Nomade is one of Tulum’s newest arrivals, and there was a bit of buzz about it when it first opened; the little sister to the popular Be Tulum (next door). There are so many places to stay in Tulum that when planning my holiday I found it hard to choose, but had read rave reviews in Conde Nast Traveller and heard from others who’d stayed there that Nomade was definitely worth while. It also seemed to offer better value than some other places.
Admittedly when we arrived (having just left the paradise that is Esencia), it took a bit of re-adjusting. This North-African inspired eco-resort is undeniably hip and bohemian, with a young crowd and Indi beats playing on the beach throughout the day. It’s so different to anywhere I’ve stayed before, but after 24 hours here I had completely relaxed into the hippy, laid back vibe of the place and absolutely loved it.
It’s on the southern side of Tulum’s beach, and so is much less hectic than some of the resorts further north. The quarter mile private beach is possibly also the best in Tulum, far more expansive than those of many other resorts. Often for the first few hours of the day we would find ourselves practically all alone on the beach (thank you jet lag), and had the pick of whichever incredible ‘day bed’ we wanted.
Nomade life is extremely chilled out, starting with a healthy set breakfast which I missed enormously upon leaving. I loved the shot of warm water with lemon which accompanied the breakfast (fruit, yoghurt, eggs, and very fresh pastries).
It’s hard to describe quite how beautiful the beach and the sea is here. So breathtaking, and the sea so warm that even we (and we are really not water lovers) swam regularly and often for long stretches, playing in the waves.
The rooms are basic and very rustic, especially if you’re used to minimalist or more polished interiors. We had one of their Jungle Suites with a sea view, which was comfortable enough but to be honest I would highly recommend going for a Sea View or Ocean Front Cabana – these rooms are much much better as you’re right on the beach. I rather disliked the mud brown splashed walls which I know fits in with their eco sentiments, but which didn’t really do it for me. But that’s probably the only real criticism I had of this place, and I just know that if I return, I should pay extra to stay in one of the cabanas.
Activity wise there is complimentary yoga on the beach every morning, there are bikes to borrow and water sports to explore. But you’d be surprised how quickly it is to slip into a routine of doing nothing but soaking up the sun, swimming, sleeping, eating and drinking.
Their sea grill restaurant La Popular is outstanding. We had some of the best food in Tulum here, their tuna tartare with passion fruit was one of my favourites. Service is a little rusty, and the (mostly French) staff can be quite gruff and impatient, but we’ll forgive them. The bartenders were all delightful and could rustle up fantastic Margaritas. The highlight of these dozy days was ordering two large Margaritas in plastic cups, and walking all the way up the beach (between 30 minutes to an hour) at sun set, until we got to our dinner destination. So magical.
Every evening when returning from dinner we would be welcomed back at Nomade with hundreds of candles lining the pathways. Truly a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it to those looking for a relaxed, simple but beautiful beach holiday.
KM 10, Carr. Cancún – Tulum