Never one to compliment loosely and coming from a guy who has over 40 stamps in his passport from working with traveling photographers over the years, Andrew kept on telling me, Tulum is the best. It’s his favorite place - he had been there at times for as long as three weeks and over six times last year. Now that he’s been on his own schedule shooting independently, he wanted to take me to Mexico to see for myself. Well, if you insist.
Tulum went beyond my expectations, a glimmer of just how beautiful it is I am hoping shines through in the pictures I took. Only the first half, I am still sorting through all of the photos between two film cameras, my digital pocket travel camera and my iPhone. Though I have yet to wash some of the t-shirts I wore out there– I love the caught smell from the ocean especially mixed with the Rosas Frescas perfume I picked up from the Coqui Coqui perfumery. Andrew had brought me back Maderas oil and candles from his previous trips, so it was fun picking out my own and remembering the trip by these new scents. We didn't stay at Coqui, we stayed at a wonderful boutique hotel that Andrew’s friend in Tulum at Cocoshoot Production recommended to us. We definitely plan on staying in the same room again. I know there will be a next time.
In Tulum, rooms are cooled by fans and lit by few dim lights or candles at night. Luckily the room we stayed in was on the top floor of the cabana and directly on the oceanfront, so it had an incredible breeze that came through the large wraparound sliding screen doors that opened up into a balcony. With our room and bed (with a touch of colorful Otomi textiles on the plain white sheets) facing the sea, I loved waking up to the sun shining strong over the water and through the curtains. Every morning was an outdoor breakfast of local fruit with lime, yogurt, granola, fresh baked bread and homemade jam with butter. A couple of mornings we went for eggs, with it’s deep orange yolks indicative of its freshness. Everything was always so fresh. When I asked our very kind hotel waiter, Carlos, for coconut water, he said he would go up the tree and find a good coconut for me. One morning he and cook made macaroons for us from all the coconuts I ended up drinking (I was a little addicted). The clean attention to detail at our hotel, thoughtful amenities (a foot bath in front of each door, free bikes), family style staff and quiet intimacy from only having a small amount rooms was a big plus, it made our trip overall that much more enjoyable.
All photos above by me.
1. Through the palms. 2+3. At the Coqui Coqui perfumery shop. 4 What we picked out, Rosas Frescas and Tabaco. 5. Trees outside our window. 6+7. In our room. 8. Dinner at El Tabano, all of the places we visited in Part II. 9. Souvenir at home, a baby Maderas candle. 10. Looking out through the screen door as the sun comes up.
11. Through the window. 12+13. The best room. 14. The room from below. 15. The hotel grounds. 16. Palapa beach umbrellas. 17. Breakfast! 18+19. Stairs to our room. 20+21. The view from our room. 22. Favorite beach scarf. 23. Miss this.