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I’m always searching for unique experiences during my travels, which includes accommodations. On a recent visit to Tulum, Mexico I stayed at Harmony Glamping & Boutique Hotel. Harmony is located towards the end of Tulum Pueblo. It sits a block behind the main road in Tulum, surrounded by local homes and restaurants. The property is small and rustic, with nearly 10 lodging options to choose from - including tents & private suites. Since I was looking for something out of the ordinary, I stayed in one of their glamping tents. If you’re unaware, glamping is essentially a glamorous version of camping. You don’t have to set up your own tent or bring a sleeping bag, but you still get a camping experience.
Harmony offers 6 different glamping tents to travelers. Each tent has its own name & personality inspired from locations around the world. I was placed in ‘The Frida’, which was closest to the property’s entrance. Aside from colorful Mexican decorations inside of the tent, the layout was extremely simple. It included a queen-sized bed, floor fan, side-table, and a small veranda. Due to the lack of air-conditioning, the tents are not a place to lounge around in on a warm day in Tulum. However, it was perfect to return to after a day of wandering around town. While towels and soap are offered for showers, tent-dwellers will use the communal bathrooms placed in the center of the property. Since you’re outdoors, you may hear nearby street cars and dogs barking at night. You are given a key to lock your tent during the day and a locker for your valuables while you are away. If glamping is not your thing, there are 5 suites available with air conditioning, personal bathrooms, and complete privacy.
Like many other hotels in Tulum, Harmony is eco-friendly. It was built on the grounds of their Organic Permaculture farm, only using sustainable materials. I was able to enjoy some of the produce grown on their farm during meals at their onsite Flow Restaurant. The restaurant is extremely vegetarian/vegan friendly. There are only a few meat options on the whole menu, so I tried a veggie burger for the first time and it was surprisingly tasty! I also had a breakfast smoothie and Falafel for lunch the following day. Each meal was fresh, the service was prompt, and I loved the dimly-lit atmosphere at night.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at Harmony. Tulum holds a special place in my heart, so I love discovering new places to stay, eat, and play in town. During my last visit I stayed in the hotel zone right on the beach, so it was nice to stay in the ‘real’ Tulum this time around.
You can book on their website for the cheapest rate at http://www.harmonyglampingtulum.com/book-it
Note: Harmony Glamping Hotel & Boutique offered me a complimentary stay, but all opinions expressed are my own.
I just returned from a weekend in one of my favorite places - New Orleans, Louisiana. (Dedicated blog post coming soon, btw)
I could have stayed in a hotel but I saved $200+ by staying in a hostel.
And in my mind.....more savings = MORE TRAVEL + (more money for good food). So...it was a no-brainer for me.
This hostel is probably the friendliest hostel I've ever stayed in. Everyone was SO friendly from the jump! As soon as I arrived & walked out to the courtyard outside, I was greeted by 10 + strangers sitting around the table playing King's cup.
Everyone at the table had an accent. 2 girls were from Germany, 2 guys were from New Zealand, 1 guy was from England, 1 guy was from Syria, 1 girl was from South Korea, and only 1 other guy was from the US. Many of them were traveling the US for the first time.
We all talked, battled it out in King's Cup(I Lost), and then headed out for a night on Frenchman street. We had such a good time together each night despite the fact that we'd just met. It's crazy how easy it can be to meet awesome people when everyone is open. No matter where I go, my favorite part of travel is the people I meet and the experiences we share - even if for just a few hours. Even if I never see these people again, it feels good to know that they played a role in my travel experience.
I talk about how easy it is to make friends at a hostel my last post. Hostels are perfect for solo travelers, budget travelers, or anyone that might be looking for a friendly atmosphere.
I've said it before - they're NOT for everyone. I'm not saying I'd choose a hostel over a comfortable & private hotel/rental every time because I wouldn't. I do know that staying in a hostel could bring many one step closer to being able to afford that trip you've been wanting to take. So as long as it's clean & safe, who cares where you sleep? You'll be out exploring anyway!
Sure, you'll be sleeping in bunk beds like you're at 6th-grade summer camp. but you'll save hundreds of dollars and you just might meet some pretty cool people.
In Portugal, I recorded a hostel tour video & I finally got the chance to edit it1
Check out this video to see WHAT A HOSTEL IS REALLY LIKE!
Sorry for talking with my hands and being a bit boring - I've gotta get more comfortable on video haha!
Is this what you expected a hostel to be like? Comment below!