Monday, November 24, 2014

Retiro Maya | Tulum

Defined by thatched roofs, stucco walls, concrete terra cotta floors, bright hippy-chic curtains and bedspreads, the bed surrounded in a mosquito net; Retiro Maya was rustic and earthy and one of the most relaxing places I've ever stayed. We fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing, and woke up with the sun as it rose over the sea and streamed in through our double glass doors and bohemian orange curtains. Our raised patio, home to a hammock and two lounge chairs, was surrounded by lush vegetation and sandy pathways. 

Being here was also a little mysterious. I know I keep using that adjective to describe everything Tulum, but it was a constant for me. Retiro Maya is a small resort to begin with, and probably a quarter of the cabanas were empty. The common breakfast area was bustling around 8am, but generally Retiro was calm and quiet. Their awesome beach bar was never open. Neither was the open air yoga studio. I can attribute the mystery to an overall combination of the vast jungle that stretched out behind us, certain abandoned resorts and beachfront property nearby, the Mayan presence, the quiet spiritual ambiance, the dark road that we walked down at night with headlamps, the crazy storms that passed through...

This was such a cool vacation. Tulum is amazing. If you are traveling to Mexico, definitely consider this area of the Riviera Maya. Eco-friendly beachfront cabana accommodations are where it's at.

For additional details, read my review on trip advisor here


  1. Your vacation photos always make me want to jump on a plane immediately! I love that you post on Trip Advisor, we have started doing it more often for hotels because we really use the reviews when deciding to book!

  2. I'd love to stay in a beachfront cabana. Looks incredible!

  3. There are so many places I want to go, and I am definitely adding Tulum to that long list!