Just BE… Tulum

I am so excited to share one of my favorite mystical places to journey… Tulum, Mexico!  I first experienced Tulum 3 years ago on a yoga retreat with my husband Ben, not only did we fall in love with the land and the Mayan culture, energetically we shifted and evolved.   I recently went back to Tulum in February with my soul sister for some restorative vacation time. We stayed at the beautiful  BE Tulum, a boutique hotel that has been on my dream list to experience.  We arrived in the evening to check in and were enveloped with the calming and cleansing smoke of Copal, walking up the sand pathway with candle light glistening in the trees and the crisp smell of the ocean air. Yes, we had arrived in paradise.

After my February trip, I came home and said to Ben, “we need to go back”! One of the local yoga instructors, Alessandra Montana had shared with my girlfriend and myself to come back to Tulum during the full moon.  Alessandra mentioned the potency of the fluid water energy that Tulum carries, combined with the illuminating full moon, makes for an unforgettable journey inward.  That was all I needed to hear, I knew I would be back within a month or two.  I checked my lunar calendar and April 10th & 11th was the full moon. I reached out to BE Tulum as I knew that is where I wanted to stay with Ben, plus I wanted to share BE Tulum on my blog. So here it is…my Journeys to Tulum!

I’ve decided to write less and let the photos share the stories and magical essence of Tulum. This little one road bohemian town will completely embrace & support you in just “BE”ing yourself.  www.betulum.com

List of my favorite restaurants, boutiques and Yoga studios will be listed below the photos… Enjoy the journey inward and onward my friends…

Be Tulum Room #36

“The Be Tulum Hotel has been created with all the charm and the quiet of nature captured in 40 exclusive suites between the tropical forest, white sand and the sea.”- www.betulum.com

Be Tulum Culinary Journeys: 

All of the restaurants located at Be are incredible! Such a treat to be able to stay at your hotel and have an exceptional culinary fare that is fresh, healthy and sure to tantalize your taste buds!

“Fresh and nutritious breakfast is included daily with your stay at Be Tulum. All of the food we had at BE is AMAZING.” -Stacey



One of the many things a Love about Tulum is that you can walk or ride a bike to all the restaurants, boutiques & yoga studios on the only road in Tulum, canopied by the jungle vegetation.  Be Tulum Hotel includes bikes in your stay, an awesome amenity to have! I actually think most hotels include bikes but good to double check.

“The Tulum beach strip is a small road that runs the length of the beach and leads you to the arch, which is the access to the Sian Ka’an biosphere. You can find accommodation on both the beach side and across the road. This area has a very relaxed, bohemian feel to it. Almost everything is accessible on foot in the main area, and bicycles are available for rent.” –www.tulum.com


Yäan Wellness Energy Spa is located just across the street from Be Tulum. The spa offers healing water therapy, body treatments, such as massages, sweat lodge treatments, and Mayan therapies.

Yäan Wellness was born from the magic of Tulum, Mexico. It is a center of wellness and healing where you will find your inner and outer beauty in the integration of mind, body and soul. From the moment you pass the burning flame, you will be immersed in the elements of fire, air, water, and wood and feel at peace with its elegant and organic design, which respects the flow of nature in both space and time.” – www.yaanwellness.com

Full Moon Yoga/ Sound Healing located at Sanara:

Full moon flow and sound bath guided by the beautiful soul embodied, Alessandra Montana. Alessandra teaches yoga at both Yaan Wellness, where we initially meet her and at Sanara, oceanfront yoga studio.

“Sanara hotel features a spectacular beach-appointed Yoga Studio, a world-class Wellness Center, and highly acclaimed The Real Coconut Restaurant.” – www.www.sanaratulum.com

Highly recommended Tulum restaurants:

Simple: www.simpletulum.com Being simple is a luxury. For us simplicity is about being aware of small details, going back to the origins, the organic and natural things, flavors from our childhood, food prepared with love, family moments, the great memories from our trips. We choose a relaxed lifestyle, easy, surrounded by nature, in family. The best things in life happen when you share. So simple! – Simple

Heartwood: www.hartwoodtulum.com  All cooking is done by open fire within our hand made wood burning oven and grill. Every single ingredient that we touch is deeply rooted within Mundo Maya. We harvest and source our colorful, exotic produce from communal Maya farms called Milpas, where we work with the local community daily. Hartwood Tulum is a proud participant in the DIF Program, working to alleviate hunger in Mexico’s rural areas. – Heartwood

Casa Jaguar: ww.casajaguartulum.com  Our restaurant embraces the essence of life in the jungle and the Caribbean. Fresh ingredients, tropical flavors, and a delicious mix of Mexican style… – Casa Jaguar

Mur Mur: www.murmurtulum.com Mur Mur’s concept is based on the authenticity of Mexican cuisine. Focusing only in the resources offered by the Yucatan Peninsula and turning them into original and provocative dishes. – Mur Mur

Sanara: www.sanara.com Sanará’s beach restaurant The Real Coconut is dedicated to all that is conscious living and follows our foundational health & wellness philosophy that plants form the key to our vitality and that gut health and digestion are paramount to optimum well being. – Sanara

Posada Margheritawww.posadamargherita.com Italian restaurant scrumptious food and romantic setting, get there early as there can be a wait and ask for a table on the beach.

Raw Love Cafe: www.facebook.com/RawLoveTulum Gourmet Raw Vegan Food, in Tulum Beach. All gluten Free, Superfoods, Acai bowls, Healing shots and Elyxirs. Juice Detox Programs, Retreat Catering. – Raw LOVE

Be Tulum: betulum.com/cuisine Full moon, starry skies, exotic flavors, nature all around, the sound of waves, candlelight, exquisite wine and much more are to be enjoyed in our restaurant located a few steps from the ocean.
Our restaurant open for breakfast lunch & dinner. – Be Tulum

Local Tulum Boutiques:

Lolita Lolita: www.facebook.com/lolitalolitatulum LOLITA LOLITA TULUM is a concept that integrates beauty not only on the physical level but on the emotional level too. TIPStop by Lolita Lolita to buy some Copal resin and incense to take home with you. They carry the best Copal!

Wanderlust Boutique: www.facebook.com/Wanderlust-tulum 

Caravana: caravana.land/tulum Deep within the jungle of Tulum the CARAVANA flagship rises, drawing its inspiration from the mysticism and energy of the Mayan earth and culture – the culprit to the brand’s unique aesthetic and identity.

Sending gratitude to Be Tulum, Yäan Wellness Spa and the beautiful Tulum community & land for the soul welcoming & embracing journeys… I can’t wait to return. 

Be Tulum: www.betulum.com

Yäan Wellness:  www.yaanwellness.com

Alessandra Montana- Tulum Yoga teacher: www.lovewarriors.com/alessandra

With Love and gratitude,


Sophie’s Place

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This blog post is on my recent journey to the opening of Sophie’s Place at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.  Sophie’s Places are dedicated music therapy facilities built within children’s hospitals assisting in caring for young people suffering from pain, chronic illness, and serious injury. 

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