In the evenings, when we had dragged ourselves away from the beach at Azulik Tulum, in search of some cocktails and respite from the sun, we’d head up to Kin Toh for some cocktails. Kin Toh is Azulik’s main restaurant which serves incredible, innovative Mexican cuisine.
And just like everywhere else in the hotel, it has the most amazing views and design… Especially the bar!
Located at near the front of the hotel, you need to walk all the way along those magical wooden walkways, up to the top of the jungle, down the stairs and past Cenote Bar, through the spa reception until you see the most incredible staircase heading up, up and up towards Kin Toh…
As the restaurant and bar only open at 5pm, you’ll be greeted by candles, as the restaurant follows the same no electricity policy as the rest of the hotel. Now, I’d recommend you arrive pretty sharp if you want to make the most of the sunlight, the view, and bag yourselves the best seats in the house…
Recline on the nets which hang out from the front of the bar, over the tops of the villas and out onto the ocean beyond…
It’s definitely one of the coolest spots for a drink I’ve ever found! Sitting at a restaurant which is built on 12 metre stilts above the jungle and suspended on a net is an experience I won’t forget quickly!
But in case you’d like to be on firmer territory for your dinner or drinks, you can book a huge table to yourself, and watch the sunset from there. And in line with the hotel’s romantic experience, you can make your dinner table entirely private by asking for the blinds to be closed.
It’s not quite a high heel friendly bar, so embrace the barefoot luxury at Kin Toh just as much as you would at the beach!
Being in Mexico, I couldn’t resist the margaritas and proceeded to try my hand and all the various different flavours, with their burnt sugar, sweet and sour flavours and beautiful presentation.
While we’d pop up for drinks most nights, we only had a light dinner at the restaurant once. And so that night, as the sun set…
We headed to our dinner table for the evening, one of the gorgeous low seated round tables which had the view out onto the ocean.
We ordered a bottle of delicious, fresh and zingy Mexican wine to toast our evening at Kin Toh, and to our stay in this incredible hotel, and turned our eyes to the menu.
I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to hot days on the beach I really want a light, fresh dinner and nothing heavy. We opted for the fresh fruit ceviche, which I thought was a really fun, innovative dish.
I know it might sound simple, but ice cold blueberries, blackberries, strawberries all brought together with a sharp, zesty seasoning and sorbet was the perfect starter for a warm Mexican evening.
Bread, butter and olive oil are a staple for me, but I loved the way that Kin Toh presented something as simple as bread and butter!
Oils and balsamic vinegar presented in tiny little bottles for you to uncork and pour over the warm bread…
And rich, flavoursome butters, made (like the rest of the menu) with fresh, local ingredients which were incredibly flavoursome.
For mains, Andy ordered the fish of the day, cod, which was perfectly cooked, seasoned and even more beautifully presented.
For my main I ordered the tuna tacos, served in blue corn tacos, with seared tuna and a small serving of guacamole.
With a little slice of lime at the bottom of the serving platter, which reminded me of the very treehouse we were sitting in, to add even more flavours to the mix, I couldn’t have ordered a better dish.
Every single element of this dish was flawlessly executed, and it all came together so perfectly. Even a couple of months down the line I can still taste them!
It was with very sad hearts that we left Azulik Tulum, the beautiful treehouses, the views, the food and cocktails and the even more special atmosphere. I definitely want to go back one day! But it was on to Mexico City for hot air balloon rides and more…
Carretera Tulum Ruinas Km 5, Zona Hotelera,
77780 Tulum, Quintana Roo