From the moment you step away from Tulum’s bustling beach road into the leafy paradise that is La Valise, calm pervades. This is a quiet retreat from the world, it’s beautiful – strike that – it’s stunning, with traditional palapa-style roofs rising out of an oasis of green, and local handcrafted furniture and objet d’arts adding stylish finishing touches to the hotel environs.
From the wafts of Copal incense scenting the air to the beach-side view of the sun setting over the sea, this is a place for the well-travelled who like their R&R perfectly attuned to nature’s rhythms.
La Valise, Tulum, Mexico review
ROOMS & FACILITIES
Putting the B firmly in boutique, La Valise boasts eleven stunningly curated and rustic feel rooms. A romantic four poster bed filters morning light through vast swathes of muslin and an outdoor shower delivers a taste of Island Paradise.
All the products are natural and in refillable bottles and whilst all the mod cons (air conditioning and wifi) are on offer, there’s no white noise – just the breeze and the ocean. The jewel in La Valise’s crown is their ocean view, master suite, where a magnificent king-sized bed can be rolled out onto the deck so you can languish under the stars or watch the sunrise and sunset. Honeymooner heaven.
FOOD & DRINK
Breakfast is included and can be taken on your veranda or at the beach front restaurant. Either way it’s a delicious, healthy feast. Smoothies, avocado on toast and fresh fruit are favourites and you leave the table neither hungry nor over-stuffed.
For dinner, you can literally step across the road to NÜ Tulum which has partnered with the hotel and offers a blend of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine, all made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. I adored the jungle setting, low light, great music, and the impressive offering of plant-based dishes.
A beach front massage was a high point for me, the therapist zoned in on areas of tension and diligently worked her magic, soothing and easing away any stress.
Yoga classes, cacao ceremonies and other spiritual pursuits are on offer for guests, but for my money simply languishing on the beach beds, watching the world (and the very classy hawkers selling their wares) go by, fully recharged my batteries.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
If you want to experience the nightlife on offer, simply step out onto the beach road and visit the plethora of bars, restaurants and clubs residing there. The shopping is extensive too – not cheap – but I walked away with a couple of new dresses and resisted some rather wonderful jewellery.
For a more cultural take on the area, you can head to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere (a short, day trip) or head to the local and famed Mayan ruins. I love the roadside stalls and the authentic Mexican treasures you find there.
If you’re seeking the perfect romantic break – honeymoon or just a love-in – look no further, or if you’re truly frazzled from the day-to-day, La Valise will have you restored to former glory in no time.
Go to lavalisetulum.com. Prices start at £350 per night.
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