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11 Top-Rated Resorts in Tulum

Written by Meagan Drillinger
Oct 9, 2020

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When it comes to coastlines in Mexico, few places are more spectacular than Tulum. It's been drawing admirers for centuries, actually, first as a port for the ancient Mayans, then as a backpacker's hideaway off the beaten path from Cancun. Today, however, it's one of the top places in the country for boho-chic, barefoot luxury with an eco-friendly ethos and offers some lovely resorts.

Tulum has some of the most pristine sand and water in Mexico - a true postcard snapshot of everything you'd expect from a tropical retreat. It also has restaurants created by world-renowned chefs; boutiques stocked with designer goods; and a heavy emphasis on yoga and healthy living, particularly along the coast.

Tulum's town center is a bit more urban, with cheaper restaurants and budget accommodations. Everything, however, is near historic attractions like the eponymous archaeological site, the ruins at Coba, and the massive Sian Ka'an Biosphere.

Tulum is packed with dozens of places to stay, so choosing the right spot can be daunting, especially with so many great options available. To help make your decision a little easier, read our roundup of the best resorts in Tulum.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Be Tulum

Photo Source: Be Tulum
Photo Source: Be Tulum

Boho chic meets modern design at Be Tulum, one of the best hotels in Tulum. Perched directly on a sugary stretch of sand, Be Tulum boasts a truly enviable location.

The resort has 64 suites, ranging from a 500-square-foot Jungle Suite to a 1,400-square-foot Premier Suite, with an oceanfront terrace and its own private pool. Villas are also available, which are perfect for groups traveling together.

The design here is evocative of a modern mirage oasis, with jewel-toned fabrics and wood, slate, and clay accents. It's a visually stunning property.

With three on-site restaurants, including a raw bar; barbecue; and a fusion restaurant that melds Indian, Moroccan, Argentinian, and Spanish cuisine, there may be little reason to leave.

Be Tulum's Yaan Wellness Spa offers a menu of body treatments, detox programs, cleanses, and herbal bath rituals, as well as sauna, steam, and therapy pools.

Note that Be Tulum is a cash-free hotel, meaning travelers will only be able to pay on property with credit cards or room charges.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km.10, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: Be Tulum

2. Casa Malca

Photo Source: Casa Malca
Photo Source: Casa Malca

Barefoot, boho luxury comes alive beyond the doors of Casa Malca. The Design Hotel designation means that it is a particularly good example of stunning architecture and savvy style.

The hotel features 71 rooms that sit along a pristine stretch of powder-soft sand. Each room and space of the hotel is the vision of Lio Malca, an artist who has showcased his work at museums like the Whitney Museum in New York.

His space is much more than a hotel - it's a work of art in itself. Rooms are sleek and polished, with bright and colorful accents, like dramatic drapes, colorful rugs, or brightly colored accent art pieces. The room to beat is the Master Suite Beach Front, with its own private terrace and direct access to the beach.

In addition to the rooms, the hotel has three pools and a restaurant that serves locally influenced cuisine.

Not to be missed is the rooftop, which has 360-degree views of Tulum.

Address: Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R.

Accommodation: Casa Malca

3. Nomade Tulum

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Photo Source: Nomade Tulum

A slice of Morocco comes to the shores of Tulum with this eccentric boutique hotel. Nomade is heavy on the oasis vibes, with low tables, carpets, cushions, and an "elevated bazaar" vibe.

In keeping with Tulum's eco-conscious essence, the buildings use natural materials incorporated into the design, with palapa-style roofs and organic food. In fact, one restaurant, Macondo, is entirely vegan. The other, La Popular, is a beach grill.

The 51 rooms all feature different styles, from luxe-forward oceanfront suites to air-conditioned tents and swanky treehouses. A curated list of experiences adds to a stay, like a traditional temazcal to cacao ceremonies, Kundalini yoga, and breath workshops.

Nomade sets itself apart as being a haven for musicians as well, with a roster of international and local DJs and artists who come to the hotel to perform throughout the year.

Heavy on the New Age vibes, with meditative music and amenities like a "Gratitude Tent," this is the perfect type of hotel for the Burning Man crowd - but those with a little bit of money to burn.

Address: Carr. Cancún - Tulum KM 10, Tulum Beach, 77880 Tulum, Q.R.

Accommodation: Nomade Tulum

4. NEST Tulum

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Photo Source: NEST Tulum

Twelve simple rooms (and one luxe villa) bring an elevated level of eco-luxury to the shores of Tulum with Nest Tulum. Minimalist in design and culture, NEST uses natural, simple elements to tell the story of Tulum's evolution, from a bohemian backpacker town to an eco-luxe retreat.

The beachfront villa is the real show-stopper here, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, palapa terrace, gardens, a patio, and amenities like breakfast and 24-hour concierge.

NEST's premier dining experience is NU, which is a fusion of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine. There is also a beachfront restaurant that serves more casual beach fare.

One of the best parts about NEST is that much of the design elements are locally sourced, from reclaimed wood furniture from woodworkers in nearby Coba to antique touches from San Miguel de Allende and embroidered textiles from Merida and Oaxaca. The hotel is entirely solar-powered as well, with a generator backup.

Breakfast is included, which is a nice perk in this often-pricey part of town.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 9.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: NEST Tulum

5. Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel

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Photo Source: Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel

Quiet, upscale, and good for couples, this 17-room beach resort is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. The design embraces the quintessential "rustic-chic" Tulum vibe.

The room to beat at Mi Amor Boutique Hotel is the Seafront Room, with its own private plunge pool on the terrace and direct ocean views.

Hotel amenities include an infinity pool that faces the beach, as well as a spa and a restaurant that serves Mediterranean-forward cuisine.

Guests can reserve unique tours through the hotel that offer an immersive look into the Riviera Maya, from Mexican cooking classes to jungle treks, Mayan cultural ceremonies, and tours of archaeological sites.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4.1, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel

6. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

All-inclusive may not be the norm in Tulum, but Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa certainly delivers. The 432-room resort sits on a quiet stretch of beautiful beach, just 15 minutes north of downtown Tulum.

A stay at Dreams is more for travelers who want to enjoy the beauty of the beach and want the advantage of having everything right on property. Additional amenities include six restaurants, two pools, a spa, and a fitness center.

Whereas other resorts in Tulum cater more towards young couples or friends, Dreams is a family-friendly resort, complete with a kids' club and teen zone.

Dreams is part of AMResorts, whose brands offer guests an Unlimited-Luxury concept, which includes a host of amenities, from dining and beverages to certain spa experiences, 24-hour room service, activities, theme events, and more.

Address: Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 236.7, No. 1 Col. Tankah, 77761 Q.R.

Accommodation: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

7. Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort

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Photo Source: Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort

Just steps from the beach, and not far from the Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins, Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort is an intimate all-inclusive, adults-only resort with just 94 suites.

The beach is just in front of the property, but the hotel has a dual-level infinity pool area and a hot tubs section that are definitely worth talking about. The hotel has a fitness center, spa, and salon, as well as three different restaurants.

Guests have access to free bicycles, so they can cruise around Tulum town, or down to the beach and hotel zone.

Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 3.8 Lote 48 Admo, México 180D, Playa, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort

8. El Pez

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Photo Source: El Pez

El Pez, a luxury boutique resort, sits on a rocky stretch of beach along Tulum's hotel zone. The eco-chic, barefoot luxury property has the benefit of fewer neighbors, meaning guests have views pretty much all to themselves.

The design of the resort is bohemian-meets-maritime, with palapa roofs, shabby-chic decor, and nautical accents. The lobby opens to a backyard that is dotted with white picnic tables and a view of the sea.

The resort is intimate, with only 19 rooms, each decorated simply with a white color palette and turquoise-colored accents. A private beach area is in front of the Tulum Beach House and La Casa sections of the hotel, where guests will find lounge chairs and thatched umbrellas. A small pool is on the property, tucked amid a mangrove garden.

One of the selling points of the hotel is its restaurant, which serves fresh and delicious Mexican cuisine underneath a massive palapa roof.

Address: QROO 15, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: El Pez

9. La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

Photo Source: La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel
Photo Source: La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

At Tulum's La Zebra, it's all about the convenience of its location and a little bit of luxury as well. Right in the heart of Tulum's hotel zone, it's within walking distance to the boutiques, restaurants, and social scene of Tulum. Its other bragging right is the sweeping swath of bleached sand directly behind the hotel.

Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional, with a minimalist vibe, wooden accents, and pops of color from Mexican textiles. La Zebra has only 15 rooms, which means this property offers a truly intimate experience. Ground-level rooms have plunge pools, while those on higher floors have balconies.

The restaurant is one of the resort's selling points, specifically for its dinners, which are always romantic. Guests can book a Chef's Table with Chef Eleazar Bonilla, who creates an eight-course tasting menu.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2, Tulum Beach, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

10. Cabañas Tulum Hotel

Photo Source: Cabanas Tulum Hotel
Photo Source: Cabanas Tulum Hotel

Laid-back and beachfront. Cabanas Tulum manages to retain the spirit of what Tulum was like before it splashed the pages of luxury magazines. With strong Robinson Crusoe vibes, the small, open-air reception building is marked with chalkboards, string-backed beach chairs, and surrounded by blooming foliage. Each detail about the hotel screams "deserted tropical isle," but with an elevated edge.

Sixteen rooms round out the property, with poured concrete floors, white walls, and wooden accents. Guests can choose from either Beach Front or Swim Up Rooms, but if you're looking to splurge, there is the three-bedroom Loft Vanilla, complete with breakfast, a furnished terrace, and private hot tub.

Cabanas Tulum enjoys a perfect location along the southern end of the Hotel Zone, making it within walking distance of restaurants, boutiques, and beach clubs. It's about 20 minutes from Tulum town, and not far from the Sian Ka'an Biosphere.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Accommodation: Cabañas Tulum Hotel

11. Coco Tulum

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Photo Source: Coco Tulum

Coco Tulum is designed for the traveler who wants to get off the grid - or, as much as is possible in one of the most talked about destinations on the planet. Simple, quiet, and tropical to the core, Coco Tulum is one of those places that can make you feel another world away, even when you're in the heart of everything.

Located in the Hotel Zone, this affordable hotel offers prime real estate but for a more budget-friendly price tag. The rooms are not tricked out with amenities, but are still clean and colorful with extra large windows. Note: The bathrooms are shared here, except for the Tower Rooms. These rooms have private bathrooms and views of the beach and jungle.

The on-site restaurant serves its own pizzas and smoothies, as well as homemade pasta. A beach club sets the vibe with lazily swinging hammocks and beach chairs, all looking out to the sparkling turquoise sea.

Spa services are available on the property for an additional fee, as well as yoga classes. Bike rental is free, so that guests can explore the area.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 7.5, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R.

Accommodation: Coco Tulum

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