Original Story by travel correspondent Alison Currier.
Tulum may not be Mexico’s best kept secret anymore but visitors around the world are falling in love with this effortlessly cool jungle paradise. Located in the Mexican Caribbean, this bohemian beach town offers a unique travel experience that stand out from the all-inclusive resorts along the Mexican Riviera. Here, you will find a completely different vibe; a more authentic and laid back getaway. The perfect remedy for any cold weather blues.
Despite some recent battles with the government over property rights, development in this area is booming. New boutique hotels, and high end luxury accommodations are opening offering exceptional customer service and delicious food while maintaining several options for the budget traveler.
Located in the heart of Tulum beach, a narrow road packed of cabanas hip hotels, restaurants and bars, Nest Tulum is one the latest beach property to rest and unwind.
Founder James Chippendale from Austin Texas, like many others, came to Tulum to start a new life. Without any hotel experience, or knowledge of the language, he bought a beachfront property in May 2015 and converted it into a boutique hotel that has more of a beachside home you would borrow from a friend than a hotel.
“It’s not without its daily challenges” says Chippendale, but as a group we are always looking to make changes up the offering at NEST and are striving harder every day to provide our guest with that at home feel”
Set on the beachfront with individual styled bungalows, tropical trees and sand pathways, Nest offers the perfect blend of rustic comfort. The architecture is simple and offers a variety of rooms and lounge areas for the modern traveler. Mexican style minimalist meet modern simplicity with locally sourced product and furnishing. He spent 3 months travelling across Mexico to find the perfect pieces and customized them for what he calls ‘’the home’’.
‘’Mexico has some of the best craftsmen in the world so I was determined to buy as much as possible locally and or from local vendors’’ says Chippendale.
‘’Several trips to Merida landed us most of our kitchen supplies and textiles and a few beautiful lamps but it was after digging through dozens of old warehouses with of the most beautiful antique furniture in San Miguel that the NEST look came together’’ he adds.
Now open for a little more than a year, the hotel is running at full capacity. It is the perfect retreat for travelers chasing summer and a place to get away from it all.
A new little sister : NEST @Ki’bok
Chippendale’s latest project, NEST @Ki’bok, is a cool micro hotel for the budget traveler. Located in town, known as “the Pueblo,” where the locals live, it was built over the best and most loved coffee shop in town, Ki’Bok. Opened only 1 month ago, this brand new 4 room property is a place where NEST guests can mingle and experience all the energy the Tulum Pueblo has to offer; music, art galleries, restaurants and bars etc…
The rooms are simple and modern but true to the local roots and design of his beach sister hotel. The lounge above the buzzing street is the perfect place to hang out after a long day at the beach or a day biking around town. Oh and a delicious breakfast and amazing coffee comes with the room…yes please!
Overall, Nest properties are naturally simple, offering all the comfort of home with high attention on details and service. Whether you prefer the quiet white sand beaches or busy colorful town experience you will find in these properties a true nest, a refuge in the healing grounds of Tulum.