To know Tulum is to know paradise. We know it sounds cliché, but the dazzling white-sand beaches, cerulean-blue coastline and sun-bleached ruins are truly an oasis. And whether you’re headed to Tulum for an escape or to relax, there’s no better route than to stay at a rustic and native inspired resort, which provides the best of the best within walking distance. Ready to go? We’ll hedge a bet that the Be Tulum resort is the right option for you.
At this resort, you’ll get to choose between ocean and jungle — in fact, the aptly named suites highlight both assets, offering guests luxurious enclaves from which to enjoy the natural wonders of Mexico. Choose your experience and find a room that will suit your needs, whether they be ocean views, an indoor hot tub, garden access, beach front views or a private pool. In all rooms, a cozy, wood-and-stone atmosphere, punctuated by fresh linens, yarn textured art pieces and leather-and-wooden furniture solidifies a cozy, luxurious and rustic vibe that’s only enhanced by the truly stunning views.
In addition to the stunning architecture, Be Tulum upholds a committed interest in furthering wellness, as is evident from their spa services. In fact, their Yäan Wellness Spa is “a healing sanctuary offering pre-hispanic indigenous treatments, energy healing modalities, herbal bath rituals, body treatments, cleanses and detox programs, as well as many more relaxing and enlivening spa rituals designed to cleanse body and spirit.” Be Tulum attests that the spa’s rooftop garden area grows both herbs and medicinal plants used in traditional energy treatments and tea elixirs.
But that’s not where the wellness bent stops. Be Tulum is home to four unique eateries, all with phenomenon dishes for plant-based and vegetarian options to choose from at: Maresias, 4 Fuegos, Ocumare and Beach Bar. The first is a “sea bar,” emphasizing the Mexican tradition of ceviches, oysters, salads and dips in a beautiful setting with reclaimed wooden tables and a floor that’s purely sand. 4 Fuegos brings the heat with its large, wood-burning grill and devotion to barbeque. Here, chefs honor time-old grilling traditions and the slow-cooking fire oven, making Coriander and Achiote Shrimp Tacos, Cajun Tempura Po’ Boys and Choripan. 4 Fuegos also serves up whole grilled fish and crustaceans like lobsters, right on the oceanfront. The Beach Bar is just that — a fabulously chic outpost located mere steps from the water’s edge and serving up your fruit favorites — as well as some mezcal-influenced mugs. With open kitchens, Be Tulum encourages visitors to stop by and watch the daily preparation of food, from the mundanity of chopping vegetables to the preparation of slow-cooked items on the outdoor grill. It’s an experience that will connect you to the food culture of the region and make you appreciate the deliciously displayed meal on your plate all the more.
Fine dining restaurant, OCUMARE, is a step above. Enter the restaurant through its lantern-lit staircase and you’ll see why immediately: delicate cocoons of straw outfitted with electric lights hang from the ceiling and rattan chairs encircle tables. Tall palms sway in the humid, mid-evening air, creating a shield and a fan for those sitting underneath the patterned wood pergola. As one of the first Michelin-starred restaurants in Tulum, Head Chef Mauricio Giovanini has created a menu inspired by his travels around the world featuring Indian, Moroccan, Argentinian and Spanish cuisine paired with the best seasonal and local produce. Named after a Cacao seed that transformed Mexican Cacao culture, OCUMARE hopes to do the same for Tulum’s cuisine and the impression it leaves on those who visit.
Examples of the deliciousness to follow include Cassava flour breads served with various dips, a host of marinated seafoods like Gigante Shrimp, Mediterranean Ceviche, offerings like Hog Snapper, Rack of Lamb and Grilled Octopus and dynamite desserts like a Crumble Cake or Plantain Sour Cream.
Check out Be Tulum’s website and menus and start planning your getaway, and for booking click here