The picture-perfect stay at Be Tulum

Checking-in to the palm tree shaded paradise that is Be Tulum, you are instantly transported to an alternate universe, where cocktails would appear out of thin air and time moved slowly.

We arrived here for my 30th birthday, and since I wasn't able to celebrate with friends and family present, my husband had booked this luxury hotel for just the two of us. As we arrived, the concierge greeted us warmly and led us to our villa. Quickly we learnt that the hotel had gone above and beyond to make it a memorable birthday stay for me.

First there was the surprise of a free upgrade to one of their suites, with a rooftop plunge pool and a canopy hammock. Then there was the festive sign hung in the living room that said 'Feliz Cumpleaños' on it, which translates to 'Happy Birthday', and a stalk of bananas in lieu of flowers sitting on the coffee table that my husband had arranged.

As if that wasn't enough, a bottle of champaign arrived which prompted us to rush to the rooftop, popping the bottle as we took our first of many dips in our very own piece of paradise.

But wait - there's more. Come dinner time, I was to be surprised by yet another treat that my husband had plotted and planned with the hotel. A private dining room had been set up in one of the hotel's hidden spaces where we sat down for a five course meal. The room had candlelights and rose petals scattered all around. It was straight out of one of those Bachelor-date episodes (I couldn't make this up if I tried).

My birthday aside, the rest of our stay was just as wonderful. There was the restaurant right on the beach-front where we ate many meals. There was the canopy hammock where we read books during the day and stargazed during the night. There was the hotel bikes which we would borrow to explore the rest of Tulum. There was the outdoor stone bath where we got to truly 'clock-off'. There was the daybeds which we laid on to soak up some sun after taking a dip in the ocean. Then there was the ever so friendly staff who were so friendly they had began to feel like family. And on and on it goes.

Needless to say, one could really get used to this lifestyle. However, the inevitable time to check-out of the hotel and check back in to reality came far too quickly. But if I have it my way, I'll find myself back here one day. Until then, thank you for the memories, Be Tulum.