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Azulik offers stilt-mounted treetop villas on the edge of the Caribbean. Terraces, rooftop hot tubs and high-end health treatments show off its luxury side, while limited electricity, thinly thatched roofs and a clothing-optional policy will please those looking to step away from modern life.
It’s safe to say that Azulik won’t be for everyone. This resort near Tulum has candles rather than lights in its 48 rooms, and limited Wi-Fi. Guests may find that the artfully rustic roofs and walls let in the local fauna every so often, and beachside sounds and fellow guests are easily heard.
But the resort also has massive appeal. The views from its terraces are stellar, and you’re right among the trees here – an elevated walkway cuts through the canopy, while the sun slants around palm fronds. The treehouses are made from local materials, water comes from a nearby cenote (sinkhole) and the limited use of electricity means that unlike some would-be eco-friendly places to stay, Azulik walks the walk to back its talk. Messages to reception are delivered by rolling a ball down a tube, and there are beautiful decorative touches throughout, including Mayan-inspired handcrafted bathtubs.
Azulik also has plenty of activities on offer. There are yoga classes, meditation sessions, a temazcal (sweat lodge) and alternative therapies. Traditional Mexican and Japanese food is served in the restaurants, and the on-site SFER IK museum shows contemporary art and utopian projects under striking domes.
The resort is around 5km (3mi) from the center of Tulum, and there are excellent beaches right on its doorstep. This stunning part of Mexico has been affected by seaweed in recent years, which can cover the sea and pile up on the shore – if the beach is an important part of your trip, it’s worth researching the current situation. Tulum has plenty more to offer, including phenomenally situated Mayan ruins, swimmable cenotes and full-throttle nightlife.