Cancun has a reputation of being a crazy party destination likely earned from its spring break parties, and lively vacationers in port during their short weekend cruises. While you may find college kids, young families, and bachelor(ette) party goers in the Hotel Zone, it’s much quieter outside this crowded area.
I enjoyed downtime on my recent trip to Tulum, a quiet cultural area known for its Mayan sites and history. The hotels are fewer and farther between, though the ancient ruins and ecological parks Xcaret and Xelha are just a 10-15 minute drive away.
Upon checking in during our late night arrival, we found our hotel Dreams Tulum to be eerily quiet and assumed that we(my cousin and I) were the only ones there. After speaking with one of the sales managers the next day, though, we learned we were mistaken and the hotel was actually at 100% capacity.
The hotel is so big, spanning across 44 acres, that you could be in any one spot and have it all to yourself. That’s not to say there’s nothing to do, though. From nightly cultural shows, to music, sports, and fun in 7 bars, there are plenty of things to enjoy at night. In the day, there are water sports, 2 pools, daily scheduled activities, and a spa to relax in. There’s also kids and teens clubs so parents can go off on their own to enjoy the adults-only areas. The private, uncrowded beach is a definite plus as well.
Staying at a hotel like Dreams Tulum will allow you to relax by the pool or in the sauna uninterrupted by party-goers while still being able to enjoy the nightlife if you wish. I advise getting pampered in the spa by day and enjoying a cocktail or two during a fun samba show by night(trust me, I have experience). Plus, with options from 6 restaurants and 7 bars, you don’t have to leave the resort if you don’t want to and, really, why would you want to?