18 Jul Our Favorite Boutique Hotels in Tulum
Plus what to do on your trip to Tulum
And what to pack.
We’ve received a lot of questions about Tulum boutique hotels and booked several honeymoons in this popular town in the Riviera Maya recently. Tulum has plenty of boutique hotels & hostels to choose from, but which one is right for you?
Whether you’re considering booking a trip to Tulum or are just curious, we have some tips & ideas to share based on our visit last month.
Tulum is definitely a unique vibe compared to Cancun. This town is perfect for anyone into wellness or looking for a relaxing retreat. If you’re looking to unplug, this is the place. The beach is beautiful and it’s a lot of fun walking around, shopping, and eating at all of the amazing local restaurants.
Here’s our list of the best Tulum boutique hotels.
Our Favorite Boutique Hotels in Tulum
The is an eco-friendly, sustainable hotel that offers a truly unique experience. This sanctuary in Tulum is a glamping experience (with AC, wifi, and plumbing of course) nestled between the jungle and the Caribbean sea. Each room provides private space, and creates the perfect environment for relaxation and reflection. Dedicated to honoring the indigenous cultures and nature, Habitas incorporates local art, traditions, foods, and flora throughout the hotel grounds.
Jashita is a small, luxury boutique hotel in Tulum that focuses on providing a relaxing experience for its guests. The staff here go above and beyond to make it a memorable experience even going as far as greeting each guest by name when you see them out and about. While it’s not an all-inclusive, the hotel does provide free breakfast each morning, has an amazing restaurant on site, and several restaurants nearby.
Where are our yogis at? Chances are you will find them here. Alaya is a beautiful treehouse wellness resort. They even have yoga daily in their rooftop studio and it’s a very quiet, peaceful resort.
Ana y Jose
This is a gorgeous boutique property and one of the oldest in Tulum. Ana y Jose have several room categories and even an insane 4 bedroom villa that is great for friends or family. The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming.
This is the sister property of Ana y Jose that is a more budget conscious & family- friendly option. It’s on a great beach and the bungalows are really cute.
This adults-only hotel is absolutely stunning. The rooms have a very Bali feel to them – many have private pools and gardens. There is no spa on site, but there is a gorgeous wellness center across the street that they work with.
Radhoo, La Valise, Encantada, and Nest
Radhoo, La Valise, Encantada, and Nest are a family of hotels located close together.
La Valise and Encantada are both beachfront with La Valise being the more luxurious option.
Radhoo is across the street and has a beautiful jungle vibe.
Nest is a beachfront hotel that is about a 3-minute walk from Encantada and it totally gives us treehouse vibes.
Are there any All Inclusive Resorts in Tulum?
If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel, they don’t really exist here, but many of the hotels do offer free breakfast. If you would prefer an all-inclusive experience there are two great options very close by, including Dreams Tulum (family-friendly) & Secrets Akumal (adults only).
Dreams Tulum is family-friendly resort that is about 15 minutes away from the town of Tulum. It provides the usual Unlimited Luxury experience that we all know & love from AM Resorts. This resort is also host to some pretty amazing destination weddings. Secrets Akumal is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that is about 25 minutes away from Tulum town.
What to do in Tulum
- Try to find some of the murals & street art all over town.
- Learn more about Tulum by touring the Tulum Mayan Ruins
- Take a day trip tour to Sian Ka’an which is Mayan for “origin of the sky”. Sian Ka-am is a 1.3 million-acre protected biosphere reserve of tropical forest, sandy beaches, and lagoons that provide a home to hundreds of species of birds, turtles, and fish.
- Swim in the cenotes.
- Book a Temazcal (traditional Mayan spa) treatment
- Visit the IMIX beach club, have dinner at Kin Toh, and drinks at Tseen Ja at Azulik.
- Book a sunset treetop dinner at Kanan Hotel
- Walk through the night market.
- Sip mojitos at Batey.
- Snap a pic in front of Ven a La Luz near Raw Love Café
- Grab an acai bowl while sitting in swings at Matcha Mama
Quick Tips & Things to Know Before You Go to Tulum
- If you need to use the ATM, make sure you do so inside a bank.
- Have pesos on hand. You will inevitably want to buy food, drinks or trinkets at a roadside stand and many of these vendors only accept Mexican pesos (not debit/credit cards or U.S. dollars)
- In Tulum, everyone rides bikes all the time, as it’s a very eco-friendly place. Some hotels offer bikes or bike rentals, but there are also numerous local shops in town on Avenida Tulum (the main street in town) where you can rent bicycles. Or you might even opt to rent a scooter so you can easily move around between town and the hotel zone.
- Tulum is surrounded by water on one side and jungle on the other. Make sure you pack accordingly.
What to Pack for Your Trip to Tulum
- Bug repellant
- Biodegradable sunscreen – especially if you are planning on visiting cenotes or swimming with Turtles.
- Pesos for small shops & taco stands – some do not accept credit cards
What are your favorite things to in Tulum?
Are there any favorite spots in Tulum or tips you would like to see on this list? Tell us. We’d love to know.
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