Intima Resort - Tulum, Mexico
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IO - February 2016
We purchased the meal plan, so we never left the resort to go into town to eat. It is only a short 5-10 minute walk into town, depending on where you went, if going for supper ( at dark) some people had brought a flashlight to make it easier to see, coming along the hotel road, which didn't have bright lights along it.
We didn't visit the nude beach, but people either biked or drove there.
The resort service was very good and the complex was very clean. The staff was always doing something to keep it maintained. The pool was very clean, BUT VERY COLD, so not a lot of people went into it. (February can be cool on the Yucatan at night)
Our room was excellent and we had the jr. suite on the 2nd floor so we had a jacuzzi on our balcony. We loved using it before going to bed at night. There was talk that the hot water was being changed to a different system because sometimes it was a challenge to get and maintain hot water for the shower. Once you figured it out then you seemed to be set for the time you had the room.
As noted previously we had the meal plan, the food was excellent and always willing to accommodate any requests you might have.
BC - Two Canadian couples - February 2015 - Two bedroom Villa Penthouse
What a great place to visit. We are already thinking about heading back next winter. Likely in February again. We may even try and get a group trip going and will be booking with you again. Here is a copy of our tripadvisor review:
We have just returned from 10 days at Intima Resort. It was amazing - the people are so friendly, our rooms were beautiful, everyone there was friendly all the way down to the gardeners. We went "all inclusive" (meal + drink Plan). It was the best, Antonio is an amazing chef. He goes over the top for every guest making sure you enjoy your stay, he even packed us a lunch for the beach (saying it was included as our all inclusive). The resort is not on the beach but it's close by and Roger (one of the owners) even offered a ride or you can take a cab. What a beautiful beach - there is even a small bar and grill close by, but you will have to dress to go up to it. Tulum town is within walking distance of the resort - lots to do, restaurants, shopping if your into that, night life is good too. Very quiet at night at the resort, lots of friendly people to hot tub with and just talk with. We can't wait to go back. This is truly an amazing place with amazing people - they are always asking what more they can add to make your stay more perfect. We booked with Castaway Travel and they were helpful and arranged to have one of the condo owners meet us as we stepped in the door. We have traveled to numerous resorts and will be returning. Take the "all inclusive" option and you will not be disappointed. Great place!!
Room Tip: We stayed on a main floor with swim up, I think we are going to move up next time to get the hot tub on the patio
RR - February 2015
First floor suites are swim up as a 'leg' of the pool extends to their patio. However, there is a skimmer flap by the patio and if you have your door open at night you will hear it flapping.
Second floor suites have a patio hot tub. Very nice.
Third floor suites have a separate roof access and a plunge pool but it's not heated and may be cold. The roof access has a table and chairs and sun all day.SUN
A building gets PM sun.
B building never gets sun.
C building get AM sun.Something went wrong in the communications and we were taken to a Studio Suite. Oops and we had to go back to the bar for another free drink while our reservation was straightened out.
Now, anybody can make a mistake but it's how it's dealt with that counts. After a very short wait we were escorted to our condo but we were given a free upgrade to a Master Suite. Lovely!CONDITIONS & SERVICE
The facilities, grounds and condos are all first class, really, really nice. A lot of places SAY they run a First Class Resort. This place is. All the staff were very helpful and friendly.
A special shout out to Alejandra at the Front Desk. My self made car rental with Easy Rent Tulum just didn't appear. I have no Spanish and Alejandra has little English but with a great attitude and effort and google translate she straightened out the mess I had and got us a very nice car rental at a good price with no notice. And then checked out the car with us to make sure all was as it should be! Super service.
The main social events were meal time and in the evening everyone gathered at the hot tub. That is the only down side. We would have liked more activities as we prefer a little more active vacations but we knew it going in and had a major good time. But do join the hot tub sessions as that's where we learned about beaches and restaurants and such.
There are 2 nude beaches semi near Intima Resort.
Cabanas Copal has a nude beach, not the resort just the beach. Intima offers a discount pass to use their beach and they have chairs and umbrellas to rent. I have not been there but was told by other guests that it is small and sees about a 50% nude use.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is an Eco center and nature preserve on the South side of Tulum Playa that has a huge nudity permitted beach. We visited a few times car pooling with other Intima guests. Drive South through Tulum Playa and into the Biosphere, it's well marked. A few hundred meters on will be an entrance to the beach. It is private land and costs 20 pesos each. There are no facilities so bring water and sun screen and whatever. We walked South on the beach nude for an hour and didn't come near the end. There weren't many others using the beach but the ones we saw were all nude too.
Tip: Sunday is a day of rest for Mexicans and the beach, we were told, can be busy with families. Best to pick any other day.
We never ate at the resort, people who did raved about the food, but we like eating local. Every night we walked into Tulum and ate at a different restaurant. Yes it's safe to walk into town and it's only a couple of hundred yards but bring a flashlight as the last 100 yards or so to the resort entrance is in the dark. Everyone said it was a safe thing to do and we agree.
On the North side of Tulum, the main drag is about 20 blocks long, are 2 super markets. In neither one is English real common but.....
Super San Francisco Food Mart is small by our standards but has nice produce and most anything you need. Prices are good.
Super Chedraui is more like a Super Walmart, food, cloths and whatever. Right across from the Super Chedraui is iBike, more on that later. They have an aisle just for tequila and a nice gentleman who spoke very good English who's job it was to explain about tequila. Same for the cigar aisle.
Tip: Resource for translations on other subjects.
Mayan ruins. You can rent a car or you can take a taxi or you can rent a bike. Across from Super Chedraui is iBike. For 100 pesos for the day you can rent a bike from iBike and the advantage they have over many other bike rental places is that why are on a bike path to the ruins. If you drive a car you have to pay to park. The car park is quite a way from the entrance to the Mayan ruins so it's a 15 minute, or more, walk to the entrance. You can pay to take a shuttle. With a bike you don't pay to park and you can ride right up to the ticket counter, lock your bike and go in. Lots of bikes around.
As you ride your bike up the shuttle road to the ticket counter it "T's" and tickets are on the left. Follow the road to the right about 10 ~ 15 minutes and you end up at a really nice beach that is part of the historic site. Keep riding and you are now on the Tulum Playa road with lots of other bikes. A fun day.
We love the Tulum area, anything to get away from the hustle & bustle of the over commercialized Cancun tourist zone.