For our one year wedding anniversary, Tyronne and I wanted to go away to some place special and tropical. When we vacation, we love going to places that we can lay out on the beach, order drinks and food and just relax for a few days. When Tyronne mentioned Tulum to me, I was so excited as I have seen so many people traveling there as of late. We wanted a quick getaway, and since Tulum is in the same time zone as Miami, and only an hour and 20-minute flight away (plus a one hour car ride), it was the perfect destination. Tulum definitely seemed like the perfect spot to celebrate our first year of marriage together, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
HOW TO GET TO TULUM
From Miami, we flew out of Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) on JetBlue and flew into Cancun International Airport (CUN). The flight only took 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is in the same time zone and Miami, which was great for us!
From CUN, I had scheduled a shuttle bus to take Tyronne and I to our hotel. I booked our shuttle through Expedia, which only cost $65 one way. The bus was a private shuttle and it took about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Tulum.
When you arrive at the airport, there are many different options of transportation for you to take. You can definitely select your transportation upon arrival, but I just wanted to have a set plan since I had never been to Mexico before.
WHERE WE STAYED
One of the best parts about our trip was staying at The Elements Boutique Hotel. The hotel itself was stunning, with greenery everywhere, modern décor and the more beautiful pool in the center of the hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted with the most beautiful welcome when we reached our room! The hotel had decorated our bed with rose petals and swam towels that were the perfect touch for us, as we were celebrating this milestone!
The room was extremely spacious with the most gorgeous décor! I want to décor my future home with the style of décor they have in this room! One of the most beautiful things about our room was the gorgeous balcony, which overlooked the pool area! An important aspect of our hotel is that it did have an AC unit, which was very important to us, as some hotels in Tulum do not have AC. And an added bonus was that each morning, breakfast was served from 8am-11:30am at the top of the hotel, which was a great way to start the day and see a view of the beautiful city!
The staff at the Elements were extremely helpful and accommodating! They would help us order taxi’s if we needed, help us select places to go for lunch and dinner and would help us with reservations each day. Although we didn’t do this, you can also rent bicycles with the hotel which I thought was a great option for those who wanted to ride around the city as the weather was beautiful!
PLACES TO EAT
Rosa Negra: For our first night out, we decided to go someplace special. The receptionist at The Elements recommended Rosa Negra to us, because it is one of the more romantic and “fancy” restaurants in Tulum. When we pulled up the restaurant, all you can see are the candlelit tables and the gorgeous wooden lights illuminating the restaurant and bar! Even if you are coming to just have drinks, Rosa Negra is a great spot to dine at in Tulum!
Mina: Our second night in Tulum, we dined at Mina, which was also a beautiful restaurant on the water. Again, our hotel recommended it to us, and when we arrived, we were seated immediately, we enjoyed some delicious appetizers and a huge meal, all while being able to take in the Tulum breeze. The restaurant keeps the doors open which leads to the ocean (in fact, you can dine outside as well), which was so lovely!
Kin–Toh at Azulik: Our last night in Tulum, we ate at Kin-Toh, which is the restaurant at the ever-famous Azulik hotel in Tulum. It has Mayan-Mexican avant-garde cuisine, and was absolutely delicious! Azulik is definitely the place to be while in Tulum. It is an adults only eco-resort, which mean’s that they do not have AC. What I loved most about Kin-Toh was the luxurious decor. You walk up wooden steps that resemble a glamorous treehouse, which leads you upstairs to the restaurant. Since we didn’t have reservations, we couldn’t seat in their special area, so we sat near the bar, which was nice as well. But I highly recommend making reservations, as the tables look like their own private tree house beds!
VISITING THE MAYAN RUINS
Even though we weren’t in Tulum for very long, I knew I wanted to go and visit some of the Mayan ruins that were close by. We took a taxi to the nearest area and went for a little tour of this beautiful, and historic area. It was a sunny day when we visited, and tickets were very easy to buy. Right when we got out of the taxi, there was a stand where tour guides give you a map of the area, and direct you to where you should go. They also advised us to buy water for the walk, as it was pretty hot out. There are little shops around this area, so we grabbed a bottle of water each, and proceeded to walk about 10 minutes down a path, before reaching the ruins.
*This post is in collaboration with Elements Boutique Hotel. All opinions are my own.*