This summer, it’s a breeze to find a getaway that’s far from the
norm thanks to a new breed of unique Mexican resorts that embrace
nature and unite visitors with the elements. EcoTulum Resorts
features a collection of three rustic properties and a traditional
holistic spa stretching along the white sands of Tulum in the Mayan
Holly Worton, co-owner of EcoTulum Resorts, says the company’s
success is based on variety. “Our properties represent different
options for people seeking extraordinary travel that brings them
back to nature,” she explained.
One of the brand’s lodging options, Zahra, recently unveiled
several new cabins in a private cove ringed by palm trees. All of
Zahra’s 22 thatched-roof villas and cabins are furnished with
hardwood floors, dreamy mosquito-net draped beds, tree trunk
bathtubs and handmade wood furnishings.
While its sister properties, Cabanas Copal and Azulik are
completely free of electricity, Zahra offers guests access to
simple electricity for ceiling fans and lighting until 10 p.m., in
addition to wireless internet in outside areas. An onsite
restaurant serves Mexican cuisine with a Mayan flair from 7 a.m. 11
p.m., and a neighboring restaurant at Cabanas Copal is just a five
minute walk away along sandy jungle paths. Room service and in-room
holistic therapies are available from the holistic Maya Spa.
With 15 villas, Azulik carries the concept of rustic luxury to
the max with lounge beds and hand carved wooden soaking tubs.
Encouraging total wellness, Cabanas Copal features 47 candlelit
cabanas hidden within the jungle on the shores of Tulum.
While most EcoTulum guests are couples, Worton noted that she
sees a solid family following at Zahra. “Families are also welcomed
at Copal,” she said. “Azulik is adults-only and definitely receives
a lot of honeymooners as well as couples seeking to reconnect with
their partners in a natural environment that heightens the senses.
Here, they’re free of distractions such as televisions and
Worton added that EcoTulum receives a healthy repeat business.
“We have one guest who visited Azulik five times last year,” she
said. “Some guests will make an annual visit, others will come two
to three times in a year.”
Those planning to visit this summer are in for a bonus with free
night options. “Summer is the low season in Tulum, but it´s an
excellent time to visit because the beaches and the local
attractions are really quiet,” Worton remarked.
From June 1 - July 14, Azulik guests receive the seventh night
free. Nightly rates for private villas are from $190. At
neighboring Cabanas Copal and Zahra, guests staying seven nights
between May 1 - July 14 pay for only five nights. Nightly rates are
from $50. Free night specials are not valid with any other