We love seeing Tulum through different lenses, both literally and figuratively. It makes us so happy to share these two extraordinary pieces by Nicole Isaacs. Nicole has a unique talent and creative eye for capturing the true essence of a destination or experience. Enjoy!
ZORBA & MAHAYANA BEACH HOMES IN TULUM
WRITTEN BY NICOLE ISAACS
Back to Tulum exactly a year later! I was in Tulum January of 2019 & 2020, and I kept my exact itinerary and stayed at the same places both times. I split my time between sister properties Zorba & Mahayana Beach Homes in the heart of Tulum. They are luxury villas right on the beach in the center of the main strip in Tulum, yet it still feels quiet and remote. There are only a few homes at both Zorba and Mahayana which makes it feel way more private and intimate than most of the “trendy” boutique hotels in Tulum with tons of rooms. I usually stay 2-3 nights at each place- this trip I started off at Zorba for 2 nights, then moved to Mahayana for 2 nights.
I wrote about my past experience at both properties in my Tulum Guide blog post- you can see more info & pictures from my first stay HERE
There are different category villas that range between 2-4 bedrooms at both properties. One thing to keep in mind if you book-these are private homes and do not have most amenities that hotels do. Both Zorba and Mahayana have pools, but there is no restaurant or concierge on property. Your villa gets cleaned daily, and there are kitchens to cook and store food but you have to go grocery shopping and buy your own food beforehand if you want to eat on property. They do offer a private chef as an option you can book throughout your stay. I usually stop at the grocery store on the way and stock up on breakfast essentials and snacks, and usually like to eat out the rest of the time which I love to do in Tulum anyway- there are lots of great restaurant options.
MY TULUM GUIDE
WRITTEN BY NICOLE ISAACS
I just got back from Tulum, and already getting so many questions on recommendations on what to do there, where to go and obviously where to eat.
I thought I’d share my favorite spots with you guys.
I highly suggest renting a car when arriving in Cancun. You can rent a car for super cheap, and it gives you the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want on your own time and not have to rely on finding taxi’s everywhere you go. Tulum is a 1.5-hour drive from the Cancun airport and it’s a straight shot on the highway basically. It’s an easy drive.
Tip: Check to see if your credit card provides rental car insurance benefits. You can decline their insurance and use your CC’s- I would print a copy of the insurance terms your CC offers and give to them in a hard copy form. A good way to save money, and most of the time you can get crazy cheap deals at any rental car company at the Cancun airport.
THE REAL SHIT
Before getting into the fun stuff and everything I love about Tulum you guys know I’m always honest in these posts lol. I do want to address a few issues I’ve had there so you guys know beforehand.
-Be careful when getting gas at a gas station- the workers pump the gas for you and they tried to scam me twice. The first time they said the credit card machines were broken so they could get cash under the table. We told them we had no cash and sat there until they said the machine “miraculously” worked again when they lost hope. Another time they went inside the gas station with my credit card and came out and gave me an identical card with someone else’s name. I didn’t bother to check the name on the card and 30 min later I got fraud text from my credit card company that whoever had my card tried to buy $700 of groceries on it in Mexico. Make sure you keep an eye on them while they fill up your tank.
-Also with rental cars, be careful because the police might pull you over because they know it’s a rental and you are a tourist. I had a bribe situation last time where I got pulled over for no reason and they wouldn’t let me go until I paid them under the table. (I got this all on video but hesitant to release the footage haha).
Now for the fun stuff! KEEP READING