Take me back to Tulum… We don’t tend to ever go back to the same place, even at the end of the most amazing of holidays, when those words, ‘I would so come back here’ are fired out of our mouths simultaneously, we somehow never seem to do so. I suppose at that point when planning holidays the bucket list kicks in and the want to be exploring somewhere new takes over. However, not this year and not in regard to Tulum. We first visited the laid back, bohemian paradise with friends a few years ago and instantly fell for the magic of the Yucatan. With crazy work schedules and the pining for some warmth in the midst of the British winter, it felt like the right place to be returning to. In order to provide slightly alternative foot prints to this trip we decided to go via New York City and finish the trip on Isla Holbox, Mexico. So lucky, I know. With the decision finally ( after much deliberation ) made, flights were booked.
After a very arduous journey, consisting of many delayed and cancelled flights from New York, we started to think maybe returning was not such a good idea. However, when we finally touched down, and the heat and warm wind of the Quintana Roo hit us, all was rectified. Arriving in the pitch black, (Tulum is off the grid so electricity is sparse in the evening ) after an hour and half drive from Cancun airport, our feet sank into the warm, soft sand of Casa Violetta, http://www.casavioletatulum.com/ At the first touch of sand on the feet, every part of your body breathes a sigh of relief. Yes, even magical in the dark.
Casa Viloleta is a serene, mellow ocean side sanctuary, a vision which opened in 2003. The eleven, thatched roof, rustic rooms have a hippie chic (big tick from me) slash jungle vibe, creating simple, white and elegant accommodation. Some palapas are finished with artwork painted externally with hammocks and little outside seating areas – Perfection!
Just a little note, I have had my eye on this place since our first visit, but due to it being peak season there was only the ‘Iris’ room left at the time of our stay. The website does state there can be noise from the generator in a couple of the rooms, and although the majority of time it didn’t bother us by the end it did start to drain on the peaceful side to our stay! Quickly we dropped our bags and sank into our white cotton beds in our perfect bohemian styled beach shack, and fell straight to sleep.
There is something so exciting about that first look in sunlight of your surroundings when you have arrived in the pitch black. Leaving Wes to sleep off his jet lag, I took my first little wonder around Casa Violeta. Sand and palm trees mark the paths, leading you to the beach front. Passing morning yoga in the pavilion, tropical birds introducing you to the day and the crashing sounds of the ocean, then that first sight of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. It is breathtaking. A little moment of pinching yourself, as once again you are in paradise.
After a breakfast of fresh juices, fruit, croissants, homemade jam, and the most friendliest member of staff you could have asked for , we literally walked the ten metre distance from the restaurant to our sun beds. It was a struggle! Sun beds are named after your room so you know exactly where to sun yourself. We spent the day reading, swimming, ordering the best berry smoothies and vats of Tototpas and Guac as we adjusted from the New York pace to ‘slow down you’re in paradise’ pace, it didn’t take long! The restaurant at Casa Violeta offers an excellent choice of fresh and local foods, and with the breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea, it’s a pretty special place to be. However if like us you are firmly rooted to your sun bed, staff will happily bring you whatever you would like from the kitchen straight to your sun bed. Gosh! It is a hard life.
One of the highlights of Tulum is everything is either along the beach side or Jungle side, with the hotels along the former. So long walks along the beach in either direction for a smoothie or cocktail, to check out the range of beach boltholes is very easy and a lovely way to burn off the guacamole, stopping off to cool down in the water, with hilarious wave jumping scenarios…The water is pretty strong! A little tip, when possibly looking at where to stay, the further south down the beach the clearer the water of seaweed, nicer if you are like me and are constantly seeking that famous transparent turquoise. Runners, kite surfers, kiddies, yogis and sun worshippers scattered the beaches but not at any point do you feel the beach is too busy or rammed. Just super mellow, chilled and full of colour. The constant caribbean wind blowing away those cobwebs, the sun melting our frozen English bones, totally bringing you back to life.
We spent our first few days relaxing into this vibe, with the odd yoga class (me) and some runs along the beach (Wes) I took Yoga at Ahau Tulum in their ocean front Yoga studio, another pinch yourself moment, trying to take in that view whilst in a downward dog! Yoga is offered in the majority of the hotels along the beach throughout the day. We did also frequent Ahau for drinks and dinner a few times, as they serve up some of the best fish tacos and margaritas in town – you have to counter act the yoga and runs somehow.
After a chilled out few days at Casa Violeta we up and packed our bags, a little sad to leave this mellow abode, but only to move the 500 or so yards up the beach to Coqui Coqui, so all was okay.
More Tulum tales coming soon…..
We flew with Virgin Atlantic. Casa Violeta was booked direct through their website http://www.casavioletatulum.com/