For our summer vacation, we decided to spend 15 days on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Turquoise waters, white sand beaches, Mayan cities and renowned archaeological sites, it is for us the ideal destination for those who wish to combine paradisiacal places and culture for their holidays.
Boat day with Koox diving
How to get a cheap flight ticket?
The cost of a trip to this region is often expensive, especially in July-August. We discovered the advertisement by Lilligo and we saw there were attractive prices for flights Paris-Cancun. So we took a round trip ticket Paris to Cancun flight for 1,100 euros each. It is a good plan especially in mid-July. (while other sites posted a minimum price of 1,600 euros per person.)
In addition to airline tickets, Lilligo offers you the opportunity to book hotels and a car for your trip, and all this for a cheap price!
Palm trees shadows at Sanara Restaurant
Tulum is a real paradise with paradisiacal beaches on the Caribbean side (even if it's not the real Mexico anymore). Life seems more cool and relaxed there here more than any other place.
Many treasures are hidden and we have discovered some of them. Including the Sian Ka'an nature reserve and the ruins of Muyil with the agency Mexico Kan Tours.
We also had the chance to discover the ruins of Tulum seen from the sea with the agency Koox Diving.
Muyil ruines with Mexico Kan Tours
Where to Stay?
Casa Pueblo Tulum: the interior design of this place is amazing! A must to see in Tulum !
Luv hotel: An intimate eco-retreat hotel by the sea
Ki'imak apartments: if you are traveling with friends or family, we recommend these excellent apartments-hotels, in the heart of Tulum.
Merida is the capital of Yucatan and here it is another facet of Mexico that we discovered: a colonial city where modernity mixes with tradition, beautiful buildings, lots of people, local sounds, but the city is more than that!
The must-see sights of the city are: San Idelfonso Cathedral, Plaza Grande Park, Palacio Municipal, Hostal Zocalo, San Juan Bautista Park and Church, Paseo de Montejo and the Palace of the Governor. And of course, the many colorful streets in the city!
For museum enthusiasts , we loved the Museo moderno Macay exhibiting the works of the Mexican painter Fernando Garcia Ponce.
During our stay in Merida, we had the chance to spend a day in a Mayan community with Mexique découverte, a French travel agency in Mexico. The agency organized a tailor-made tour with a guide. In addition to the shaman, we had the chance to discover a Mayan temple unknown to the general public, a cenote and Mayan local cuisine.
Mayapan site with Mexique Decouverte
Where to Stay?
Hacienda Merida VIP : a haven of peace in the heart of Merida. The interior design of the place is well chosen and the staff is very welcoming. A must visit if you plan to stay in Mérida.
Hacienda Merida VIP
A small fishing village located in the north of the Yucutan Peninsula. Relaxing and soothing, you are very far from Tulum's mass tourism. Here, no cash machine, few hotels and few tourists, you discover the authentic and traditional Mexico. We visited the beautiful Rio Lagartos Nature Reserve with Rio Lagartos Maravillate: There are mangroves, flamingos, pelicans, barracudas, crocodiles. In short, an impressive biodiversity.
The other must-to see of the place is the pink lake of Las Coloradas, guaranteed 100% natural and without dye. Loaded with salt and sediment, the lake naturally takes on this pretty astonishing pink color.
Where to Stay?
Yuum Ha: a boutique hotel located near the seaside with a very friendly staff. You will have the chance to wake up with an incredible view of the sea.
A quiet and wild island that offers a paradise island setting. Here, no cars, no big resort hotels, no nightlife. The proximity to locals is one of the many assets of the island: local life is present and its authenticity is preserved.
At Holbox, you can discover many heavenly beaches that are uncrowded. We also advise you to lose yourself in the colorful streets of the island and admire the street-art.
Where to eat?
Luuma: the cocktails are exceptional and the tapas delicious.
Mandarina restaurant: SIMPLY DELICIOUS, for a dinner with an incredible sunset, fine cuisine and a festive atmosphere.
Sunset at Mandarina Restaurant
Where to stay?
Maya hotel residence: ideally located near the Ferry, this charming boutique hotel with swimming pool is the ideal place to spend a few days with your family.
Casa las Tortugas: Located on the beach, this boho-chic hotel is very well decorated with a very welcoming staff.
We also stayed one night in Isla Mujeres at the Icaco Island Village. We loved the decoration of the hotel. It is the place to be in Isla Mujeres.
New York is the city that never sleeps. Different, inimitable, noisy and surprising, the Big Apple is an incredible city that you have to discover and re-discover as there are always things to do. Here's a guide to our unmissable and favorite places in New York.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
-Touristical Time : From the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Flatiron Building, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building or the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City is full of must-see places and monuments!
If you want a 360 ° view of the city, go to the top of the Rockefeller Center, it is indescribable. Note: for paid tourist activities, we recommend the Sightseeing Pass which is cheap and easily used in the city. We opted for the Flex Pass of 5 attractions which costs $130 USD.
Then, Let's chill in Central Park, this is the perfect place to sunbathe in the middle of nature. For the more sporty, you can go for a run, cycling, rollerblading and even small boating around the lake.
-To be a New Yorker Insider :
One of the most enjoyable things to do is simply take a stroll and get lost in the city. The High Line in the Chelsea area is the perfect place for it. This old railway has been transformed into a garden for the greatest happiness of the local residents and tourists.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, the Brooklyn neighborhood has many charms: artists' warehouses, street art, second-hand clothing shops, handicrafts, etc. The neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greepoint are populated by young and trendy residents.
Let's not forget that Brooklyn is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Which means beaches must be nearby. We recommend the beaches of Coney Island or Brighton.
On our way to Rockaway beach
If you like art and museums, New York will fill your artistic needs. The Big Apple has some of the most beautiful museums in the world.
The Chelsea area is the place for art lovers. This hip neighborhood is home to some of the city's best art galleries ... and many of them are open access. The Gagosian gallery is by far our favorite.
Damien Hirst - Colour Space - Gagosian Gallery
WHERE TO STAY
New York is infamously expensive, but there are a range of hotels to suit every budget if you know where to look.
The Gansevoort Hotel
How to go
The airline Norwegian Airlines offers cheap flights for Paris-New York.
To get around the city, use the inexpensive VIA app that works like UberPool or take the one-week metro pass at $ 33 per person.
There's more to Geneva than watches, chocolates and banks. In addition to being one of Europe's most international cities due to the European home of the UN and the headquarters of the Red Cross, Geneva is known as a city where it is pleasant to live and has many assets for a successful getaway, only 3 hours from Paris.
Stress test - Guillaume Pillet
Galerie Joy de Rouvre - Quartier des Bains
Anxietina - Hannah Black
Contemporary Art Center - Quartier des Bains
GENEVA LEISURE ACTIVITIES
Fly over Geneva to admire the magnificent panorama offered by the Mont Salève and The Lake of Geneva. Whether it's to take pictures or experience something out of the ordinary, helicopter flight is an unforgettable experience.
Sport around the Lake
You can practice many activities around Lake Geneva. From rafting, to windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. This is the place to partake in the water sports you have interest in. If you have a boat license, you can also go for a walk in the sea. Jogging near the Lake is also very popular with the Genevans. For lovers of walking, the surroundings of Lake Geneva have multiple hiking trails.
WHERE TO EAT
HOW TO GO?
- Several daily connections from Paris-Gare de Lyon with TGV Lyria in only 3 hours.
- But also many flights between Geneva and Paris airports with Air France.
The city of Cannes is famous for its film festival held every May. However, the charms of this city go well beyond this event. We had the opportunity to visit the city of Cannes a few weeks ago. These locations are some of the best places to visit and explore while you are in Cannes.
Port du Mouré Rouge
Île Saint Honorat
Pine forest is the home to the famous monastery of Lérins. The island is ideal for nature lovers but also for people seeking tranquility and spirituality. This island is owned by a community of monks who grow vines, which produce 12,000 bottles of liquor and 35,000 bottles of exceptional wine that is provided to many starred restaurants.
Wine tastings is possible every first Friday of each month.
The beach of Mouré Rouge:
Located on the east coast of La Croisette, this beach is ideal for families and water sports enthusiasts. Far from the atmosphere of the private beaches of La Croisette, the surrounding area is very friendly.
Nautical bases of Cannes youth - Mouré Rouge
Le Canberra Hotel
WHERE TO STAY
Far away from the palaces of the city, Cannes also has unique boutique hotels.
The Canberra Hotel:
The hotel is strategically located in the city center, in Rue d'Antibes. This hotel, built in 1835, is a 4-storey building designed in Provençal architecture. We appreciate the intimate side of the place. Its private pool is very nice to refresh during hot weather.
The Five Seas
Close to La Croisette, this boutique hotel has a modern, cozy and friendly atmosphere. The roof terrace has an outdoor pool making it an ideal place for a stay in Cannes.
Le Canberra Hotel
HOW TO GO
- For a direct trip from Paris, take a 5 hours train ride departing at Gare de Lyon.
- For the quickest trip, Air France offers great deals on flights from Paris to Nice. Once you arrive at Nice, take a 45 min ride on the bus line “Cannes Express” and they will get you to center of Cannes.
Only a 3h30min flight from Paris, Marrakech is the ideal destination: sun, heat, good food, and the feeling of the good life. Discover our suggestions for a relaxing and sunny stay in the City of Ochre.
THINGS TO DO
There are places that must not be missed. The Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Jemaa el Fna Square are among them. The Jemaa Square will undoubtedly be your benchmark when you venture into the souks. The souks are a must visit during your stay in Marrakech. This is the place to find unique souvenirs (carpets, spices, slippers, dishes).
In these labyrinthine alleys, it is sometimes complicated - not to say impossible, to get lost.
To be a Marrakech Insider
Don't be scared to get lost in the Medina. Moroccan crafts are still extremely present and the heart of the souks offers beautiful encounters and discoveries.
Make yourself comfortable at Rosa oil to fill up with oils and natural remedies against all the illnesses of everyday life. You can have a massage and even attend the preparations. Its reputation is well established, visitors from all over the world come to find the precious argan oil and the herbalism collaborates with many professionals.
The Souk dyers is a souk in the souk, accessible by the Mouassine fountain, he lost much of his business with industrial dyes. They are working in traditional ways using natural pigments to color the fabrics and willingly share their know-how.
Ride around the city
For those wishing to escape the bustle of the city for a few hours, you can go on an adventure in the heart of the Moroccan desert. We turned to the operator Dunes and Desert for a day trip, combining dromedary in the Palmeraie and quad in the Moroccan Atlas. We know that you will have a unique experience and a change of scenery ... a few kilometers from Marrakech.
Marrakech is the cultural capital of Morocco. You can visit many fascinating museums and learn about the history of Marrakech.
Purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, the Majorelle Garden is a botanical garden known for its intense blue color, the Majorelle blue. Out of Islamic inspiration, the garden gathers hundreds of exotic and rare species. You can also find there the Berber museum.
Close to the Majorelle Garden, this 4,000-square-meter establishment traces the French couturier's fascination with Morocco, where he lived for a while. While visiting this new cultural temple, you will also have the opportunity to discover Yves Saint Laurent's 5000 pieces of clothing and hundreds of sketches, preserved by the Yves Saint Laurent Pierre Bergé Foundation.
Catherine Deneuve by Yves Saint Laurent
Housed in Dar Dallah, charming riad of the eighteenth century, the Boucharouite Museum is dedicated to all forms of Folk Art of Morocco. Its name comes from the carpet Boucharouites and Zindekh. Boucharouite means "end of cloth" in Berber and refers to those carpets that women make, usually very modest, from torn fabrics from recycled textiles. The walls of the museum are adorned with these colorful rugs. The rooftop of the place is also to be seen, between wrought iron beds, cactus and pottery, it is the ideal place for a relaxing break.
WHERE TO STAY
WHERE TO EAT
There is so much generosity, flavor, and finesse in Moroccan cuisine. It was a real treat to alternate between tajine, cuckoos, or pastillas at all meals.
The Lagon and Garden at El Saadi Palace
Le comptoir de Darna
The city of Angels is known for its cinema, its red carpet and its celebrities. In addition to being a city filled with art and entertainment, Los Angeles is a multi-faceted city. The city is huge (70km North to South, 1,300km 2 area) and you will always have something to see and do. Here is a selection of our favorite places.
WHERE TO STAY
The Arrive Hotel
The Plaza la Reina
The Culver Hotel
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
WHAT TO DO
To be a Los Angeles Insider The Downtown District is the dynamic and financial district of the city. Some historical must stops are The Bradbury Building and the Last BookStore. In contrast, for more rest, we recommend chilling on the canals of Venice beach. On the outskirts of Los Angeles, the small town of Pasadena has many vintage shops and an atypical charm. If you have the chance to go there the second Sunday of the month, do not leave without having a chance to visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market, you will find many hidden gems and vintage wonders.
The last bookstore
You cannot leave the City of Angels without seeing the Walk of Fame and Hollywood Sign closely. It is recommended to climb Runyon Canon Park (very popular for the locals) to get a view of the whole city. Griffith Park is another location for it’s view and historical past within in the entertainment industry. The Walt Disney Concert Hall and Universal Studios are the places for the entertainment lovers. Beach side, Malibu is the paradise of peace, love and surfing. Santa Monica and Venice Beach are the perfect stops to enjoy a sunny day of rest year around.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles is not just about Hollywood studios and the Sunny beach life. The city also has some of the best museums in the United States that makes Los Angeles shine bright on another cultural level.
- LACMA is by far our favorite museum. LACMA illustrates the history of art from the Antiquity to the present day. The LACMA in Los Angeles is what the Louvre is in Paris: a place not to be missed under any circumstances. The famous Urban Light of Chris Burden is a must see.
Carlos Almaraz - Echo Park Lake, no. 1 to 4
Jean Dubuffet - The effacement of Memories
- The Getty Museum opens the doors of Jean Paul Getty's collection. Of all the museum's collections, those devoted to European painting and the decorative arts are our favorites. In addition to being a fascinating museum , the building boasts incredible architecture, relaxing gardens and 180-degree views of the city of Los Angeles.
- The Broad of Downtown Created in 2015, this museum has the first benefit of being free. More than 2,000 contemporary pieces of art are exhibited like those of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Wharol and Jeff Koons. The best of the best can be seen there.
Jean-Michel Basquiat - Obnoxious Liberals
Walk along Santa Monica and Venice Beach, you’ll see California skaters skate along the pier and skateparks. It is recommended that you attend a game of the local sports teams, the Dodgers or Lakers to be immersed in American culture, an atmosphere of guaranteed madness. Finally, horseback riding is great for exploring the heart of the California hills and getting lost in the breathtaking view.
Pacific avenue - Venice beach
Joshua tree national park - Palm springs
The Arrive Hotel - Palm Springs
The City of London is known for its cultural diversity, historical landmarks, and some of the best places to visit in the world with modern times and history running through the heart of the city. Through this guide, we want to help you to find the coolest spots in the iconic UK capitol which is only 2 hours from Paris via Eurostar.
WHAT TO DO
-To be a London Insider
You should take a walk in Notthing Hill and admire its colorful houses on your afternoon stroll. We also love Camden for its eccentricity and pretty canals. For people who love a Sunday morning walk, the Columbia Road flower market is a stop you must make on your way. Don’t forget the classics: Some locations to visit are Buckingham Palace, The London Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus which will make you believe you are in Times Square in NYC.
-Shop til you drop
Shoreditch is full of good brands and vintage shops. For men who love good suits and tailors, Savile Row is unmissable. If you desire new London designers, the paved streets of Carnaby Street are for you. On a rainy day, we recommend you stop by the Covent Garden Market, you will find the happiness you are looking for.
Some look at traveling more than the obvious culture shock, relaxation and adventure. Those find in details, like restaurant table sets and hotel decoration the most reaffirming gift of any traveling destination.
For those nomads, who will enjoy every single element of a well-designed hotel, a picture-perfect room and an unforgettably beautiful breakfast, the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum is the place to be.
Evoking the traditional Mayan architecture, the simple and functional, yet stunning designs at this boutique hotel will make you not want to leave the room.
This hidden paradise in the middle of paradise is an evocation of nature and a mix of jungle and sea. Where private cabins, sweet pool side rooms and chill but luxurious atmosphere are a once in a lifetime experience.
With plenty of accommodation options, from a “standard” room in the jungle, with a private pool to your own beach house.Papaya playa project has put into action its own social and sustainable project, aiming for a better future for the planet, trying to achieve zero emission and pollution by June 2018.
Imagine waking up to a fresh squeezed orange juice every morning of your vacation, while the chef prepares the Mayan and Mexican traditional dishes with all local organic market ingredients. All of this facing the ocean or in the most relaxed “me time” atmosphere, or surrounded by friends and family.
Suitable for families traveling with kids, youngsters, and couples, the resort organizes appropriated activities for every age and travel desires, making every single experience unique and unforgettable.
Visit their webseite: http://www.papayaplayaproject.com
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Papaya Playa Project
Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Tulum, Quintana Roo 77780
Tel : +52 (1) 984 871 1160 or +52(1) 984 116 3774