Sanara, Tulum - yogalux
We recently visited Tulum after a whirlwind NY Fashion week effort that gave us a reason to get some sun. It was my first time in Mexico and we'd heard mixed reviews about safety and hurricanes etc. To our delight however, there was no hurricanes (at the time) and as for safety, i have felt more vulnerable on the beach at Bondi mid summer than I did on the holiday strip in Tulum.
We hired a car from Cancun and drove it down - seemed like a bit of a risk especially if you read trip adviser. We bit the bullet and ended up with a VW Jetta, it was great! We didn't have to wait for anyone, ever. We managed to drive from Cancun to Tulum in about 2 hrs with a few stops and Sanara were perfect with parking and keeping our car safe. During the days we made little trips out to Cenotes and to ruins- at all the spots we beat the crowds and we had the added connivence of having a place to store our stuff. I would totally recommend hiring a car to anyone comfortable driving in a foreign country.
Sanara is the most beautiful resort. Its quite small and we found it fairly hard to spot on the main road in and out of the strip. Set on the beach there is a restaurant called 'the real coconut' which is a name that doesn't do the quality of the food any justice. It was amazing, even though it was vegan! The smoothies and juices were just as good as the cocktails and they would deliver them to you wherever you were on the property. It was fantastic!
Yoga is the theme for the resort, and we practiced a few times while there, the studio is beautiful and set so you can really lap up the sun as it floods in the beach side floor to ceiling windows.
Our suite was set back from the beach on the other side of the road with a number of other suites, hidden behind a massive white stone wall that blocked most if not all of the noise from the street. We could walk straight out our door into the pool which was way more refreshing than the ocean.
There is a wellness centre situated on the property that offers massages and day spa type arrangements, and also has an epic rooftop for watching the sun rise or fall. From the roof you can see for miles, its a very special place. Theres also a shop that sells mens and womens clothing, along with trinkets and books.
We loved our stay at Sanara, it was perfect for the 5 days we stayed. We managed to get around to most of the other restaurants on the strip and also had plenty of time to just relax and take it all in. Casa Jaguar restaurant had this epic octopus meal that was pretty incredible, and 'the real coconut' at Sanara was incredible. but for a more Mexican vibe, 200m north of Sanara on the the beach was a place we called 'La Famillia'. It actually wasn't called that but was called 'Taqueria La Eufemia' all the locals went there and the tacos were delish! Happy hour was 2 for 1 and there was always a happy relaxed vibe with footwear optional. We made some friends, patted the weirdest looking dog and had a real good time.
We will absolutely go back!