On our last day in Tulum, we went to visit the infamous "Pablo Escobar Mansion" also known as Casa Malca - which is now a hotel. This place is literally a hidden gem. It's located pretty far down Tulum Beach and is very ducked off. So if you don't know about it beforehand, you probably won't hear much about it or see it. Pablo's mansion was abandoned after he died in '93. After being rediscovered in 2003, Lio Malca - a New York based contemporary art dealer bought the mansion and turned it into a luxury hotel then renamed - Casa Malca. Many places down Tulum Beach have signs with the names of the property but Casa Malca does not. Also, you can't just roll up in there and expect to be able to explore the property. You will get turned around. We learned this after our second attempt to get inside. We tried to visit the day before, but for some reason they were closed for the day. I was like nooooooo because of course I saw photos of the property before, and I had some ideas  in mind (because that's what I do all the time - lol.) Luckily, we got in the next day! The experience was so exclusive - before you can get inside, there will be a guard at the door to check if you are a guest. Since we were not staying at the hotel, we told him we had reservations for the restaurant and he opened the gates to let us inside. *sigh of relief*


This area normally has a big rug and couch but they took it down for maintenance and cleaning. I was bummed. (again) Since I can be "extra" when I want something, I asked when they were going to put out the couch and rug (that you can see is missing) he couldn't tell me a timeframe so I took photos anyway then headed to the restaurant. Life goes on. I also loved how the curtains were made from old wedding dresses!


Just as I thought - every part was so beautiful and the atmosphere was absolutely peaceful. We arrived pretty early (around 9:30am-ish) just in case there were other tourists. We were the only ones there except for the housekeepers and the person working the front desk. We walked around, checked out the mansion, then went to have breakfast at the restaurant "Philosophy" inside. There were only 3 other people having breakfast, then just Des and me after they left. I loved having the place to ourselves! That meant photo-op time of course.


Boy I sure do love a breakfast with a view. We sat on this gorgeous couch that I wish I could've taken home with me. (well, as for all of the interior decors) Our seating was right next to this open space that overlooked the Tulum Beach where you could hear the waves and feel the warm breeze. The restaurant was very rustic-chic, yet modern. The service was great, and the music was relatable - haha. We ordered pancakes and coffee with some kind of mouth-watering-delicious bread that I want more I certainly want to go back to Casa Malca when I visit Tulum again. Maybe stay there for a night or two to get a chance to explore the entire property since some were off-limits to non guests of the hotel. This place should absolutely be on your to-see list when you visit Tulum. 


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Ahhhh, Azulik Hotel Tulum. Let's see, do I even have the words to describe this place? It is literally a d r e a m. I have been wanting to visit Tulum for a while, and ever since we went to Cancun last year (for my my future brother & sister-in-law's wedding) I had Tulum on my next Mexico destination list. Tulum is a smaller town located on the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula - home of the most beautiful beaches, gorgeous natural cenotes, and of course the ancient Mayan Ruins. Tulum is approximately 90 minutes away from the Cancun International Airport which is the closest place to fly into. From there, you can arrange shuttle transportation with your hotel or rent a car and drive. 


We arrived to Tulum in the late afternoon around 3:30pm - and once we get to the entrance of the Azulik Eco Resort & Maya Spa, there was a hostess outside waiting to check our names on the list to verify that we were guests of the hotel. Talk about an exclusive experience. We then headed to the lobby where we were greeted warmly with smiles, and a "healthy welcome shot" for purity, and peace of mind. Not an alcoholic shot, but the "healthy shots" are strictly healthy ingredients that support anti-inflammatory; apple, ginger, cinnamon, strength; ginger, turmeric, lemon, digestion & cholesterol; pineapple, grapes, ginger, healthy liver; garlic, cayenne pepper, apple, ginger, wheatgrass, as well as other options for particular pains. I thought it was so amazing once the lady told us what it was that we were drinking, and what it was for. Basically, it's like a cleanse before entering the hotel. We got all checked in, and took a tour of the place with our "Azulik Angel" while our luggage was being delivered to our room. We got a full run-down of where everything was, the services that were offered; such as the spa, free yoga classes, and where the on-site restaurants were located. 

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The lobby was nicely shaded, relaxing, and of course had some of the most delicious fruit infused water to enjoy if you needed to go down to use the wifi for a little bit. Did I mention that there's no wifi at all? The resort is completely eco-friendly. No electricity, no showers, and no wifi. (yes, I said that again) You're probably thinking; how the heck do you survive then?! Well, we went to relax and enjoy the experience so we just took it for what it was, and got in tune with nature. I had already done my research before choosing to stay at Azulik, so I think it's safe to say that we came prepared. 


We got to our room and sure enough the sight is nothing short of amazing. Wooden floors, wooden ceiling, bamboo interiors, glass lanterns, and a bathtub made of gorgeous colorful tile. I think the bed was my favorite part because it was extremely roomy and quite comfortable...and dreamy. I loved the canopy attached because it prevented mosquitos from getting to us since we slept with the door open to listen to the waves crash against the shore in the early mornings. There are fans above the beds and that's probably the only type of air you will get besides the wind blowing from outside. It was pretty hot everywhere in Tulum and it seems like it couldn't be escaped. Nonetheless we enjoyed every bit of our Azulik experience and will be back.

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ROOM SERVICE PLEASE. Okay, this was the coolest room service process I've ever experienced. Reminding you I felt like we were Jane and Tarzan learning to survive and live in the jungle. To order room service, you write down what you'd like to order on a small piece of paper, you have to roll up that piece of paper and put it inside of this little ball (that has your room number on it) then drop your ball into a secret passage way outside your door. After your drop your ball you have to wait for the "DING" noise to know that they have received your special request for room service. It was so fun! I wish I could've just stayed in the room and ordered room service all day long. I ordered the casserole eggs with fruit & yogurt, and Des ordered the egg and cheese omelette. Man, oh so gooooood.


Attempting to eat outside was almost a complete f a i l. Reason being is because we had a few unwanted guests show up on the balcony. Iguanas and raccoons. *stale face*  It was HILARIOUS because Des saw them first as he was eating outside while I got dressed. All of a sudden I hear "oh sh*t!* So I ran out there to see what he was yelling for and there it was - a huge iguana who had just come in peace because he smelled our yummy food. We just shoed him off and he crept back up again. And again. I wanted to get these photos for the blog (because my Sincerely Jules t-shirt was so perfect for the occasion) so they stayed around a little longer until after I got the shots I wanted. Eeeek! FYI: The mosquitoes are also a pain to deal with so I kept bug spray on me like I do my chapstick. 


This balcony me this was the best part about the particular room we stayed in. You get the best view of the ocean! There are swings everywhere, hammocks, and even a couch hanging from the ceiling if you'd like to take a nap outside or read a book. I mean, there's not much more to say than it was just absolutely beautiful. I think the first day we got there we didn't leave the room for the rest of the evening because we enjoyed the views and the room so much. Unwinding at its finest. Azulik does have it's own private beach (with clothing optional) so we'd also go down there to relax and have a drink or two. There's also a really good restaurant down at the beach bar too. Everything we needed in that moment was there. Just us, the ocean, and our views. 


Would I recommend you to stay at Azulik? Absolutely! But I will be honest and say that it isn't for everyone. We were okay with getting in tune with nature and embracing the culture around us. It was one of the most amazing times. This trip is surely one for the books and we are going to stay here next time we visit Tulum! I tried to keep this post geared towards my stay at Azulik only without having an overflow of the other hundreds of Tulum photos I left with. I will also be doing a post on Casa Malca, and a Tulum travel diary as well. If you have any questions about my stay, this place, or Tulum overall please feel free to ask! Thanks so much for reading. xo

Until next time - Azulik..