Discover Tulum!

Happy Travel Tuesday from Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa! If you’re looking for a vacation full of adventure and relaxation, it’s time for you to Discover Tulum! This beautiful coastal town, just minutes away from the Caribbean Sea, truly has it all; from ancient Mayan ruins, to stunning natural jungle pools, to artisan shops featuring local handiwork, there’s something for everyone in Tulum. Help us spread the word! If you’re a fan of Tulum or would love to check it out yourself, share the photo below on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TulumRocks!

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Top 10 Reasons to Love Tulum!

If you’ve ever been to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, you know there’s plenty to do within the resort to keep a happy vacationer busy for weeks. However, for those interested in venturing out to do some exploring, the town of Tulum and surrounding areas have a whole lot to offer! We’ve rounded up our “Top 10 Reasons to Love Tulum” to get you started with some of the area’s popular attractions.

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  1. Downtown Tulum: Visitors to Tulum should know there are truly three distinct areas all known as “Tulum” including the beach, the ruins and the town, known as Tulum Pueblo. In just a few years, Tulum Pueblo has grown from a little village to a thriving town that has increasingly grown to accommodate the needs of area tourists. Businesses and restaurants are diverse and create countless opportunities for exploration of this distinctly Mexican community. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, sit-down dinner, drinks and conversation or simply to browse the many shops featuring artisan and folk art, there’s something for everyone in Tulum Pueblo! Reach out to your concierge at Dreams Tulum to find out more about getting downtown and how you can make the best of a trip to Tulum Pueblo.
  2. Explore the cenotes: Cenotes are sinkholes in the jungle resulting from the erosion of limestone bedrock over millions of years, exposing the groundwater underneath. Cenotes were a frequent source of fresh water for ancient Mayans who also believed them to be portals to the underworld. Tulum is home to many cenotes that are open to the public for swimming, snorkeling diving and sunbathing. Contact your concierge to find out more about how you can explore these incredible natural wonders!
  3. Tulum Monkey Sanctuary: This privately-owned 60-acre ranch is home to many rescued Spider Monkeys thriving in a safe, natural habitat. Wild monkeys also frequently pass through the sanctuary on their feeding routes. The ranch is also home to white tail deer, horses, burros, ducks, iguanas and countless bird species, making it an exciting place to visit for animal-lovers of any age!
  4. Muyil Archaeological Site: Located on the western edge of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Muyil site is home to six main structures. This site was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Mayan sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Muyil was part of a Caribbean trade route where commonly traded goods included jade, obsidian, chocolate, honey, feathers, chewing gum and salt.
  5. Chichen-Itza Mayan Ruins: If you’re looking for a truly memorable day-trip, the Chichen-Itza Mayan Ruins, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, is 75 miles from Dreams Tulum.
  6. Punta Laguna: Part of a nature reserve called Ma’ax Yetel Kooh, Punta Laguna is run by locals and any proceeds go directly to their benefit. Tourists may pay for guided tours or explore this reserve, known for its wild Spider and Howler monkeys, on their own.
  7. Flor de Michoacan: If you’re out and about exploring Tulum, this is the perfect refreshing pit stop, known for their ice cream pops and fresh-squeezed fruit juices.
  8. Unico: Ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the top five restaurants in Tulum, Unico is off the beaten path but known for its great wine selection, quality local ingredients and inspired menu.
  9. The Plastic Flamingo: This quirky new little gallery and shop, located off the road in a 1971 Airstream trailer, features locally created art and hand-made objects with a Mexican influence. The perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind souvenir that you’ll cherish for years to come.
  10. Mayan Ruins of Tulum: This stunning ancient city, perched on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea, is one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan archaeological sites. Tulum was one of the last surviving Mayan cities, eventually falling due to diseases brought by Spanish settlers. Today the ruins are a must-see stop for any Tulum tourists. 

Blogger Review: Dreams Tulum

We love to hear about guest experiences at Dreams Resorts & Spas! In a recent blog post, Caitlin L. of Sunny Mommy Travels, a travel professional and blogger, shared her experiences from a recent vacation to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Here are her top three reasons to visit Dreams Tulum:

Photo Credit: Sunny Mommy Travels

Photo Credit: Sunny Mommy Travels

  1. Tulum – The area is untouched. The beach is stunning and perfect for people who love to walk and explore. The ruins are only a ten minute drive away.  You can actually walk to them along the beach if you’re up for a bit of a hike.  #Tulum is a peaceful paradise filled with history and beauty.
  2. Kids Club – This was the first time in our history of travelling that our little guys were big enough to participate in many of the kids activities. They made friends, tried new and exciting things and felt super cool walking past us with their big group of buddies.  We equally enjoyed spying on them and sitting in the audience watching them perform in the cutest shows ever.
  3. Food – Ok, I’ve heard it a million times, but wow. The food in Mexico is amazing!! We lived off the local cuisine. Tacos, salsa verde, guacamole, yum yum yum.

 #DreamsTulum was a wonderful spot for our family vacation, we can’t wait to return again!

To read the full review, please visit her blog at Dreams Tulum 2013. Caitlin, we can’t wait to welcome you and your family back!

The Nature & Jungle Tour at Dreams Tulum

 

About one month ago, the Explorer’s Club at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa added a brand new, exciting hour-long activity to its program of offerings: the Nature & Jungle Tour. Each week, the Explorer’s Club kids don their safari outfits and explore the hotel grounds learning about all the different plants and animals they find. Signs around the hotel grounds explain the different flora and fauna in that area.  Plus, the Explorer’s Club leaders provide lots of fun facts about our resort’s residents. It’s a great time for all the kids, especially when some animals come walking or flying by!

Be sure to check the Sundial at Dreams Tulum for the Nature & Jungle Tour as well as all the other activities the Explorer’s Club plans!

The Year of the Maya

The year of the Maya is here! The Maya was a very advanced culture, noted for its art and architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems and cuisine. They carved elaborate sculptures and reliefs, built sophisticated cities and temples, developed a highly accurate calendar, gazed at the stars in the observatories they constructed and utilized chocolate and corn in their food.

Since December 21, 2012 marks a special day for the Mayans – a day in which they believe the world would be reborn- Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa are celebrating with a month of Mayan events beginning Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012 and ending Friday, December 21, 2012.


Dreams Cancun: Every Monday at Dreams Cancun, listen to our Mayan story teller and gaze at the stars with high powered telescopes. On Tuesday, watch the Mayan torch show followed by the Mayan Show where the performers are dressed in traditional Mayan garb. Ever Wednesday, enjoy Mayan and Spanish language lessons and face painting. On Thursday, the kids in the Explorer’s Club make their own Mayan calendar and hunt for treasure. Friday, learn some traditional Mayan dances and Saturday, join us for a movie. Cap off your week of Mayan events on Sunday with a Mayan sandcastle contest.

Dreams Tulum: Experience the magic of the Maya at Dreams Tulum, adjacent to the gorgeous Mayan ruins of Tulum, with an exclusive tour of the city’s ruins every Monday and explore nearby cenotes, natural freshwater pools that are abundant in the Riviera Maya, every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, take park in our stargazing night and Mayan show. Enjoy Mayan rituals like the temazcal (a Mayan sauna) on Friday, compete in the sandcastle competition on Saturday and party at the Sunday beach party!

Dreams Riviera Cancun: At Dreams Riviera Cancun, discover the Mayan cuisine every Monday while you watch traditional Mayan dishes being made. On Tuesday, build a traditional Mayan hut and furniture. Every Wednesday, take part in a Mayan ceremony where a Mayan chaman conducts a tirual that will leave you filled with positive energy. Learn basic Mayan words and how to write them on Thursdays. Fridays, stargaze and view the vast solar system with our high tech telescopes. Saturday, play a Mayan ball game in the pool and finish off your week on Sunday with a Mayan show.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras: At Dreams Puerto Aventuras, take part in the special activities that include stargazing, Mayan shows, learning the Mayan number system and language, creating Mayan crafts, cooking Mayan dishes in a class. Kids get in on the fun as well creating Mayan costumes!

August BBQ Festival

For all you barbeque lovers out there, come get your hands dirty! Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, and Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa are hosting a barbeque festival during the month of August. Held every day from 12 to 5pm, the festival runs from August 2nd to 31st. Our Executive Chefs have composed an appetizing menu where guests can try barbeque made 10 different ways. Memphis and New Orleans-style barbeque and sauces and glazes inspired by Mexican cuisine are some of the delicious selections you can choose from.

Interested in enjoying some barbeque? Look for the banner in either Seaside Grill or Oceana Seafood Restaurant or ask your concierge for more information. The barbeque festival is open to all guests and is included in the Unlimited-Luxury® experience.

Experience Ancient Mayan Ruins in Tulum

Unlimited-Luxury®, gourmet dining, full-service spa, endless activities and award winning beaches are just a few reasons to book your next vacation at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. We welcome couples, families and singles to experience our resort which is set in a unique location in the Mexican Caribbean.

Dreams Tulum is less than five minutes from the ancient city of Tulum, which is home to the only beachfront ancient Mayan ruins.  The archeological site is a must-see for our guests. Learn about Mayan history while admiring the pyramids, ceremonial structures and old temples with the Caribbean Sea as the backdrop. 

The word “tulum” means wall in Mayan. It is believed that the city was named Tulum because it was known as the “walled city” dating back as far as approximately 564 A.D. This magical, mystical place is a fascinating experience that you’ll want to include during your stay at Dreams Tulum.

Tulum is still making history today as it was recently recognized by TripAdvisor’s 2011 Traveler’s Choice Awards as the #5 “Best Beach in the World” and #4 “Best Beach in the Caribbean & Mexico”. The sugar-white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters really stand out from the rest because of its rare mix of beach, archeology and village.

Below is a list of some other nearby points of interest to include in your itinerary. Book now and start planning today!  

  • Mayan ruins of Coba, Xel-ha, Chichen-Itza and Kohunlich
  • World’s second largest barrier reef – just offshore
  • Nearby underground rivers, caves and jungles for adventure seekers
  • Eco-adventure attractions at Tres Rios and Xel-Há
  • Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park
  • Playa del Carmen

The Caribbean Sea is backdrop for Tulum’s beachfront Mayan ruins.

Tourist explore the sites of  Tulum’s Mayan ruins.

New Jungle Spa Cabin at Dreams Tulum

Are you a Spa lover? How about a nature lover? If so, then you’ll want to keep reading…

We recently opened a new Jungle Spa Cabin in the Dreams Spa by Pevonia at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. This serene and peaceful cabin is surrounded completely by glass, providing amazing views of the nature and wildlife at our resort. It is a unique and relaxing setting to receive a couple’s spa treatment during your stay. If you’d like to book our Jungle Spa Cabin for your spa treatment, please email spa.dretu@dreamsresorts.com.

Take a look at our new Jungle Spa Cabin:

Inside Look: Dreams Tulum Explorer’s Club

If you are planning a vacation to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, your children are in for the time of their lives! Our huge, Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club, which is included in your Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, is created especially for little ones 3-12 years old and is filled with daily activities and adventures based around nature, science and exploration.

The Explorer’s Club is wonderful not only for the kids – but for parents who finally get some time of their own! Children have the opportunity to make friends from around the world, while parents have the opportunity to reconnect with one another. And no worries, because the entire Explorer’s Club staff is certified in both CPR and First Aid!

Our Explorer’s Club includes an arts & crafts room, water playground, rock climbing wall, video games, kid-sized basketball court and more! Want to get your kids excited about their vacation to our resort? Here’s an inside look of the Dreams Tulum Explorer’s Club!

A Spotlight on Destination Weddings at Dreams Tulum

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is rich with tradition and offers couples something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for their destination wedding.

Experience the ancient Mayan culture with a visit to the nearby historic ruins of Tulum and Xel-ha, celebrate with friends and family at an elegant reception in the new ballroom, explore the open waters with complimentary access to kayaks and catamarans, and gaze out over the sparkling blue sea as newlyweds. Couples and their guests will delight in a wedding of luxury, romance, adventure and bliss!

Get a sneak peek at the Unlimited-Luxury® that awaits you by viewing Dreams Tulum’s destination wedding video.

Ready to start planning your special occasion? Contact our dedicated wedding planner at weddings.dretu@dreamsresorts.com