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The restaurant sits high above the beach, allowing for the long view of white sand running all the way to the Tulum Ruins. Open windows allow a gentle cross breeze through the room as we watch toddlers run up to the water’s edge then sit down squealing with delight. Happy families rested on the sand or frolicked in the clear water of the Mexican Caribbean below.

We chose the Mezzanine restaurant, after a very hot visit to the Tulum Ruins. The menu is authentic Thai food from the renowned chef Dim Geefay. ( Our appetizer was the Golden Triangle. A won ton triangle stuffed with goat cheese, roasted pecan & Thai basil, served with mango & passion fruit salsa. I had a Summer Salad, which turned out to be more substantial than expected. My husband had Yum Nua a Thai beef salad that he enjoyed.

The atmosphere is upscale and sophisticated. There are brightly colored umbrellas

Umbrellas on the Ceiling

Umbrellas on the Ceiling

hanging upside down from the ceiling and I couldn’t take my eyes off them. The tile floors, black lacquer chairs, and tables with white linen oozed clean and modern Mexican/Thai practicality.

The Mezzanine is also a boutique hotel. After lunch, we changed clothes leaving our street clothes at the front desk. This revealed a surprise that doesn’t show up on the website, you need to go there to experience it. From the beach side, rocks, tile, and plants that replicate the mouth of the cenote (water hole) in the Tulum Ruins surround the entrance to the hotel.  It is subtle and I felt delighted when I finally put the pieces together. It shows great attention to detail by the architect and the owners, who paid for it.

I’m guessing the rest of the facility is as special as the restaurant and the entrance. It would be a lovely, refined experience for anyone who chose to stay there.