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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Cabanas Copal & Maya Spa, Tulum, Mexico

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Situated on one of the most brilliant beaches I’ve seen on the Yucatan peninsula, this eco-resort offers a relaxing retreat. If you are searching for a place to really unwind, practice yoga daily, receive some spa treatments, and lounge on the beach, this may be your place.

Cabanas Copal & Maya Spa, Tulum, Mexico, yoga retreat mexico, yoga retreat tulum, spa mexico, travel mexicoSituated on one of the most brilliant beaches I’ve seen on the Yucatan peninsula, this eco-resort offers a relaxing retreat. If you are searching for a place to really unwind, practice yoga daily, receive some spa treatments, and lounge on the beach, this may be your place.

The cabanas are small thatched huts with king-sized beds, private baths, and your choice of a sea view or jungle view. It is just a few steps down to the beach or the spa, and the restaurant is a couple minutes walk next to the road to town.

There is no electricity at the cabanas, only at the restaurant and reception area. That makes the sea view cabanas the way to go – not only for the great views but also for the natural ventilation, as the sea breezes are constant and powerful and are an eco-friendly alternative to ceiling fans or ac.

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I wasn’t sure how the lack of electricity would be, but it really was fine – one of the benefits was the cabanas’ quietness. In regular ‘electrified’ life I don’t think we’re really aware of how noisy our existence is – from the hum of computers, the whir of ceiling fans, and the ticking of clocks, not to mention television, radio, and ac which drown out almost all natural sounds. I was surprised at how loud the roar of the waves and wind were.

Another benefit of the electricity-free lifestyle was the darkness which made the sky at night look like a bowl of stars – more stars than I saw anywhere else along the coast. All this nature really made me feel like I was unplugged (literally). On the downside, I found my bathroom to be very dark even when I put all four candles provided in it, and since it had no windows it was even dark during the day. A window would do a lot for the bathroom. Additionally, I don’t think the people who cleaned the room could see very well in there either, as when I arrived I found a half an avocado shell on the floor. As I couldn’t see much, I thought it was some kind of turtle or animal huddled against the wall, so I went to get my flashlight, shined some light on the subject and discovered the half-eaten avocado. This left me feeling very concerned about the cleanliness of the rest of the bathroom.

Cabanas Copal & Maya Spa, Tulum, Mexico, yoga retreat mexico, yoga retreat tulum, spa mexico, travel mexicoThe paths in the jungle areas are very dark at night (another good reason to choose an ocean view room) and full of animal sounds, so be sure to bring a flashlight. I forgot to bring one when I went out before sunset and ended up clumsily trying to walk down a path carrying a candle.

The flickering of candles does lend a very romantic atmosphere to the rooms, so this could be a good choice for a romantic retreat if you’re not looking for a lot of luxury. Azulik, a more upscale resort next door, is also part of the Eco-Tulum properties, and equally lacking in electricity.

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