October 29, 2018
Tulum has been on my bucket list for a few years now and when I was scheduled to go to Mexico for a work trip I wanted to take advantage of the weekend post-work and scoot on over to Tulum for a couple of days to see what all the hype was about!
Eddie joined me on this trip so I made sure we flew into Merida first (strictly so that he could understand my appreciation for sopa de lima!). Once we filled our bellies with delicious food, we hopped in our car and headed for Tulum where we arrived at our hotel, the Nomade, at around 11pm. Dark, but lit with tea lights on every pathway, this place already felt magical upon arrival.
We closed our black-out curtains, slipped into bed, and slept until 10am the next day! I haven’t slept that well in years. Opening the curtains to the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore and absolutely nothing else (when you live in LA, you really appreciate silence) was the best start to our trip.
Walking to breakfast we came across ‘yoga on the beach’ and I wished I had packed some leggings to participate.
Reformation dress (last seen here)
Bag (similar here)
Breakfast was the epitome of the bohemian Tulum that I was told about. We sat on our floor pillows and sipped the best coffee and freshly squeezed oj in preparation for a long day in the sun!
We headed straight to the beach after breakfast where we ended up spending the entirety of the day soaking up the sun (a little too much, I might add), drinking carajillos (my new favourite cocktail – so much so that we bought the liquor used for the cocktail at duty free in order to attempt recreating it back home!), and splashing in the Gulf of Mexico which was significantly warmer than our Californian Pacific ocean. It was the perfect first day in Tulum and I truthfully could’ve spent the whole weekend tucked away at our picturesque hotel being an antisocial lazy bum. Alas, we left the hotel and enjoyed exploring the rest of Tulum all weekend!
I got to try my first ever fresh coconut and I was instantly hooked! It was the ideal drink for staying hydrated during the hot summer day. I’ll admit, however, I wasn’t a fan of the meat… that might take some getting used to.
For dinner we headed to gitano where we enjoyed delicious cocktails and scrumptious food while waiting for our friends to arrive from Merida.
Sweet potato and mushroom tacos were delicious (especially with the ever-so-famous Mexican habanero sauce)!
Something I’ve seen online before but was never interested in trying was baked avocado. I always felt it was butchering a perfectly delicious raw fruit. Well, I was proven wrong with our baked avocado that had toasted almond slivers on top. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it!
Once our friends arrived, we spent the rest of the evening (read: until 1am) dancing. Unfortunately, Eddie and I are complete old folk and headed to bed about 3 hours earlier than the rest of the crew! After another full night’s rest, our day began with breakfast on the beach before heading to the local cenote for a swim!
The water was crystal clear and incredibly refreshing. Visiting cenotes has certainly been the highlight of my time in Mexico. I would definitely recommend going to one for anyone planning a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula!
The sun was setting on yet another beautiful day in paradise so we decided to get some more carajillos at the hotel restaurant in hopes of being able to stay up later than the previous night! (Spoiler: they didn’t work and we ended up heading to bed around 1am again. Ha. The life of almost thirty year olds.)
I’ll never get over these views.
Our food was delicious. If you don’t already know, I have a weak spot for truffles. Kin Toh had a truffle fettuccini that was to die for and better than anything I could ever attempt to describe here. The truffle flavour was full on – just the way I like it.
We also split a tomato risotto that was packed with so many flavourful veggies. With full bellies and happy hearts we meandered next door to our final destination of the night – The Papaya Playa Project Full Moon Party.
The Full Moon Party was a very small, tranquil music festival on the beach with everyone dressed in flowy linen pieces to keep and look cool! Again, Eddie and I, being the grandparents we’ve accepted we are, heading to bed around 1am and left the kiddos to enjoy the party until about 4am!
With our flight in the early afternoon, we decided to grab a quick bite in our boho hotel restaurant before soaking in the beach one last time. How handsome is this guy??
Tulum exceeded my expectations and, thankfully, kept the anticipated rain at bay for our weekend visit. It was a wonderful place filled with the sweetest expats from Venezuela, Argentina, and other countries too. The food was incredible, beaches were heavenly (even with the abundance of seaweed), and the tranquility of the ocean was the perfect escape and mental recharge that we needed before our work travel commenced.