In March, Eric & Angela had a short business meeting with other Virtuoso Agency owners at the Conrad Tulum in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Rather than fly in-and-out for the two day meeting, they brought the girls and spent a couple extra days exploring the resort and surrounding region.
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Cancun, the Conrad, Tulum is an amazing escape. The resort has so much to offer, even after four nights, there were experiences that we ran out of time to try.
Each night we dined in a different one of the many resort restaurants. From one of the finest Hibachi grill dinners we ever had (7-courses) to freshly prepared sushi to Mediterranean and and of course Mexican, the various foods were prepared and presented well. The service was personal, attentive and fast everywhere we went. All areas, public and and guest rooms were spotless.
The breakfast buffet is comprised of several live cooking stations - in addition to the traditional eggs and omelets, there were individual stations preparing fresh juices, French toast, Avocado toast, spicy tostadas, and other regional specialties. Definitely one of the freshest best breakfast buffets our family has experienced. There are four pools, meaning none feel crowded. The beach is beautiful and in a protected cove at the main beach area. There are mangrove forests that the girls explored with the complimentary kids club and learned of local mythology of two brothers and the different colors of the leaves proving they are still present.
After a quick introduction to our guide and driver, we set off for our first stop, the Tulum ruins. Tulum is the only Mayan ruins on the coast and sits on the only cliff in the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. We were escorted by a park ranger, Rosita, a Mayan decendant who could still speak the native language in addition to Spanish and English. Rosita led us through the site, sharing stories of the past and the ingenious way of life for the Mayan culture.
From Tulum, we continued on to Akumal. a sheltered area where sea turtles often visit. After a short two-minute boat ride, we were in our snorkel gear and in the warm ocean water. It didn’t take long for our first sighting. The girls especially enjoyed swimming beside the large turtles, watching them pop their heads in and out.
From Akumal, we continued on to a cenote, an underground fresh water cave. There are thousands of cenotes in the region. Our guide did an excellent job for us, planning our day so that we’d visit the cenote during a time when it was usually without any other visitors. The water was a little cool, refreshing we will say… To swim through and explore the cave with just our small group was truly worth braving the leap into the underground pool. We learned that National Geographic is currently paying a diver to find the connection between the cenotes and he is currently one connection away from discovering the world’s largest underwater river system. Today, Thailand boasts the largest, but it is thought that the one in Mexico is actually much larger.
One really nice addition to the tour was that a photographer joined us for the final two stops. The photos were an optional purchase at the end. The price was well worth it so that we could all enjoy the moment and experience without worrying about who was in and out of the photos.
At the end of the afternoon, we returned to the resort with a much better understanding of the region.
Our entire family loved our short visit to the Conrad, Tulum. After four nights, we all wished that we could have extended our stay by just a few more – always a sign of a great getaway. There was so much to experience on property and in the surrounding area. Contact a member of our team if we can help you arrange for your visit. The hotel is currently offering a Virtuoso promotion of a 4th night free plus additional food and beverage credits. We can assure you you will thoroughly enjoy the extra time and tasting your way through the credits… Contact a member of our team today for additional details!