After a ten-hour flight and an hour and a half transfer, all we wanted to do was relax, and that is exactly what we did at Intima Resort, a clothing optional paradise in the heart of the Mayan jungle near to Tulum in Mexico. having stated it is clothing optional, the vast majority of the guests were naked, but for first timers, where one or both are a little nervous, no one bats an eyelid if you wear swimwear. Most people dressed for dinner, although there were a couple of naturist opting to remain naked throughout their stay.
With a choice of studios or suites, self-catering, or Full Board, the possibilities are endless. We chose the Junior, swim up suite, connected to the main pool by a lazy river, and couldn’t have wished for better. Rooms with private hot tubs are also available, but these are on the upper floors so not directly connected to the pool.
We were immediately impressed when we were shown into our suite. It was really clean and spacious, with almost everything in it that we could have wanted including mosquito screens on all the doors and windows. Not that we saw many mosquitos.
It consisted of a large bedroom with king sized bed, luxury shower compartment and toilet, fully furnished lounge and kitchen. The only thing missing was an electric kettle but when we asked about getting one, we were told unfortunately, they didn’t supply them. That is one thing we will pack next time we go.
For those who can’t live without free, fast, wifi, it is available throughout the resort. Rooms are cleaned daily including towels and sheets changed, and as many pool towels as you can use are available. If you decide to go out of the resort, towels are available free of charge for that too. Fresh bottled water is placed in the rooms daily and the American style refrigerator has a cold water and ice dispenser linked to a bottled water supply. We were pleasantly surprised to see the salads being rinsed in bottled water, ice at the bar made by bottled water in fact, I don’t think we saw the staff using tap water for anything.
Although Intima is not on the beach, a short taxi ride will take you to a naturist friendly tropical paradise where you could imagine yourself to be on a desert island with coconut palms growing in the white coral sand and the multi-hued Caribbean Sea to swim or play in. A word of warning though, there is a very strong undertow and even from as little as 20 metres from the beach, it is difficult swimming back.
When we visited, there were about 5 other people on the beach, but to be honest, the pool at Intima, styled on a local “cenote” is such a draw, you’ll be reluctant to leave.
If you do decide to explore, staff at the hotel will be only too willing to help plan your trips. We visited Chichen Itza, and a couple of the local cenotes where I was able to swim naked, as well as the local naturist beach.
All-inclusive is available at the resort on a day-to-day basis, just tell one of the friendly staff in the morning as you sip freshly squeezed orange juice whilst waiting for your breakfast being prepared. The all-inclusive deal at $200 a day per couple seems expensive at first, but when you consider you get three full meals, plus mid-morning and afternoon snacks, all cooked to order, unlimited drinks from the bar and bottle(s) of wine with dinner, it is well worth it on the days you decide to stay in the resort or, if you wish to explore the local area, opt for the pay as you go alternative.
If you want something to drink, or to eat for dinner which they don’t have on the menu – ask and it will be bought in if possible, and cooked specially for you. For us, they brought in fresh fruit, a different wine to the one on offer and even a pizza from the local takeaway one evening. I celebrated my birthday whilst there and they even went out to buy a birthday cake specially for me.
We went at the end of the peak season and the hotel was fairly quiet, I am not sure if there would be sufficient room around the bar or the pool or in the communal hot-tub if the hotel was full but we were told it was not normally a problem. The clientele is predominantly American or Canadian and with guests being mainly English speaking, there is no problem finding someone to chat to, and the friendly staff are multi-lingual too so no communication problems there either.