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Teetotum Hotel (Roof garden)

Favorite place to chill out in Tulum

We’ve read about Teetotum Hotel in the Rough Guide and since we were visiting the nearby pueblo, we thought of giving it a try. It was lunchtime and we were starving. Teetotum Hotel is situated on the main road that connects Tulum pueblo to the beach and zona hotelera.

It’s funny how it works: you decide to visit a new place, have absolutely no idea what it looks like and how it’s going to be, you enter, sit down, relax, and all of a sudden, all elements just fit together like a jigsaw puzzle to create a memorable experience: cool people that have the time to chat with you, simple but delicious food, great ambience, and fabulous decor that looks as if it popped out from Wallpaper magazine straight into the Yucatan jungle. This is what Teetotum Hotel is about.

We also had a look at the rooms, which were stylish in a minimalistic, almost Scandinavian manner. At the courtyard, you will find a plunge pool and comfy sofas for lounging, while in the evenings, you might want to climb the stairs to the roof garden for a sundowner.

One small minus is the distance from the beach, but they provide free bikes for the guests and there is a new cycling path-shady for the most part- that leads directly to the ocean. Great way to burn some calories before indulging to a cheese quesadilla!

Teetotum Hotel (Roof garden)

Teetotum Hotel (Roof garden)

Teetotum Hotel (The Courtyard)

Teetotum Hotel (The Courtyard)

Teetotum Hotel (The Courtyard)

Teetotum Hotel (The Courtyard)

Teetotum Hotel (Roof Garden)

Teetotum Hotel (Roof Garden)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Teetotum Hotel (Bar&Restaurant)

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

 

 

Our favorite activity: Shaking the coconut tree!

Magical, ancient Tulum

We travelled to Yucatan in 2012. We left behind a literally frozen Helsinki. By the time we reached Tulum, we had realized that by the end of our two-weeks holiday, we will have to be dragged back to the Finnair flight back home. Despite the 12-hours journey-or rather because of it-our little one rushed to the beach and began jumping up and down, laughing hysterically. It felt like we were releasing a “seal calf”  back to nature! Our room at Villa Las Estrellas had a private terrace facing the turquoise Caribbean sean sea, complete with its own hammock. Two strawberry margaritas were brought to us. By then, we were also jumping up and down, laughing hysterically…

Our favorite activity: Shaking the coconut tree!

Our favorite activity: Shaking the coconut tree!

Villa Las Estrellas

Villa Las Estrellas

"Seal calf" released!

“Seal calf” released!

View from Villa Las Estrellas

View from Villa Las Estrellas

Our private terrace at Villa Las Estrellas

Our private terrace at Villa Las Estrellas

I guess, the closest I will ever get to Paradise :-)

I guess, the closest I will ever get to Paradise 🙂