In its heyday, the Club Maeva Tulum (formerly Robinsons Club Tulum) was an idyllic getaway in paradise; a long sweep of white sandy beach on one end, lush pristine jungle on the other. The numerous online reviews and forum discussions from regular frequenters of the resort capture a vivid picture of day in the life at Club Maeva Tulum – hours lounging beside the expansive pool, turtle sightings on the uncrowded beach, and outstanding food and drink despite its all-inclusive status.
The only complaint appeared to be regarding the beds – seems the firmness of the mattresses didn’t quite suit the taste of a few. And although there were 300 rooms, they didn’t give out those ungodly neon wristbands – the family atmosphere the resort cultivated meant that they just seemed to know who was staying there and who wasn’t.
Hurricane Emily in July 2005 changed all that. Hurricane Wilma in October of the same year dealt the resort its final blow.
The resort now lies in ruins. Glass and debris are strewn across the site. Anything even remotely useful has been looted.After the hurricanes, the property was sold to the Palace Group. According to forums on Tripadvisor, they are in a dispute with the Mexican government over the land. Seems there is an underground cenote below the resort, so in the government’s eyes it is protected ground. The Palace Group still owns the buildings though. I guess that’s some consolation.
It’s an eerie feeling being in an abandoned resort. Almost as eerie as being in an unabandoned one.
Special thanks to David Barnard from www.texaspepper.net for use of the Club Maeva Tulum before photos.
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