One of the last cities that was built and inhabited by the Mayans, Tulum lies on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and makes for an alternate destination to the fancier and noisier Cancun. The place is renowned for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port, its white-sanded beaches, and its eco-friendly approach to life. Tulum is also home to the Parque Nacional Tulum, a large area with mangroves and cenotes (limestone sinkholes), while water-related activities, such as snorkeling, diving, or surfing are pretty popular around here. Most of the accommodations use natural materials, respecting the outstanding flora and fauna of the area, so have a look at the following best boutique hotels in Tulum that will blow your mind away and book today.
Did you just say you are looking for a holiday in paradise? Alright, we got you covered. But be aware: it will be hard to distinguish your vacation rental among the flourishing lush landscape, that turns it into a rather tamed jungle, which also happens to be right near an attractive beach. So, we are talking about a beachfront villa and several bungalows that feature an outdoor swimming pool, free wifi, spa treatments on request, two restaurants, one of which serves Mayan-inspired dishes, and a generally bohemian design with traditional crafts and a luxury essence.
La Valise Tulum
Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 8.7, Zona Hotelera, Tulum, Mexico
Nestled amidst tall green trees, creating a jungle feeling, this lovely boutique is located at the less developed end of the Riviera Maya and stands about 3 km (2 mi) far from the beach. The mid-century modernist hotel features a courtyard pool and rooms with glass-block windows, slatted wood, and occasionally relaxing hammocks. There might be no restaurant at the premises, but instead, a tropical bar serving tangy cocktails in a laid-back environment. The equatorial light that constantly floods in is one of a kind.
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum
Address: Calle 6 Bis Sur S/N Entre Av. 5 Sur y Av. 10 Sur,Holistika, Tulum
Price: from 135 USD
Hotelito Azul is one of the few properties around here situated so close to the sea, meaning that you wake up every day to the calming sounds of the sea and can feel the breeze. All the front has uninterrupted sea views thanks to the full-length glass doors, while the whole minimalistic style keeps the place simple with a fair touch of luxury. Guests of the hotel have numerous relaxing options: at the cozy sun terrace, the almost private beach, the day beds, or even the hammocks. Children are very welcome, and a light breakfast is served daily.
Hotelito Azul Tulum
Address: KM 5.8,Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila,zona costera, Tulum
Price: from 406 USD
If you ever dreamed of waking up to the splendid views of the Caribbean Sea, then this vacation rental is the ideal choice for you. The sophisticated style of this hotel permits for a calm and relaxing holiday, while the suites feature palapa roofs, and all the rooms come with Italian bathrobes, dock stations, snorkeling equipment and more. The property is located right on the beach, and very close to the pre-Columbian archaeological site. There is a lovely garden to relax and unwind, as well as a cafe and a restaurant that cater to your needs.
Address: Baia Punta Soliman, Tulum, Mexico
Perhaps the best place to find peacefulness, refresh and recharge, Casa de las Olas is not the typical luxury hotel, rather an eco-friendly resort where you can walk barefoot in absolute elegance. The ocean breeze brings the Caribbean right inside your room, which is pretty spacious but not pretentious at all. Here you will find lots of ways to relax, such as laying in hammocks gazing at the sea, sitting on your lovely balcony, or just spending the day by the beach. Snorkeling, biking, exploring the Mayan ancient city, or diving in the cenotes, deep-water swimming holes, are some of the exciting activities you can undertake around here.
Casa de las Olas
Address: Boca Paila Road, Tulum, Mexico
The word exotic will fail to wholly describe the stunning premises and the views of this bohemian-like resort. The lovely suites are spread throughout landscaped gardens and they stand a few steps far from the beach. The vibes of this place could be leniently characterized as eco/spiritual, while the property doesn’t run short of gorgeous facilities. A plunge pool with magnificent sea views will totally take your worries away. Excellent spa services will make sure you feel relaxed and refreshed.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Address: Carretera Tulum, Tulum
Price: from 697 USD
Simple but comfortable accommodations, with colorful floors and brightly painted walls, are what you get once you book this wonderful rental. You will need to walk only a few steps to reach the white-sanded beach, where you can relax either under a parasol or a beautiful palm tree that will only add to the spectacular scenery. An on-site restaurant that serves local food, including fresh-caught fish and herbs from the organic garden, will ensure you won’t go hungry here. The resort also features an outdoor pool, room service, and spa services on request.
Address: Carretera Tulum a Boca Paila Km 8.2, Ejido Pino Suarez, Tulum, Mexico
Living in a fairytale is something we usually read in kids’ stories, but this eco-friendly hotel can actually offer a real such experience. Located just 48km (30 mi) far from Tulum, the hotel is hosted within the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and as such, you can rest assured that your footprint is pretty small. The surrounding unspoiled flora and fauna will certainly amaze you, while the rooms, although quite modern, do not reflect such a majestic aura. Spa services (on request), a fine rooftop terrace bar, and jacuzzi just add to the picture.
Address: Carretera Tulum - Punta Allen Km. 34.5, Tulum
Price: from 356 USD
The name of the hotel suggests the truth about this stunning resort, but it’s more than that: it is indeed a lot about spirituality, meditation workshops, yoga, and other shaman-led activities, but apart from that, the premises, the decoration, and the service are really spectacular, suitable also for the nonbelievers. Sustainable materials have been used for the construction of this enclave, while all rooms and suites feature private balconies and wifi. There is also a villa that boasts a large private pool, if your wallet allows it. Two extraordinary restaurants, one situated right on the sand, serve locally and sustainably farmed dishes.
Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 10.5, Tulum
Price: from 251 USD
This place has what we would call, laid-back, barefoot vibes, and is nothing like a luxury hotel, maybe not even like a boutique hotel. It looks more like a ‘beachfront commune’ as they call it, and features minimalistic services, for example, no electricity (except for lighting), and shared areas, like outdoor shower stalls and a bathhouse. There is a monthly Full Moon Party, an on-site restaurant serving local dishes with live music, yoga classes, and spa services. If you feel like exploring the surroundings, then options are visiting the nearby Mayan ruins, snorkeling, surfing, ocean fishing and more.
Papaya Playa Project
Address: Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum
Price: from 333 USD
Splendid holidays in the Mayan Riviera
Elegance and simplicity are beautifully combined to create a fine idea of what a vacation by the beach looks like. Although the natural surroundings are worth exploring, the facilities of these boutique hotels are quite capable of keeping you within their premises for the duration of your holiday. So, what do you think about the less developed area of the Mayan Riviera?
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