LILYA ‘Atlantico’ SS16 took us over to the iconic and ever beautiful Tulum. Amberly Valentine of ‘We are the Wild Girls’, captured the beautiful Madeline Joy Relph on the pristine beaches of The Isla Mujeres, bar side at eco boutique, Coco Tulum, through rivers and lagoons in the breathtaking cenotes and then to the amazing Coqui Coqui in Coba. If you have ever dreamed of a Mexican escape, then these images are sure to have you booking your tickets, fast! We sat down with Amberly and asked her some insider advice on what to see and do in Mexico. You can view and shop the entire campaign now here.
EAT: Posada Margherita for super fresh & light Italian food (their homemade fresh pasta is to die for) or Hartwood for the best grilled octopus and fresh ceviche in Tulum.
STAY: Azulik Tulum – an eco friendly treehouse over the ocean that is beyond beautiful. We were greeted with a traditional Mayan cleansing ceremony and ended our days with long baths overlooking the waves. Bliss. Further afield is the incredible Coqui Coqui in Coba. Part perfumery part hotel this place is style personified with none of the stuffy airs and graces of other high end boutique hotels. Simply stunning design and wonderfully friendly staff make it feel like a retreat from the real world.
DRINK: Tequila Tequila!! Well it is Mexico after all…
EXPLORE: Ancient Mayan Ruins and crystal clear cenotes (natural swimming pools created by the underwater rivers).
SHOP: Coqui Coqui for artisan perfumes and hand woven hammocks
RELAX: By the ocean! Tulum has beautiful turquoise water and powder white sand. Just park under one of the many coconut trees and watch the world go by.
CHECK OUT: Akumal bay for swimming with turtles & Volladolid for super colourful historic buildings.
HOT TIP: Get up really early – places here get pretty crowded but in the mornings you will have the whole place to yourself before 8am.
MUST DO: Try the ceviche – it’s the best we have had anywhere in the world
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: At the many Taco Stalls. You can eat for few dollars and its guaranteed to be better than most of the fancy restaurants.
3 THINGS TO PACK: A teeny tiny bikini and nothing else. More room in the suitcase for all those hammocks you will buy!