Believe it or not, in the 9 years Dave and I have been together, we’ve never had a proper holiday, just me and him that’s been longer than a weekend. Crazy! I guess the fact that we are both self employed has a lot to do with it. Both our industries are very chaotic and un structured so booking holidays always seemed a bit of a nightmare to be honest, especially when it came to finding a time that we are both free.
When I was younger this didn’t bother me, but as I’ve got older, I’ve found myself wanting to take more time for myself and my partner where we properly switch off from work. After much deliberation, we both new we wanted something laid back and tropical, so we decided on Tulum in Mexico.
We flew into Cancun and spent the first night in Playa De Carmen. Our hotel was super modern, with the most incredible roof top infinity pool, and proceeded to begin our holiday with a few pool side margaritas!
For the rest of our trip we booked into stay at Coco Tulum. A beautiful, beach setting hotel that I’d more accurately describe as cute little beach huts than hotel rooms. Every element was tropical and idilylc.
“Our little hut was literally meters away from the water, and hearing the ocean each night we went to bed was beyond dreamy”
I really couldn’t get over how calm the sea was, and how warm it was! It was like taking a bath! Coco Tulum also has the most beautiful beach bar, again moments from our little hut, complete with swings at the bar, which meant Pina coladas and margaritas become a daily ritual. And boy did I nap! I love napping on holiday, there’s no better feeling than knowing you have no idea what time of day it is, or what day it is for that matter of fact, but that you’re on holiday, and in that moment, all is right with the world!
WHAT I READ For a good holiday read, I like something light hearted, not too intense, but still something that inspires me. After a lot of recommendations, I chose The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*uck by Sarah Knight. It was perfect! Funny, in fact laugh out loud funny! Thought provoking without being too serious. I took away some great home truths, especially when it comes too letting go of what people think of me… need to work on that one still!
WHERE WE ATE We had so many great recommendations, and if there’s one thing you can find plenty of in Tulum, its great places to eat! Sadly we went in September which is considered the low season, so some of the most famous restaurants like Hartwood were actually closed until November. However we found plenty of great alternatives….we loved The kitchen Table, the seared Tuna was out of this world! Casa Banana was another great evening find for a romantic dinner and for Mexican food, well naturally we covered a fair few. The one that stood out to us was La Eufemia, a beach side taco spot, thats super cheap and very popular with the hipster crowds. (I think they were my favourite Pina Coladas during our trip), but generally speaking we didn’t have a bad meal anywhere.
WHAT WE GOT UP TO In addition to eating, sleeping and sunbathing (all three remain highlights of the trip) we did get out to explore. One of the best ways to get around in Tulum is to hire a bike. We cycled to see the Tulum Ruins and took our film cameras with us for some photo fun. (Me and Dave both collect old vintage 35mm compact cameras) I also wanted to try out my new camera which I’ve invested in to help me create better photographs for the blog, the Olympus Pen F, which so far I’m blown away by!
We also spent one afternoon at the Cenotes, in particular the Cenotes at Sacutum, which I highly recommend! If only I’d had a waterproof camera, I could have dazzled you with the breath taking sights of the underground rock formations and crystal blue waters. I even tried snorkelling for the first time, and am pleased to report I’m a fan!
WHAT I PUT ON MY FACE While most of the time I was makeup free, there was the odd occasion where I actually missed putting makeup on (to each there own right?) and there were a few key products that I really enjoyed using in Tulum. (You can see those favourites in the ‘shop the post’ section at the bottom of the post)
WHAT I WORE Comfort is always my priority on holiday, and I tend to pack more accessories than I do actual outfits, as I knew I’d spend most of my time in bikinis. I spent most of my time in little cotton dresses from Gap and Topshop, and of course my Jenaessa Leone Jade Straw Hat which made me feel very dolce vita. The other accessory I went heavy on, were statement earrings! I’ve rekindled my relationship with statement earrings, I forgot how much they transform an outfit, and can make you look like you’ve made an effort especially when you haven’t! My two currents favourites are a pale pink and gold pair I found in Madewell and these Red Velvet ones by Zara. Instant vava voom to any plain dress, or tshirt and denim shorts combo!
After 7 days in paradise, it was time to leave. Even though the trip was incredible and we both came away with some lovely memories, we both felt ready and re-energised to come back to LA and get back to work, so the holiday must have worked its magic! Maybe there’s something to this whole vacation thing after all! I can’t wait for the next one.
Let me know if you’ve been to Tulum and have any other recommendations you can add to the comments below.
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