Travel Blogs from Tulum
We woke up to bright sunshine this morning. The evening was relatively quiet back at Copal, and we were finally able to get a good nights sleep as I had hoped. It must have been the merlot! We managed to make it to Yoga this morning, again huffing and puffing for 90 minutes. It was a pretty tough class again. Or was it the merlot. Hmm? After class …
MEXICO - JUNE 2014
After having an extreme revelation from my second vipassana of why I ever went travelling, which was to run away from myself and into another world. It was (no) coincidence that my next destination was the exact place that I ran to. Without any planning at all this is the way that it worked out. It was good to visit Mexico in person again after I had visited it so harshly in meditation. I went to Tulum and can't say I had the best time.
... That ride would have cost us at least $60 to $80 in a cab in Toronto. Sweet! The cab driver had awesome music and Sabrina was dancing in the front seat (and I was singing in the back seat) to Michael Jackson and The Bee Gees and Abba, accompanied by the driver who was enjoying the music AND the show! Funnest cab ride of my life.
Back at the resort we eat lunch, and I start feeling really hot. Sabrina looks at my neck, and I am red as a ...
... they mounted a cartoon picture of one in a completely random place to cover up something I do not want to know!
So once we were all checked in and showered under a little spurt that was reminiscent of a little boy having a wee wee, went for some food with some of the Australian Gap Yahhhh’s but can’t say was particularly fussed about joining them for a godawful night in Cancun(t). Instead returned to our lovely rooftop paradise view of a crane, where some ...
... bus rumbles into action and we are off only 5:05 hours late! Mexican visitor fee: All smooth on the bus trip until the Mexican border where the dodgy immigration cops are pocketing non-immigrant fees and not supplying receipts. We read loads into this 'exiting tax'. It's not a tax but a set fee for all visitors, just the same as a visa fee for many SE Asia countries. Many blogs and lonely planet have info on it, but it's still very washy-washy as to the finer ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zahra Tulum
Our room in Zahra was nice, however there were speakers hanging from a couple palm trees playing music 24 hours a day. The volume was not blaring, but the proximity of our room to the speaker prevented me from getting any sleep.
Stayed at a beachfront cabana for three nights last week. The beaches were amazing - great sunrises and sunsets. At night the sky was amazing with tons of stars. The cabanas were nice, clean, comfortable and very rustic. Didn't miss not having a phone, television, computer, cell service or for that matter power in the evenings. It was a wonderful separation of civilization and wonderfully romantic. Only negative is that you don't have a lot of privacy as all the walls are windows and they only have burlap as curtains. However, the nice thing about this place is that you can also use the facilities at Azulik and Copal. This is definitely the place to stay - a lot more privacy and the beach is spectacular. The staff was very nice and the spa services were very good. One of the best massages we've had was at the Maya Spa. We are planning a return trip soon. This was the most relaxing vacation we've ever taken.
Biggest plus is the beach, which is a fairly private cove (100 meters wide) tucked between two rock outcroppings. Shared only with 1 or two other small hotels, so it was always quiet and tranquil.
After staying a few nights in Cancun and another place in Tulum (near the ruins), it was a pleasant surprise. I only stayed one night, but would come back for more. Falling asleep hearing the crash of the of to waves on the nearby beach was so great.
Thanks to the reviews of some of the folks on tripadvisor I thought Zahra was the perfect place to experience the Mayan Riviera.
I stayed at Zahra's based on the review and the website. Stayed in a Tunich, which was simple as advertised. I was only frustrated with the placement of the hut, facing a passage way next to the street. To their credit they upgraded me at no extra charge. The food in the resturant was fine, although a little expensive. I was not wowed by the experience.
We arrived at Zahra late one evening via the public bus from Cancun Airport. Taking the bus is SO EASY and relaxing and SO MUCH cheaper than the expensive transfer. So anyways, not really expecting too much, we arrived at Zahra and were immediately shown to our freestanding beachfront cabana by a very courteous staff member. Our jaws dropped when we laid eyes on our charming little "rustic-modern" cabana with a private patio facing the most gorgeous little cove imaginable. At $75 a night, this place is a steal. We were maybe 100 feet from the water's edge. The cabana was simple yet elegant... the perfect little love shack. We had 2 king size beds covered by mosquito netting and a cute little bathroom with an open shower (very little water pressure). A strong ocean breeze blew in thru the screen window at night to keep us cool and the ceiling fan was a nice touch.
We spent the first week of June in Tulum and stayed 7 nights at Zahra. My parent (in their 70's) had one of the Nohoch cabanas and a friend and I had the other. The cabanas were definitely rustic but we loved it. The view was gorgeous, the staff was friendly and helpful, and there's lots to do around Tulum. The cabanas contained 2 beds, a shelf, some wall hooks and not much else (well, my parents' cabana had an iguana, too). There was hot fresh water for the showers and nice fluffy towels. There is supposed to be a hammock on every porch but there weren't enough to go around. We had to complain a bit to get ours. The sunrise will wake you up in the mornings! The breeze sometimes gets a bit strong, but you need it to stay cool. The other hotels were quite close by (it doesn't look like it in the pictures but there's not a lot of privacy). But that meant several restaurants and bars were in walking distance. The bar was lively and the food great. This was the best place we ate. I don't recommend swimming off the beach except on the calmest days. Be sure you climb up on the rock by the beach--there's a wooden bathtub up there with an ocean view.
Living in Paradise
We have stayed 4 nights at Zahra & enjoyed it very much. The lovely 'nohoch'cabanas with seaview is very romantic.
Also staff is very friendly and food was very good.
Just came back from our Mexico vacation , we stayed at one of the beachfront cabanas at Hotel Zahra and we loved it. The staff were very nice and helpful, the cabanas were very clean, the beaches awesome, food was also very good, no problems or hassles. We will be back !!!!!!!