Today in the Second of our series of Away from the Crowds destinations we review the Mexican resort of Tulum.
The aim of this series of posts is to give families and the more romantically inclined travellers some safe and less crowded holiday destinations to consider as an alternative to the more popular mainstream resorts in the same area.
Ditch the all-inclusive properties located further north in Cancun and embrace the rustic charm of Tulum. Open spaces abound – children can run wild on long white beaches, gaze at exotic fauna, and splash into underground cenotes.
WHAT TO DO IN TULUM?…..
Children of all ages will love cenotes (cave-like pools for swimming) and play hide and seek in centuries’ old Mayan ruins on the Yucatan peninsula. Meanwhile, adults will find no shortage of low-key restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques selling local artefacts, instead of fluorescent beach towels.
At Casa Cenote you can also kayak, snorkel and scuba dive – equipment is available on-site. The crumbling walls of the beachside Mayan ruins, on the northern edge of the town, date back to the 1200s. UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka’an offers boat trips through nine ecosystems, where you’ll see birds, sea life and alligators if you are lucky.
For a day trip, head to Vallodalid, an old Spanish colonial town just an hour from Tulum, passing the Coba ruins and several cenotes along the way. There is a taxi rental service in the city and most hotels offer tours with transport included.
Try the uber-green open-air Hartwood restaurant, located on the jungle side of Tulum’s beach road, which is built around a tree and uses no electrical appliances.
ACCOMMODATION IN TULUM……
Hotel Esencia is located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, welcomes children while liberally dishing out grown-up treats – tasty ceviche, margaritas – and providing multilingual nannies. I suggest booking a garden suite with its own plunge pool. As well as the main pool, kid’s pool and nearby beach, there are children’s yoga and cookery classes, and chocolate spa treatments for them too.
I can also recommend the that you try eco chic at Amansala, or push the boat out at a Nalum private retreat.
HOW TO GET TO TULUM…..
If travelling from the UK, both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct services from London Gatwick, to Cancun several times a week. Indirect flights are offered by a variety of other airlines.
Tulum is a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Cancun airport most larger hotels offer transfers at an additional charge, or you can take a private taxi or rent a car.
If you require more information on Holidays in Tulum or other resorts in Mexico please feel free to contact me for a no obligation quote!