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Travelers to Mexico undoubtedly know the ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan archaeological site perched high on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. But beyond this iconic spot, Tulum itself offers laid-back travelers a wonderful getaway.
Approximately two hours south of Cancun and worlds away from its party culture, Tulum is more of a hammock hangout than a big beach blowout. It has some of Mexico’s best beaches for chilled-out relaxation, providing a smaller hotel experience, unlike the mega resorts of its neighbor to the north.
Here are five boutique hotels in Tulum to know.
Be TulumDirectly on the white sand and turquoise sea is Be Tulum, a 20-suite hotel and spa. Natural elements such as hardwood floors and thatched palapas blend with deep-soaking tubs, infinity pools and floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the hotel a barefoot-luxury feel. Each suite has a private pool or a Jacuzzi (or both, in the case of Ocean Suites). Down by the water, visit the hotel’s beach club, which offers amenities such as a pool, a bar and a restaurant. At the Yaan Wellness Energy Spa, guests can book a variety of massages and facials, take a yoga class or experience an ancient healing journey in a traditional Mexican temazcal, or sweat lodge. The spa also has cleansing and detox programs, as well as a sauna, a steam room and Mayan herbal baths.
Cabanas La LunaAn eco-friendly, self-sustainable collection of beach bungalows, Cabanas La Luna is perfect for guests who are low maintenance and like easy beach access. The hotel has nine beach bungalows with porches and hammocks, all of which overlook the ocean. The property’s Restaurant Las Estrellas is evocative of a Middle Eastern den, with couches, red hues and lantern lighting. During the day, dine on fresh ceviche, and at night, dig into a traditional Moroccan tagine.
El Pez Boutique HotelOne of the most exclusive hotels inTulum is El Pez Boutique Hotel in Turtle Cove. Its design is light and airy, with earth tones and teals. Large windows look out onto the beach from rooms and luxury cabanas.
The hotel’s Gran Palapa is the best spot for dining, with fresh breakfasts and light lunches featuring local meat, seafood and produce. In the evening, the resident mixologist will craft cocktails while guests check out the daily specials.
Palms Tulum Luxury HotelIn the heart of downtown Tulum, travelers will find Palms Tulum Luxury Hotel. This small, modern boutique hotel has just nine rooms and gives guests a taste of both beach and town life. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, as well as Tulum Avenue, which is lined with restaurants, bars and shopping. Guests can rent bicycles or scooters for getting around town. Inside the hotel, suites have balconies that overlook the main pool.
Posada Yum KinThe 12-suite Posada Yum Kin resort is a lush, jungle getaway tucked inside a gated area. Guests wind their way through leafy foliage to discover garden-floor or treetop suites. The hotel has its own pool with a sundeck and a Jacuzzi. Inside each casita are high ceilings, fully equipped kitchens and private porches with hammocks, as well as Wi-Fi access. Clients will also find a poolside dining area serving lunch and dinner on request.