Posted on January 25 2016
I am grateful that I've been able to spend time at many beach resorts all around the world. One of my absolute favorites is Tulum, Mexico. Located at the south eastern tip of Mexico about an hour from Cancun, this remote jungle meets the beach town is a Bohemian dream. Stylishly chic, this is a place to go to leave the hectic lifestyle of urban life far behind. Ladies, leave your heels at home. The only fancy footwear you'll want is cute flip-flops.
As the founder creator of a line of clothing (www.contessala.com), Tulum was an incredible place for a perfect photoshoot. You can't walk any of its beaches and not be overwhelmed by the backdrop of beautiful scenery.
Come prepared to enjoy fresh juices, amazing yoga classes, great music, crystal clear water, and opportunities to appreciate the best our evening universe has to offer.
My Hotel: Casa Magna
This former beach home of drug lord, Pablo Escobar, has been converted into a beautiful boutique hotel bordering both jungle and white sand Caribbean beach. The home's interior and exterior public spaces are filled with wonderful artwork, lounges and other furniture that framed every one of my editorial shots for Contessala.
I stayed in the main house which has nine master suits, each with beautiful big private terraces. Each morning yoga classes are offered in the Escobars' former living room .
Posada Margarita offers the best fresh Italian food in the city. On the beach, this chic, cute romantic restaurant offers great pasta and fish for lunch and dinner. An Instagram dream, I wanted to photograph ever doorway and every sign. It's always full. You'll need a reservation.
Ahau is a great place to have fresh açai bowls and fresh juices for breakfast.
Be Tulum hotel is a stylish boutique hotel that's fun for lunch or a snack with a great DJ. I loved the fish tacos and fresh ceviche.
Papaya playa hotel features a DJ spinning fantastic music daily. It's good for lunch, but If the moon is full, don't miss the party dancing to the music under the stars barefoot on the beach.
Bike rentals for $20/day are available, including at the papaya playa hotel Bike to s nearby true jungle town .
I recommend a little day trip to the grand Grand Cenote Tulum. Observe beautiful fish and turtles with the naked eye through the crystal clear water. It's about 15 minutes by cab from the center of Tulum and they're always cabs in front of the Cenote who can take you back. The entrance fee is about $10/person. Even if you don't need it, spring another $10 for snorkeling gear.
My secret tip
My friends and I decided to do a night swim in the warm crystal clear ocean water. It was magical to float in the sea, observe the star filled sky and express our gratitude to the universe for having brought us to this magical place.