A successful blend between hippy, eco-chic, and family friendly, Ahau Tulum is a comfortable hotel with the friendliest staff. Nothing is a problem here, the atmosphere is is like you have always been a part of the family.
The beach day beds are comfortable and spaced well apart. Simple, ample food and tasty juices are on call from the open air restaurant. For the area, Ahau’s menu has a good range between comfort and healthy food, and is moderately priced. Above the restaurant there is a large mezzanine, bathed in beautiful filtered natural light, where the yoga classes are held.
The Hotel’s lobby, next to the restaurant is a social hub in Tulum, a mix of residents, expats, guests from other hotels – all charging their mobile devices, surfing the web and picking up conversation.
They also offer – and I took – kite surfing classes. Difficult, but rewarding! Mauricio is a great teacher and a real good guy.
We won’t delve into their penitent for towel sculpture – just enjoy!
Like its sister hotel in Tulum, Coqui Coqui Coba holds its’s own separate visual identity. While we were not lucky enough to stay here, we had a wonderful lunch and rest after our visit to the Coba Archeological City.
The meal was lovely, the coffee satisfying and the ambiance divine. The photos truly do it justice, Coqui Coqui Coba is a hotel to come if you need to truly escape from your world into another.
view to the organic vegetable garden from the restaurant
Located between Tulum and Chichen Itza, Coba is a very large archeological complex that spans over 80 km². Luckily, there are bicycle carriages easily hirable to scoot your around the vast area.
Built around two lagoons connect with series of elevated stone roads that reach up to 100 km (62 mi)! Coba was a teaming city that was abandoned when the Spanish conquered the peninsula – around 1550. Although some knowledge of the site remained, it was not until the 1920s that scholoraly exploration really began . The ongoing investigation of several large temple pyramids is active and viewable.
While it was never really a ‘lost’ city , Coba carries that feeling as it rises and dips through the jungle mists.
one of two ballgame courts
view from the top of the Ixmoja pyramid. Ixmoja is the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán peninsula
I wish I was at Uno Astro Lodge right now. This hippy paradise outpost, with the perfect beach and warm water lapping towards the palaces; with their organic beauty. We were escaping the horror of the Papaya Playa Project … and we just walked in and luckily for us there was a room available.
During our stay, there was an spiritual retreat at the hotel and part of their program was to build and play harps. This created a lovely soothing soundtrack as one walked the hotel grounds.
The astrolodge has no electricity, which what makes it great for a full disconnect. They are full on eco – with an organic vegetable garden, wind turbines to power the reception computer (only electrical area on the grounds). Also featured are composting toilets (much better that what it sounds like!) and – most importantly – hot water.
Aside from the majestic beach, comfortable rooms there is a viewing tower, which is a wonderful place to take in the rise and fall of sun or moon or stars. There is also a large gathering platform that is used for Yoga, meditation, dance, etc …
Uno Astrolodge harkens back to a time when Tulum was a real hide-a-away unknown to the New York masses; where one could go for a low-budget reconnect with the earth.
If going off the grid is the new luxury; then Uno Astrolodge is an easy 5 Stars!
On a quiet back street of downtown Tulum on February 2oth 2004 chef Claudia Perez Rivas, turn her house into a most delightful and charming restaurant, a destination
The complimentary tasting plate is alone a marvel, with Xicatic sauce, mini requeson and chile serrano quesadillas, pelliscadas, a miniature tostadatopped with beans and cheese, the best bread and queso fresco with betavel (beet) jam and a vegetarian tamale made with corn, butter and garlic – it is quite the experience.
Be sure to have a Topil soup and a Tamarind Margarita to round out the starters.
frozen tamarind margarita with chili tajin
The menu was authentic and varied to suit a variety of palates and is vegetarian friendly.
The Mexican zucchini, stuffed and baked with vegetables and chaya (wild spinach) over a bed of roasted tomatoe sauce and Stuffed poblano pepper with huithacoche (corn fungus) and red peanut mole are two standouts.
On our second visit a year later – same menu – we tried the same dishes plus the fish with huithacoche sauce. This combination was not as successful as the others; but overall it was a nice, if similar, experience.
Topil Soup like a Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Ixoxotic – fried tortilla, stuffed with cheese and covered with almond mole