When I’m in Dallas and looking for otherworldly inspiration, there are a few key places I know will be successful visits. One of these, is the Again Design Studio on Henderson Avenue owned by the ever-inspiring and stylish Leslie Pritchard. I remember visiting Leslie’s little pink shop Again & Again shortly after moving to Dallas and have been enamored by her businesses and design aesthetic ever since. On my most recent visit to the Again Design Studio, after catching up a bit with Leslie, she began to talk to me about her recent trip to Tulum, Mexico. Even before seeing the pictures, I just knew the trip had to have been incredible. She spoke of a “little coffee hut on the beach,” rooms opening up to the beautiful water, tantalizingly fresh seafood, and most of all – peace and tranquility. I returned home later that day to an inbox filled with breathtaking images. Even though I’ve never been to Tulum, I knew there was a story to be told.
Leslie flew into the Cancun Airport and rented a car to drive to the beachside Mexican town. She stayed at the Piedra Escondida Hotel which was situated directly on the beach. She said it was extremely relaxing- complete with a natural and rustic thatched roof. In Tulum, televisions and telephones are not available in most of the hotels which adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Leslie’s room had its very own balcony with a lazy hammock that overlooked the ocean.
The city of Tulum is separated from the beach area by a 1.5 mile road and her hotel was on the beach side of the city. The beach area is overflowing with small hotels, bungalows, and spas. “There are places you can get the most wonderful massages and yoga classes,” Leslie said. She loved that her hotel had free wi-fi and she was able to work right outside her hotel by the ocean. Leslie also explored other hotels in the area, one of her favorites was the Posada Margherita Hotel, which also has an amazing Italian restaurant. “I think I’d like to try the Posada Margherita on my next trip,” she said, “I really fell in love with the decor – all the white, art, and design of the rooms.”
Leslie also enjoyed the Teetotum restaurant and hotel
Leslie said the food was some of the freshest she’s ever had and of course- delicious. “They take it right from the sea- it’s as fresh as you can possibly get,” she said. She made a visit to the coffee hut every morning and raved about the Italian restaurant at the Posada Margherita hotel. “I also loved The Hartwood restaurant,” she said, “I first saw it pictured on The Selby!’
Overall, the trip was the perfect place for her to relax. Tulum is a quiet town with a quiet natural beauty and Leslie was able to peacefully work while gaining rest and rejuvenation by the sea. “I would certainly go back again,” she told me, “It was just perfect!” From charming and unique restaurants to an array of boutique hotels and bungalows to choose from – the tiny Mexican haven is simply drenched in style and personality.
Room at the Hotel Posada Lamar: In many of the open air rooms, beds are chicly draped with mosquito netting
Another room at the Hotel Posada Lamar - an “eco-chic” hotel!
Leslie received the “best massage ever” at the Maya Tulum Resort- a wellness retreat & spa
One of the several spring-fed crystal clear lagoons in the jungle called a cenote. Crystal clear to the bottom and perfect for swimming!
Leslie’s pictures are beautiful and compelling. I hope to make a trip to Tulum soon! I can already imagine myself barefoot in the sand, sampling some fresh Pico de Gallo after an early morning visit to the local coffee hut. The open air rooms are truly breathtaking and one obtains a sense of serenity by simply gazing at them. With fresh produce, seafood, and a natural easygoing character- if not the time for a true vacation, why wouldn’t one work from the beach if they had the chance? If life is defined by a collection of adventures, relationships, and rich experiences, it must be true that an individual would only be enriched by a trip to Tulum. And, as for Leslie? She can’t wait to return.