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.
How to Get There
Let me first start by saying if your looking for the same vacation experience you have always had, DO NOT ( stressing ) DO NOT come to Azulik in Tulum. From the second you enter you begin to sense the difference from the sounds of the jungle to the smells of the burning incense. You are greeted immediately and soon taken away by your very own Angel ( what they call the hard working staff of women who will assist you on everything you may need during your entire stay) to a private area, where you are instructed to stand, hold hands and become present with yourself or a loved one and to begin the journey that you wish to start ( Normally my first stop is the bar, lol, but this trip was something that was planned by my beautiful women and I wanted to participate and to experience everything together. ) At the conclusion of this ceremony we were escorted throughout the property ( truly one of a kind ) and then to our villa that was something you have only seen on other people’s instagram ( how we got here in the first place ) with a beautiful circle bed in the middle of the room covered with a massive white net draped from the Vaulted ceilings. Mirrors are covering most of the walls with a tub ( which was made out of a massive log, covered with mexican tile, along with a sink and a vanity area. We had an ocean facing villa on the top floor ( two floors ) so no one was above our room, which had two large opening doors that lead to the balcony were we spent a lot of time. It too had another massive ( about 9Ft ) tub along with a hanging bed/couch, a swing and multiple lounge chairs and table. This by far was were we spent a lot of time! ( Beginning of days, and end of days )
After getting settled we immediately went to the beach which is completely private and nestled in a nice cove. ( perfect for topless sunbathing or swimming , Guys please leave your bottoms on, no one including ladies want to see that at the beach FYI, ???? ) The staff at the beach makes sure you have anything you need from towels, chairs, beds, pillows, and of course food and drinks, which is located right there.
After an amazing beach day and retreating back to the villa for a little more relaxation (????) the sun begins to go down, and the staff at Azulik comes in to light all the candles that are placed throughout your space! ( that’s right no electricity in your villa, except for one outlet ) This is something that is done throughout the whole resort every night and truly makes what they are doing here special. Ladies, plan ahead because doing your hair and makeup by candlelight is not the easiest! ( Lmao I’m bald and a man so don’t have either problem )
There are three restaurants on this property with Kin toh being the most talked about, and well deserved. Like this whole place it’s an experience that needs to be had by the individual and no words or pictures can even begin to describe it.
Before coming here I had no idea how I was going to be able to first have no TV for a week ( that’s right no TV’s ????♂️ ) and no lights at night, ( except candlelight) and survive, lol. Let me tell you, we just didn’t survive. We thrived! Azulik the resort, along with the entire staff, from the managers, angels ( Elizabeth) servers, spa employees, beach employees( Roger ) housekeeping, and our tour guide ( NomaDan Dan Lukini ) made sure this was the vacation my girl had dreamed about having. We can not also forget all the different yoga instructors ( 8am every morning ) and to quote my buddy Forrest Gump, yoga instructors are like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get but each one brought a totally different experience to their craft and their teachings, Nameste!
So, if what you are looking for is an all inclusive foam party kinda vibe, this is definitely not your place, but if what you are looking for is truly that once in your life experience, come to Azulik, it’s so worth it. ✌️
Absolutely wonderful experience so far - Fernando and Vicente especially are absolute treasures!! Great vibes here. The welcome cleansing was pretty magical. I immediately felt better about being here!
Fernando and Vincente were super professional and extremely helpful. The place is awesome and very magical. Like going into a new world. The whole place is built like a giant jungle fort.Would definitely recommend!