Pierson has fallen in love with Tulum. “Since Tulum reopened to tourists in June (2020), I’ve visited three times for a total of 60 days. There’s so much to see there.”
The small coastal city of Tulum sits on the eastern edge of the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. Historically, Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayan people. At its height between 1200 and 1400, Tulum managed to survive for more than 70 years after Spanish invaders began occupying Mexico. By the end of the 1500s, though, Tulum was abandoned completely. Today Tulum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region and is divided into four main areas: the pueblo, the hotel zone, the archaeological site and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.
“Tulum was reopened to tourists in June. The second day it was open it was empty, and now it’s completely full—fuller than it used to be. On our first trip, we visited the Villas at Papaya Playa Projects. They have the most amazing architecture—150 rooms, all are completely different. Every villa has its own pool—some on the patio, some right on the ocean and five or six have pools on the roof.
“We were able to get to one of the villas and quickly visit the roof pool. We couldn’t resist. The trees and the textures and this amazing pool on the roof—it’s so unique. The contrast between the green and the blue makes it so appealing. We were cooped up in Los Angeles for so long. We were gone the first second we could leave. Tulum was open, it was tropical, the weather was perfect, and we’d never been there—so we had to go.”