Caribbean chic boutique

March 3rd, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Tulum

South of Cancún, two diminutive hotels that have caught my eye recently are the Básico in Playa del Carmen, and the Mezzanine, close to the Tulum ruins.

Basico photo © Undine Pröhl Both first opened less than two years ago. Both are minimalist in name and style… but you do need fairly deep pockets (doubles at the Básico start at US$150; US$170 at Mezzanine).

Básico has just scooped the best "small hotel" accolade in Travel + Leisure magazine’s second annual Design Awards. The T + L jury singled out the Básico (pictured, right) as "small-scale and casual, slightly unkempt and very chic".

The kind of hotel where "you can throw your flip-flops anywhere."

Further down the…

Wish you were here #3

February 20th, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Tulum

Another batch of trip reports from the Riviera Maya…

Playa del Carmen on Feb 15th photo Jonathan ClarkMarsha and Adam Smith painted a serene picture of a recent trip to Cabañas Ana y Jose in Tulum to attend a friend’s wedding.

"The hotel was beautiful (although the restaurant was a little expensive)," Marsha wrote, "but otherwise we really enjoyed our stay there… the beach, the friendly staff, towel art… and best of all, our friends who we don’t see often."

A short distance further south, Jenn saw orange at Amansala, the self styled "bikini boot camp and eco chic resort".

"They had fixed almost everything [by January 3rd] Jenn emailed.

Elsewhere on this blog I’ve written

Wish you were here #2

February 14th, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Photos, Riviera Maya, Tulum

"A picture is worth a thousand words" sounds trite, but how about these images to infuse some sunshine into your day.

Ms. Sizzle and her party clearly had fun frocklicking in the turquoise Caribbean Sea and relaxing with a good book and a chilled beer on a perfect white powdery Tulum beach.

I’ve also just caught up with Derbyshire couple, Jason and Vicky Bytheway who flew into Cancún on the first post-Wilma Thomson flight out of Birmingham (UK), just three weeks after the hurricane.

Jason had great things to say about their fortnight at the Riu Tequila (Playacar).

"Whenever we recall our time in Mexico, following such a destructive act of nature," he wrote…

Romancing Tulum

February 11th, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Riviera Maya, Tulum

Tulum escaped the worst of Wilma’s wrath.

The Boca Paila road - photo > Towle NeuIn fact, the beaches even gained a few more metres of white powdery sand.

A good place then to escape the mid-winter freeze for a long weekend. 

Towle and Cassie Neu stayed at Cabañas Copal earlier this month; a couple of nights in a "Garden View" cabaña (#29), "not the best", according to Towle… followed by a switch to a "much better" "Sea View" cabaña (#17).

A maintenance crew was (still) resurfacing the Boca Paila Road (pictured) on February 6th – the day Towle and Cassie rented bikes.

The Neu’s have since returned to Minneapolis… and six inches of snow.

Paradise is forever

January 10th, 2006 by Steve Bridger filed under Riviera Maya, Tulum

Saumur-based Celso Flores hopped over from France to visit family in Monterrey over Christmas. Before returning to his PhD studies, he diverted to the Riviera Maya where he spent four days and nights at the breezy Cabañas el Mirador in Tulum.

"The region is recovering," Celso writes, "suffering but recovering."

"The Cabañas el Mirador is one of those little paradises, where one can get back to basics (a hammock, sand floor, no electricity or running water). US$10 dollars a night for your own hamaca. The owners, Maria and Humberto, also hail from Monterrey.

"In short, a great place to encounter some very interesting people."

The beach looks in pretty good shape, too. Many of the beaches around…

Hemingway, Tulum

December 1st, 2005 by Steve Bridger filed under Riviera Maya, Tulum

Ellen and Jim Fields have just returned to Merida after a long weekend spent on the Riviera Maya.

They report in their blog that they stayed at the Hemingway resort, "a lovely little collection of casitas" right on the beach 3km from Tulum.

Italian owner Paola Sbrizzi lost her beach restaurant in the hurricane, but has already started to rebuild.

Hemingway Eco Resort, Carretera Boca Paila km 2.5, Tulum
Tel +52 984 114 2321

Akumal “looking great”

November 28th, 2005 by Steve Bridger filed under Akumal, Photos, Riviera Maya, Tulum

Akumal Playa 3 weeks after Wilma
Originally uploaded by Natty H.

Nathan Hebenstreit has just returned home to Colorado after a week spent on the beaches of Akumal on the Riviera Maya.