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The Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts in Tulum

The Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts in Tulum

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Updated: 13 November 2017
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.

Sanará Tulum

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.

Sanará Tulum, Km 8.1, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico +1 310 933 6408

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The Wellness Center Rooftop | © Courtesy of Sanará Tulum

Be Tulum

Tucked between Tulum’s white-sand beaches and lush green jungle, Be Tulum is raising the bar for luxury on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The 20-bedroom boutique hotel feels remarkably modern and luxurious, while blending seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment. The best thing about the hotel is not the swish design or service, but the Yaan Wellness Center, an onsite spa and relaxation facility which was added to the hotel after Argentine owner Sebastian Sas had an illuminating encounter with a shaman. The splendid spa offers a range of therapeutic treatments, including massages, reiki and hot stone therapy.

Be Tulum, Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km10, Zona Hotelera, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico +52 984 132 6215

Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel

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.

Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel, Hotel Zone, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico +521 984 131 1596

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Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel | © Jake Bellucci/Flickr

Alaya Tulum

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.

Alaya Tulum, Boca Paila Km. 8.3, Zona Costera, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico +52 984 147 5226

Posada Yum Kin

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.

Posada Yum Kin, Avenida Kukulcan Norte Manzana & Lote 8 403, Tulum, México +52 984 160 0096

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Posada Yum Kin | © Courtesy of Posada Yum Kin