The Yucatan coast is one of the most beautiful locations in Mexico and Tulum is a perfect place to enjoy the white sandy beaches while relaxing away from it all. The once cozy seaside town is now replaced with highly upscale resorts and luxurious hotels, offering all of the services and amenities you can ask for.
They are nice, but Tulum’s best specializes in boutiques with traditional and modern amenities that give you the feeling you’re on a private island and not part of any chain resort or hotel complex.
There’s something there for every traveler looking for the perfect getaway, whether you are there for a lover’s staycation or exploring the nearby Mayan pyramids.
If you’re looking for a something unique in Tulum, your best bet is to stay at one of the boutique hotels on this list. They are carefully selected for their exceptional amenities and unique vibe. Whether you’re after tranquility and relaxation or an exciting and fun experience, you can be sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Formerly the home of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca is now a beautiful resort in Tulum, thanks to Colombian art collector Lio Malco, who bought and redesigned the property from the ground up.
The property is filled with works that lend to Casa Malca’s contemporary vibe and relaxed atmosphere, featuring a stunning showcase of curated art pieces from Malco himself. The 71-room estate eschews the Maya jungle ambiance found in many Tulum hotels, focusing on a contemporary look and feel. Much more than a luxury boutique hotel at Tulum, Casa Malca is an incredible getaway experience that has been designed for relaxation and embraces everything beautiful about the sleepy town on the Caribbean coast.
If you’re after the quintessential boutique hotel experience in the low-key paradise of Tulum, you should look no further than NEST Tulum. Located at Tulum Beach’s southern end, this exclusive retreat’s charm and comfort are warmly inviting.
With just 12 guest rooms and a private 4-bedroom villa, you’ll experience first-class hospitality and service unlike anything else in Tulum. NEST’s luxury rooms feature local furnishings and fixtures created by local artisans. The villa also has an oceanfront lounge offering stunning, Instagrammable views that will make you rethink your notions about what happy hour truly means.
Habitat prides itself on putting a holistic twist on the classic boutique hotel experience in Tulum. More of a sanctuary than the typical beachfront hotel, Habitas provides guests with inspired experiences that encourage them to truly “feel” their vacation. Live concerts, yoga classes, and film screenings are just a few of the shared activities offered at the hotel in its lounge area.
The oceanfront rooms are built with environment-friendly materials, each made with private outdoor terraces that deliver fantastic views of the Yucatan jungle and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The onsite-restaurant Moro features a menu prepared by Chef Horacio Dardano. The latter infuses Spanish and Moorish traditions with season ingredients, creating a refined culinary experience that will impress.
Wellness is at the center of Sanará —which means “you will heal”—offering guests sensual and relaxing treatments that help them rid themselves of the stresses they shouldn’t be feeling. The resort’s Ayurvedic Inspired Wellness Center offers bracing body treatments and rejuvenating massages to help you release tension and a nutrition program by Real Coconut, its onsite restaurant that serves vegan cuisine to restore your vitality.
Sanará’s luxury white-on-white rooms and suites come with plush beds covered with imported bamboo linens and sea views from their private terraces for the ultimate barefoot luxury experience.
White-sand beaches and a tropical jungle surround this all-inclusive adults-only resort. The interiors are splashed with contemporary bohemian accents, complemented by walls lined with reclaimed wood and stone facades.
Be Tulum offers an array of well-appointed suites and villas nestled in luscious vegetation and are outfitted with all the amenities you could wish for, including plunge pools and private outdoor sunbathing terraces. Culinary delights are also plentiful at this beachfront retreat for all senses. Nearby Ocumare Restaurant offers authentic Mexican fine dining, while Maresias’s oceanfront restaurant serves up freshly caught seafood fare with a beachside terrace overlooking the Caribbean sea.
Jetsetters who travel thirty minutes north of Tulum will discover the sweet taste of paradise tucked away on the secret Xhu-Pa Beach. Once the home of an Italian Dutchess, Hotel Escencia offers luxurious rooms and suites aimed squarely at those who need to get away from it all—and embrace serenity amid the splendor. This five-star beachfront hotel sits on a 50-acre estate and is surrounded by pristine white sand, with water so calm it’s rarely agitated by waves.
Each of its 40 guest rooms is sleek and modern, stylishly furnished with pillow-top beds, private terraces and balconies, elegant bathrooms, and signature touches. Its onsite restaurant dishes out world-class Mediterranean cuisine, while its spa and health club are sure to pamper you after a long day of exploring the area.