For those of you lucky enough to be home from work today — thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King — grab your coffee mug and your throw blanket and get comfortable. For those of you in the office… well, I feel ya’, girl. Take a minute from your busy schedule and use this post as your brief escape from that ever pressing to-do list.
Today we’re talking about our 2017 escape plan.
I always find that even talking about travel is kind of an escape in itself. On quiet, date nights with my husband, talk inevitably turns to where our next adventure together will be. As we’ve added kids to the mix, travel (sans kiddos) has become more and more of a luxury that we really appreciate and look forward to. It also involves a lot more coordination and planning. Long gone are the days we could drop everything on a moment’s notice, book a trip on a Thursday and board a plane on a Friday.
Ah, to be young and free…
Over the years, as our family and obligations have grown and changed, one thing has remained constant: our love of travel and exploring new destinations. So, here’s our 2017 list: a beach, a glacier and a historical city. Hopefully, we’ll be able to add a few new stamps to our passports soon.
Let’s begin with the beach.
Things To Know Before You Go:
Tulum isn’t quite like anywhere else you’d typically vacation in Mexico. While it’s totally a luxury resort destination, it’s best described as “Eco-chic.” Bohemian is probably a good adjective, but the most high-style, visually bohemian you can imagine. Prepare yourself for limited wi-fi, AC and television. If you’re looking to unplug and unwind — this is for you. If you’re looking to party and document wild nights on Snapchat, this is probably not for you.
Similar to most places in Mexico, it is advised to avoid the tap water. Stick to filtered or bottled water to avoid any unfortunate run ins with Montezuma.
Both Pesos and Dollars work in Tulum, however, I’ve heard many places are CASH ONLY and don’t take credit cards. Sketchy Mexican ATMs are also not advised or the most reliable, so come prepared with enough cash to last you through your stay. Given the strength of the USD, I’d advise sticking to Pesos to get the most bang for your buck.
What To Pack:
Not much. No, seriously.
Tulum is extremely laid back day-to-night. It’s best to stick to lightweight, comfortable layers: swimsuits, coverups, gauzy dresses and tunics. Leave those high heels, heavy makeup and fancy accessories at home! You’ll want comfortable flats and flip flops to navigate the cobblestones, gravel and sand.
I’ve heard bug spray and a small flashlight are also a must. Many locations in Tulum shut down most electric powered lighting in the evenings and rely on lanterns and candlelight. How beautiful, right?
Obviously, I don’t need to remind you: bring extra sunscreen SPF 30 and UP!
Here is what’s going into my suitcase:
Where To Stay:
I’ve been researching Tulum for almost 2 years and have gotten great recommendations on hotel accommodations. Some of the best reviews and most recommended properties include:
I’m most obsessed with this property out of all of the Tulum options. The rooms looks absolutely divine, again in a rustic, eclectic way. I’m not going to lie, the food options at both their MACONDO restaurant and LA POPULAR beach front fish house might have swayed my decision as well!
If you’re a contemporary art lover this is your dream hotel! The owner has meticulously renovated and designed the property with an artist’s eye in mind. As an art specialist from NY, Lio Malca has curated shows for artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Malca’s personal collection of artwork can be found throughout the rooms of the beach front property.
Perhaps the most luxe and expensive of the the Tulum accommodation options (rooms start at $750 last I checked!), yet I can’t deny how absolutely gorgeous this place is! You must check out their website — the images are stunning.
What To Eat:
You’ll find this restaurant at the top of most lists when it comes to good food in Tulum. Be prepared to arrive at 3pm, leave your name with the hostess and patiently wait. It will be worth it.
A beautiful beachfront view comes with every meal at this open air restaurant. The menu is constantly changing, locally-driven and focused on fresh ingredients native to the region. The food is just as pretty to look at as the view. People rave about the brick oven baked pizzas!
If you’re to believe the reviews, some of the best fresh pasta of your life can be found on the beach in Mexico! Coincidentally, pasta and bikinis are not quite the best pairing but from what I hear, these carbs are totally worth it.
What do you think? Is this a place you could see yourself visiting?
Next week, I’ll be sharing destination #2 on my 2017 wanderlust list… and just a heads-up, you may want to ditch those beach sandals for some waterproof snow boots for that one!