According to their website, the “Sanará’ Tulum was elected #3 in the 150 Greatest Hotels in the World by Harper’s Bazaar in 2017 as well as Conde Nast “Gold” award”. Can you say, impressive?! And I totally see why. I was born with an eye for class and luxury. I didn’t ask for it, but likely inherited it from my mom, since she thinks the same way. Whenever I see something beautiful, it’s always the most expensive of the bunch. It’s a blessing and a curse. What this means when it comes to hotels is that I always want to stay in places that I simply can’t afford. But Sanará is different. Tulum is a place filled with both backpacker camping and the most elite, luxury hotels that suit all styles of preference and comfort. You could say one would have their choosing. But I could not settle for anything less than Sanará.
When I traveled to Tulum in June of 2018 and during my four day stay, there was an unfortunate storm front that brought winds, thunder and downpour during the entire time I was there. With that said, even despite the rain and the wind, I was so immensely content in my glorious, ambient and serene villa. Watching the rain pour down outside my floor to ceiling windows, lounging my sofa bed with their complementary blanket wrapped around me and a nice Mezcal margarita was all that I could ask for. When it wasn’t raining, I was all about using their outdoor lounge bags, checking out the nesting sea turtle babies, contemplating a massage in their wellness center and taking a refreshing dip in their perfect and secluded pool.
I’m in love with hotels and resorts that boast a quiet and peaceful feel; no loud music, no kids running around screaming (nothing against children, but as a single adult, I enjoy my peace), and the perfect environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. I was so happy with my choice of Sanará Tulum, and should you ever venture to Tulum, I would highly recommend this place. What was also enticing to me as a solo, female traveler, was it’s close proximity to everything. Tulum is not a place you want to travel to without exploring the town. And you can go searching for the best restaurant (as I did), but you’ll end up settling on The Real Coconut at Sanará for the freshest margaritas and the most delicious and health-conscious Mexican cuisine. At the very least, try The Real Coconut for lunch or dinner before venturing out, you won’t regret it :).
The overall rating that I gave the Sanará Tulum is a 10/10.
What I loved: Sustainability is key when I review a hotel, and Sanará Tulum is committed to social responsibility in a major way, sourcing local products and materials, using a “no flushing toilet paper” policy, and preserving the local wildlife. To learn more, please visit this link. I also loved the architecture and ambiance. It’s rare to have such serenity, quiet and respect from the staff enough to just let you enjoy your vacation. Not to mention their coconut chips! Give them a try, you will be a forever changed person when it comes to healthy chips.
What Set It Back: Absolutely nothing
Overall: THE eco chic hotel to relax, margarita, and taco while in Tulum.
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.