Tulum is surely one of the most photographed towns in Mexico. It’s certainly beautiful enough. With azure blue sea, pristine white beaches, and local Mayan ruins, you can’t go anywhere in Tulum without being in awe of your surroundings, as our Tulum City Guide shows. So where to stay in Tulum? We have a number of excellent hotels, the following are a pick of some of our favorites. Well known for its luxury hotel culture, you’ll be sure to find somewhere incredible to stay.
The Beach Zone
Tulum’s beach zone – also known as the hotel zone – is what put Tulum on the map. It’s 9 miles of glorious white sandy beaches and home to some of the best, most luxurious accommodation in Tulum. The range of hotels and other accommodation is impressive, from 5-star hotels to comfortable beach shacks, there’s something for everyone. Each one boasts a beachfront location so you’re never far from the sand, sea, and surf.
The arty Casa Malca sports a brilliant location, right on the beachfront. This is an art and concept lover’s dream of a hotel. There are spectacular sculptures both inside and out and fantastically opulent common spaces. Each of the hotel’s 71 quirkily decorated suites and rooms is luxurious and comes with all the facilities you’d expect from such a superior hotel. There is direct access to the beach where you can while away a few hours on your own cabana, sipping drinks and looking out to sea.
Kilometer 10 5 Carretera Tulum, Mexico
The Aldea Canzul is a luxury beachfront resort that will be hard to tear you away from. The resort has thought of everything you need to make your stay supremely comfortable. From private beach access to pools to beautifully decorated villas. Each of the villas offers either a beachfront or tropical garden location, complete with a private pool. You can indulge yourself with a massage or yoga or relax on the beach. You can even hire a private chef to serve you gorgeous Mayan food from the comfort of your villa’s terrace.
Carr Tulum A Boca Paila Km 7 5, Tulum, Mexico
The eco-friendly resort of Ahau is perfect for those who care about sustainability. It also just so happens that it’s a beautiful, upmarket hotel with everything you’d ever require on vacation. The beachfront cabanas are worth a mention. Each one is made with sustainably sourced materials that reflect the surrounding nature. There are decks and patios, hammocks, outside dining areas, and supremely comfortable beds. This resort also boasts a private beach, in-room massage, yoga, dinner on the beach, and meditation.
Avenida Tulum Oriente Colonia Centro, 913, Tulum,7, Tulum, Mexico
Sanara means ‘you will heal’ and that’s exactly what you can do at the Sanara hotel. This is a perfect hotel for those looking to nourish their mind and soul. The restaurant is 100% plant-based, gluten, grain, and dairy-free. You can partake in yoga, sound healing, and massage – all activities designed to recharge and energize. But if all you want to do is relax in your room, you’re in luck because the rooms at the Sanara hotel are gorgeous. Everything at this hotel has been done with your relaxation in mind.
Km 8.2 Carretera Boca Paila, Tulum, Mexico
Papaya Playa Project
The Papaya Playa Project has a real focus on sustainability and social responsibility. They are on target to becoming zero emissions and zero contamination hotels. That means fewer chemicals in the pools, fresh, recycled drinking water, and regeneration of the surrounding jungle. There isn’t a hotel structure to be seen here, instead of small villas and cabanas dotted in the jungle and on the beachfront. Each one is unique, some have private pools, some can accommodate up to 8 people. Each one is bright, spacious, and comfortable.
Km 4-5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Mexico
Staying at the Habitas resort is less of a generic vacation, more of a holistic experience. The small cabanas and villas each have at least 500 square feet of private space, giving guests a quiet, away-from-it-all experience. There is a private beach and pool with an ocean view. Some of the cabanas are set right on the beachfront, meaning you can hear the waves lapping all night long. There is also an excellent on-site restaurant with fresh, modern cuisine. And don’t forget the in-house massage and treatments too.
Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila,Tulum, Mexico
The La Valise resort has just 9 rooms, which means their attention to detail is incredible. Each room is a beachfront suite with breakfast on your terrace included. The rooms are designed to reflect the surrounding jungle, with all-natural materials used in the construction. The resort has a salt-water infinity pool and a private part of Tulum’s beach. There are also two exquisite restaurants, one featuring high-end Mexican cuisine and the other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.7, Tulum, Mexico
Nest is one of the original properties on Tulum beach. The hotel design is influenced by traditional Mayan culture and the natural surroundings of the hotel so expect neutral tones, thatched roofs, and natural linens. Each room has a private terrace, garden, or roof deck, many with hammocks. The hotel also has a ‘beachfront living room’ with a restaurant and bar, serving up Mexican fusion food and great signature cocktails.
Boca Paila Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Tulum, Mexico
TAGO by G-Hotels
TAGO Tulum by G-Hotels is a collision of nature and luxury. This is a small hotel that’s perfect for a romantic getaway. Each of the ocean or jungle view suites feature huge windows to enjoy the view and surroundings in all their glory. Some even feature a small private pool. There is a wellness and holistic center for those who are looking for relaxing treatments and yoga. And don’t forget the onsite restaurant, overseen by Mexican chef Antonio Paredes, a master at traditional and modern Mexican cuisine.
Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 6 Tulum, Mexico
The boutique Jashita Hotel is designed solely with relaxation in mind. There’s private beach access. Also a yoga studio. 2 pools, a spa, and a shopping experience. This is a small hotel with just 30 rooms, which will lend an intimate feel to your vacation. Each room features a balcony or terrace, some equipped with private hot tubs. The rooms themselves are large and bright, with all the modern touches you’d expect from such a luxurious hotel. And don’t forget the restaurant which specializes in a fusion of Mexican, Italian and international cuisine, all cooked with flair and mastery.
Baia Punta Soliman, Tulum, Mexico
This is the heart of Tulum town (‘Pueblo’ means town in Spanish). The beach isn’t far away but the town is separated by a nature reserve, giving it quite a different feel from the beach zone. The town has a range of accommodation options, from quirky, small lodging to beautiful hotels. You’ll be right in the action here; Tulum is a lively, fun resort full of great bars, restaurants, and shops.
Hotel Tiki Tiki
The Hotel Tiki Tiki has a beautiful jungle setting, just on the outskirts of Tulum, but still walkable to the beach. This is a quirky, fun hotel with just 15 bedrooms. The hotel sports a ‘Miami Vice’ theme with bright geometric patterns in a modernist-style building. Each room comes with a terrace or balcony and there is a pool set right into the jungle. And you’ll love the tiki bar where sundowners and evening cocktails are a must. This hotel is a great alternative to the luxury stays that line Tulum seafront.
Calle 6 Bis Sur S/N Entre 5 Sur Y 10 Sur, Tulum, Mexico
Vacationing in Tulum
There are so many reasons to visit Tulum. There are incredible Mayan ruins. The stunning Isla Contoy national park. The food that you can try on our traveler’s table dining experience. Whatever you are into, our tours from Tulum will have you covered. And then there are the beaches bars and restaurants. Tulum is also a great base for visiting some of the other local towns such as Cancun or Playa del Carmen. It surely is one of the best places to stay in this corner of Mexico.