There are many lodging options when staying in Tulum. You can stay in anything from a $30/night beach hut to an all-out, all-inclusive hotel. On our honeymoon, we chose a more upscale option: The Beach Tulum.
It’s an absolutely wonderful boutique hotel. It’s location is gorgeous. It’s right next to its sister lodging option: Cabanas Tulum. The beach is well-maintained, and the rooms are set back up a small incline, but still close enough that the ocean is at your doorstep. Because of our red-eye flight out of Pittsburgh and the time difference (they don’t observe Daylight Savings Time,) our schedule got a little bit off. We slept more than we had in years, but we woke up very early, which was perfect for Tulum and its breathtaking sunrises that we watched out of our hammock overlooking the beach.
Travel Tip: When telling your taxi driver your destination, just tell them “Ziggy Beach.” If you say, “The Beach Tulum,” or “Cabanas Tulum,” you will be greeted with, “Yes, the beach is very beautiful. All the hotels are on the beach. Which one do you want to go to?” or “Yes, there are many cabanas here in Tulum.” But everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say “Ziggy.”
We stayed in a Supreme room. It was phenomenal. Not only was the room spacious and well decorated in a minimalist, but modish way, but we had a roof-top patio with a bath. We spent many nights up there looking at the stars, awed by their multitude and moved by our own brevity. There was air conditioning at night, which made me so happy as I don’t feel comfortable sleeping with my doors open anywhere nonetheless in a location foreign to me. There was also 24 hour security. My husband stayed up late one night, sitting out on the roof-top patio, and said that on top of the security, he saw police driving by every so often on quads, all through the night.
Aside from the rooms, everything is open. One evening we were playing pool in the lobby, which had no doors. Tiny, green lizards we had seen throughout the day in the shrubbery started scurrying up the walls and onto the ceiling. At one point a bird came and joined us, and no one seemed to notice. Nature was a part of the hotel, not apart from it.
But the amenities in and of themselves weren’t even the best part; while there, we received the best customer service of our lives. The staff always seemed genuinely happy to see us. They were not only helpful, but quick to start up a conversation if we were interested. They made us feel welcome, like family, which is not something I can say of anywhere else we have stayed together.
Travel Tip: There is clean water available in the lobby via cooler. The water bottle they provide you with is a bit small for the hot, humid days; bring your own reusable bottle and you’ll have to make fewer trips to the lobby.
Ziggy’s Restaurant is my favorite place to eat. Ever. Anywhere. The prices aren’t dirt cheap, but it’s by far the best value for your money I’ve ever seen. It’s right on the beach, and you have 3 options for where to dine. You can dine further back on the beach near the bar under a tiki-like shelter, you can dine a bit closer to the beach under a slightly less protective shelter with a fantastic view of the slight surf, or you can eat feet from the tide.
Since we were staying at the hotel, we got a complimentary breakfast every morning. Not your typical choice of a cereal, day-old muffins, or DIY waffles like most places, but made fresh and hot local breakfast dishes. Lunch was our favorite as it ran late and the prices were amazing for the quality of the meals we had. I think we tried everything over the course of our stay and loved every bite.
At dinner, Ziggy’s turned into a place of fine dining. They really step up the ambiance with candle-lit tables and special events like tequila-tastings. Every year on our anniversary we go to a fancy restaurant, but when we tried our dinners we looked at each other and decided this was the best up-scale place we had ever eaten.
We didn’t even have shoes on.