Welcome to Checking In, our monthly column in which our lifestyle editor-at-large, Monica Mendal, shares the best in hotels and other luxury destinations. Comprising the latest and greatest before everyone else is talking about them, the chic locations you'll discover here belong at the top of your travel bucket list.
Year after year, Tulum’s appeal as the ultimate bohemian beach destination grows steadily, and it’s not because the beach is anything to write home about. What makes Tulum an attractive destination for the stylish, globetrotting crowd is the ongoing development of new swoon-worthy design hotels that pop up on the beach each year. From Papaya Playa Project to Nomade and Casa Malca, and to this season’s newcomer, Casa Pueblo Boca Paila, Tulum has made beachside living as chic as it is relaxing.
As the rise in excitement around Tulum has proven, boutique hotels set the tone for up-and-coming destinations. Yet with an upswing of cool accommodations comes an increase in crowds, so where are the OG Tulum-goers headed next to escape mainstream tourism, while still getting their fix of clever, beachy design? Anywhere with good surf, good food, good people, and good vibes. From cool surf hotels to whimsy tropical bungalows, here’s where to stay in our new favorite bohemian beach towns that aren’t Tulum.