This hotel won’t be for everyone, and as much as I loved it, the 3 nights we spent here was the perfect amount of time for us. Azulik was the second hotel we stayed in during our trip to Tulum, after a luxurious stay at Hotel Esencia and the two hotels couldn’t be more different.

Azulik is wonderfully rustic, and deliberately so. The ethos is to enjoy a slower pace of life; to disconnect with technology and to connect with the nature around you and I absolutely loved every minute of it. The accommodation provides an amazing indoor/outdoor experience. Each villa is constructed from Mexican Royal Ebony, which basically looks like wood and bamboo, featuring huge floor to ceiling windows enabling plenty of natural day light to come through, as well as incredible ocean views from wherever you are in the room. The super comfy, king size beds have mosquito nets and fans positioned inside the canopy – which were very much needed. Although we enjoyed sleeping with our terrace doors open every evening so we could feel the gorgeous sea breeze.

The room classes vary ranging from Jungle Tree Houses with partial ocean views, to Deluxe Sky Villas suspended high above the sea with views so amazing it’s difficult to put into words. All rooms feature custom made indoor baths and private decks with outdoor day beds. We stayed in a Luxury Sea Villa, which was positioned right next door to the Honeymoon Villa and built on the rocks directly above the sea- simply incredible. Our private terrace had a little seating area, day bed and swing. We also had a huge sunken bath outside on the terrace, which looked like an infinite tub, blending into the sea, the perfect spot to watch the sun rise and set.

Since there are no phones at Azulik room service is provided via a ‘drop your balls’ set up in which you write your food order onto a tiny piece of paper, insert it into a little wooden ball with your room number and drop into a tube that makes its way down to the kitchen. You simply wait to hear a dong from the kitchen so that you know your order has been accepted. Within an hour a member of staff will arrive at your door with your order. The Cenote Café had a small but delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We spent our mornings on the terrace sipping on fresh organic juice and eating ripe avocados and omelettes. There is also a beach bar that serves cocktails, fresh juices and sushi where I had some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. The hotel has recently launched its new fine dining restaurant, Kin Toh, which is said to boast the most impressive views over the Tulum Jungle. This was still being built during our visit, which gives us another reason to go back!

The water at Azulik comes from sacred cenotes, which are natural sinkholes that result from the collapse of limestone, the area is famous for them. The waters are considered very healing and rich in minerals. All this water is recycled therefore you cannot use your own wash products. The hotel provides, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and even natural mosquito repellent so that when you bathe it doesn’t contaminate the water.

If you’re looking for a 5-star luxury hotel then Azulik won’t be your scene. But it is a beautiful experience that I cannot recommend enough. I think everyone travelling to Tulum should experience this rough diamond for at least a couple of nights. My stay at Azulik has provided me with memories that will last a lifetime. I think that’s because they’ve built everything based on life’s simple pleasures. I’ll remember how cosy we felt, wrapped up in blankets drinking wine on the terrace late at night after we’d come back from dinner. Playing cards in bed by candle light and even being terrified to leave the protection of the mosquito net for the toilet in the middle of the night; I was scared there would be a spider or a cockroach that would drop down on me- thatched roofs will be the death of me! I will remember falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the ocean, taking long baths under the stars and not having the distractions of modern day life like the sound of the TV or Instagram.

Azulik is an enchanting, romantic, Robinson Cruisoe esque paradise and I’d visit again in a heartbeat.

www.azulik.com

Highlights

  • ​The huge outdoor bathtub on our private terrace over looking the ocean
  • The sweeping ocean views, complete with outdoor swing
  • Azulik offers free yoga every morning
  • The lack of electricity means the beach is often frequented by sea turtles. We didn't see any hatch but there were plenty of nests along the beach.

Need To Know

  • There is no electricity apart from a low voltage charge point behind the bed for your phone
  • No wifi or air conditioning
  • The best way to travel around Tulum is by bike. Azulik have these available to rent by the day. Taxis are also very safe and cheap to get around after dark.
  • Adult only and clothing optional
  • Azulik also has a seafront spa featuring traditional Mayan healing therapies, massages and medicinal herbal baths

No. of Rooms & Suites: 39

Rate Per Night: From £380-£800