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Replete with a disco ball and twinkling lights in the trees, Gitano Tulum is a chic jungle hideaway that’s one of the hautest spots on the Yucatan. Oozing with sensuality and natural beauty, it’s a must-must-do when you’re in these parts.

Stellar Grub. Specializing in modern Mexican, this nosh spot boasts an open-fire grill and wood-burning oven. The outrageously creative menu includes snacks like luscious Gorditas made from Oaxaca cheese and epazote. Small plates like the savory Grilled Avocado seasoned with aromatic salt, ponzu and almonds. Large plates like the delectable Whole Roasted Fish with tomatillo salsa and cilantro. Desserts include guava cheesecake with amaranth graham cracker crust and raspberries. It’s a feast. Remember, you’re on vacay: none of these food items have any calories.

Libations That Rule. Hand-crafted and prepared with panache, the cocktails are all fab and made with mezcal. We caught up with a few True Beach Lovers who let us snap their drinks while they were chillaxing one balmy evening.

On the left is The Unicrelle, a concoction of mezcal, ginger, raspberries, lime and bubbles, and on the right, the Stardust, which is made of mezcal, dark rum, pineapple, papaya and coconut cream.

Delicious drinks at Gitano, Tulum, Mexico

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Here’s a closer shot of the Stardust. Mmmmmm, right?

Stardust cocktail, Gitano Tulum, Mexico

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Sublime Setting. You’ll dine outside in a magical, open-air setting with tropical flora and twinkling lights as your ceiling. It’s a serious escape from reality that’s beautifully decorated in muted, earth tones with pops of subtle color. Cushy sofas are scattered about and provide nooks and crannies where you can hunker down and chill, while you can sip on your adult beverage. Wooden dining tables are scattered throughout where you can dig into an Epicurean Eat Fest. The drinks are creative and heavenly. Eclectic with a touch of the mysterious, Gitano Tulum’s vibe is effortlessly chic.

Gitano entrance, Tulum, Mexico

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Your Evening’s Soundtrack. When you walk into Gitano, you might feel like you’re in a movie. The music here amps up the romance of this sexy place and gives it, well, soul.  Some of the sounds you might hear include South American percussions, Mexican vocals, Latin sounds, as well as disco, Nu-Disco, Funk, Groove, Gypsy Jazz and Tropical House Beats. You can receive all this cool ear candy via rock star DJs or a live band.

The latest mixes to check out are Gitano #1 – Jungle Radio by Leo Leonski, a wild ride into the deep jungle. Gitano #2, Tropical Fever by Mila Stern, sensual and spicy. And finally, Yucatan Deep, Habitas Tulum by Alberca Sessions. If you want to get your jungle boogie on, you can dance from 7-10 p.m. Give it a listen to whet your appetite for some Gitano Goodness. If you want more on Gitano, check their Facebook page. You’ll find so many exotic, titillating things going on.

Where to Lay Your Head Near Gitano. Dreams Tulum is one of the best all-inclusive places to stay in this area. It’s a great central location, a home base, from which you can head over to Gitano and downtown Tulum. At Dreams Tulum, you’ll have the amenities of a larger resort with the personalized service of a boutique hotel. Foodies, take note: they’ve got everything from a French restaurant to a sports bar. The breakfast place is over-the-top incredible. Big spread. Every kind of morning nibble you can imagine: waffles, eggs, hot/cold cereal, bacon, muffins and of course, fresh fruit – even star fruits and other local produce. There is a chapel for weddings, an on-site cenote, two pools, a luscious spa and the best: Bali beds on the beach.

(Bali beds, Dreams Tulum Beach, Mexico

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Ready to swing down to the Yucatan and head to Gitano and Dreams Tulum? We sure hope so. Just call 1-800-915-3162 and our Beachologists can help you create an all-inclusive vacation package to Tulum, or to any of our other sunsational beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico. If you want to browse all our other vacation packages, just go here. Tulum is THE place to be. Don’t let the fun go on without you.

Lisa Mitchell

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