Bird and Knoll are constantly creating a wish list of must-see destinations. Macayla Chapman, co-founder of the eponymous brand, recently travelled to her dream destination – Tulum, Mexico – to experience the laid-back vibes of this incredibly beautiful and culturally rich hot-spot. She has pulled together the ultimate style guide – where to stay, where to eat, what to do and of course what to pack!
Where to stay
Located on the beach in Tulum, this one of a kind, adults only beachfront property is the ultimate escape. Featuring 39 hand-crafted tree houses, the eco-resort is off the grid. That’s right – no phones, no electricity, no TV. Just sun, sea, sand and sublime food at their organic cafe and beach bar.
45 minutes drive south of Tulum in the ancient ruined city of Coba, this two-tower hideaway looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie set and will definitely unleash your inner explorer. The lush jungle setting is magical and mystical with stunning views of local Mayan ruins and sunsets over green lagoons.
In a magical and organic setting between white sand, lush tropical forest and the ocean, this design-led boutique property with spacious terraces and private pools offers sophisticated privacy in a quiet and charming environment.
Coqui Coqui – The lush jungle setting is magical and mystical with stunning views of local Mayan ruins and sunsets over green lagoons.
Where to eat
Ziggy’s – for the best breakfast and amazingly fresh ceviche and guacamole!
Azulik Beach Bar – the finest pina colada in town and octopus ceviche. Enjoy the swing seats at the bar and sand beneath your feet (its on the beach)
Coco Tulum – sunday DJ session and beach BBQ with amazing corn and tacos
Antojitos La Chiapaneca – cheap and delicious authentic mexican eats with loads of locals and the hottest hottest ‘habanero’ sauce … it’s the green one!
Posada Margarita – amazing ambiance, lobster tagliatelle to die for and the best margarita
Azulik Beach Bar – the finest pina colada in town and octopus ceviche
Things to do
Tulum is so laid back you could be forgiven for doing nothing but lying in a hammock on the beach listening to the ocean. For the slightly more energetic…
Beach walks – its sounds obvious, but strolling the lengthy expanse of sand is the ultimate relaxation. Watch out for nesting turtles at night and Sanchez, the local donkey.
Take a bike ride on the cruising bikes – the best mode of transport to get around.
Visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum or Coba – These ancient sites are fascinating and climbs to the top give amazing views across the jungle.
Snorkelling in the cenotes – Incredibly clear and refreshing natural swimming holes – perfect for a quick dip in mineral-rich waters under a jungle sky.
What to pack
In Tulum time stands still. Morning easily blends into afternoon and sashays into evening. Pack light and think easy versatile pieces that effortlessly go from beachside ceviche to beach bar margaritas.
Pack light and think easy versatile pieces that effortlessly go from beachside ceviche to beach bar margaritas.