March 2017

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Tulum: what and where

3/29/17

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As a continuation from my last post, if you're wondering about the places you should go to and the things you should do on a short visit to Tulum, I'm sharing a pared down list for a truly relaxing time. Read more below!

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1. Stay: Casa de las Olas - I've never felt more at home at a hotel/bed and breakfast. We'd arrived at Casa de las Olas a lot later in the night and our hosts were kind enough to stay up and wait for us to arrive. Each morning we spent hours conversing with fellow guests and sharing stories of life, travel, love and our inspirations with our hosts. I was truly in awe of how intimate Casa de las Olas had felt right off the bat- we were well received and could clearly see the love and care poured into this blessed space. Casa de las Olas, the only property in Tulum that is Platinum LEED reviewed, is one hundred percent sustainable by powering itself through solar power and using only biodegradable items. To top it off, it is one of the oldest properties built in Tulum and is found on one end of the strip, making it a truly private hidden gem.

2. Rejuvenate: Be Tulum - named one of Conde Nast Traveler's 'Top 8 spas in the world' for good reason--the combined use of sacred copal smoke, oils from home-grown herbs and flowers, and unique vibrational instruments at YƤan Energy Healing Wellness Spa makes it a truly inimitable experience. We stepped out of Be Tulum in complete bliss.

3. Nightlife: Papaya Playa Project - one of the (many) wonderful things about Tulum is that when the moon is full and casts a bright light over the beach, Papaya Playa Project hosts the Full Moon Party. It's where you can find yourself literally dancing into the morning moonlight. It really isn't hard to do, considering the space feels otherworldly; the weather cools perfectly, you're kept wrapped by the wave's kisses (and can even just wade into the waters during warmer nights), libations are aplenty and delicious, and the DJ is sure to spin the most entrancing songs for a night to remember.

4. Explore: Akumal - getting to play with animals and dwelling in the waters of Tulum are some of the best things about Tulum, and I'd heard from several people that snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal has topped many of their other activities. It's a bit of a trek out from the main stay areas of Tulum, but it could be worth the drive out.

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Full on Tulum

3/14/17

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Faced a bit of radio silence here, but I promise not much has happened from the last post and this update; since coming back from Tulum, I'd been in and out of limbo with sickness hitting me left and right. While trying to pull myself together, I managed to comb through hundreds of photos I'd taken (most of them being food) during the trip that I wanted to share with y'all. Although hard to pinpoint what makes Tulum so special, because every corner of it and every second there feels like it, the most memorable thing from this trip was probably the food. There's something to be said about the unique blend of decadence and simplicity, of robust flavors from an ingredient list so seemingly bare. Of course, the now-famed hole-in-the-wall Antojitos La Chiapaneca and mezcal bar Gitano are still favorites of mine, but the restaurants listed below are worth mentioning not only because of their stand-out flavors and dishes but because of the charming and thoughtful experiences that came with it. If you're headed to Tulum in the next few months, be sure to bookmark these spots and flag them as high-priority.

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Cetli - as a long time resident of Tulum, our host has been to just about every restaurant in Tulum... and the first place he recommended to go to during our short four-day trip was Cetli. The restaurant is homey and (wonderfully) slow-paced, adorned with framed pictures and colorfully woven fabrics, surrounded by a ton of foliage. It feels like your grandparent's place, or maybe just somewhere hugely familiar-- and the same applies to the food. The food! Before your main entree, you're presented with an array of complimentary house-made breads, pupusas, salsas, butter, and cheese. Every piece was phenomenal! This gastronomical adventure continued with the entrees we'd ordered; with every bite we really tasted the depth, the labor of love, and the tedious preparation that had to have gone into the moles. My personal favorite was the Istak (fish and white almond mole sauce)-- I've been craving that every day upon my return home. It's a must order!

Hartwood - I probably can't offer anything new that hasn't already been acclaimed about this well-known establishment whose reservations are highly sought after... except that the hype exists for good reason. The food is carefully crafted and insanely flavorful. My two friends and I, we're pretty small girls, but we polished all of it pretty quickly-- it was comical how silent it'd gotten as soon as the food arrived. We'd ordered a round of cocktails and six dishes in total. The beautifully tossed cotija tomato salad, refreshing fish ceviche, outrageously good grilled beets, a serrated whole fish, charcoal-grilled octopus, and the well-balanced pork belly-- all inhaled. We loved our waiter and bartender and shared many moments of roaring laughter, and even met with our waiter later at the full moon party. Hartwood not only delivers decadently layered dishes but also seems to employ some of the most genuine individuals who add an even greater depth to the atmosphere.

Chamico's - simplicity never tasted so good. Known for their authentic approach to the whole fried fish, Chamico's is an easy choice when deciding where to eat in Tulum. It's a slightly different ambience than the restaurants in downtown and on the strip, but Chamico's holds it down with its own unique appeal. Their plastic tables, flappy blue tarps and rickety chairs are a sign of its no-frills approach. And I kind of loved it. You sit there, in and out of the shade under wind-blown palms, watching people happily sipping their BYOBs, and enjoy a surprisingly robust meal: a heap of fresh lime-laden ceviche and the most perfectly grilled fish I'd ever had.