Jashita Hotel is a breathtaking, eco-friendly boutique hotel perched on it's own private little strip of beachfront Caribbean at Soliman Bay, Tulum.
A pretty epic feast for the eyes.
Luxe rooftop swimming pools, sweeping beach views, the luxury of contemporary 5-star elegance with the breath-taking natural beauty of Tulum as the backdrop. This space was once the private holiday residence of the Marachiorello family who turned it into the paradise it is today - and thank the Mexican Sun Lord's for that! The world would be quite as bright without Jashita in it.
Tulum, a still sleepy Mexican beach town is my pick of Mexican destinations for quite a few reasons; the incredible natural beauty, the lack of huge chain resorts, the laid–back beachy vibe and best of all, the crystal-clear waters lapping at white sandy beaches in every direction.
Being secluded on a private strip of coastline, protected by the coral reef, Jashita Hotel feels like an eclectic, lavish residence for an extremely chic group of royalty. Fifteen minutes from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of Tulum, the hotel sits in a quiet coastal cove at the end of a long dusty driveway. As you round the last bend, a stunning set of thatched rooftops and shell-white buildings pop up behind a gorgeous set of grand wooden doors .
The aesthetics fit into the natural Mexican landscape seamlessly. A marriage of chic Mexican architecture and effortless luxury. White canopies flutter in the tropical breeze, chilled prosecco beckons from welcoming ice-buckets and the sound of the ocean lapping the shore immediately melts away any city anxiety.
The best part of Jashita is that you can escape to your little nook of paradise and feel completely secluded inside your room, however if you wish you can step out into the grounds and be poolside in a matter of seconds. The only question is, which poolside? Rooftop poolside, adults-only poolside, or good old-fashioned beachside swimming. Whatever you’re craving in the moment, hopefully with a mango daiquiri in hand.
Stepping outside onto the white rocky sand, we grabbed a set of paddleboards to explore the crystal clear ocean just after sunrise, the perfect time to set sail on the calm aquamarine waters. This is heaven, feeling the sun rise and start to warm up the earth.
The careful thought that goes into the little details as well as the sweeping strokes of design perfection, creates a heavenly cocoon. Italian robes, Ferrero Roches in abundance, chilled prosecco, complimentary use of snorkels, kayaks and paddle boards. What more do you need to really and truly unwind... in style.
As if the luxurious, perfectly appointed rooms with gob-smacking views aren’t enough, the freshly made authentic Italian pasta dishes at Sahara Cafe are just the beginning of a tour into paradise for all of your senses.
Tommaso, the charismatic owner and creator, was born and breed in Italy and brings a taste of the Italian countryside to your plate with family recipes. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, book a table on the roof of the restaurant for sunset. Romantically – out of this world! We had a private table with the lobster pasta and watched an incredible light show as a thunderstorm rolled in creating vibrant fire-filled clouds.
If you prefer to stay in (and if you’re lucky or smart enough to book the Aphrodite Suite), watch the sun go down gracefully behind the masses of Mexican jungle from your suite with that icy mango daiquiri in hand, your feet dangling in your private rooftop spa. This is absolute paradise if I’ve ever seen it.
The relaxed vibe coupled with supreme luxury is a recipe for successful relaxation and soul rejuvenation. This is a place to honeymoon, to escape, to restore and to retreat to. How can you not walk out of Jashita with a light heart, a full belly and a completely new zest for life having retreated into the beauty of this hotel and natural space.
I love a delicious, hearty breakfast, that’s my weakness. A big tick for the options presented each morning. Sahara Resturant is such a gorgeous place to gaze out over the calm ocean and read the paper while you slowly devour your huge breakfast with a good, strong coffee and work up the energy to make it to the pool or hammock.
Tommaso says – the natural environment is your gym. Run the beach strip, paddle to your heart's content, swim in the ocean or kayak around the coastline. We also choose to do some yoga on the rooftop of the Aphrodite Suite under the shade of the awning and finished it off with a long relax in the private hammocks rooftop.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a multitude of ocean and cave activities minutes away including an alluring pre-Columbian archaeological site. We chose to have a snorkel and a quick dip in the icy waters of Cenote Dos Ojos which is a 5-minute drive away. Mainly because we wanted to stay close to Jashita so as to get straight back to relaxing! It’s touristy but worth a visit. The staff at Jashita are equipped with local knowledge and will arrange everything for you.
I hope the image of the crystal clear, aquamarine waters from our bed never leaves my mind. I'm already dreaming of my return to the Aphrodite Suite and of devouring a few more of those ice cold Ferrero Roches, prosecco in hand, watching the sun go down after another perfect day in paradise where the only concern is deciding what to order for dinner.
This is the stuff dreams are made of - from every angle.
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By Catherine Mack for The Paradise Road
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Ps. If it happens to be your birthday, like it was mine, let the towel cake do the talking.