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Casa Xixim’s Stance on Bottled Water

  Our Stance On Single-Use Bottles   World Ocean Day: June 8 With today being World Ocean Day it felt like the right time to explain why Casa Xixim doesn’t provide (and discourages) single-use plastic water bottles. It goes without saying we are all aware of the enormous amount of plastic debris in our oceans […]

Tuft & Needle + Frette

  TUFT & NEEDLE + FRETTE   Sweet dreams are made of these This is an epic love story about sleep. Once upon a time there was a beautiful mermaid who dreamt of sleeping on the clouds. Every day she would swim to the reef of Soliman Bay to sit and daydream as the clouds […]

Thoughts on TEDxTulum


  THOUGHTS ON TEDXTULUM   Casa Xixim was excited for TEDxTulum this past February and we were thrilled to send Julie, our Concierge House Manger. She shares her thoughts in the following interview about this inspiring day. Q: First, please tell us a little about yourself. What’s your story Julie? JULIE: My name in Spanish is Julia, […]

Tulum Joins Eastern Time Zone

It will be light later in Quintana Roo. New time zone will be equivalent of U.S. Eastern Time From The southeastern state of Quintana Roo is one step closer to changing its clocks following a vote yesterday by the federal Chamber of Deputies. The Southeastern Time Zone, already approved by the Senate, will result in […]

What is the meaning of “xixim”?

  WHAT DOES XIXIM MEAN?   The ancient Maya word Xixim (pronounced “shee-sheem”) is written as a conch shell glyph meaning zero*. We chose the xixim conch, this rare and endangered sea creature, to remind us to be true to our goal of being as sustainable as possible. Zero represents our ideal. We aim to […]

Water & Wetlands System

  WATER & WETLANDS   From the clouds, to us, and then back to the land again. Soliman Bay does not have traditional city sewer service so each home is responsible for obtaining their own water and dealing with waste. With an annual rainfall of 43.3 inches / 1099 millimeters we saw an opportunity to collect rainwater […]

Restaurants in Tulum

  RESTAURANTS IN TULUM   There is a lot of amazing food to enjoy in Tulum. It’s becoming known for some really unique and tasty restaurants. Not all take credit cards, especially the smaller less expensive spots. The photo featured above is from Mezzanine’s website of their bar. Yes, the view is that amazing. See also: […]

The Heart of the Mayan Civilization: Exploring Ruins

  EXPLORING MAYAN RUINS   Visiting the ruins is like meeting the soul of the Mayan civilization. Hot, lush and mysterious, the ruins stand stoically in time. There can be crowds and entrance fees. It is good to plan ahead or book a tour. Here is a list of the closest ruins to visit. Tulum Ruins Only 5 min from Soliman Bay […]

Diving Excursions

  DIVING EXCURSIONS   For the divers among us, the Mayan Riviera is a diverse site. The Mesoamerican Reef runs parallel to the coast and is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere. You’ve got access to everything from reef diving, night diving, cave & cavern diving in cenotes, diving with sea turtles and sharks, and at […]

Vegetarian Tulum

  VEGETARIAN TULUM   Being vegetarian sometimes means a little extra homework when traveling. The first time we visited Tulum we were still meat eaters and I remember having some tasty tacos at the red taco shop on the main road in Tulum Pueblo. But all that is just a distant and fuzzy memory. Clearly, there is […]

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