26 Jul 2019

Sea turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya happens between the months of June and November. The local government and local non profit organizations take initiatives to protect the turtles and their nests in the Riviera Maya coasts.

Local police force guards the beaches day and night to protect them and along with several organizations encourage people to volunteer preventing poaching and the stealing of eggs for human consumption.

There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, six if them come to the beaches of Mexico for their nesting season. You might see female Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and the occasional leatherback turtle.

One single female turtle can lay up to 200 eggs at once. The eggs are laid safely on the sand inside a huge hole that turtles carve with their own fins, few meters away from the shore. Their eggs hatch 45 to 60 days later and the baby turtles come out of their shells and begin their amazing and dangerous journey towards the white crushing waves.

One amazing fact is that the grown female turtles always return to the same exact spot where they were born to lay their own eggs.

Here is all you need to know if you are vacationing during the turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya and are lucky enough to encounter one:

  • Do not attempt to touch the sea turtle or crowd her, watch from a 30 feet distance.
  • Do not disturb the turtles, they are doing an amazing effort to lay their eggs.
  • Remain quiet and keep still, any noise can scare the turtle and she may abort

the mission and drop all of her eggs in the sea, with no chance for their survival.

  • Do not shine any lights towards the turtles or baby turtles.
  • Don’t use flash photography on nesting sea turtles or baby turtles.
  • No smoking around them.
  • Keep the beaches and sea clean. No straws, plastic bags, beer cans or any other garbage floating in the ocean: these are all lethal to sea turtles and other marine life.
  • While snorkeling or diving watch sea turtles from a distance, do not swim towards them and do not touch them. Their bite is harmful.
  • Instead of using sunscreen, wear a t-shirt in order to not pollute the water and harm marine life.

Stay on the safe side, the sea turtle is protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb them, persecute or hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.

The Beach Tulum has a very wide stretch of beach, and sea turtles have been laying their eggs on their beach for many years. Up to now, July 2019 they have had 25 nests, with 3 of them already hatched. If you are lucky to stay there while baby turtles are born, please follow their front desk team’s directions: you will be told to turn off all lights and keep quiet, as babies are guided to the ocean by moonlight and any other source of light will not let them survive.

So if your trip coincides with the turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya, you have read all you need to know and can just enjoy this miracle of nature!

 

15 Jul 2019

Sargassum is a type of marine macroalgae that can grow several meters long, and provides an environment conducive to some marine organisms. It floats on huge mats in the ocean and does not have a specific trajectory indicating which beach or country it will arrive to, since it all depends on wind conditions and tides. It is said that sargassum comes from the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, between the east coast of Florida and Bermuda and affects the whole Caribbean.

In the last year, sargassum has been known to hit the coasts of the Riviera Maya, especially during the summer months. If your vacation coincides with the arrival of sargassum in Tulum, yes it will at times prevent you from enjoying the pristine turquoise waters and clean white sandy  beaches, but it will give you an opportunity to discover other fun and unique activities that Tulum has to offer.

So if you are wondering what to do when sargassum hits Tulum, here are a few ideas for you:

  1. Archaeological Sites: You can discover these Maya sacred cities, temples and ancient commercial routes, learn about their culture and be amazed by their profound knowledge in astronomy and mathematics while witnessing some of their ancient rituals that persist until these days. The most popular archaeological sites are Tulum, Cobá, Muyil and the legendary Chichen Itzá which is located in the neighbor state of Yucatan.
  1. Cenotes: These are Maya sinkholes enclaved in the jungle, where you can discover distinct flora and fauna such as iguanas and tiny blind fish that have adapted to this peculiar ecosystem. Most of the cenotes are located inside huge caverns decorated with an infinite number of stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. The water is usually cold and always pristine, as it comes from rainwater filtering slowly through the limestone surface. You can practice regular snorkeling or cave diving if you have the proper certification, or simply swim in fresh water in open air cenotes. Most of the cenotes are privately owned and require an entrance fee, which can include snorkeling gear.
  1. Spa and Wellness: Tulum has a wide range of Spas, almost every hotel has their own and they offer exotic and traditional therapies. Yoga lessons, Reiki sessions, body treatments or meditation classes, Tulum is the place to be at if you enjoy these relaxing activities. Some places offer an experience in a Temazcal, the Maya sweat lodge. It involves “copal” incense accompanied by chantings and Maya rituals from a “Xaman”, providing a true cleansing of the body and mind. It is an intense purification experience which gives you a unique opportunity to connect with yourself. Check out The Beach Tulum’s Naj Naay Spa menus
  1. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve: South of Tulum lies the magnificent Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. With 780,000 acres of mangroves it provides a habitat for a remarkably rich flora and a fauna. It has lush jungle, beaches, lagoons, canals, archaeological sites and a coral reef barrier. The diversity of life in Sian Ka’an is exceptional, it’s home for deer, turtles, iguanas, crocodiles, spider monkeys and over 300 bird species, as well as fantastic mammals such as Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot and Central American Tapir. Tulum provides plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness while being in constant contact with nature, without touching the beach.
  1. Activities: there are so many activities to do in and around Tulum that a one month stay wouldn’t be enough! You can snorkel on the reef, swim with turtles in Akumal bay, zipline in the jungle or, if you are scared of heights, explore the jungle on ATVs. Take a tour in Sian Ka’an for bird watching, or paddle board your way on Kaan Luum Lagoon. If you feel like a bit of activity with beautiful views, check out one of the many Golf Courses of the Riviera Maya, like the oceanside El Camaleon golf course, created by legendary Greg Norman with a stunning location in the jungle, mangroves and by the beach.

At night, if you are staying at The Beach Tulum, ask them to organize one of their signature poolside dinners – 6 course dinner menu paired with selected Mexican wines. During two and a half hours you’ll have the chance to live the Mexican culinary experience.

So if you were wondering what to do when sargassum hits Tulum? Here are our top 5 ideas.

 

28 Jun 2019

Tulum is a destination where culture plays a main role.

If you are interested in history, ancient civilizations, amazing archaeological sites and are also longing to enjoy a relaxing time among nature, you must choose your vacation in Tulum as a cultural getaway.

The Maya culture is alive. Hundreds of Maya communities are immersed in the jungle and have their own sustainable economies. Most of the hotel’s employees are Maya and they speak their own language.

The Maya are proud people, they practice their traditions and replicate ancient recipes and rituals that are also available for you to enjoy. Their culture is characterized by monumental architecture, complex astronomical and mathematical systems, hieroglyphic writing and iconography, as well excellency in observation astronomy that guided their sustainable agricultural system and calendar.

The most impressive Maya archeological site is “Tulum” which was built on a cliff situated directly in front of the sea and facing the rising sun. An unbelievable scenario for breathtaking pictures, where you can imagine how ordinary life might have been when the Maya culture was booming around the 6th century A. D. This is the only Maya archaeological site built on the ocean.

Just north of the city of Tulum is the tallest archaeological site, named Cobá, where you can climb the 120 step temple which was the center of the civilization.

The Muyil archaeological site is located approximately 9.3 miles south of Tulum. Muyil is part of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, with impressive structures and an amazing mangrove canal system that will lead you through one of the many ancient commercial paths.

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve starts where Tulum ends. It has dunes, lagoons, savannahs, beaches, and protected ecosystems where you can practice snorkeling, kayaking and bird watching, among other activities.

Sian Ka’an in the Mayan language, translates into “Where the sky is born”. No words can describe the beauty of this unique tropical ecosystem, you must experience it.

If you are looking for a contemporary twist on culture, you cannot miss IK LAB, Tulum’s top art gallery hosting artwork from artists from all over the world, directed by Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson in a magical treehouse setting.

These are only some of the reasons for choosing your vacation in Tulum as a cultural getaway.

21 Jun 2019

Tulum is the hidden gem of the Riviera Maya. It’s a natural destination for eco-conscious travelers that enjoy history, culture and nature, all in the same location.

Tulum is trendy, low key, chic and eclectic. It offers a mixture of colors, cultures, flavors and nationalities, all coexisting in harmony under one concept: a Mexican eco-friendly destination placed between the tropical jungle and the Caribbean Sea.

On the southern area of Tulum, you can find the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve with 780,000 acres of mangroves, lush jungle, endemic flora and fauna, beaches, lagoons, canals, archaeological sites and a coral barrier. It’s home for endemic fauna such as deer, turtles, iguanas and over 300 bird species.

Tulum provides plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness while being in constant contact with nature.

The Yucatan peninsula has around 6,000 cenotes (from the Mayan word “ts’ono’ot) which are natural fresh water holes located in the tropical jungle, surrounded by marvelous limestone caverns decorated with millions of stalagmites and stalactites. You will be amazed my the transparency of the water, its contrasting fresh temperature and the incredible emerald greens and turquoise blues reflected on their surface. Snorkeling and cave diving (if certified) are absolutely worth doing. You will be able to discover distinct fauna and flora (such as tiny blind fish) that have learned to live and adapt in this ecosystem.

The local government of Tulum, has been developing and approving plans for long-term solutions, while several hotels are making their own efforts to protect the environment. The Beach Tulum has managed to ban the use of single-use plastic in all rooms and amenities and are making their own efforts to preserve the ecosystem, by practicing recycling methods and helping reduce pollution and preserve this unique and trendy Mexican destination. They offer guests the free use of bikes to move around Tulum, combining a healthy lifestyle to less pollution.

Make sure you use eco-friendly sun block while going to the beach, diving, snorkeling or visiting the cenotes and keep the beaches free of plastic and cigarette butts. Hundreds of sea turtles come to nest in Tulum,  it is important that the beaches and ocean remain clean in order to preserve this beautiful species.

The cleanest beaches are not the ones that are cleaned constantly, but those which are preserved and taken care of by conscious locals and travelers. Let’s keep Tulum beautiful and clean.

 

31 May 2019

How many times do we allow the fast pace of life to drag us through it?

Do we stop often enough to feel ourselves, to listen to our body? Are we our own priority?

Even though taking yourself on a vacation trip to The Beach Tulum hotel is a gratifying and well deserved act of love, experiencing our body treatments at our NAJ NAAY SPA will complete the mission of your journey.

 

Here are five benefits of enjoying our NAJ NAAY SPA:

 

  1. Happiness. It has been proved that massage releases a hormone called Serotonin that enhances the body and mind’s “feel good” state. After you receive a spa service, your mind, body and soul will integrate in complete harmony.

 

  1. Better and deeper sleep. A visit to our NAJ NAAY SPA, will relax you during the day, causing you to sleep better at night. Massages and other spa treatments can push you into the ultimate state of relaxation and help you fall asleep faster.

 

Not only will you feel better during and after your spa treatment, you will also wake up feeling brighter, lighter, healthier and rejuvenated.

 

  1. Detoxification. Spa treatments help by detoxifying harmful substances from the body. Certain therapies, juices, aromas and ingredients can help the cleansing of the colon and digestive tract. It can also boost your immune system. Spa treatments make your physique increase its resistance from infections and some other body issues.

 

  1. Radiant skin: Facial and rub down remedies detoxify the largest organ in the human body from old skin and bacteria. These treatments work by exfoliating and nourishing the skin while opening the pores, making your skin’s texture softer and with a glowing look.

 

  1. Stress buster: Stress can be physical or mental. Spa therapies, like massages, play a significant role in providing relief from physical and mental stress. Massages help relax your tired muscles and joints, they help improve blood circulation, aid in reducing physical pain and relax the mind.

 

Browse our Naj Naay Treatment Collection and our Packages, and stop by our NAJ NAAY SPA, where our professional and caring staff will recommend the best massage or treatment for you. If you have already booked your stay with us, you can email our concierge team and book in advance! Namaste.

10 Apr 2019

Ox Bel Ha (Maya for Three Paths of Water) located just south of Tulum, Mexico, was discovered as the largest underwater cave on the planet in 2018.

Robert Schmittner, a German national living and loving Mexico since 1998, found in Tulum the perfect place to practice his real passion: underwater cave diving. Schmittner, the GAM (Great Maya Aquifer Project) Director of exploration, had been looking for this connection for 14 years while adding new mapped tunnels and galleries to this water labyrinth.

On January 10th 2018, Schmittner along with a team of professional divers, finally found the connection between two of the most extensive flooded cavern systems on Earth: Sac Aktún (Maya for White Cave System) and Dos Ojos (Spanish for Two Eyes), both located in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, forming the world’s largest known flooded cave, with a length of 215 miles, proving that the two systems were actually one, discovering a Monster cave, the Mother of all underwater systems in the world.

Guillermo de Anda, a National Geographic explorer and director of the GAM describes the great importance of this amazing discovery: “This immense cave represents the most important submerged archaeological site in the world, since it has more than a hundred archaeological contexts, among which is evidence of the first settlers of America, as well as the extinct fauna and, of course, of the Maya culture”.

This area was dominated by Maya civilization before the Spanish conquest in the 16th Century. More than a 100 archaeological elements have been discovered. Perfectly preserved human remains were found as well as extinct fauna such as elephants, bears, tigers, ancient horses and giant sloth bears. Other artifacts like ceramics, jade beads, shells, stone tools and even Maya graves were also discovered.

Both above the ground and underground, this area boasts an exciting collection of natural fauna and flora; ranging from 103 species of mammals, 550 species of birds, 182 species of reptiles and amphibians (of which 14% are endemic), 800 plant species, 112 species of orchids and 38 stygobitic species (underwater invertebrates) of which 36 are crustacean and two are fish.

According to the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey, only on the North of this State, there are 358 underwater caves, which represent a sweet underwater system of approximately 869 miles long.

GAM now intends to connect Sac Aktún with three other underwater cave systems that are all in close proximity to each other in the area, hoping that all these discoveries and effort, will be preserved, protected and valued.

If you are interested in learning more about updates on significant surveys and exploration news, you can visit this website:

Quintana Roo’s Speleological Survey http://caves.org/project/qrss/qrlong.htm

25 Mar 2019

If you are looking for the best hotel in Mexico, in Tulum Riviera Maya, located right on the beach, you will find it at the popular destination of Tulum.

 

The Beach Tulum is an adult-only, luxury boutique hotel in Mexico, defined by one of their guests as “understated luxury”. The hotel has mastered the art of combining a classy and laid back atmosphere, while offering luxury and privacy at the same time.

 

The Beach Tulum hotel is chosen mostly by couples desiring to escape from the fast speed of life, looking to get away from their hectic routine and to reconnect with themselves and nature. This property is also considered as one of the best honeymoon hotels in Mexico, favorite among newlywed couples searching for a private and romantic location.

The Beach Tulum Hotel is also known for their spectacular Weddings, frequent marriage proposals, ceremonies of renewal of vows and anniversaries.

 

The Beach Tulum hotel offers 28 beach front rooms with eco-friendly amenities, all decorated in a sober, yet elegant Mexican style. The property is enclaved between the Caribbean ocean and the Mayan jungle, where the best service and personalized attention to all guests is guaranteed, from ordering flowers and champagne to the room, booking a couples massage, to offering personalized tours or catering to any special dietary requests from their restaurants.

You can choose from their Junior Suites, Deluxe rooms, or from the Rooftop category. Whatever your choice, they are all beachfront and have either a private plunge pool or a hot tub tub. Private beach area and beach beds are provided for all rooms.

 

The grounds are lush and tropical, creating an atmosphere of being in a private jungle. The pool emulates a lazy river, flowing from the lobby through the grounds, yet still private, with shady spots and palm trees over the deck chairs. The beach is breathtaking, it’s one of the best stretches in Tulum, dotted with beach beds with a perfect balance of trees and sun.

 

You will find two restaurants on their grounds, both offering a culinary experience that will awaken all of your senses.

 

-Ziggy’s: Located right on the beach, serving high quality Mexican fusion cuisine, creating innovative recipes prepared with organic local produce and the finest imported selections.

Be prepared to discover the alchemy behind the preparation of their delicious menu. Start with a tropical cocktail prepared at the beach bar. Try the Tuna nachos that combine Asian flavors and textures with a Mexican twist. You can also order ceviches, salads, their famous coconut shrimp or grilled burgers. There is no way you can go wrong with their menu, any dish you choose is guaranteed to be one of the best culinary experiences you will have. Open from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm.

 

-Fresco’s: A laid back restaurant offering fresh and healthy food, open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. During breakfast hours you can enjoy a variety of smoothies, fruit bowls, ciabatta salmon or an asparagus omelet, all accompanied by home made bread and jams. For lunch and dinner you can stop for tacos, salads, ceviches and delicious tostadas, always offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

 

In a secluded and peaceful area within the premises, you will find NAJ NAAY SPA, which offers all types of relaxing massages, from anti stress, deep tissue, prenatal, holistic, raindrops, to cranial reflexology and couples massage.

 

Every morning at 8:00 am you can join a complimentary relaxing yoga class under an amazing roof top palapa. You will be able to stretch and meditate surrounded by the sound of the ocean, with palm trees swaying in the breeze, the only music provided by tropical birds chirping and singing. This is definitely one of the best yoga spots in town.

 

The Beach Tulum hotel has something else that makes them unique: their staff. From the warm welcome at front desk with Barbara and her team, the unique drinks prepared at the lobby bar by Matias, the attentive waiters at the restaurants to the cleaning ladies that always pass by with a smile. You can truly feel they all love their job and are committed to provide their guests with the best experience ever.

Being a small hotel, the staff is able to know all of their guests by name and help them with any need they have. Many of their guests feel it is their home away from home. That is the main reason why 40% of the guests come back every year, usually staying for a week or two, and mostly visiting twice a year.

 

For all this, The Beach Tulum hotel, is one of the best luxury hotels in Mexico, Riviera Maya.

The Beach Tulum, a place where you can be yourself.

18 Feb 2019

The rainy season in Tulum lasts from June to October, with August and September being the rainiest, these two months have the best hotel and airplane rates throughout the year. Bear in mind that when it rains in the Mexican Caribbean, the storm usually passes by as quickly as it arrives, since the wind comes from the ocean and we don’t have any mountains.

If you happen to experience bad weather in Tulum, do not worry, there are still fascinating activities that you would probably miss if it was sunny outside.

Here are some suggestions on what to do if there is bad weather in Tulum.

 

SPA:  Tulum has an extense variety of spas, almost every hotel has their own where you can find all the traditional massages such as Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones etc. As well as exotic chocolate or wine body wraps that will awaken all your senses. Bad weather in Tulum could be the best excuse to pamper yourself without missing out on the sun.

 

TEMAZCAL: The Temazcal is a Mayan sweat lodge. A small group of people are welcomed into a dome shaped stone igloo, the small door is covered with large tree leaves and heavy blankets to keep the heat inside. Being completely in the dark, you will inhale the vapors of medicinal herbs and “copal” incense which allow a true cleansing of the body and mind, accompanied by chanting and Mayan rituals from a “Xaman”.  It is an intense purification ritual which gives you a unique experience to connect with yourself and nature.

 

MOVIE TIME: This is a must if you are having bad weather in Tulum. “Zine” is a private minimalistic, industrial, eco-chic, state of the art home movie theatre concept in the middle of the jungle, and it seats up to 12 guests. You can reserve online and purchase your gourmet lunch or dinner package to be enjoyed during the projection of the movie of your choice. https://zinetulum.com

 

CENOTES: These are Mayan sinkholes enclaved in the jungle, most of them are located inside huge caverns decorated with countless stalagtites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago where you can also discover distinct flora and fauna. The water is usually cold and always pristine, as it comes from rainwater filtering slowly through the lime stone surface.

 

You can snorkel or practice cavern diving if you have the proper certification. Most of the cenotes are privately owned and require an entrance fee, they also provide snorkeling gear for rent. Please take care of these marvelous gifts from nature, by not applying sunscreen or mosquito repellant before entering the water. Check with the hotel’s front desk for more information.

Enjoy Tulum in every kind of weather!

05 Feb 2019

If you’re looking for a fantastic beachfront restaurant in Tulum, Ziggy’s and its magical nights – and delicious dishes – are definitely one of the best options.

Ziggy’s Beach Club not only stays on top of the list of the most appreciated restaurants and beach clubs in Tulum, but charms its guest with its stunning beachfront location. The restaurant is open every day, from 7 AM to after dinner, set amidst palm trees and the crystal-blue ocean as the perfect backdrop. Guests can relax on sunbeds while the staff takes care of their every need in typical Mexican fashion; service and quality of ingredients are top notch.

Comfort is guaranteed in this amazing restaurant in Tulum, and the relaxing natural atmosphere is a definite plus that prompts guests to choose Ziggy’s Beach Club as the best option in the area. According to many customers, what is especially attractive about Ziggy’s Beach Club is the cool vibes exuded by the place and its excellent hospitality, service and food.

As one of the best restaurants in Tulum, Ziggy’s offers delicious dishes and recipes and pioneering cocktails from early morning to late evening. A perfect location to enjoy your breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks and dinner, especially if you love seafood and traditional (but also internationally renowned) drinks in a laidback atmosphere, enhanced by the always excellent service. Feet in the sand dining at its best.

According to Miguel Hidalgo, Ziggy’s chef, the place offers “Mexican cuisine recipes prepared with organic produce grown in the region, seafood from our sea, fresh lobster and meat from northern Mexico. Using fresh ingredients of the highest quality, our innovative techniques and creativity help us deliver an experience of Mexico’s true flavors.”

Breakfast includes delicious smoothies and juices, milkshakes, natural fruit waters and traditional dishes such as seasonal fruit plates, banana oatmeal, rancheros-style eggs, omelets, chia, cocoa and cardamom pudding, mushrooms burritos and so much more.

Choosing Ziggy’s at lunch will give you the chance to taste delicious guacamole, nachos, tacos del comal, aguachiles and ceviches but also burgers – declined in their omnivore, vegetarian and vegan options. And then fish fillets, organic salads, quinoa salads and so much more.

At dinner time, live music from local bands accompanies this fantastic restaurant in Tulum offers several different starters such as shrimp and chipotle mini sopes or jackfruit dumpling, tuna nachos, lionfish tiraditos, many varieties of salad, grilled seafood, meat and vegetables and different options for all kinds of customers.

Discover Ziggy’s. Experience the magic of one of the most appreciated restaurants in Tulum.

05 Feb 2019

Are you wondering where to find the freshest food in Tulum, Mexico? Hotel Cabanas Tulum is home to one of the most appreciated restaurants in the area: Fresco’s!

Fresco’s offers health food options that are easy on the eyes and created to balance your vitamin, protein and carb intake for the wellness for your body. The perfect recipes to enjoy while taking breaks from beach life, white beaches, huge palm trees and the bluest sea you can imagine.

The charm of the Caribbean territory is enhanced by a rich offer in terms of traditional Mexican food made using mainly local, organic ingredients.

At Fresco’s, customers enjoy the most delicious and colorful dishes:

  • Homemade bread with coconut flour, linseed and amaranth
  • Detox waters
  • Fruit bowls
  • Yogurts
  • Matcha pudding
  • Oats and French toasts
  • Pancakes
  • Fried eggs tostadas and asparagus omelets
  • Guacamole with tostones
  • Nopales
  • Sea scallops, shrimps, tunas
  • Tacos and tortillas
  • Salads of all kinds
  • Chevices

And these are just a few of the dishes you will find at the Hotel’s restaurant!

If you want to take a bite of Mexico’s most delicious food, Fresco’s is the place to go. Discover the freshest seafood & healthy food menu that meets the highest standards of quality and taste: natural yogurt, chia pudding & red fruits, parfait of quinoa and apple, yucca and banana pancakes, turkey breast sandwiches, cheese and blackberries toast. Our avocado and egg toast is one of our clients’ favorites!

And there’s more: a day on the beach can be demanding for the body, and you will need to stay hydrated. That’s why Fresco’s on the Beach guarantees the best drinks on the beach, tasty shots created by a fantastic mixology team. Order directly from your beach bed, sit back, relax and wait for the staff to bring you the yummiest cocktails, smoothies and fresh detox waters you have ever tasted.

Are you ready for an unforgettable vacation in Tulum including an authentic “taste” of Mexican tradition?