What's Chi Chi Now in Tulum

A Perfect Day in Tulum is nothing short of a walk on the powdery, white sand beach, a swim in the warm Caribbean waters, a lazy nap in a hammock or beach bed and above all a handcrafted mezcal sipper. A Perfect Night is an easy walk or quick taxi ride to an out of the ordinary foodie experience avoiding the non-touristy spots and typical Mexican quesadillas.  We find it hard to get a bad meal in Tulum's hotel zone, but to get an outstanding meal is where insider knowledge can assist in making for a superb culinary experience. Read on for our recommendations both in food, drink and boutique luxury stays.

CHI CHI FOODIE FINDS...

Hartwood, a favorite since 2010, created by long-since-gone-from NYC Chef Eric Werner, is a must for their wood-fired specialties such as grilled octopus, locally caught seafood and local flavors. Craft cocktails are varied, interesting and powerful.

Gitano is a sultry, lush tropical scene where the beautiful people hang. Flavorful creations such as basil guacamole and truffle mushroom tacos dominate.

Casa Jaguar is also a fan favorite among hipsters and foodies alike for its sexy, jungle vibe. Go for drinks only or dinner. You'll find unique flavors in ceviche, veggies, local seafood and cocktails.

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GOING LOCAL...

For local fare try Guerrero and Oaxaca at Pozoleria de la Mexicanita for pozole chicken or pork topped with a cucumber-lime agua fresca. Or for a more farmers-like feel, try Mercado Comunitario de Tulum for local farmers' harvests, taco stands, tulum chefs and quality produce.

For a fun beach bar filled with tourists and locals alike all seeking to sip superb mojitos on the beach, go to Batey, a trendy, artsy bar in downtown. Live entertainment from jazz to beach music maintains a happy beat.

BOUTIQUE, LUXURY STAYS...

NEST Tulum... aptly named as it is a cozy little luxury nest prepared to comfort and transform you. No fuss, but intimate with hospitality to make you feel welcome and pampered wherever you are on the secluded property. 

BeTulum... Boho-chic with a little topping of crunchy best describes this luxury, eco-friendly boutique hotel situated perfectly between the jungle and the hotel zone. The beach lounge, sumptuous food, Yaan Wellness spa, and yoga-focused vibe will bring balance to your system. Splurge for a room with its own private plunge pool which will really set you free.

Content by Kristin Bowen

Photos provided by Kelley Bowen and Oliver Atcheson