The once sleepy Mexican village of Tulum has become a thriving coastal hub, as tourists flock to the area to soak up the sun and extraordinary natural beauty. While some bemoan the town’s growing popularity, no one doubts that the beach is still spectacular, with its famous Mayan ruins overlooking the warm Caribbean Sea. The tourist boom has also brought some benefits to the area, including a growing culinary scene and some fantastic accommodation. On that note, here’s a rundown of Tulum’s most impressive boutique hotels.
This luxurious hotel and wellness center overlooks a long stretch of white sand and the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. With a name that means “you will heal” in Spanish, the hotel is explicitly focused on wellness and relaxation. As part of this philosophy, the location boasts a spectacular yoga studio that overlooks the ocean and contributed to the hotel winning the 2015 National Competition for Architecture and Interiors for Hotels. Sanará’s 19 suites, rooms and private villa blend harmoniously with its surrounding environment. The hotel’s restaurant, the Real Coconut, offers excellent dishes prepared from the freshest local produce.
The self-proclaimed most exclusive boutique hotel in Tulum, Be Tulum is most definitely one of the best. Snuggled in between the opposing sides of Tulum itself – white-sand beaches and lush, verdant jungle – you’ll be treated to the best of both worlds at Be Tulum. This feeling of duality extends to the décor, which is at once modern and fresh, yet delightfully natural and simple, all the while being subtly luxurious. A distinct benefit of staying at Be Tulum is the onsite wellness center, Yaan, and the adults-only atmosphere.
Forming part of the Colibri Boutique Hotel Company that has several properties in and around Tulum, the Mezzanine Colibri is one of the region’s most impressive accommodations. The luxury beachside venue offers gorgeous views of the ocean, and its chic interior design gives the place a bright, welcoming vibe. The hotel restaurant is run by Garn Surasak, a famous chef from Thailand, who produces a fascinating blend of Thai and local cuisine.
Nestling a sandy beach, Alaya Tulum offers stunning palapa-roofed cabins. Each suite contains a spacious bedroom boasting handcrafted furniture and exposed wooden flooring, with a bed facing the sea. The eco-friendly hotel also has an excellent restaurant, with ingredients sourced from the local area so as to reduce the environmental impact. Guests enjoy their food near the beach, in a beautiful garden setting. The hotel will even provide you with a private yoga session or massage on the comfort of your own deck. And if all this relaxation sounds a bit too much, the hotel has a jungle gym with weights and other equipment made from natural materials.
Unlike the other properties on this list, Posada Yum Kin is not located by the beach. Instead, the villa faces dense, verdant jungle, giving the property an authentic, off-the-grid-feel. Inside the hotel, the white walls, palapa roofs and exotic plants give the place a light, airy feel. Each of the 12 suites is uniquely decorated and the restaurant serves excellent local cuisine. A quiet and elegant spot, Posada Yum Kin is the perfect place for travelers looking to spend some time away from Tulum’s beaches and the many tourists they attract.