Words / Daniela Aroche
Photos / Rhodri Jones
The pearl of the Yucutan peninsula – blessed by calm, turquoise seas, balmy breezes, fine, sandy beaches and framed by craggy volcanic outcrops and dense, emerald-green jungle – Tulum is an emerging luxury hub like no other, which has thankfully overcome the sargussus issue of 2015, with its waters back to clear and pristine condition, save for a few scarce and scattered patches.
Skip the main tumbleweed town of Tulum, and head straight to the jungle-fringed beach road of Boca Paila, which runs parallel to the coastline between the famed Mayan ruins and the national park of Sian Ka'an – it is here this burgeoning boho-chic destination blooms to life.
Dotted with kitsch coffee shops (Tunich – en route to the archaeological site is one of the best for fresh pressed juices, smoothies and rich Oaxacan coffee), charming designer boutiques, posh hotels, zen spas, and romantic, jungle-set restaurants draped in fairy lights – this strip is an oasis which strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated luxury and beach-chic, feels like a fantasy island getaway and plays host to an eclectic mix of hip, young locals, sophisticated travellers of all ages (mostly from New York and L.A) and wealthy families on holiday.