As a family we tend not to return to the same place. There’s a big wide world to explore and vacation time is precious. However, I confess we are about to visit Dreams Tulum Hotel, Mexico for the third time (eek!). The lure has proved too difficult to ignore and so we are going back. Here are 10 reasons why:
To choose to do nothing but watch pelicans fly past or read a book. To swim in the sea or the pool. To do as much or as little as we choose. No schedule, no timetable, no watches. 2 miles of beach and 44 acres of garden. Pure relaxation #Bliss
My daughters love the Explorers Club. They like making friends, they like the range of activities from beach camp outs to crafts, trampolining to talent shows. The club is open 9am to 10pm and we have had to wrestle our children out of there to spend time with us! Children can also have lunch and dinner with the club if they wish. We let our children go to the kids club dinner a couple of times as it means we can have a romantic meal for two!
I can’t claim credit for this hairstyle, the kids club nannies did it before they took the children out to dinner.
Iguanas, birds, fish that eat bananas out of your hands in the sea, pelicans flying past. Once an iguana jumped on my daughter’s sun lounger and stole a cookie from her. It could have been this culprit:
20 minutes from Dreams Tulum is Akumal Beach, where you can snorkel straight from the shore and see turtles, rays and lots of fish. When my children were little we would hire a snorkel guide and he would give them a tow, with them holding on to a rubber ring.
THINGS TO DO
There is plenty to do, although I choose to do very little! Sports, water games, foam parties and evening entertainment are available should you wish to join in. If you don’t want to, grab a hammock and a book and chill out.
The resort does not take reservations for its various restaurants, unless you are a large group, and there are no restrictions on where you dine. Our favourites are the Italian and the Seaside Grill but I can’t resist the guacamole from the Mexican Restaurant. We also love Coco’s, a colonial style coffee shop, for iced coffees and it’s also the place to get Baileys! I blame this hotel for my daughters’ partiality to a virgin mojito.
SPEND TIME TOGETHER
The bananas they are taking into the sea are to feed the fish! When I can tear my girls away from the Explorers Club we like to spend time at the pool together or go out for the day – there’s a lot to do in the area.
Many hotels on the Riviera Maya are huge with thousands of rooms. Dreams Tulum has just over 400 rooms. If you want 10 swimming pools and 20 bars, this isn’t the place for you. If you want a more relaxed, intimate and friendly resort in a beautiful location then it’s perfect.
The ruins of Tulum are a short taxi ride away. Famous for their picturesque location on a clifftop overlooking the sea, you can visit both ruins and beach easily from the hotel.
Tulum Beach is a wonderful soft sandy beach with boutique hotels, watersports and turquoise seas.
Xel-Ha is a a huge, natural aquarium and water park near the hotel. Zipwire, jump off cliffs, swing on ropes, go down a lazy river, snorkel, swim in cenotes, watch wildlife pass by, cycle through the jungle. It’s a fantastic day out and we love it. I haul myself away from the beach and pool and my kindle to spend a day there doing water based activities. I have never yet quite plucked up the courage to jump off the cliff of courage (5m high) – will this be the year?!
We return to Dreams Hotel, Tulum in May – bring it on! What’s your happy place you return to again and again?
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