Intima Resort - Tulum, Mexico

Intima Resort – Tulum, Mexico

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Resort OverviewGetting There • Services • Ambiance • Group Trips
Sightseeing • Dining 
 Rates • Impressions • Photo Album • Trip Reports
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Resort Overview

Intima Resort is an upscale, adults only, clothing optional condo property with 36 units, villa apartments and penthouses located near the city center of Tulum, a bustling village south of Cancun’s airport about 90 minutes by car. Some accommodations adjoin, perfect for two couples to share a common living room and kitchen.  Intima is a private, walled complex surrounded by the Mexican Caribbean jungle, located close to the town center, as well as Tulum’s famous optional beaches minutes away. Tropical landscaping and gardens are dotted throughout with the centerpiece being a free form pool stretching from one end to the resort to the other with a swim up bar at one end.  The property is not on the beach which is about 10 minutes east by car or taxi.  Guests can walk to the center of town and the main highway MX 307 in 5-7 minutes.

Yes, we’ve been there several times…give us a call to talk more about the resort and take a little time to see some of our personal comments in the text below

ALERT:  Although Intima is  only a few blocks from the main highway  MX 307, your taxi or transfer driver may need instructions about how to find the resort. PRINT the instructions below in “Getting There” in English & Spanish to take with you.  Make 2 copies:  One for you and one for your driver.

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Accommodations include villa suites and studios, many with plunge pools, Jacuzzis and waterways. The resort, on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico’s “Rivera Maya,” appeals to single clients and couples in an adult only, clothing optional environment with choices to rent guest quarters only or include a meals plan. Your options are to:

1) Prepare your own meals in accommodations with fully equipped kitchens (Studios do not have kitchens).  A couple of grocery stores are nearby via taxi.

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2) Select an “all inclusive” dining/drink plan with meals, complimentary wine and bar drinks. 

Each well-appointed suite features beautiful woodwork, marble and stylish décor with upscale bathroom and kitchen fixtures. All bedrooms are master bedroom/bathroom suites and depending on style, feature such luxuries as kitchens, semi-private pools and swim-ups, private hot tubs, terraces, roof top terraces and splash pools.

Go now before Tulum morphs into Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

Please acquaint yourself with this memo issued by CDC

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Getting There

Tulum is about 90 minutes (120 kilometers) south of the Cancun airport so you’re secluded but close to most things for night life and shopping in town, which is close enough to walk there.

Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.

Cancun is a world-class vacation area, served by numerous airlines from North America, South America and Europe. Both scheduled air carriers as well as charter flights fly to Cancun with frequent service from just about anywhere

Taxis are plentiful at the airport and all major rental car companies are located at the Cancun airport. A shuttle from the airport is the most direct and economical method to reach Tulum, other than for the adventurous who might elect to take a local bus. Arrange for shuttle service in advance via Castaways Travel. NOTE: If you make your own way to the resort, taxi rates are typically fixed prices for transportation to/from the airport. Tulum has taxis that serve the resort just a few minutes from the town’s main drag.

Frequent bus service to other parts of Mexico is also available in Tulum downtown.

Directions to INTIMA RESORT

1.When leaving the airport, take the Playa del Carmen/Tulum exit to the right which will take you south on highway 307.
2.Stay on highway 307,when going thru Playa del Carmen make sure to take the fly-over bridges along the way to save time.After about 90 minutes from leaving the airport you will arrive in Tulum.
3.Continue on 307 through town and turn left on Av. Kukulkan. Street signs are few and far between so to identify the Av. Kukulkan turn, just before leaving town watch for an Oxxo convenience store on the right side and Yza pharmacy on the left, turn left in that corner. If you see El Camello Jr. restaurant on the left side of 307 you just passed the turn so do a U-turn and then make a right turn between El Camello Jr. restaurant and Yza pharmacy.

NOTE:  On the Map of the area Av. Kukulkan is directly below Residencia la Mariposa and Ginger at the bottom of the map and just above Super Express.  Click on the map to enlarge.

4.Continue on Av. Kukulcan for about 500 yards until you reach our entrance road which is lined with fluorescent orange rocks. Turn there and you will find Intima Resort just ahead on your left.

Istrucciones a INTIMA RESORT
1.Al salir del aeropuerto, tome la salida de Playa del Carmen / Tulum hacia la derecha, que le llevará hacia el sur por la carretera 307.
2.Manténgase en la carretera 307,al llegar a Playa del Carmen  asegúrese de tomar los puentes de exclusión aérea sobre el camino para ahorrar tiempo. Después de unos 90 minutos de haber dejado     el aeropuerto llegara a Tulum.
3.Continúe por la carretera 307 a través de la ciudad y gire a la izquierda en Av . Kukulkán que se encuentre casi a la salida de la ciudad. Los señalamientos en las calles son escasos y poco visibles, para identificar la Av . Kukulkan ,ubique una tienda Oxxo de lado derecho y de lado izquierdo una farmacia Yza, de vuelta a la Izquierda en esaesquina.  Si ve el restaurante El Camello Jr. de lado         izquierdo de la carretera 307 se hapasado y tendrá que darvuelta en U en la primera oportunidady doblar a la derecha en la calle entre la farmacia Yza y el restaurante El Camello Jr.
4.Continuar en la Av . Kukulcan durante unos 500 metros hasta llegar a nuestro camino de entrada que está llena de rocas de color naranja fluorescente. Gire allí y usted encontrará Intima Resort justo     por delante a su izquierda

See Map of the area.   INTIMA is located on Av Kukulkan at the bottom of the map, below Residencia la Mariposa. Sian Ka’an Biosphere where there’s a nude beach is located on the bottom right of the map.   Click on the image once it loads for a larger version.

Services

• Personalized check-in, including welcome glass of sparkling wine
•  OPTIONAL: Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
•  Alcoholic beverages, wines, beer and refreshments (Premium brands may be available at extra cost)
• Hotel taxes and tips
•  Clothing-optional swimming pool with social activities
•  Exclusive wine and liquor list available for purchase of Premium brands-Extra cost
• Free Internet access
•  Tour desk for local tours
•  Taxi and limo service 24/7 available for extra charge
• Accommodations: Studios, Junior Villa and Master two bedroom Villas. Villas have kitchens, living room and dining area.
• Personalized check-in, including a welcome glass of sparkling wine

All Inclusive features (Optional program – Extra cost)
• Inclusive Plan: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Alcoholic beverages, fine house wines, beer and refreshments

Additional Charge Services
• Spa with massages for couples by appointment
• Romantic Dinner

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Ambiance

The resort is pleasant and intimate with beautiful furnishing, the latest appliances. Hand made furniture complement each apartment and guest quarters. Lush tropical foliage surround the resort as well as planted greenery everywhere on the grounds.

Without question, the Jacuzzis and plunge pools as well as the main meandering pool are the center piece for lounging and relaxing. Of course, the swim up pool bar attracts its share of characters, too.

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For a funky, authenticate experience, hop from block to block along the main drag nearby that divides Tulum’s town center. Don’t forget to explore the back streets for fun shops, neat little restaurants and new discoveries.   If you have time,explore the beach road  (MX 109) just east of  Tulum that leads to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere National Reserve. This stretch  is filled with restaurants, small resorts and shops….really funky and a lot of fun.  Need a car or taxi to get there.   Read more below.

ALERT: Go now before Tulum morphs into Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

Group Trips

Due to the intimacy of this smaller, yet high quality resort, it’s excellent for group trips. Contact us if you have several couples interested and we’ll see what we can put together for you.

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Sightseeing 

You’re only minutes away from the many activities and adventures available throughout the Riviera Maya. From enjoying the sun to ziplining through the jungle, an Intima Resort assistant can help you plan your activities and adventures.

Use this link from our parent company, Fox Travel – Associate – Associate – American Express  to pre-book your excursions, tours and sight seeing before you arrive at the  hotel. Typically, tours and sight seeing include transportation round trip from your hotel. See: Pre-book Sight Seeing.

With the hotel close to everything near Tulum, you can choose from many activities when you leave the resort. You can book your off site tours such as: diving, dive with the dolphins,tours, shopping in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, couples only tours and many more alternatives. Here’s just a partial list of things to do:

Shopping, cruising the bars & clubs in Tulum or Playa del Carmen, snorkeling and swimming in the natural lagoons at Xcaret or Xel-ha to the north, visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza or Coba to the northwest or see Tulum Mayan ruins nearby, fishing or diving on the Mayan Reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world, extending all the way to Belize. Optional private escorted tours with driver and guide can be arranged at the resort, with transportation that will pick you up right at the resort for your guided tour.

Or, choose to swim with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin just off the beach or ride horseback in the nearby jungle. If you want to see more of the area, you can go to Playa del Carmen and catch a water taxi to cross the channel to Cozumel for about $12-$15/person/one way (prices subject to change without notice). Playa del Carmen is about 45 minutes north of Tulum.  Trip acros the channel to Cozumel takes about 30-45 minutes, depending upon the wind & weather….or if the waves are running high. Deep sea/bill fishing and SCUBA diving can be arranged  at the hotel, too.

Did You Know… Castaways Travel KNOWS the surrounding area,including Cancun and Playa del Carmen to help you plan to get the most out of your holiday in and around Tulum and the local areas.

Dining

Passions Restaurant and Bar is both the club and restaurant, open during the day and evening to provide food and beverage service to Intima Resort guests. Dine in the restaurant palapa, poolside or request room service. The adjacent bar is conveniently surrounded by the palapa, pool and communal hot tub so you can walk up, swim up or continue relaxing in the hot tub while enjoying your favorite drink.   ALERT:  The bar & restaurant are very small as is the swim up bar so don’t go expecting a big crowd.

Guests have a choice of dining options:

1) Renting accommodations with kitchens to prepare their own meals.  Studios do not have kitchens.

2) Renting accommodations without kitchen facilities, enabling them to choose an all inclusive plan or al a carte meals or exploring Tulum’s restaurants, bars and bistros.  Meals are offered by the resident chef for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Passions Restaurant. Located poolside at Intima Resort, Passions Restaurant is known for serving classic and delicious cuisine, paired with kind and attentive hospitality. Passions offers authentic Mexican and Mayan family-inspired recipes served in a casual setting.  We found the dining on site to be filling and nourishing but not gourmet.

Don’t miss seeing the Tulum Eco Zone along the coastal road MX 109 with numerous shops, night life, bars, quaint family-owned guest houses and small resorts plus many choices of restaurants. See the many bars, bistros and restaurants on the beach road at:  Map of the area   Click on map to enlarge. beach road businesses.

3)  Dining nearby:         Here are several locations recommended by the resort.   Disclaimer:  The estimates of meal costs below are NOT guaranteed and will change without notice.   Note: Taxi fares to reach these are NOT guaranteed and may vary widely.  Make your deal before you get in the taxi!

  1. Hartwood Tulum       http://www.hartwoodtulum.com                                  Tulum Eco zone  MX 109          Tulum Beach road 7.6km       10 to 15 minute     Drive Taxi   cost 10 usd
  2. Casa Banana            http://www.casabananatulum.com                             Tulum Eco zone  MX 109          Tulum Beach road 8.5km       10 to 15 minute     Drive Taxi  cost 10 usd
  3. Simple Tulum            http://www.simpletulum.com                                      Tulum Eco zone  MX 109          Tulum Beach road 8.2km        10 to 15 minute    Drive Taxi  cost 10 usd
  4. Mateo’s                     http://www.mateosmexicangrill.us                              Tulum Eco zone  MX 109          Tulum Beach road 5.2km        10  minutes            Drive  Taxi cost 8 usd
  5. Casa Violeta              http://www.casavioletatulum.com/restaurant.html      Tulum Eco zone  MX 109          Tulum Beach road 8.2km        10 to 15 minute   Drive  Taxi cost 10 usd

Some personal choices nearby:    NOTE:  From Intima to the main street MX 307 in Tulum is about a 5 to 8 minute walk

  1. Encanto Cantina                 https://www.facebook.com/encantocantina                                    In town along MX 307             Walk 10 minutes
  2. El Gourmet                         https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Gourmet/203353334906       In town along MX 307            Walk 15 minutes
  3. Manglar Pizzeria                https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manglar/1429371193984017     In town along MX 307             Walk 7 minutes

See Map of the area.   For larger version, Click on the image 

Rates 

Room rates can range from $140-$370/room/night (Excluding meals/drinks package). Room rates vary seasonally. Depending upon the room layout, two couples can rent a two bedroom suite to split the cost.  Rates vary and are not guaranteed as tariffs are subject to change without notice.
Meal/drink plans are $75/person/day in 2015 and $100/person/day in 2016 + 16% Mexican hotel tax.
Selected fine woods and materials are used to design the most comfortable furnishings that, along with organic bath amenities, ample living areas and kitchens, exclusive amenities and staff’s discreet service offer a fun, quiet experience.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning, Hot Water, Bottled Water, Daily Maid Service, Pool Towels, Microwave, Full Size Refrigerator or Mini-Fridge in Studio Suites, Stove (except in Studio Suites), Coffee Maker, Toaster and Kitchen Utensils. Professional Massages available by appointment for In-Room or Poolside Service.
• Premium Cotton Bed Sheets
• Private Balcony or Terrace with plunge pool nearby
• Spacious Living Area
• International Satellite TV & WiFi
• In-room Safe
• Daily Housekeeping Service
• Telephones
• Alarm clock and radio
• Liquor and Wine Menu (Available upon request at extra cost)
• Bath Amenities
• Hairdryer
• Private bathroom with shower in each accommodation
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Terms & Conditions

Reservations
Deposit is 20-30% of the lodging cost to confirm a reservation. Balance is due upon check in. Hotel incidentals, bar, restaurant, excursions, and spa services are charged upon check out. An all inclusive meal plan is available as well.  2016 meal/drink plan is $100/person/day+ 16% tax.   All rooms are subject to 19% IVA tax.

Get your room reservation for Intima Resort here.

Cancellations
Cancellations of deposit is a 100% penalty.

Accommodations Description

Studio Suite
Offers both a master bedroom with bathroom suite and mini kitchen on the first floor with a private swim-up pool or you may choose a second or third floor suite with a 2-person Jacuzzi. The Studio Suite is a division of the Two Bedroom Villa. There are five swim-up Studio Suites and ten Jacuzzi Studio Suites.

One Bedroom Junior Villa
Includes a master bedroom with bathroom suite plus a living room and dining area with full kitchen. Options include a first floor swim-up, second floor 4-person Jacuzzi or third floor with 4-person Jacuzzi and rooftop Splash Pool. There are two swim-up units, two Jacuzzi units, and two Penthouse units.

One Bedroom Master Villa
Includes a master bedroom with bathroom suite plus large living and dining area with full kitchen and 1/2 bath. Options include a first floor swim-up, second floor 4-person Jacuzzi or third floor with 6-person Jacuzzi and rooftop Splash Pool. The One Bedroom Master Villa is a division of the Two Bedroom Master Villa. There are four swim-up units, five Jacuzzi units, and five Penthouse units.

Two bedroom Master Villa
Includes two master bedrooms with bathroom suites plus a large living and dining area with full kitchen and 1/2 bath. Options include a first floor swim-up, second floor 4-person Jacuzzi or third floor with 6-person Jacuzzi and rooftop Splash Pool. This Villa can be split into a One Bedroom Master Villa and Studio Suite. There are four swim-up units, five Jacuzzi units, and five Penthouse units.

*actual rooms may vary from the floor plans depicted

2017  (ALERT:  Prices subject to change without notice/not guaranteed.  May vary with seasonal specials. Mexican taxes are subject to change without notice. Mexican tax varies 16-19% extra )

Two Bedroom Master Villa (maximum 4 guests) High Season (Dec1-15,2017) Low Season (To  Dec 15) Holidays (Dec 20 to Jan 4)
Penthouse $395 $305 $430
Swim-up $340 $265 $370
Jacuzzi $375 $305 $395
One Bedroom Master Villa (maximum 2 guests)
Penthouse $330 $255 $350
Swim-up 300 $220 $310
Jacuzzi $315 $230 $330
One Bedroom Junior Villa (maximum 2 guests)
Penthouse $290 $210 $300
Swim-up $250 $199 $270
Jacuzzi $270 $205 $280
Studio Suite (maximum 2 guests)
Swim-up $210 $180 $230
Jacuzzi $230 $180 $260
Penthouse $230 $180 $260

Impressions

 Uppers-Downers

↑↑↑  Fine, upscale furnishing, decorations and well-appointed facilities as nice as any apartment you would find in a big city
↓↓↓ No separate night club facility
↑↑↑  Dining, snacks meals service on site
↑↑↑ Walking distance to Tulum…about 5-8 minutes walk to the main drag of Tulum
↓↓↓ Not oceanfront, beach is a couple of miles east  (closest clothing optional beach – about 3 miles from the resort, ask resort for location and directions)
↓↓↓ No meeting area but the resort will allocate a 2 bedroom villa for Meet & Greets for socializing if a group is in house.
↑↑↑  Tulum is the gateway to the lower Mexican Yucatan, to Mahahual, Chetumal and on to Belize so there’s lots to do and see in the local area.
↑↑↑  Tulum is one of the most fun little villages on the Yucatan with numerous small restaurants, shops, bars and bistros that crowd the main street along Mexico highway 307.  Some of the best areas with funky, tropical vibe along the beach road nearby on MX 109.
↑↑↑ Some of the best beaches in the Caribbean are minutes down the road from the resort.
↑↑↑ Inside Sian Ka’An Biosphere where there’s a nude beach is located on the bottom right of this map link – Click on the image once it loads for a larger version.  NOTE:  Nude beaches are informal hangouts so be aware that nudity is not condoned  legally on Mexican beaches.

Age Ranges

Adults singles and couples 21 and over are welcome.

Best Time To Go

Tulum and the Cancun, Mexico areas are year round destinations.   Storms can occasionally visit the area in the fall every few years but weather is tropical throughout the 12 months.  See average temperatures below. First row is overall daily average/month, second row is average high/month and third is average low/month.

Average Temperature (F)
Annual JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
81.1 75.4 77 78.8 81.3 83.8 84.6 85.3 85.5 84.2 81.7 78.8 76.5
Average High Temperature (F)
Annual JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
86 81 82 84 85 88 89 90 90 89 87 84 82
Average Low Temperature (F)
Annual JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
72.9 67.8 68.7 70.2 72.9 75.2 76.5 76.6 76.3 75.7 74.1 71.6 69.3

Wish List

• Wish there was a separate conversation area for socializing or night club area on site.   Currently, the dining room serves as the function area.  For groups, usually a 2 bedroom penthouse serves as a Meet & Greet and function area.
• Wish it were ocean front.

Photo Album

Click on this link to view our PHOTO ALBUM of INTIMA RESORT . The photos were either shot by us, our clients or provided by the resort. If you have recently visited we invite you to send in your photos for us to display. To contribute you own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.

Trip Reports

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