Daniela Federici’s job as photographer and director has brought her around the globe to shoot fashion, celebrities, album covers, music videos, documentaries and TV commercials. Even in her downtime, she loves to tour the world with her equally well-traveled young son Oscar, who also writes his own destination guides. Their latest trip to Tulum in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula was his third time, while Daniela has been going for more than a decade. “The beaches are beautiful and the children can learn about Mayan culture or visit the many eco-action parks (Hidden Worlds, Explore) and cenotes. It’s safe and its hippy energy makes everyone happy and relaxed.” Daniela says. Tulum is one of the world’s main energy center’s and a stay there is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
For a meal out with Oscar, Daniela loves Posada Margherita—an eco-resort with what is said to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the Riviera Maya. For a night amongst adults she suggests Hartwood, a rustic outdoor restaurant on Tulum Beach Road where the menu, featuring only locally sourced ingredients, changes daily.
Unlike other destinations in the Mayan Riviera where mega-resorts are the only option, Tulum is populated with more intimate boutique hotels. Coqui Coqui, a perfumeria and spa chain, provides exquisite residences. The hotel’s boutique is a great place to find one-off bags, jewelry, clothing, perfumes and hammocks. Daniela also likes to stay at Luv Tulum and Casa Violeta.
Oscar and Daniela love to wake up early, ride their bikes through the rainforest and climb the Coba pyramid before the tourists arrive. Besides being a great place to lay out on the beach and relax, Tulum also offers great activities for adventurous spirits from zip-lining over crocodiles and jaguars in the eco-parks and snorkeling in the cenotes (natural sinkholes in Central America), to bringing the kids to a shaman’s sweat lodge for a traditional ritual.