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
An off-the-grid stay in a treehouse villa at an eco-resort earning plenty of prestigous buzz
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.