WG TRAVEL DIARY: TULUM WITH ASHLEY KLASSEN
The beaches of the Mayan Riviera are some of the most beautiful in the world. When I first visited Tulum 10 years ago, it was just an up and coming yet “hip” destination that attracted experienced travelers from all over the world. It was quiet, and people camped on the beach because there were only a few boutique hotels.
Now Tulum is an international hot spot for all those seeking white sand and laid back vibes while living an upscale bohemian lifestyle. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort encapsulates the spirit of beach life in Tulum. It has a peaceful atmosphere, minimal and comfortable rooms, open air public spaces for yoga, working out, eating, pool hanging, dining, enjoying a bonfire or a mid day hammock hang, and more.
All photos courtesy of Ashley Klassen
Whether you’re in Tulum for a Yoga Retreat or a romantic getaway, looking to adventure along the Mayan Riviera, or you’re simply seeking an authentic spot to unplug from the rest of the world, being welcomed at Amansala amidst the mangroves and palms by the ocean is the place for a genuine Tulum experience.
The Mayan Riviera and state of Yucatan have some of the most beautiful natural attractions. I have a few travel tips so that you don’t miss out on any!
Rent a car Even if it’s just for a few days, you’ll love the flexibility. Tulum is around two hours from the main airport so save yourself the hassle of booking a ride and rent a car so you can see all the attractions close by. If you don’t want to go far, I’d highly suggest renting bikes which are available all along the touristy areas on Tulum Beach.
Day trip Must see's would be the ruins. There’s so many in the area but I'd say Coba, Tulum and Chichen Itza are the best. Take a drive to a quaint, European like town called Valladolid. It's pastel buildings and chic shops are so lovely! See Las Coloradas, an area with lakes turned pink by a high volume of salt deposits. Want to salsa dance and shop? Head to Playa del Carmen.
Go out to eat The town of Tulum has a few authentic Spanish spots where you can grab cheap tasty tacos, and boy is it worth it! I recommend checking out travel sites like Tripadvisor for best reviewed restaurants. My favourites: La Barracuda, a delicious traditional Mexican seafood resto.Try the coconut shrimp and seafood cocktails. The Kitchen Table, an upscale farm to table resto. Try the tamarind margarita, the huitlacoche quesadilla, and ahi tuna. Ziggy’s Beach Club also has great food, music, and lounge area.
Experience cenotes The infamous Tulum cenotes are so beautiful and literally everywhere. These underwater fresh rivers are like secret paradises! Some are more like caves, others like rivers, others like big pools in the middle of the jungle. The best ones to see are Dos Ojos and Gran Cenote, but I highly recommend going to the less touristy ones as well.
See a show While there’s so many entertainment options from clubs and live music from Cancun to Tulum, going into Playa del Carmen for the day and going out dancing, to a show at a club, or seeing Xcaret is fun too.
Have options, but don’t make plans Do your research beforehand on places you’d like to visit, but make your trip is spontaneous and that you go with your gut. You’re in paradise, and the simple pleasures are all that you need for an amazing experience.