This laid-back beach town on Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a magnet for couples seeking solitude and romance amid wild, unspoiled beauty along the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean. The general vibe of the town might be low-key and rustic, and most hotels have no electricity and offer simple accommodations, but there’s also sophisticated cuisine, fantastic beaches (several are clothing optional), and opportunities galore to unwind and be pampered. Tulum has everything you need for a relaxed, back-to-nature honeymoon or romantic getaway. Take a look at these four hotels for sparking or rekindling the flame.
Ana y Jose is a sophisticated, Mediterranean-style resort particularly suited to spa-lovers and gourmand (the romantic terrace restaurant is very well-regarded) on an idyllic stretch of white-sand beach. It has a total of 30 suites and cottages situated by the pool, around the garden, and beachfront. The style is hip and streamlined, with whitewashed walls, travertine tiles, and accents of bright color, along with plenty of intimate nooks and lounging spots. The white-curtained cabana-style day beds around the pool are the perfect place to while away a flawless, sunshine-filled Caribbean afternoon.
Luxurious meets rustic in Azulik's villas, strung along a perfect arc of clothing-optional beachfront. Its 48 free-standing villas are situated right at the edge of the sand and connected via a charming wooden boardwalk through the jungle. Each is made of rough-hewn log frames, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows all around, large wooden decks with soaking tubs, day beds, and thick bamboo blinds that guests can shut for extra privacy. Taking a sunset soak in the outdoor tub, watching the stars come out and the candles begin to glow throughout the resort, is a surefire way to bring on the romance.
La Zebra's luxurious cabana-style accommodations are set on the quintessential postcard-perfect beach, complete with gleaming white sand and gently swaying palm trees. The gourmet Mexican restaurant is excellent, and the overall feel of the resort is young, active, and fun-loving. You'll have 16 room options, ranging from simple, lovely and spotless cabanas to a two-story luxury beachfront suite. The salsa lessons on the beach deck will get your Latin groove on for the La Zebra Sunday night salsa party, a promising way to get your romance on the front burner.
La Nueva Vida de Ramiro is a warm and friendly eco-resort with a South American flavor. Its 33 rooms are a mix of cabanas, bungalows, and suites set amid a lush jungle environment and strung along a stretch of sand that’s as flawless as all the others here. The decor is Caribbean in style, with bright colors and net-draped beds. All the rooms are within close proximity to the ocean. Dinner at the excellent Casa Banana Steakhouse starts thing off, with your meal cooked outside over an open grill. For a romantic evening, follow that up with a moonlit stroll along the sand searching for sea turtles who come here in droves to lay their eggs.