Images: The New Era Hotel & Spa Tulum is the Stylish Hideaway We’ve Been Waiting For

Sometime over the last, say, decade-and-a-half, trend chasers put off by the giant party scene in Playa del Carmen discovered the uncorrupted allure of Tulum, a lovely little town sitting along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. As always happens in the age of speedily spreading information, word got out, and it’s now anything but a secret.

Yet its charms remain mostly undiminished – so for those still wishing to partake of them, the ultimate goal is to find a quiet little corner and just settle in. And one gorgeous new hotel fits the description perfectly well. To be sure, set in a residential neighborhood on the western edge of town, the Era Hotel & Spa Tulum has the cosseting feel of a (gorgeous) private home, yet with most of the contemporary amenities of a big city boutique hotel.

First off, there are just nine rooms, so you won’t be sharing your stay with any more than about fifteen people at a time. All are warmly and modernly decorated, with an almost Corbusian sort of feel – rustic industrial, to use a slightly overdone descriptor. But balconies looking out onto a tree-lined interior courtyard and pool keep guests connected to nature and those wonderful Yucatán breezes.

Best of all in these still virus ravaged times, you might not even have to leave the hotel during your stay. Indeed, there’s an on-site Ritual Spa, which incorporates Mayan influences into conventional beauty and wellness treatments; and for epicures, the stylish but welcoming Dreamcatcher Cafe serves locally sourced organic cuisine – though a scenic 30-minute walk takes you to other dining options downtown.

The Era Hotel & Spa Tulum is also a member of the smartly “curated” Tablet Hotels collection; and they’re currently offering a 70% off public non-refundable rate, or 65% off public refundable rate.

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