Hotelier and boutique owner Francesca Bonato packs your suitcase and shares a local's view on what to do in this Mayan paradise.
Dine Try Hartwood, which has a gorgeous open kitchen. The owner, our friend Eric Werner, cooks delicious dishes like pork-and-jicama salad. Good cocktails and happiness all around.
Shop My design partner, Jacopo Janniello Ravagnan, and I just set up a tent store in front of Coqui Coqui, the resort I own with Nicolas Malleville. Everything from our line, Caravana Montaecristo—wraps, jewelry, leather sandals—is handmade. Next door, Josa Tulum carries beautiful beach dresses.
See Do the ruins at Tulum. (Visit Riviera Maya for more info.) For a day trip, visit the colonial town of Valladolid to get inside the Mexican-Mayan culture. The houses are bright shades of red, yellow, and blue, and there are great handicrafts. (Go to Visit Mexico for more information.)
1. Bronze necklace
$270, Caravana Montaecristo, available at Shop Latitude
2. Silk maxi dress
$388, Joie, available at Bergdorf Goodman
3. Brass bracelets
Sun, $325 each, and four-peak, $260 each, Jennifer Fisher, available at Barney's
4. Tortoise sunglasses
$95, Warby Parker
$435, Chloé, available at Shop Bop
$158, J Brand, available at Bergdorf Goodman
$298, Stuart Weitzman, 617-266-8699
8. Straw tote
$210, Sensi Studio, available at Malia Mills
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