Azulik Hotel & Maya Spa
What We Love
- A villa at an adults-only wellness retreat on the Caribbean, with breakfast and a spa treatmentSweating in Tulum’s first temazcal at the SpaFinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016-finalist spa
- Getting a partial or full view of the sea, plus an outdoor deck, in one of the treehouse villas
- Basking in the serenity and sunshine that made the hotel worthy of Washington Post and USA TODAY buzz
- Reconnecting with nature with a break from electricity at this relaxing eco-resort
What To Know
- This is a true eco-resort, there's no electricity, internet, or AC in the suites
- At night, the resort is lit by candles
- Beds are protected by mosquito netting
- There's a semi-private clothing optional beach, so don't be surprised if you see more than a few people wandering around in the nude
Can you think of any dreamier place to switch off and recharge than the shores of the Mexican Caribbean? If an off-the-grid stay at a wellness-minded eco-resort on a Tulum beach sounds like your idea of paradise, you’ll want to hightail it to Azulik Hotel & Spa Riviera Maya before the news on this gorgeous getaway spreads any farther than it already has. Profiled in the Washington Post, USA TODAY and Vogue Mexico, but still somewhat of a best-kept secret, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is a stunning collection of royal-ebony clifftop treehouse villas. No TVs, no phones and minimal electricity here – it’s just you and the sea views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and from the outdoor decks.
The dining program is worthy of praise, as well – there’s a café for organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners, while sushi and cocktails are on hand at the bar – but the real heart of the spa hotel is, of course, the spa. A SpaFinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016 finalist, it’s dedicated to helping you find your balance, offering medicinal baths; yoga classes; and a menu that includes coconut-bamboo massages and a Mayan-inspired rebirth ceremony. Relocate to the temazcal for a different rebirth-driven ritual, under a shaman guide, that incorporates herbal steam. A word of caution, though – once you’re feeling as good as newborn, you may not have an excuse to stay at Azulik forever.
Like most of the amenities at this beachfront stunner, accommodations are in a class of their own. Each is an elegant treehouse villa in Mexican royal ebony, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a daybed-appointed outdoor deck and a partial or full view of the Caribbean and the jungle. Please note that you will not have a TV, a phone or any more electricity than is necessary to charge your devices.
Amenities – Daybeds- Sitting area- Mosquito nets- Custom bath- King bed- Indoor tub- Outdoor hanging bed- Organic artisanal bath amenities
Azulik’s dining program comprises two eateries: a restaurant for organic meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a sushi spot. At the second, you can also order up a tropical cocktail – perfect for pairing with the surrounding tropical foliage.
Maya Spa is inspired by the namesake culture, offering medicinal baths and rebirth rituals that draw from Mayan techniques and traditions. There’s a temazcal here, where you can sweat and inhale the therapeutic steam of herbal tea on hot volcanic stones, while several of the more typical wellness offerings get an Azulik twist of their own – think coconut-bamboo massages and the Craniosacral Prehispanic Treatment. You may complement your spa treatment with a session of hatha or vinyasa yoga.
Just an hour south of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, Tulum is a relaxing tropical paradise that’s also rich in outdoorsy adventure. The small downtown features shops, restaurants and hotels, easily navigated by car or bike; the rock-lined white-sand beaches are some of the world’s most stunning, with crystal-clear waters and abundant wildlife. Explore the Tulum ruins, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (a World Heritage Site) and other nearby eco-parks and cenotes. Or simply relax – Azulik’s clothing-optional beach is the perfect place to lie down and listen to the lapping of the Caribbean.
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This hotel is beautiful in most every way. The beauty of it is where it deserves credit. Also, the staff were very nice and helped me in every way possible. Unfortunately it’s very expensive and has some major drawbacks. There is is no air conditioning in the rooms which is insane given the heat. The lack of cold air made it impossible to sleep properly and ultimately I got heat stroke. Also the lack of lights in the rooms is wildly inconvenient. The bathing situation is not easy as there is no shower and the water smells sulphuric as hell. Also, the water seems to pour in spurts of scolding hot and cold. The restaurants are good but expensive. Finally, the beach is good for sunbathing but swimming is not possible. The algae is literally everywhere. This seems to be the case along most of this coast. Don’t expect to snorkel here.
This is literally the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed. I went on vocation with 7 friends, we choose azulik because we didn’t want any surprises, but was exactly the opposite that happened. The place is beautiful and surrounded by nature and they have the philosophy of being in contact with the nature and not using clothes and they don’t have fresh water. The water you drink I’d 100% rain water and the water in the rooms and in the showers in the spa is from a dirty cenotti and salty. 5 days without proper water for shower.
The Japanese restaurant is just terrible. The hostess gave us an information that we asked about 5 times and she knowledge saying it was right. When we paid she completely changed and said something different.
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You believe in something and then they change all the time just to take advantage of you. In between of so many terrible things, the worst of all is that one of the girls saw a staff from the hotel touching himself beside my room watching me and my friend changing. They also stole an air por I got from my birthday that I didn’t even open the box from inside of my luggage. An extreme expensive hotel that supposed to be a dream became a terrible nightmare for me
And my friends. I’m sure any hotel around would be much better as it’s impossible to be worse than this. A beautiful place with terrible management and horrible atmosphere. We were on vocations but couldn’t wait to leave and go back home.
I came with a group of 10 girlfriends on Friday evening to have a unique experience. We didn't have reservation. However, Alejandra was so gracious, she offered us to take one of their nest to have drinks. THIS PLACE IS OUT OF THIS EARTH. It's the most unique, elegant and extraordinary looking place I've been to in Tulum. The food was outstanding, the staff was nice. You should not leave Tulum without seeing this. Thank you Alejandra for making my birthday so special and allowing us this unique experience.
Love the nest, the view, the ambience, the cellar, the food ... sometimes you don’t need too many words to explain about a good place
Fantastic place to enjoy fantastic sunset, el nido es increíble en la copa de los arboles
After seeing some of the reviews, it seems I am not alone. I drove for 90 minutes from Cancun to see what the buzz was about and was shocked. There is virtually no parking and any spot needs to have a private cash payoff. After waiting some time, we asked to enter the hotel to check out the place and were told no way. They directed you to their ridiculously overpriced boutique. After standing around for 30 minutes to get seated in the restaurant, the hostess declined to take me in on account I did not have a button down shirt and long dress slacks. Sorry I am on vacation in 100 degree weather. Total disaster of a place. Do not waste your time here. It is nothing but a transient fad that will soon vanish to nothing