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We Found a Design Hotel in Tulum You Haven’t Heard of Yet
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown

With its stylish restaurants, rad boutique shops, designer hotels and pristine beaches, Tulum has been on the radar of stylish folks around the world for a few years now. Yet, every time a new hotel pops up in the area, it feels like we get to rediscover Tulum in a whole new way. One of the latest to arrive on the scene is La Valise, which opened early this year. The property is totally secluded and gives guests this feeling that they’re the only people around for miles and miles. What’s more, the design of each interior space is simple and serene, embracing furniture and accessories by local artisans. Since every birthday should be about relaxation, rejuvenation and making you feel at least a little bit spoiled, we’re thinking this could be a real good one to add your birthday bucket list.

Photography: marenborander

Set right along the edge of the Caribbean and tucked into the jungles, La Valise’s beachfront villa and little collection of bungalows feels worlds away from the nearby city of Cancun or even its own small town of Tulum. The property sleeps a total of 18 guests, so it’s perfect for a getaway with a handful of your closest amigos, or for a solo trip where you can totally relax and recalibrate for the year ahead. 

Photography: La Valise Tulum

From the palapa rooftops to the hand woven reed lamps, everything you see at this impeccably designed hotel is the handiwork of local Mexican artisans. Each room has its own vibe, some overlooking the turquoise seas and others overlooking the tropical jungle gardens. The neutral, sandy color ways provide a laid-back feeling to each space and encourage relaxation and appreciation of the peaceful surrounds. Sounds right up your chilled-out birthday alley, sí? Thought so.

Photography: La Valise Tulum

Tulum continues to be one of Mexico’s hottest spots for tourists who like to get off the main track of high-rise hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Around these parts, you can expect authentic food that embraces local produce and incorporates lots of fresh fish. At the helm of the local food scene is Hartwood, with smaller spots like Casa Jaguar trailing closely alongside. For birthday adventuring, head to a nearby cenote for snorkeling or take a tour of the local Mayan ruins. Book in for a massage at Yaan Wellness and treat yourself to a healing ceremony. Then it’s off to Papaya Playa for spicy margaritas and dancing on the beach. And finally, round out the night staring at the stars from the comfort of your very own hammock at La Valise.

Photography: La Valise Tulum


Check out The Ultimate Guide to 30 of Tulum's Must See Spots →

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