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There are some places that — no matter how artsy or what kind of camera you have — just cannot be captured accurately. Azulik is like that.

Yes, that is an OUTDOOR BATHTUB.

When Marco, the front desk extraordinaire, first showed me my room, my mouth was agape. Then I was squealing. Was this my life?

Located on Boca Paila, Tulum’s beachfront road, Azulik is a hotel with entirely no electricity. Their focus is on nature, enjoying the surroundings, and it’s hard not to do just that when you’re there. (You can charge your phone at one plug in the room, at certain times of night, but otherwise you’re best bet is the front desk, where there’s plugs a plenty and the wifi is strongest.)

Azulik is simple — complimentary breakfast is served every morning, consisting of mostly pastries, toast and jams, fresh fruit, and plenty of coffee — but special. It truly is a place to go to feel removed from the world, any outside pressures, and just relax. I’ve experienced no other place quite like it.

Taking daily baths was one of the highlights of my stay. It really slowed me down and calmed me. I would return again tomorrow, if I could.

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Here’s my tips for your stay at Azulik:

  • Lots of reading material; little wifi means that it’s book time, and reading in bed via flashlight is so pioneer of you!
  • Keep an open mind. Azulik’s beach is clothing optional. Lots of German scrotum to upset you, or not. Bare it all or just enjoy, but leave the snark behind!
  • Rent a bike. Azulik is within a reasonable riding distance to the ruins.
  • Go to Mateo’s. Azulik is close to two great bars, one of which is Mateo’s. Their fish tacos are truly good, if a bit pricey. The chile margaritas are TO. DIE. FOR. Puro Corazon is beside Mateo’s, and both feature live music, both are laid back, with delicious food. There was something about Mateo’s that made me like it more, but both were great, and within walking distance to Azulik.
  • Go to Hartwood. It’s down Boca Paila, almost to the biosphere. We met two foodie friends at the front desk and they’d never heard of the place, so we invited them along. It turned out to be a dining experience to remember, and one of the best meals of our life. Everything is the freshest, and the waiters are superb eye candy.

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