EcoTulum Is Anything But Ordinary

Ecoresort group offers summer booking specials

By: Dawna Robertson

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 Riviera.

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 telephones.”

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 offer.