Destination: Mexico: Tulum
Vibe: Designer, upscale, scene.
At a Glance: Banish visions of thatched-roof beach bungalows. Be Tulum is a member of Design Hotels and boldly features sleek interiors and minimalist chic.
Review: Visitors who like the idea of Tulum but cannot handle rustic rooms only have one option: Be Tulum, which offers air-conditioning and 24-hour electricity (not a given at most hotels in the area). Rooms and suites are for adults only and feature dark Brazilian wood detailing, large floor-to-ceiling windows, freestanding bathtubs, ceiling fans and select touches of color in the textiles used throughout. The sexy pool and lounge area would not look out of place in Miami or Los Angeles, with cool designer chairs and dramatic lighting at night. The rooftop bar is pure Mexico, though with expansive views and a laid-back ambience. The hotel is about a 10-minute drive to the town of Tulum. Children must be 12 years or older.
Vibe: Cool, sceny, laid-back.
At a Glance: In walking distance to La Zebra and many restaurants, Violeta is a central hub for many Tulum visitors who come for yoga in the morning and lunch at its lovely restaurant.
Review: If you choose the right room at this beach bungalow hotel, it can offer the perfect backdrop for a relaxed beachside holiday. Getting one of the suites that faces the nice stretch of white sand beach is key: Magnolia is the largest suite and is the closest cabana to the beach on all of Tulum’s beaches. It has glass windows so you can see the ocean from your bed. Jasmine is also beachfront and has an outdoor shower with a perfect view of the stars. For parents with a little one, book Rosa Nautica which has an additional bed in the room perfect for small children. Casa Violeta is just a two-minute walk on the beach to La Zebra, the best place for breakfast and brunch in the area.
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