As we mentioned, Mukan is located about 20 miles south of Tulum. To get there, it’s best to go by boat—it’ll take just 45 minutes, as compared to the hour-and-a-half drive by car. This mode of transportation also allows you to embrace your setting from the start, as a local tour guide can direct you through the 1.6-million-acre natural reserve (yes, it’s one of the largest in Mexico), pointing out the manatees and zooming through the mangroves as you go. Seriously, don’t be surprised if feel like you’re on your own personal James Bond excursion. We found that the twists and turns made for a very engaging Instagram video.

You know you’ve arrived when you post up at a private dock, hidden among the mangroves. There, a friendly staff awaits, ready to hand over a cold cocktail and grab your luggage. On the other side of the mangroves, a chic, palapa-style property sits on a secluded stretch of sand that you’ll soon be calling your home away from home.

Or actually, like heaven in general. We recommend posting up in a comfy, palm-covered cabana for the afternoon, with a margarita in one hand and a book in the other. The hammocks are ideal for relaxing on the beach, and they’re scattered around the property to ensure that every guest feels a bit of privacy.

Since there’s a limited number of guests at any given time, it’s OK to think of the shared spaces as an extension of your room. We were especially drawn to the main lobby area on a rainy afternoon, especially after too much time in the sun. It’s home to two comfy couches, pretty coffee tables, board games, and ocean views. There’s also an intimate pool just below the lobby, where you can lounge on the side or get in a few laps, and a hot tub and patio up above. A bird’s-eye Insta photo from here is a must!

The digs here are nice—think a rain-forest shower, bathtub with ocean views, and a plush canopy bed—but they aren’t too much. Meaning, they don’t take away from the main attraction: the beach view!

There are plenty of activities available on your own (paddle boarding, biking, and kayaking), as well as additional excursions that can be booked through the concierge. These full- or half-day getaways are great for the more adventurous types (or anyone who gets stir crazy), as Mukan offers cenote diving, scuba diving, fly-fishing, and bird-watching. History and nature lovers may opt for a tour around the biosphere itself, where a personal guide, Lea Bartel, can show you the ins and outs of the ecosystem.

Whether you’re fishing one-on-one with Charlie, the in-house “aquaman,” requesting another margarita on the beach, or enjoying a massage on the lagoon dock, you’ll feel like you’re the only guest at Mukan. The staff gives you their undivided attention, is quick to act on any requests, and will even surprise you with your favorite treats. That said, they never made us feel overwhelmed by their attention…it’s like they knew just the level we wanted.

We won’t ruin our last point with a photo, but know that taking in the sunset by the lagoon is a must. On our trip, it was the perfect end to a perfect, stress-free getaway.

The transfer there doubles as a private nature tour.
Its seclusion is central to its charm.
The beach is basically Instagram heaven.
The shared spaces are sophisticated and, again, semi-private.
The food is local and fresh.
The beach bungalows are just what they sound like.
There are activities for every kind of adventure-seeker.
The service is personal, attentive—and yet not intrusive.
And, finally, the sunsets!


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