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I’ve been getting a number of requests from you all for an instagram roundup of all my posts from Tulum as well as numerous questions about where I stayed. If any of my Instagram’s caught your eye or if you’ve been curious about where something is from, simply scroll through the product slider under each photo. Good news is many of the items are currently on major sale thanks to the Shopbop Spring sale, so use code EVENT17 for up to 25% off! I’ve noted which items are on sale under each photo! 🙂
First and foremost, I want to mention that I did not receive compensation or media credit for staying at this hotel. It was a vacation my husband and I planned completely on my own. When I provide feedback on places I say I always give you my 100% honest opinion, but I think it’s important to note when I do not receive compensation so that you are aware. The hotel I stayed at was called Mi Amor Boutique Hotel. Boutique means just that. It was a relatively small hotel and only accommodated guests for up to 18 rooms. Drew and I usually choose to stay in boutique hotels because we feel they are move quaint, and generally provide a better experience for our age because it usually means the hotel is full of honeymooners or couples, rather than younger kids. We work a lot during the year so when we go on vacation we want to know that it will be quiet and relaxing, so that’s why we tend to sway towards boutique hotels.
The grounds of this hotel were absolutely stunning. There is a pool that runs throughout the center of the hotel and surrounds the bar and restaurant area. My biggest complaint about the hotel is that there is no physical beach for you to lay out on. When I go on vacation, one of my favorite things to do is sun bathe on the beach and listen to the ocean. However, the beach did provide cabana beds situated on the rocks alongside the ocean, so it made for an amazing view each day when laying out in the sun. Each of the hotel rooms are mini tiki huts with a room on the bottom and one on the second floor. We had a room by the ocean, but the extra markup in price wasn’t worth it because you get just as great a view when sitting on the cabana. I recommend you save here and spend more on drinks! Quick Tip: some rooms had plunge pools and I would say definitely don’t do that. I didn’t see one that made it private enough for the extra expense to make sense. IMO, swimming in the plunge pool right outside your back door would have been awkward because people are always walking by.
My favorite thing about the hotel were the food and drinks (if you couldn’t tell by the fact I had a drink in my hand for every photo!). We ate at the restaurant for every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between), and never tired of the menu. I think it’s also important to note that the food is very affordable. We spent $900 on food and drinks for the 5 days we were there between the both of us, and we splurged on everything we ate. Drinks, food, we never hold back. That’s only $90 a person per day for lots of drinks and endless food. Our daily order generally consisted of a large breakfast spread (included with your hotel stay), chips and guac mid-day, pasta for lunch, another appetizer or two and a seafood or meat meal at night with mannyyyy drinks in between. P.S. you must try the goat cheese pasta and the fruit bread at breakfast if you visit this hotel! So good! Last but not least, I am a spicy margarita and bloody mary connoisseur. It is literally all I drink. Let me say, I came for the spicy margs, but stayed for the bloody marys. They were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Many people asked if we ventured from the hotel, and due to our short stay, we made an executive decision to tour Tulum on one day when we visited the Mayan Ruins in Tulum. Drew isn’t a big fan of crowds, so I try to avoid planning super-touristy getaways while on vacation unless it is something I am dying to do. This happened to be one of those things, though it was exactly as I expected. I appreciate the history of the grounds but it was veryyyyyy hot! and crowded! I recommend you go early morning (like 8-9am) to avoid the large crowd of buses that unload right at 10am. Good news is it is a very easy trip from Mi Amor. Simply rent bikes at the hotel concierge and it’s a short 5-minute ride down the street.
So what is the big deal about traveling to Tulum!? Is it worth the hype!? If you follow a lot of bloggers on social media, you’ve probably seen that many of them have or are planning vacation getaways to Tulum. I saw the same thing, and immediately booked my flight to Tulum. I thought, there must be something special about this place if that is where everyone is taking a vacation. Though I had a wonderful, relaxing stay in Tulum, I will say that it was a lot of work to travel there for what we could have experienced from a short flight to the Caribbean. When traveling to Tulum, you either fly into the Cancun or Cozumel airport and then it is an hour and a half drive to Tulum. This wasn’t a very big deal on our way in, but we dreaded it traveling home. I will say that the entire trip was relatively affordable. The hotel was in the top tier of star-quality and still very reasonable, and the expense while staying at the hotel was minimal. That is a huge positive in my book, and probably another reason for the excitement of vacationing in Tulum.
Overall, our hotel was wonderful and we had a great time at the Mayan Ruins, but we definitely could have had a larger beach and the same blue water at one of the Caribbean Islands. In other words, I think the hype about Tulum is that everyone else is making hype about it. Keep in mind, it’s everything you would imagine and expect in a tropical getaway, but not sure it’s the spectacular, magical place many of you haven’t seen before. I will say, be very careful before you book your hotel stay. It is difficult to get electricity in the area so many hotels market themselves as the hotel without electricity, and though many people think this is cool (and green), but imagine brushing your teeth in candlelight. Personally, not my cup of tea. Though, if that’s your sort of thing then Tulum is absolutely the destination for you. Just thought I would provide some genuine insight of why I think more and more people are traveling to Tulum.
If you have any more questions about my stay, or need help in planning your trip to Tulum, feel free to leave me a comment in the section below the post. As always, you can e-mail me with any questions, too! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!