There was one hotel in Tulum that I had to visit. I’ve seen all the photos on Instagram, I know friends who have been there, and I’ve seen a couple of blog posts. And as soon as we booked our flights to Mexico, I knew I had to stay at Azulik Eco Resort and Maya Spa. So when we booked our three night stay at Azulik, I couldn’t ave been more excited!
We left Papaya Playa and moved about 100m down the beach to Azulik, where we arrived a little before check in time – and so after our tour of the hotel (which I’ll be sharing in a separate post) we enjoyed some time at Azulik’s private beach!
When our room was ready, our butler came to collect us from our beach-y paradise and showed us which villa was ours! We climbed the stairs, right to the top floor where our Aztec Villa was waiting for us! As we got to the treetops of the jungle, I turned round and saw KIN TOH, the fine dining restaurant at the hotel and couldn’t quite believe that after seeing all the photos, I was seeing it with my own eyes!
Azulik encourages restoring yourself and enjoying nature at every turn, and part of that is encouraging a no shoe policy, especially in your rooms. So outside each room there is a bowl of water to let you get all the sand out from in between your toes!
Refreshed every day to make sure your toes are sparkling and shiny clean every day!
As we walked into our room, my heart skipped a beat: the rustic feel of the room, the natural materials that surrounded us and the most beautiful bed!
A huge circular bed, surrounded by a canopy and covered with soft, fluffy pillows which made for a perfect night’s sleep. The entire room is decorated with natural materials and bright, vibrant colours and tiles that represent the wonderful country and local surroundings that Azulik is located in.
One thing to get used to is that not only is there no WiFi in the rooms, but there are only two sockets and no air conditioning. But, with a fan above the bed, don’t worry, you’ll be cool enough at night.
And don’t expect a regular wardrobe either… With wooden wardrobes that reminded me of kayaks or canoes, I loved this special touch that integrated not only the jungle but the ocean that laps at the edge of Azulik.
It’s all about rustic luxury a Azulik, so in most rooms (including our Aztec Villa) there’s no room service as such. But pop down to any of the bars or restaurants and they’ll happily bring you whatever it is you like – or you can text you butler and they’ll arrange it for you. Some rooms have a drop ball system, where you pop your request into a wooden ball, slide it down a chute and someone will bring you whatever you’d like to eat or drink, straight to your room.
But step out of the door beside the wardrobe and you’re outside on your private terrace, with a hanging bed, deck chairs and a side table. All held in by palm leave covered tree trunks. I can’t imagine anywhere more natural, more at one with your surroundings, and more special.
It was hard not to smile the entire three days we were there… And just as hard to leave Azulik! I was so glad we had visited Posada Marghertia before we arrived!
Our butler asked if we were celebrating a special occasion as we arrived…. I’d said we had always wanted to visit Mexico and had finally made it after 5 years of being together! She said that was as good a reason as any to celebrate, and treated us to a bottle of wine to enjoy on our terrace on that first evening!
A crisp, fruity bottle of Chilean white wine was delivered to our door…
And as we took in just how incredible the view was that first night, we toasted to staying in a dream hotel, and spending time reconnecting. Oh, and to those views…!
The rooms are far enough apart to guarantee privacy, especially with the weathered palm leaves which hang over every room.
After all the excitement of arriving, exploring our magical hotel, we finally sat down to just enjoy the surroundings.
I had dithered slightly before booking Azulik, for as much as I had always loved the look of it, I was a little worried it was going to be a little too rustic for us. But as soon as we arrived, and the service was as warm as the Mexican weather, I completely fell for the barefoot luxury vibe.
And when you’re waking up to this view… Can you blame me?
Our Aztec Villa had a view which overlooked the incredible Honeymoon Villa, a two story villa which happens to be the only villa with a shower – and even more excitingly, comes with a daily bottle of champagne!
Azulik is an adults only resort which is entirely designed around the concept of nature, the four elements and re-centering. With a cenote (a natural pool of water which is very important in Mayan culture and history) in the resort that provides water for all the villas and water paths which follow you no matter where you go, it’s hard to miss the fact that water is so central to this resort.
The bath is in one corner of the room, and has an array of natural shampoo, conditioner, bath salts and even mosquito repellent and after sun, all of which are locally produced. I normally opt for my own shampoo and conditioner, but there was something about these which made my hair perfectly soft and silky!
Hand cast with mosaic tiles which complement the bright colour scheme in the room, the bath is certainly a focal point in this room. Azulik even provides you with a coconut shell to help you wash your hair and get rid of all the sand after a day at the beach.
As there are no lights in the villas, each night between 5 and 8 someone will come around to light the candles which are set up all around the room, which will give you the most romantic, soft lighting and they’ll even pop rose petals in your bath to top off the romantic atmosphere.
They’ll also leave a chocolate on your pillow, and a little note to tell you what time morning yoga is and what’s going on at the hotel restaurants and bars.
Now, mosquitoes love me. A lot. I loved this natural mosquito repellent, which was easy to pop on before going out for the evening – and had the added benefit of smelling absolutely incredible!
I loved coming back at night to a room lit with soft candle light, and falling asleep when the sun goes down, listening to the waves…
And finally, a small seating area with a cosy day bed to top it all off!
It was quite hard to get up every morning and leave our villa… But just wait until you see the rest of the hotel!
Honestly, I’m just not sure that three days was enough!
There’s no better way to wake up than with the sunlight breaking through your natural villa…
And having your morning coffee with these views…
But then you explore the rest of the resort, and realise that it’s not just about the room – that this whole place is just incredible.
Carretera Tulum Ruinas Km 5, Zona Hotelera,
77780 Tulum, Quintana Roo