AZULIK TULUM: GO BACK TO NATURE
Our soul needs nurturing; the habitual fundamentals of every-day life can easily become heavy baggage. So it’s only natural that every once and awhile we feel compelled to leave the noise of the modern world and reunite with nature. I was in desperate need of this when I happened across the Azulik Hotel.
The Azuilik markets itself as this funky, bohemian, ecofriendly nature retreat, which is exactly what I was craving.
If you check its website, www.azulik.com , you’ll see all this dreamy imagery. Thatch roof huts, natural wood construction, electric blue ocean contrasting against dense jungle vegetation, white beach, hammocks and these lovely swings facing the sea.
It is located just outside of Tulum, México, two hours south of Cancun, so you will need a transportation to get there. Whether it’s a private car service, taxi or bus is up to you. I wasn’t in the mood for a bus so private car it was.
So I want you to think about finding a treasure trove: it gets better and better the more you find!, Right!? Well, that’s what getting to Azulik is like. It has a modest entrance made of intricately woven wood sticks, from where you can’t see much of the hotel. It’s nothing pompous, but beautiful enough to entice you to go deeper. It’s a real life Jumanji. I immediately knew I was somewhere special.
I checked in with the most attentive and sweet people from Tulum. They even assigned me an “angel”, a person who’s mission is to make sure that you have a friendly introduction to the Hotel. He kindly gave me a tour of the property and educate me on the hotel’s attitude. As we toured the song Hakuna Matata kept playing in my head. He then delivered me to my beautiful “Sky Villa”. On one side of me was nothing but ocean and the other, jungle dotted with all these thatch hut roofs poking up from the foliage. It reminded me of a lost Mayan village.
Once I settled in I could sense something was different. Instead of using all my energy to make it through the day I was charging, reenergizing. The feel of the place is so serene and secluded it not only you let the craziness of the world go but the world releases you as well.
Let me reflect a little here for those of you who might be wondering what I am talking about. Azulik is an: “off-the grid” Eco-resort with no electricity no TV, no WiFi, etc. You’re there to embrace the environment. Some of you might struggle with that, but this is why you go, this is what is so special about Azulik.
If you can’t remove yourself from all of it then this probably isn’t the place for you, but if you can you are going to have the opportunity to reconnect with your self by enjoying introspective thoughts, listening to nature, taking in incredible night skies, and perhaps some unadulterated time with someone you love, specially at night when candles are lit at the villas and romanticism knocks at the doors. It’s all there for you if you let it happen.
My Sky Villa was a dream. I mean who didn’t wish for the coolest Tree House as a child? It’s An open-air, genuine tree house with a 180 degree view of turquoise Maya Rivera coastline. It even has a balcony porch swing where I took several catnaps, admired the almost unreal crystal clear water, and gazed upon the countless stars illuminating the night sky. There’s also a little pool, more like a big mosaic bathtub, just off the balcony where you can relax and drift away the hours in the afternoon sun. There is no air-conditioning so you are at the mercy of the weather, but the median temperature is around 27C or 80F so there is no need, especially since the offshore breeze refreshes the villa.
The bohemian theme that carries throughout the resort really heightens at the villas. My bed was round,comfortable,anddraped with mosquito netting; a touch I find quite exciting because each morning I would wake up feeling like a bohemian princess. Oh wait! I’m a bohemian princess!, LOL.
The Villas don’t have private showers. That probably is the only thing I would add, in case that you are sharing it with someone who isn’t your main squeeze, however each room has a beautiful mosaic bath tub that did the trick.
There is no music or TV, so I tuned in to my inner child and sang to liven up my experience. Don’t laugh but the Lion King’s Hakuna Matata still hasn’t left me.
Outside of my Villa everything is equally fascinating! At times I felt like I woke up shipwrecked in Johann Wyss’s book “The Swiss Family Robinson, except there was a beach bar with passion fruit mojitos and a Mayan Spa. Were those in the book? The spa is the hotel’s sanctuary. It’s all out in the open, except for the steam bath, which is in a funky spherical structure they call the “Mayan Sweat Lodge,” so once again you’re in that theme of being connected to nature.
Azulik also has beautiful private beach where clothing is optional. And something I find fabulous is the fact that they consent relationships of all kind because all that matters is love and the communion with nature.
If you are looking for a real vacation, meaning stress-free disconnected time, I encongare you to try Azulik. This is a hotel everyone should experience at least once. It has as much to do with what you want to experience as well as what you want to let go, and by all means, bring someone you love. I can’t wait to visit again!
PHOTO CREDIT: In this adventure I spent some awesome time with a good old friend, FueTT , a talking cardboard box who likes to travel, make friends, enjoy life and take photos!
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