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In theory, packing for a beach holiday is simple: colourful bikinis, a couple of sarongs and a pair of yoga pants for 10 days spent saluting the sun. Yet when it comes to the Riviera Maya, you’re bound to encounter beaches, jungles and Mayan ruins in one – not to mention heady nightlife following sundown. Arm yourself against sartorial defeat by filling both your travel and cabin cases, meaning you’ll go from poolside to rainforest canopy with insouciant style.
Casa Malca is a rare combination of luxury and creativity, where bespoke interiors marry white-washed walls with eclectic modern art, and contemporary furniture is matched with salvaged wood. Set right on the sands of the Riviera Maya, this intimate seaside setting is completed by eco-friendly credentials.
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Serving homemade flavours infused with regional character, food is made fresh to order at this local lunch spot. The menu is extensive – note the floor-to-ceiling chalkboards – so grab a mismatched chair in the luscious gardens and position yourself at one of the long tables for a full-on Mexican feast.
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Beachside Hartwood is a buzzy wood-fired restaurant of notable acclaim. Chefs Eric Werner and Jamie Klotz champion the intense flavours of Yucatecan, with a menu that focuses on seasonality and sustainability at the core of its ethos.
TO DRINK + DANCE
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This jolly cantina – decked out with pale wood, small tables and stools – is a prime spot post-beach drinks. It might serve Mexican-style eggs and taquitos, but first and foremost Tun Tun is a mezcalería. Come for the tequila, stay for the music.
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Visit the Mayan Ruins
Tulum’s Mayan ruins are loftily positioned on a high cliff overlooking the Caribbean. With sweeping vistas and a staircase leading down to the beach below, this ancient Mayan site has an magnetism all of its own. Arrive early to beat the crowds and don’t forget your swimming gear.
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Swim at Playa Paraiso
It’s not hard to see where the name “Paradise Beach” came from here. Unlike some of the beaches in Playa Del Carmen, Paraiso’s crystalline Caribbean waters and relaxed atmosphere make it one of the most attractive strips of sand in all of Tulum.
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