Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico: your ultimate guide to the best boutique hotels and resorts by neighborhood, beachfront to downtown to jungle surrounds.
Last updated: October 2023
Visit Tulum a mere decade ago and you would only have found a handful of palapa-style huts, rustic campgrounds and casual boutique stays lining this pristine stretch of Mexican Caribbean coastline. Fast forward to the present, and those early days of undiscovered paradise have now evolved into an internationally-renowned beach destination. One just as famed for its stunning white sand and lush jungle skyline as it is its signature, bohemian hotel scene.
A scene that has successfully permeated not just the beachfront but now counting Tulum town, a new crop of neighborhoods in between and even the outskirts beyond. On offer? Everything from beachfront boutique hotels and sprawling luxury resorts to tranquil in-town havens, hidden jungle treehouses and unforgettable takes on glamping.
Here, we have your comprehensive guide to Tulum’s best hotels, resorts and neighborhoods to stay in now. Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, you’re sure to find your dream stay from these 28 carefully curated picks.
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Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels: Beach Road
Also known as Tulum’s hotel zone, this is where it all started decades ago. Today, the 6 1/2 mile oceanfront stretch is anchored by Tulum’s cliffside Maya Archaeological Site to the north and the entrance to Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO-protected nature reserve, to the south. In between? A dizzying amount of impeccably styled boutique hotels, beach clubs, spas, shops, restaurants and late-night locales lining both the beach and jungle sides of the OG strip. Boho aesthetics abound, blended seamlessly with oceanfront views, jungle-side sunsets and price tags to match.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Mi Amor
As the name would suggest, Mi Amor (“my love”) is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. This dreamy cliffside hotel doesn’t boast a beachfront, but what it lacks in sand it makes up everywhere else, effortlessly. Amenities include a glistening infinity pool, oceanfront daybeds perched on dramatic rocky outcrops, on-site restaurant and bar serving up flavorful international fare (plus, bottomless mimosa brunch) and a serene on-site spa offering cleansing rituals, couples treatments and even a healing bath menu. Of course, this is all assuming you can drag yourself out of your beautifully-appointed room, ranging from jungle to pool to sea view, or seafront with private plunge pool. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at Mi Amor.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Mezzanine
This cliffside-perched boutique property is located on the quieter, northern end of the Beach Road – close to the ruins within Tulum’s own National Park. Choose from a stunning Sea View Room or dipping pool-equipped Master Suite, or save some pesos with the aptly named No-View Room. Hey, at least they’re up front about it. Whichever you choose, you’ll have direct access to the hotel’s namesake mezzanine: a sprawling terrace-restaurant boasting jaw-dropping oceanfront views, excellent Thai cuisine and one of the best, longest running happy hours on the beach strip (2×1 margaritas every day from 1pm-4pm).
You can also take a dip in the lagoon-like swimming pool, lounge in a swaying hammock, or wander down the staircase leading to Playa Las Palmas below – what we feel is one of the most stunning stretches of sand in all of Tulum. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at Mezzanine.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Habitas
A true experiential destination, Habitas isn’t just a hotel – it’s a lifestyle. Counting outposts in Mexico, Namibia, the Saudi Arabian desert and further locales coming soon, the culture-conscious hotel group holds a core commitment to authenticity, sustainability and community connection. In Tulum, this is seen throughout efforts targeting plastic waste control, beach cleanups and reforestation in nearby Chiapas, to name a few. And we haven’t even gotten to the rooms: zero-impact sanctuaries carefully designed to co-exist with nature.
Tent-like canvas interiors are lined with natural palapa exteriors, lending an intrepid feel and effectively setting the bar on glamping. Rooms further feature private outdoor rain showers, jungle or ocean views and some with individual plunge pools. An extensive wellness program offers zen-inducing spa treatments in addition to locally-rooted rituals like Mayan clay or cacao ceremonies, plus the property’s signature, intention-setting welcome ceremony upon check-in. When hunger strikes? Simply head to on-site Moro, an ode to Spanish and Moorish cuisine helmed by Uruguayan Chef Horacio Dardano. Price point: $$$$
Book your stay at Habitas.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Ma’xanab
A luxury haven to truly get away from it all, Ma’xanab serves up zen vibes only. You won’t find parties, DJs or a “scene” here. Instead, you’ll find a sophisticated boutique hotel committed to providing a tranquil experience in a seriously chic setting. When not sunning in the oceanfront daybeds or swimming in the peaceful, shaded pool, you can relax with an on-site spa treatment or enjoy elevated Mexican cuisine from the beachfront restaurant. Meanwhile your spacious, sunlit room awaits, featuring calming neutrals, Mayan motifs and some with private terraces and/or dipping pools. Price point: $$$$
Book your stay at Ma’xanab.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: La Zebra
This Tulum original consistently offers a lively yet laid-back experience for couples, families, solo travelers and girls trips alike. Choose from garden, sea or beachfront-view rooms, all with thoughtful touches like locally sourced organic toiletries and a complimentary beach bag; some equipped with private pools and wooden decks. The beach club here is one of Tulum’s best, serving up vibrant vibes, authentic Mexican fare and excellent craft cocktails (that happen to be 2×1 on Tuesdays).
Looking for a unique dining experience? Reserve the intimate Chef’s Table to embark on an 8-course culinary journey through Chef Eleazar Bonilla’s native Mexico. And if you happen to be staying through the weekend, you can learn – then show off – some moves with the property’s signature Salsa Sundays. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at La Zebra.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Nueva Vida de Ramiro
Another Tulum OG, Nueva Vida de Ramiro has stood the test of time for good reason. And remains one of the town’s best-kept secrets. No-frills to be sure, what this rustic retreat lacks in luxury amenities (read: no A/C) it makes up in consistently friendly staff, a premium location on the south end of the Beach Road and easily some of the most affordable beachfront prices in Tulum.
Bungalow style rooms feature thatched palapa roofs, natural wooden furnishings and private balconies; many offering stunning oceanfront views – which you can further soak in while swimming in the oceanfront pool or lounging on the beachfront daybeds. One of the few truly sustainable properties on the Beach Road, Nueva Vida remains further committed to the environment with its active support of local sea turtle, mangrove and reforestation programs. Price point: $$
Book your stay at Nueva Vida de Ramiro.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Hotel Panamera
This stylish boutique hotel combines contemporary minimalism with nostalgic glamour and we’re here for it. Fourteen modern rooms feature king beds, a creamy color palette and lots of light; some with seating areas and/or balconies. Or, opt for a room with-a-view in one of the few oceanfront, palapa-roof suites. No lack of chic hang spaces here. Think cabana-striped beachfront daybeds, a kitschy checkered swimming pool and a rooftop bar boasting jungle-side sunset views. Cocktails are on point, as is a menu of elevated surf & turf cuisine – including a number of regional dishes from nearby Yucatán. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at Hotel Panamera.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: NEST
Built in 1996 as a private residence, today’s NEST – named after the property’s beloved nesting sea turtles – has expanded into a blissful boutique hotel rooted in local Mayan culture. Twelve boho-chic rooms plus a 4-bedroom villa (the original private residence) all feature locally-made furnishings and swaying hammocks; some offer private balconies, bathtubs and ocean views. Beachfront daybeds beckon, where you can enjoy the sun, sea and delicious beach bites from the on-site restaurant and bar. A number of spa treatments and traditional Mayan ceremonies are also on offer, tailored to your intention whether you’re looking to renew, heal or harmonize. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at NEST.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Radhoo
Tropical bliss awaits at this jungle-side oasis. Fourteen rooms are centered around a gorgeous, palm tree-lined swimming pool, all stylishly appointed with bohemian textiles, tropical woods and contemporary furnishings. The Junior Suite Deluxe further features a treetop-sweeping terrace with built-in hammock net. You can sip cocktails poolside or when you’re ready to go toes-in-the-sand, simply head over to neighboring sister properties Encantada or (the aforementioned) NEST to utilize their boho beachfronts. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at Radhoo.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels & Resorts: Aldea Zama
Just a few years ago Tulum was regularly referenced as not just one but “two Tulums.” The beach and, 2 miles inland, town. Thanks to a new crop of emerging neighborhoods literally filling the gap between the two, this is no longer the case. Aldea Zama is one such neighborhood. Favored by expats and tourists, the upscale residential enclave is home to a plethora of luxury condo buildings, design-forward boutique hotels and a growing service scene including restaurants and bars, gyms and yoga studios, spas and salons; coffee shops and co-working spaces.
Be aware that while the neighborhood’s central location in between the beach and town center is indeed favorable, it’s not exactly walkable to either. Taxis are readily available in Aldea Zama however are notoriously expensive (as they are everywhere in Tulum). Your best bet for getting around during your stay? Rent yourself a set of wheels in the form of bicycle, car, scooter or even ATV.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Náay Tulum Curamoria Collection
Part of La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana, Náay Tulum (meaning “to dream” in Mayan) presents a contemporary jungle getaway committed to preserving local Mayan roots – and the environment. Sustainability measures offered by the Green Key certified property include energy-conserving automation in all rooms, plus organic amenities utilizing local ingredients such as the region’s famed honey. The boutique retreat’s 36 rooms are further equipped with thoughtful amenities like bathrobes, a mini bar, coffee maker and bluetooth-enabled speakers, some with spacious seating areas and balconies.
Pool goals beckon on the rooftop, home to not only a glistening pool and palapa-covered cabanas but also Ki’Kil Restaurant. Here, Mexican and International fare are served alongside refreshing craft cocktails and above all – stunning jungle views. Plus, complimentary on-property bicycles as well as scooters available for rent. Price point $$
Book your stay at Náay Tulum.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Orchid House
Immersive jungle vibes abound at this whimsical, 10-room boutique hotel. Upon entering the lush hideaway you’ll find yourself surrounded by palm trees, orchids and the sound of softly running water from a series of ethereal pools. Here, beautifully appointed suites are an homage to the region’s indigenous Mayan culture. All feature locally-sourced furnishings, handmade textiles from Mayan artisans and in some, jungle-view balconies or dipping pools.
The Orquidea Restaurant & Pool Bar blends seamlessly with flora surrounds, offering an epicurean refuge for lounging, refueling or cooling off in the serene, wraparound swimming pool. The real gem of the property? The sky-sweeping, 360 degree view “nest” available for private breakfast, lunch or romantic sunset dinner. Price point $$
Book your stay at Orchid House.
Best Private Villas in Tulum: Mamazul
Whether you’re a mezcal connoisseur or interest-piqued novice, Mamazul has your name on it. This ode to the smoky spirit has easily the most extensive selection of artisanal mezcals in all of Tulum. Not just at the sleek on-site bar and restaurant, the theme continues through 6 stylishly appointed rooms – all housed within a private villa – named after different agave varietals from the spirit’s native Oaxaca. Take your pick from the Espadin to Tobalá to the spacious Madre Cuishe Suite, named after one of the most sought after of agaves – and featuring an outdoor copper soaking tub. The intimate rooftop offers panoramic jungle views plus a tranquil swimming pool, while no stay would be complete without indulging in the restaurant’s signature taco & mezcal tasting. Price point $$
Book your stay at Mamazul.
Best Hotels in Tulum: Kimpton Aluna, an IHG Hotel
This bohemian oasis offers easy access to both the beach and town located right at the entrance of Aldea Zama. Stylish sleeping quarters range from Guest Rooms to Specialty Suites to Accessible Accommodations, some outfitted with a private balcony, rooftop and/or outdoor jacuzzi. Take your pick from two pools: one on the ground level surrounded by swaying greenery and a swim-up bar; the other on the rooftop encircled by jungle canopy treetops and poolside cabanas.
In addition to the pool bar, you can grab a drink or a bite at two on-site restaurants. Parallel 20 (named for the circle of latitude that lies 20 degrees north of the equator and touches Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula) offers internationally-inspired organic fare in an airy courtyard setting. On the open-air rooftop, Bhanu Sky Kitchen churns out Mexican-Asian fusion small plates alongside expertly mixed craft cocktails.
Plus, a 24-hour fitness center, in-room yoga mats and an on-site spa offering pampering body treatments such as the property’s signature Mayan Ritual Massage. Price point $$$
Book your stay at Kimpton Aluna.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels & Resorts: Coba Road
If you’re looking for a central location right in the middle of everything Tulum has to offer, you can’t do better than Cobá Road. As the name suggests, this micro-neighborhood is actually one streetfront stretch – that happens to be the primary connector between the beach and town. Along the bustling 2 mile artery you can find numerous restaurants and bars, high-design hotels and a dedicated pedestrian and bike path. This is also where you’ll find the greatest concentration of car, bike, scooter and ATV rentals. On that note – while you can easily walk into town from here, a bike (or other set of wheels) is still your best bet for getting to the beach.
Best Hotels in Tulum: Aloft Tulum by Marriott
Recently opened in 2021, this hip boutique hotel from Marriott offers a sleek aesthetic, modern amenities and a premium location in the middle of it all. Accommodations range from contemporary Guest Rooms to Terraced Suites, all outfitted with mini-fridges, coffee makers, Netflix-equipped smart TVs and for those working-on-the-go – dedicated table space and some of the fastest wifi in Tulum.
The property offers no shortage of stylish spaces to play, indulge and unwind. Two idyllic swimming pools cater to families (garden level) and adults-only (rooftop), while a spacious lobby lounge offers pool tables, dartboards and cocktails from the WXYZ Bar. A glass-walled, equipment-packed gym awaits for those looking to burn off last night’s tacos. Speaking of – on-site dining options include the counter-service Re:fuel, WXYZ Restaurant and adults-only Ático Rooftop Bar & Lounge, where libations and bar bites pair with magical Mayan sunsets. Price point $$
Book your stay at Aloft Tulum.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Na’alá
This sprawling sanctuary offers 87 guest rooms and 8 two-bedroom suites all designed in contemporary coastal style. Neutral tones and wooden accents are complimented by convenient amenities like stocked minibars, smart TVs and ample closet space, not to mention private balconies (in all rooms) with either enchanting garden or jungle views.
The bohemian lobby bar offers excellent cocktails and endless IG ops alike, but the property’s real claim to fame is its rooftop. It’s easily the most impressive in all of Tulum and can best be described as a seemingly endless wraparound terrace. The soaring space plays host to an open-air restaurant, waterfall-accented infinity pool, heated jacuzzi and outdoor massage cabanas, in addition to plenty of loungers and hammocks to clock in some serious hang time. Plus – panoramic views that stretch all the way to the Mexican Caribbean sea. Price point $$
Book your stay at Na’alá.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Elements
This hidden haven is located on an unassuming side street just steps from both Cobá Road and Tulum’s town center. Eighteen rooms count comfort-first amenities like pillow-top bedding, blackout curtains and bathrobes, in addition to minibars, laptop-compatible safes and more modern conveniences. Book the Balcony Room for airy outdoor space or the Pool Side Room for easy access to working on your pool goals.
Complimentary buffet breakfast-with-a-view is served daily on the rooftop, and even though restaurant service starts and ends here you won’t mind. Between your ideal location mere steps from the action and use of free bikes, epicurean cravings are easily satisfied. Price point $
Book your stay at Elements Tulum.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels: Downtown (also known as Tulum Town, Centro or Tulum Pueblo)
What used to be reserved for backpacker hostels, taco stands and souvenir stalls has now evolved into a multifaceted downtown scene enjoyed by locals, expats and budget to baller tourists alike. In Tulum Town (also known as Tulum Centro, Pueblo or Downtown) you can still find all of the aforementioned. Now residing alongside? A growing crop of chic boutique hotels and storefronts, yoga studios and spas and a bevy of elevated eateries, cocktail bars and coffee shops.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Layla
Bringing a taste of Morocco to Tulum, this raid-inspired retreat is located on a quiet side street just steps from all of the action in town. The beautifully designed space presents IG photo ops at every turn, from the enchanting courtyard garden and pool to the mosaic-tiled rooms to the stunning rooftop. In traditional riad style all rooms face the central courtyard pool, while some boast additional street-facing balconies plus unique touches like suspended, floating beds. A Moorish arch-lined swimming pool takes center stage on the rooftop, where you can sip craft cocktails, enjoy Middle East-leaning cuisine and take in mesmerizing sunsets. Price point $$
Book your stay at Layla Tulum.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Casa Agape
This sleek boutique hotel is located in the thick of the action just one block from the main downtown drag. Twelve thoughtfully-appointed rooms utilize local materials such as chukum (a native tree resin mixed with limestone-based stucco), resulting in calming neutral tones accented by private, garden-view balconies or hammock-equipped patios. Another unique room feature is that all include both a King Bed in addition to a second, full-sized daybed.
The jungle view rooftop pool offers a peaceful refuge for swimming or sunbathing, where you can also enjoy Mexican-inspired surf, turf and plant-based fare in addition to an extensive selection of cocktails, smoothies and even protein shakes. Plus – gratis access to Casa María, the laid-back beach club of oceanfront sister property Diamante K. Price point $$
Book your stay at Casa Agape.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Hotel Biwa
This urban escape hits the mark everywhere it counts. A prime location in downtown Tulum leaves you steps from the action, while 14 spacious rooms – most with private, street-facing balconies – offer all of the conveniences of home. Think amenities like kitchenettes, coffee makers, dedicated workspace and plush bathrobes. You can go for a splash in the garden-level pool, or soak in stunning sunsets from the rooftop lounge. The on-site Café Don Tomás will further satisfy any cravings from morning through afternoon. Price point $
Book your stay at Hotel Biwa.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Bardo
Tucked into the jungle on the edge of town lies this hidden gem. Zen vibes abound as you enter the secluded hideaway and emerge into a luxurious open-air oasis, where you’ll find a restaurant, cocktail bar, fire pit and the chicest touches everywhere you turn. All, centered around a stunning, sprawling swimming pool lined with beckoning daybeds.
Villa-style rooms feature dedicated living space, semi-outdoor showers and private dipping pools, further complemented by cozy touches like bathrobes and a calming, earthy color palette. Wellness offerings like guided sound healing, yoga classes and an on-site temazcal (traditional Mayan sweat lodge) will help you reach an even deeper state of zen.
Note that while Bardo is adults-only, those traveling with little ones can check-in to family-friendly sister property Una Vida next door. Price point $$$$
Book your stay at Hotel Bardo.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels: La Veleta
Bordered by Aldea Zama on one side and Tulum Centro on the other, La Veleta can best be described as hip, artsy and eclectic. Contemporary residences and boutique hotels dot the growing neighborhood, also home to numerous restaurants, bars, coffee shops, co-working spaces and wellness enclaves. Town is reachable on foot within minutes and thanks to the newly opened Kukulkan Avenue, you also have direct access to the beach road (for which you’ll want a set of wheels).
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Coco Hacienda
A former plant nursery, this adults-only escape offers an idyllic stay amongst lush greenery in a traditional Mexican hacienda setting. Nineteen rooms are divided into three areas: Oasis, Casita and the aptly named Hell Yeah!, where high palapa ceilings, raised jacuzzi tubs and draped canopy beds are some of the dreamy room features on offer. Two pools await for shaded or sun-soaked lounging, one of which is home to the on-site restaurant. Here you can enjoy a menu of all day brunch, tacos and surf & turf fare paired with any of the bar’s creative craft cocktails. For a pick-me-up, don’t miss trying the property’s signature Mexican coffee blend sourced from Chiapas, Oaxaca and Nayarit. Price point: $$
Book your stay at Coco Hacienda Tulum.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Holistika
The hotel that put La Veleta on the map, Holistika is more accurately described as an immersive wellness destination. In addition to its famed yoga classes ranging from hatha to kundalini to acro, the mindful retreat further offers an extensive range of transformative mind & body rituals. Set intentions at a cacao ceremony, embark on a sound healing journey, join a guided meditation or book the cleansing temazcal.
Community minded facilities include a hammock and lounger-lined swimming pool, co-working space, fire pit, on-site art walk and conscious eatery Tierra, where vegan and vegetarian dishes are made from locally-sourced, toxin-free ingredients. Twenty-four rooms exude tropical minimalism, all accented by art deco-tiled floors, in-room hammocks and jungle-view balconies. Price point: $$
Book your stay at Holistika.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: XscapeTulum
Right on the border of La Veleta and Tulum Centro, this tropical getaway offers a convenient location with amenities to match. Rustic-chic rooms run the gamut: choose from cabana-style with palapa ceilings, luxurious jacuzzi suites or spacious studios with full kitchens and dining tables. Some further feature garden-view balconies or patios. The focal point of the property is the sparkling courtyard swimming pool, where you can sunbathe, go for a dip or refuel with bites and bevs from the on-site restaurant & bar. Price point: $
Book your stay at XscapeTulum.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels & Resorts: Region 15
Located in between La Veleta and the Beach Road, Region 15 is quite literally the new frontier of Tulum. It’s just as wild as it is beautiful – and seriously off the beaten path. The developing district offers advantages in that you’re as close as you can possibly get to the beach without actually staying on the beach, but realities in that you’re surrounded by jungle, open sky, dirt roads…and nothing else. You won’t be able to walk anywhere from here, so you’ll absolutely need to plan on renting a car, scooter, ATV or at the very least a bike. For those on the hunt for a truly secluded, jungle-immersed (if not adventurous) escape, Region 15 may be your perfect fit.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: KAN
This authentic zen haven positions itself as a sustainable well-being hotel – and actively practices what they preach. A number of eco-friendly initiatives reduce the footprint of guests staying at KAN Tulum, ranging from reforestation measures to an on-property water treatment system to a unique, bio-architecture design built with natural materials like locally-sourced bamboo, limestone, sustainable wood and chukum. An art installation titled Re:Tzompantli even showcases 60 Mayan-inspired skulls repurposed from garbage hand-collected from the jungle.
Rooms take the form of futurist treehouse studios, seamlessly blurring the lines between nature and contemporary comforts: solar-powered A/C, kitchenettes, bathtubs, king sized beds and balconies can all be expected. Additional amenities include daily vegetarian buffet breakfast from the plant-based restaurant, on-property bike and scooter rentals, a peaceful swimming pool and even an enigmatic cenote (natural sinkhole) located just steps from the rooms.
Don’t miss climbing one of the sky-sweeping nests for panoramic jungle views (and sunsets) – or grabbing a nightcap under the stars from the Stone Lounge & Bar. Price point: $$$
Book your stay at KAN Tulum.
Best Resorts in Tulum: Esplendor by Wyndham Tulum Nook
This brand new property from hospitality behemonth Wyndham Hotels & Resorts just opened its doors to guests in early 2022. The latest Esplendor by Wyndham outpost – an artfully minded collection of hotels exclusive to Latin America – offers a jungle-immersed retreat just a 5-minute drive from the beach road. Ninety-six rooms are outfitted with contemporary furnishings, pops of color and jungle views, some boasting balconies, kitchenettes, dining tables and/or duplex layouts.
Wellness offerings have you covered whether looking to catch up on R&R or break a sweat. Expect a sun lounger-lined swimming pool, bubbling hot tub, soothing spa and on-site fitness center, in addition to restaurant & bar Momo by La Chula. Elevated takes on regional-inspired dishes are served for breakfast (which happens to be complimentary), lunch, dinner or even room service. Price point: $$
Book your stay at Esplendor by Wyndham.
Tulum’s Best Boutique Hotels & Resorts: Beyond
Whether searching for off-grid seclusion or a luxury getaway, you’ll find a number of zen destinations not just in Tulum but in the nearby jungle and coastal surrounds. Staying outside of Tulum proper does go hand-in-hand with renting a car, which turns out is all the better for widening your Riviera Maya adventure.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Ajal Tulum Tree Houses
This escapist retreat is for the true nature seeker. An under 10-minute drive south of Tulum Centro, Ajal is adults-only, off-the-beaten-path and serving up the most mystical of Mayan vibes nestled into the jungle. You’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled upon Tulum’s best-kept secret as you emerge onto the property: a tropical treehouse village comprised of 4 canopy-suspended treehouses, an on-site restaurant & bar, jungle observation tower and even a glimmering, on-property cenote.
Built head-to-toe from natural, locally-sourced materials like wood, stone and even an innovative “coco-crete,” Ajal further employs solar panels and its own water treatment, waste management and compost systems to keep the property a zero emission refuge. Each treehouse is not only elevated 10-16 feet above the jungle floor, but seriously decked out – literally and figuratively. Vaulted palapa roofs are met with polished hardwood floors and furnishings, spacious decks, rainfall shower-equipped bathrooms and even power outlets and wifi. No A/C here but between powerful ceiling fans and a refreshing cross-breeze, you won’t need it.
Don’t miss the jungle cantina for cocktails and organic garden-to-table fare, or the aforementioned observation tower for magical sunrises, sunsets or nighttime stargazing. Price point: $$
Book your stay at Ajal Tulum Tree Houses.
Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Jashita Hotel
Head 15 minutes north of Tulum Centro and you’ll find this secluded hideaway nestled into Solimon Bay: a hidden coastal gem lined with a handful of luxurious oceanfront villas and boutique hotels. Of the latter, Jashita beckons with 30 balcony-equipped suites that further offer such luxuries as private dipping pools, outdoor showers and breathtaking ocean views.
Two pools offer adults-only unwinding or kid-friendly fun, while the treetop-nestled Caoba Spa and Yoga Studio offers space to revitalize both mind and body. Book a signature Mayan Massage Therapy, take advantage of an After-Sun Treatment or participate in an intention-setting Cacao Ceremony. At beachfront restaurant Pandano, creative dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients bring to life the best of Mexican and Italian traditions. Price point: $$$$
Book your stay at Jashita Hotel.
Best Resorts in Tulum: Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya
This brand new beachfront escape, an elite Hilton property, is offering up unparalleled luxury just 20 minutes north of Tulum. Wrapping around its own private bay, you can take a dip in any one of 5 sparkling pools, indulge at 11 restaurants and gawk at magnificent oceanfront views. Tropical-chic suites offer superior in-room amenities like premium bath products, plush spa robes, Nespresso machines, private balconies and ample space starting at over 500 square feet. Plus, you can go for a soothing soak-with-a-view in your balcony’s own relaxation tub – all rooms have them.
Reach an even deeper state of bliss by visiting the Conrad Tulum Spa, where all treatments utilize fresh, garden-sourced herbs and begin with a unique copal ceremony. Copal is a native tree resin held sacred to the Mayans that, when burned, gives off purifying properties (and smells amazing). Not just for the body, transcendent experiences await for the mind as well. Rooted rituals such as a purifying gratitude ceremony are held in a crystal clear, nearby cenote and officiated by the resort’s in-house Mayan Shaman. Price point: $$$$
Book your stay at Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya.