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Azulik

ABOUT

Once a trading hub for the Mayans long, long ago, Tulum has become a hot spot for traveling in the past few years, and for good reason. It has a chill, modern boho vibe, sunny weather, delicious food, a up and coming art scene, and it is easy to get to (for North American’s, at least). One of the gems you can find in Tulum is located right along the coast and is called Azulik. This adult-only resort boasts some of the coolest architecture around- the villas are built out of natural materials and are reminiscent of treehouses. They limit the electricity in the villas, so as to create a place you can relax and get away from it all.

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Xel Ha

Xel Ha is a must-do activity when you’re in Tulum. It is essentially a natural water park and is fun as a couple or for the whole fam. Here you can go snorkeling, enjoy a lazy river, swim in a cave, cliff jump, swim in cenotes and more, all while taking in the beauty of the Rivera Maya! A bit further away is their sister park Xcaret- another place for a fun packed day!

Gran Cenote

What is a cenote- you might be asking? It is a pit created by collapsed limestone, and is filled with underground water that has now been exposed. The Gran Cenote is a bit of a tourist spectacle now, and there is an admission fee with the opportunity to rent snorkel equipment as well. There are multiple cenotes at it’s location to enjoy!

Tulum Archaeological Site

Get a taste of history and take in a breathtaking view of one of the most photographic spots in the area. Visit the ruins in Tulum, with these cliffside structures once serving as a fortress on the sea. The adjacent beach is boasted to be one of the prettiest in the area, so bring your swimsuit and take a dip while you’re there.

Chitzen Itza

Considered one of the “new” seven wonders of the world and definitely a tourist hub, Chitzen Itza is a day trip that you should take a chance on if seeing world wonders is your thing, or if you’re a history buff. This ancient city played an important role for the Mayans, and is quite a spectacular site (and sight).

Art With Me

Tulum has a budding art scene, and Art With Me is here to prove it. Art With Me is a festival supporting international and local artists, where they “host a collection of experiences that highlight artistic innovations across a variety of platforms…culinary, visual, cultural and experiential, all to draw attention to the  environmental issues that affect us locally and globally”

ACCOMODATIONS

Aztec Villa

“Located in the southern area of AZULIK Tulum, they are ideal for travelers who wish to experience the rejuvenating atmosphere of the elements. Their wooden deck is ideal for observing the jungle and the ocean. Their indoor and outdoor living spaces are places for rest and relaxation imbued with the magic of the jungle”.

Jungle Villa

“Located close to the House of Ancestral Medicine, the Mayan Spa and IKAL, our beauty sanctuary, it is equipped with extra-large bed and a wooden terrace with an outdoor tub”.

Mayan Villa

“The Mayan Villas offer a gorgeous view of the jungle that grows around them. Their wooden terrace is perfect for coexisting with nature while enjoying the outdoor hot tub”.

Aqua Villa

“Located in the most private area in AZULIK Tulum, its unforgettable decoration with indoor waterways, bejuco floors, elevated round bed and geometrical mirrors inspires all of its visitors. Take your shoes off and climb onto the resting net that faces the ocean. Explore the path that leads to a private terrace with an artisanal sea-facing hot tub, and lie down to receive the energy that comes from the east over the magnificence of the Caribbean Sea.”

Sea Villa

“Located right where the waves touch the coast, Sea Villas are the perfect spot to build intimate bonds with of nature. Their spectacular closeness and connection with the ocean make them one of the most iconic spots in AZULIK Tulum”.

Sky Villa

“Staying in one of the Sky Villas is an unforgettable experience. Standing gracefully on a cliff that faces the ocean of AZULIK Tulum, they were dreamed up for lovers of the sea who wish to contemplate its infinite beauty.Wake up to the rising sun over the Caribbean Sea, catch the healing power of the ocean wind as you relax on the hanging bed, and watch the stars from your private terrace as they appear to illuminate the night. Located on the second floor of our wooden ocean-front building, these villas are the definition of a getaway in complete communion with nature”.

Moon Villa

“Each one of its levels displays a new magical setting: a dreamlike chamber with an elegant round bed, a spherical sanctuary with translucent walls and a stone waterfall, and a private deck meant for rest while you contemplate the ocean, to name a few.

DINING

Kin Toh

Kin Toh is the creme de la creme of restaurants at Azulik. It is hyper fusion- with influence from native dishes and international fare. Ingredients are local and the flavors will amaze your senses.

Nest

Like the rest of Azulik’s architectural design- Nest is their treehouse restaurant. Dine above the treetops in your own private nest and sip on a bottle of wine from their expansive collection.

…from Eater.com

Eater has put together a list of their top picks for restaurants in the area. It includes small local spots and high end restaurants with world class cuisine. Read through to find your next meal in Tulum.

Matcha Mama

This cute roadside matcha and smoothie bar is the perfect place to grab some quick delicious and healthy fuel for your day! Matcha Mama has also got the cutest place to snap a quick instagram, so keep that in mind when you’re going.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Cancun International Airport. There is also an airport on Cozumel, but that is also an island and it won’t be as straightforward to get to the mainland where Tulum is.

HOW TO BOOK

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via Big 7 Travel
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Fogo Island Inn

ABOUT

On the other side of the Hamilton Sound off the coast of Newfoundland is Fogo Island. Fogo Island is a small island, with a population of 2,244 people, with history rooted in that of their English and Irish ancestors. For a long time, fishing was the main industry. Slowly, tourism is solidifying it’s place on Fogo Island as well. Fun fact: the Flat Earth Society considers Fogo Island to be one of the four corners of the earth.

Fogo Island Inn is an architectural beauty to look at. Designed by Newfoundlander Todd Saunders, the 29-room inn sits upon a rocky outcrop right on the coast. Many buildings on Fogo Island are on stilts due to the rocky landscape, and Saunders paid homage to this by placing two levels of guest rooms atop a set of stilts which contributes to the inn’s breathtakingly unique appearance.

WHEN TO VISIT

With a self-declared seven seasons, there is no wrong time to visit Fogo Island. Spring, Trap Berth, Summer, Berry, Late Fall, Winter, and Pack Ice comprise the year, and there is no shortage of activities even on the coldest of days.

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Art workshops
  • Boat Building
  • Guided Walks
  • Traditional Boil-Up
  • Music Festivals
  • Stargazing
  • Change Islands
  • Ice Skating
  • Caribou Watching
  • Seal Watching
  • Marine Encounters
  • Swimming
  • Geology Hikes
  • Seabird Watching
  • Harbor Rowing
  • Bicycling
  • Museums
  • Berry Picking
  • Hiking

The seven seasons also heavily contribute to your dining experience at the Fogo Island Inn- with the availability of local ingredients constantly changing.

“The Inn’s culinary team uses ingredients dictated by Fogo Island’s still-wild world to create dishes that are grounded in this place. Changing daily and
with our seven seasons, the dining menu reflects the region: perched in the Labrador current, our subarctic landscape is bounded on all sides by the
rich North Atlantic. Ingredients that most often find their way onto guests’ plates are those that are fished, farmed, and foraged right here: scallops
with parsnips and rhubarb jelly, salt cod and shaved turnip, roasted cabbage and bakeapples.”
{Fogo Island Inn}

DINING

50 Best, an online resource for top food and drink around the world states the dining experience at Fogo Island Inn as such:

“A rocky outcrop, more suited to seals than humans, is the setting for this destination restaurant, located in the Fogo Island Inn. Look out for
icebergs and sea birds on the horizon as you feast on contemporary plates representing Fogo Island’s subarctic setting in the Labrador Current.
Jonathan Gushue’s menus change daily but are always rooted in what’s fished, farmed and foraged locally. Snow crab imaginatively served with vanilla
and apples sits alongside roast caribou, while in winter you can expect the likes of marinated halibut with bakeapples (also known as cloudberries).”

{The World’s 50 Best]

So, if you find yourself seeking a remote location to thrust yourself into the elements while simultaneously enjoying luxury, Fogo Island Inn is just the place for you. To get a more in-depth view of what your stay could look like, browse through the inn’s website and watch their episode of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby on Netflix.

HOW TO BOOK

Rates starting at $1975 CAD for the 2021 season. Contact Fogo Island Inn here to reserve your stay.