int hat tub!).
It’s so important to take a break sometimes. Since it was an eco-lodge with no internet in our villa, we had no choice! It was perfect.
Christy @ Technosyncratic says
This place looks delightful… I bookmarked the website so I can refer back to it someday when we need a relaxing break. 🙂
Wow…no electricity or internet. You brave, brave souls. We had a power outage here last night and I almost lost my mind! How do you keep that beer cold?
Looks like a beautiful place though. Thanks for the peek.
Traveling Canucks says
Fortunately there was a restaurant across the street that had wifi and power outlets. We just charged up and did emails in the morning, then tuned out the world! It was actually well needed
My idea of heaven. While I enjoyed the party islands in Fiji that I visited earlier this year – I think I had the most pleasant time when I was on Kuata – an island run by a local village and not quite as popular with tourists.
While it was a bit run down and the food wasn’t remarkable, it was super relaxing. I love an empty beach, an ice cold beer, and the hot sun overhead. The best thing in the world.
Traveling Canucks says
Sounds like the perfect place to be – kinda wish we were there right now! 😉
Global Basecamps Ali says
Incredible! So beautiful, looks like an unique eco lodge. Would love to go there one day!
Traveling Canucks says
The views were unbelieveable. It was nice to have a quiet experience for a change, we’re usually go-go-go when we are traveling
Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says
This place is gorgeous!!!!!!! I would have never left that tub.
Traveling Canucks says
Many hours were spent soaking in that tub! 😉
I have never heard of this place but it looks amazing. I love the hot tub!
The beaches along the Riviera Maya are among our favorite beaches in the world! Love the beach in Tulum, could’ve spent hours just sitting there looking out at the ocean.
Sarah Wu says
such beautiful pictures by Tulum.
The GypsyNesters says
We need to hit this spot – our kind of place for sure. Beautiful shots! -David
Those pictures are beautiful, they remind me my favorite caribbean island “Martinique”.
Would love to come back!