Mexico Blog #6: Playaakun Luxury Villa in Tulum
Our last home for our Mexican holiday was the Playaakun Eco Luxury Villa in Tulum. I had Tulum on my Pinterest board for a long long time, so going there was a must on this trip. Tulum is about 2-hour drive from Cancun, but since we had already travelled closer to it, we only had another 30-minutes to go by taxi.
Tulum is known for being a boho beach town full of authentic simple hotels and beach huts, in contrast to bustling Riviera Maya and Cancun with their all-inclusive resorts. I loved staying part of the time at an all-inclusive hotel, but my dream was to discover the real laid back vibe of Tulum still enjoying the comforts and luxuries such as a hot shower and a comfortable bed. So we decided to stay in a lovely beach villa in the very far end of Tulum beach. It’s actually already inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere (meaning 'Origin of the Sky’), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. So you’re in the middle of wild nature! It’s situated frontline of the Caribbean Sea, whilst having the tropical lagoon behind the house! What a setting! We were greeted by the manager Claudio and his lovely girlfriend who gave us a tour of this wonderful house, that was only finished in December 2017!
Playaakun Eco Luxury Villa features 5 en-suite bedrooms, 4 of which have uninterrupted sea views and direct access to the beach and decked area. We were lucky enough to have the villa all for ourselves for a few nights, since there wasn’t anyone else booked that time! The villa comes with a maid, gardener, private chef and a mixologist Eric, whose cocktails will blow your mind. Or if you’re not in the mood for a boozy drink, he will fetch a coconut straight from the villa’s garden! All the menus are personalised to your requirements before you arrive and once you are here the villa, the manager will arrange everything from snorkelling to SPA treatments and much more.
The grand entrance leads you into an enormous entertainment area with a wooden dining table, curved breakfast bar and open-plan kitchen; ideal for you to watch the chef perform some lovely Mexican dishes! The sunken sofa area has direct access to the large decking area with the infinity pool plus unspoiled views out to the beach and the Caribbean sea. There are many hammocks and numerous areas around the house for relaxing or enjoying a drink - so you won’t get bored. And what I also love it that at Playaakun Tulum Villa they try to be 100% sustainable and completely self-sufficient, achieving this by utilising energy from the sun and using their own natural water source - it's a zero-carbon property with all the modern comforts.
Playaakun is really something out of this world. Not only is it an amazing private luxurious estate in an unspoilt environment, but its location is ideal for secluded holiday, sitting on a pristine Caribbean beach surrounded by coconut palms and lush vegetation. It comes with a direct access to a private beach and the best part is the huge roof terrace, offering unlimited views and cool lounging areas. The villa is so beautiful and tropical - the only problem there is that you won’t want to leave..
Since it’s in the end of Tulum's long beach strip, you won’t get many people walking on the beach - you’ll probably see more animals and birds than humans! For example the sea turtles nesting area is right in front of Playaakun! But we didn’t witness their presence, as the season for it is in May. But there are Jaguars hunting for crabs on the beach around the villa at night, so you must respect the nature and make sure not to wander around the jungle there at night! In the morning, we were able to see the fresh Jaguar footsteps in the sand - I felt like I was on a luxury National Geographic exploration trip! When I look at my photos, I still can’t believe we experienced such beauty.. The ocean, the villa, the food & the people - everything was like a dream at Playaakun! And I have stayed in some of the most amazing hotels in the world, but nothing so far can beat Playaakun. There is another type of luxury that cannot be bought - and it lies here in Tulum - at Playaakun.
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