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30+ Best luxury hotels in Tulum: Chic, boutique + cool

Are you trying to figure out where to stay in Tulum, Mexico?

We can help – we visit and write about Tulum often.

What with chillaxing on gorgeous white-sand beaches, exploring the ancient ruins in Tulum, eating at top-notch restaurants and swimming in Tulum’s cool cenotes, this little slice of Caribbean coastline is one of our favorite vacation spots.

We’d visit every month if we could!

We don’t like to brag, but with our years of experience exploring the Riviera Maya, we feel we’re a pretty decent source of information when it comes to traveling in Mexico and crafting that picture-perfect vacation.

To save you the trouble of sifting through Tulum hotel reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere (and weeding out the good from the bad), we’ve compiled a reliable list of the best luxury hotels in Tulum.

They’re so dreamy, you’ll be booking a return visit before you’ve even checked out!

The best luxury hotels in Tulum, Mexico, include La Zebra Tulum

Best luxury hotels in Tulum

Fair warning: This is a long post, with detailed reviews of each Tulum hotel – best read with a drink in hand :-).

You can certainly visit Tulum cheaply and scrimp on accommodation costs, but we’re partial to staying at romantic boutique hotels that leave you wanting for nothing.

And finding the best hotel in Tulum is tricky, as there are over 200 hotels on offer.

Also, apart from cost, the right hotel for you will depend very much on the location you want.

So before we get into details about the top Tulum hotels, let’s first get to know the area a little better.

Where to stay in Tulum: Areas

Tulum is found on the Caribbean coast on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.

One of Mexico’s top Pueblos Magicos or “magic towns,” it’s located about 45 miles south of the town of Playa del Carmen, at the south end of the Mayan Riviera tourist area.

There are three main areas to stay in Tulum.

1) Tulum Beach:

People swimming at Tulum Beach under clouds tinged yellow by the sun

If you want to pair luxury accommodation with a hint of local flavor, Tulum Beach is the best area to stay in Tulum.

Also called the Hotel Zone, the Tulum Beach area is a long strip of beach (over 6 miles long), running alongside a beachfront road, sprinkled with hotels and resorts.

The town of Tulum is 20 to 45 minutes away, depending on traffic. That narrow beach road can get clogged (with taxis, bicycles and delivery vans), and when busy, traffic inches along at a crawl.

The Tulum National Park and Mayan ruins are found at the north end. The south end of the beach is bordered by Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most of the beach is effectively “private.” You can’t just walk anywhere to shake out your towel on the beach and lie down – you have to go through one of the beach clubs or hotels to access the beach.

The luxury Tulum hotels along this beach strip are mostly small boutique hotels.

These boho-chic design gems (typically built from natural materials) transport you completely away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.

Snuggled against a backdrop of jungle, they’re just a coconut’s throw from the glimmering Caribbean Sea.

They pride themselves on their eco-friendly design. Cooled by natural sea breezes, they may or may not have air-conditioning. Candlelight at night adds to their charm.

Not surprisingly, Tulum Beach hotels are a top choice for honeymooners and those seeking a couples’ getaway.

Just be aware they’re pricey. You’re paying Maui hotel rates for the privilege of staying on the beach.

A couple kisses by two pools at La Valise, Tulum

South Beach

Generally, the southernmost parts of Tulum Beach are the most upscale.

If you’re a romantic at heart, passionate about sinking into Egyptian cotton sheets at night, you should stick to the South Beach zone along Route 15. 

Middle Beach

The Middle Beach zone (also found along Route 15) has decidedly more buzz than South Beach, as it’s packed with open-air restaurants and nightclubs.

However, it’s still a fabulous area that’s more than worthy of love and attention – and your booking dollars.

North Beach

The North Beach area stretches from beyond the intersection of the beachfront road (La Costera) with Avenida Coba to the Tulum archaeological site.

It’s anchored by the public beach of Playa Paraiso, backed by rugged cliffs and swaying palms. Many travelers find this wide expanse of soft white sand to be one of the best beaches in Mexico.

Beach clubs make Playa Paraiso popular with day trippers from around the Riviera Maya.

But quiet high-end boutique hotels abound too. Their beaches are less crowded, but they also have fewer restaurants within close walking distance.

2) Pueblo or Tulum Town:

If you crave having all the excitement that Tulum has to offer at your fingertips, you’ll want to bed down in the Tulum Town area (known to locals as Pueblo).

Pueblo is the perfect base for exploring some of Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions.

You should have no issue catching a taxi to snorkel with turtles at Akumal or for cenote swimming. It’s conveniently based for taking tours to other Mayan ruins in the Yucatan too (like Coba).

It’s also the best area to stay in Tulum if you’d like to save a little cash – hotels are less expensive here than beachfront Tulum hotels.

In fact, everything (restaurants, hotels, bicycle rentals) is about half the price of what you can expect to pay on the beach.

Another reason to stay in Tulum Town is the food.

Pueblo has a happening café and restaurant scene – with eateries like Cetli (authentic Chiles en nogada and Pueblan classics), Sabor de Mar (delicious shrimp dishes) and Campanella Cremerie (decadent gelato and pastries).

(If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to Mexican cuisine, check out our comprehensive guide to Mexican food!)

Be aware that when staying in Pueblo, you’re at least two or three miles from the nearest beach. But the best hotels in Tulum Town compensate by having great pools. (They all have air-conditioning too.)

If you’d rather have a pool and can’t get enough of boutique shopping and tasty eats, then this shouldn’t bother you.

But if you have a beach vacay in mind, play it safe and stick to the Tulum Beach Zone.

3) Aldea Zama, Tulum:

Woman in red bathing suit floating in a Tulum hotel pool surrounded by lush greenery

The Aldea Zama vicinity is a new upscale residential development mid-way between Pueblo and the beach area, with lots of lush greenery, walking paths and bicycle lanes.

There are cafés and restaurants within Aldea Zama too – it’s like a mini town. (Safari has the best shrimp tacos in Tulum!)

It’s an excellent place to stay in Tulum if you’re after that “home-away-from-home” feel, as many digs have kitchens.

What we love about Aldea Zama is the fact that it’s safe and quiet during the evenings, making it ideal for couples traveling with kids who need undisturbed shuteye after a long day exploring.

However, we feel the area is slightly too low-key to provide much reason to stick around once you’re up and ready for the day.

A word on the Sargassum seaweed

Seaweed washing up on the beach has been happening since the dawn of time in Mexico. But since 2011, this issue has become way more pronounced.

You don’t need to worry about your safety.

However, this pesky seaweed kinda ruins the aesthetic of Tulum’s beaches when it gets out of control.

Unfortunately, only the deluxe Tulum beach resorts have the staff on hand to clear any build-up.

This is one of the major reasons we suggest booking into luxury hotels in Tulum if you’re staying on the beach – as you can rest easy knowing that staff will be constantly on the lookout for seaweed and raking and removing it when it washes ashore.

Be Tulum crew in blue t-shirts cleaning the beach

30 Top Tulum luxury resorts + hotels

Now that we’ve got you hyped about the different Tulum areas, let’s get down to business and discuss the best luxury hotels in Tulum!

Whether you fancy outdoor pools, spa treatments, hot tubs, yoga classes or just want somewhere with really good food, read on for hotels that deliver.

We’ve organized these accommodations according to the three main places to stay in Tulum.

Best hotels in Tulum Beach area

1) Be Tulum

Gray-hued guest room with concrete floors at Be Tulum, Mexico

Considered by many to be a bohemian jungle paradise, Be Tulum is one of the most expensive hotels in Tulum ($1,000+ USD night) – and for good reason!

This place has “exclusive” written all over it.

Choose from 65 air-conditioned suites – from cozy retreats nestled in the jungle (some with private plunge pools) to spacious oceanfront abodes, complete with rooftop terraces, pools and seductive views of the teal and turquoise tinted ocean.

Depending on the suite, they’re kitted out with plank or concrete floors, coral walls, leather-framed mirrors, copper tubs, hanging bird’s nest lamps and indoor/outdoor bathrooms.

Not all deluxe beachfront hotels in Tulum boast pools. (Hey, the best pool is the big beautiful ocean right in front!)

Be Tulum has not just one infinity pool, but two – perfect for when you want a change of scene from the shaded daybeds on the beach.

A yoga studio also invites you to do sun salutations, and you can indulge in a hydrotherapy or other treatment at the resort’s stylish spa across the road.

Two on-site restaurants – Maresias (for freshly-caught seafood) and Ocumare (for fine Mexican cuisine) – round out the resort experience.

Bowl of seafood at Maresias restaurant, Be Tulum

Set along South Tulum Beach, Be Tulum gives you great access to neighboring shops, restaurants and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and you can easily reach central Tulum in 15 minutes (traffic allowing).

Best for?

As one of the best luxury resorts in Tulum, Be Tulum is a wonderful place for the soul and the perfect spot for a romantic getaway (it has a strict 13-and-over age policy).

Couples in search of a special occasion resort, intimate dinners and quiet sunset drinks by the bar will be tickled to stay here.

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2) NEST Tulum

A NEST Tulum oceanview room with concrete floors, pottery and a Mexican painting on the wall

Graced by towering palm trees, NEST Tulum also lies along the sands of glorious South Tulum Beach.

All of its 12 rooms are adorned with Mexican antiques and pottery. All feature modern amenities like air-conditioning and in-room safety deposit boxes.

Ocean rooms are above the main building and have palapa ceilings and curated art. Tower rooms are found in the garden – circular in shape, they’re light-filled and decorated with wall hangings by local artisans.

NEST also has a 4-bedroom private villa which sleeps 8 to 10 guests.

A continental breakfast awaits you every morning.

For dinner, the hotel’s NU restaurant – one of the best restaurants in Tulum – is just across the road. In a sultry jungle setting, it teases the tastebuds with tantalizing Mexican cuisine.

The concierge can help with arranging airport transfers, restaurant reservations and tour bookings.

Best for?

Perfectly blending unique modern architecture with rustic down-to-earth furnishings, this beautiful hotel in Tulum is a bona fide oasis.

City slickers who need a break from urban life will be very happy here.

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3) Hotel Ma’xanab Tulum

Triangular-shaped swimming pool set amid palm trees at Ma'xanab Tulum

A Mayan paradise with extremely personable staff, Hotel Ma’xanab Tulum is one of the chicest 5-star Tulum resorts with private pools.

Say what? You heard right.

Twelve of its 16 suites have private plunge pools.

There’s a main pool you can use too.

Located in the Middle Tulum Beach area, Ma’xanab is walking distance to some of Tulum’s most popular restaurants and beach clubs too. (Recommendation: Head to Parole for unique Italian food.)

Throw in air-conditioning, free WiFi, a cute fitness center, spa and restaurant, and you can be assured of an indulgent and relaxed beachfront stay.

Best for?

The hotel’s elegantly casual feel makes it a serene choice for couples looking for a deluxe adults-only Tulum resort.

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4) Libelula Tulum

Libelula Tulum tent on a raised deck

How does luxury glamping in Tulum sound to you?

The nine cabanas at Libelula Tulum have wooden floors, electricity and private bathrooms.

Some have thatch roofs and are air-conditioned too.

Libelula Tulum private bathroom with mirror

What’s special about this adult-only Tulum hotel is that it’s snuggled right within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

This means that you’re truly on a private and remote beach. You won’t see other people on the beach for miles around.

Instead, you lounge in perfect seclusion on cushioned double mattresses on the sand, shaded by a simple canopy.

Cushioned mattresses under blue canopies on the beach at Libelula Tulum

Flavorful Mexican cuisine using fresh local ingredients – sourced daily and prepared on a handmade wood oven or outdoor grill – is served at the hotel’s onsite restaurant.

Sit at the communal table or your preferred place at the hotel’s beach club.

Best for?

A small and cozy barefoot place with next-level service, Libelula Tulum offers the perfect escape from the stressors of modern life.

As with many of the spots on our list of the best luxury hotels in Tulum, it suits honeymooners and couples who’d like to keep those romantic fires burning.

It’s best suited for those with a back-to-nature bent, sweet on experiencing the “old Tulum” vibe.

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5) Casa Malca

Plush red wall behind the bed of a funky Casa Malca guest room

This place believes that luxury and art go hand-in-hand, so expect eye-grabbing architecture and plenty of radical artwork on the walls here.

Said to be a former bolthole for drug baron Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, Casa Malca was snapped up by New York art dealer Lio Malca.

He filled it with paintings, furniture and sculptures from his private art collection and turned into a funky art hotel.

Coolest Insta-worthy spot? The entrance foyer, where ginormous white curtains (stitched from vintage wedding dresses) cascade down.

Most rooms offer amazing views of the Caribbean Sea, and you can have your pick of suites or beach rooms. (With 71 rooms, Casa Malca is one of the largest Tulum resorts on the beach.)

Spa treatments in nature at the Calma Spa are a must.

You should check out the meditation and relaxation spots too, as well as the underground pool and topside outdoor swimming pool.

Best for?

As one of the most interesting luxury Tulum resorts, Casa Malca resonates with artistic types in touch with their creative side.

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6) Diamante K

Diamante K guest room, with bed swathed in white mosquito netting

Diamante K is a tranquil hidden retreat that appeals to no-frills travelers who still want a hint of luxury in their lives.

Located in Tulum’s North Beach area, just 1½ miles from the Tulum ruins, it fronts a lovely white-sand beach cove which is never crowded. Blissful!

Its open-air restaurant serves excellent food and drinks (the seafood and pina coladas are a must!). Morning yoga classes on the beach are a nice touch.

There’s no A/C available, so keep that in mind. Caressed by sea breezes and surrounded by more than 200 palm trees, the 30 stone-walled cabana rooms are kept cool naturally. All rooms have fans too (plus mosquito nets).

In keeping with its ecological leanings, Diamante K relies mainly on solar energy, and the electricity is turned off at night.

Best for?

Those looking for a more affordable luxury beach getaway, away from the tourist buzz.

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7) Encantada Tulum

Aerial view of thatched-roof buildings, palm trees and beach at Encantada, Tulum

One of the original boutique hotels in Tulum, Encantada Tulum is a secluded paradise set on the southern end of the beach’s Hotel Zone.

All eight rooms are generously sized at 700 sq. ft.

They feature polished hardwood floors, wrap-around decks, king-size canopy beds swathed in mosquito netting, air-conditioning, bathrooms with blue tiled showers and organic toiletries.

Upper level beachfront rooms are crowned with thatched roof ceilings. Garden rooms have patios with hammocks.

Enjoy clear ocean views, lounging under beach palapas on a pristine private beach, a free breakfast every morning (the homemade granola is tops!) and access to all essential amenities to make your stay luxuriously comfortable.

There’s no onsite outdoor pool.

But just wander across the road to Encantada’s sister property Radhoo Tulum (#21), set in the jungle, and you can do laps in their pool.

An inhouse restaurant serves breakfast and lunch.

Wooden beach-view table at Encantada Tulum, set with drinks and lunch

For dinner and DJ parties in the evening, the fabulous NU Tulum (beside the Radhoo) awaits.

And if you want to take things further, Encantada is only 15 minutes from Tulum’s exciting nightlife.

Best for?

The beach access here is quiet, peaceful and private – but pricey, with room rates starting at more than $800 a night – making Encantada an intimate choice for couples with cash.

This luxury Tulum hotel is definitely worth the splurge though!

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8) La Zebra

Hanging beach beds with pink towels on the white sand Tulum Beach

The phrase “you get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to La Zebra on Tulum Beach.

It may be one of the most expensive luxury hotels in Tulum – but then again, it’s possibly also the most luxurious hotel in Tulum.

Mind you, Be Tulum (#1), NEST Tulum (#2) and Mi Amor (#22) are also strong challengers for this title.

Beach-chic to the max, La Zebra offers 29 stylish and spacious air-conditioned rooms (some have a private pool), great beach beds and a top-notch Chef’s Table with 8-course tasting menus.

Bathroom at La Zebra, Tulum, with double stone sinks and a Mexican tile backsplash

Ocean views here are unbeatable, and you can take a dip in the cozy but cute pool.

Service is 5-star and housekeeping is always reliable – expect macarons, steeped tea and chocolates at turn-down!

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, La Zebra perfectly blends an authentic Mexican vacation atmosphere with fun activities for the ultimate stay.

Best for?

Couples, honeymooners and small families.

The suites (with a king-size bed and two single beds) work well for couples with older children.

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9) Sanara Tulum

Two green coconuts with straws on a table in the sand at Sanara Tulum

Known as Tulum’s best boutique hotel in the Beach Zone for yogis and vegans, Sanara is a panacea for the soul.

The island vibes and décor are incredible (Sanara was #3 in Harper’s Bazaar 2017 list of the “150 Greatest Hotels in the World”).

But it’s the focus on wellness and relaxation that makes this place stand out.

You’ll find incredible yoga classes (in a glass-walled beachfront studio), bio-magnetic therapy and bio-decoding among the many items on the holistic wellness menu.

Glass walled yoga studio with view of the turquoise ocean at Sanara Tulum

For those looking for something even more relaxing, opt for a spa treatment or two.

Organic skin products are also found in your room, along with a super king-size bed with bamboo linens.

We ate some of the heathiest (and tastiest!) food in Tulum at Sanara’s restaurant, Real Coconut.

Healthy grilled fish with sliced avocado on a plate at Real Coconut, Tulum

Plant-focused, the menus at Real Coconut are all 100% gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free. And the only oil used is avocado oil.

How do Yucca croquettes, filled with melted coconut cheese, sound?

Smoothies are blended with house-made coconut milk and sweetened with dates and fresh Mexican fruit.

Best for?

Health-conscious folks on the hunt for the perfect wellness retreat.

You can bring kids along, but they must be eight and over, or it’s no Bueno!

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10) La Valise Tulum

With 11 dreamy suites, an adults-only policy and unbeatable views, La Valise Tulum is another one of the best resorts in Tulum for couples (though perhaps we should more properly call it a hotel, since it’s so boutiquey).

Snag the Master Suite, if you can – it oozes romance.

Crowned with a soaring 23-foot-high palapa roof, it has a king-size bed that can be rolled out onto the private terrace, so you can sleep under the stars.

Eco-conscious guests will appreciate this hotel’s commitment to providing sustainable all-natural soaps, shampoos and lotions for guests.

You can also enjoy free WiFi onsite, two small infinity pools and some of the most beautifully crafted furnishings in all of Mexico.

Bonus: Along with the NEST Tulum (#2), Encantada (#7) and Radhoo (#21), it’s part of the Namron Hospitality collection, so you can use all their facilities too.

Best for?

Anyone without kids! It’s such a romantic hotel…  

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11) Suenos Tulum

Suenos Tulum with green stairways around thatch roof buildings

Step into this laid-back Tulum beach hotel, and you’ll immediately feel a sense of tranquility and calm.

At the southern end of the Beach Zone, stone and wood bungalows have been sculpted out of the jungle.

Powered by solar electricity, the 14 suites have colorful hand-painted Talavera tiles and interesting round windows.

Amenities include a pool, restaurant, tons of hammocks, A/C at night from 8:00 p.m. and complimentary continental breakfast.

Best for?

History and architecture buffs – the architecture is almost entirely Mayan-themed, making it one of the most unique hotels in Tulum!

Families with children are welcome, as are friends traveling together.

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12) Olas Tulum

Large bed draped in white linens and mosquito netting in an Olas Tulum guest room that features a curved wall with windows

Olas Tulum is an intimate eco-friendly B&B with just eight suites in two white-washed villas. (We dig the curved walls and beamed ceilings in some rooms.)

It enjoys a quiet stretch of beach right next door to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve at the south end of Tulum Beach. Sun loungers dot the beach and hammocks swing in the sea breeze.

Complimentary inventive breakfasts? Check. (The huevos rancheros with chocolate mole are delish.) Bicycles you can borrow to ride into town? Tick this box also. Super hospitable hosts? Indeed.

Yes, there’s lots to love about Olas Tulum!

The resort is totally 100% solar powered, so there’s no A/C. But the design of the villas means that a breeze blows through each room all the time.

Young person in a hammock on a terrace looking out to the sea

Olas Tulum was originally a holiday home for the owner.

And that’s what it feels like to stay here – like you’re a guest at a friend’s fancy beach house (meals are communal).

Best for?

Eco-conscious couples craving a retreat in chic surroundings will love Olas Tulum. One of the best beach hotels in Tulum, it’s gorgeous (in a minimalist way).

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13) The Beach Tulum

Brown hammock beside private plunge pool overlooking the ocean at The Beach Tulum hotel

Each of the 28 rooms at this luxury Tulum resort has a private plunge pool or rooftop hot tub.

Complimentary yoga classes are offered in the mornings. And the onsite Ziggy’s beach club and restaurant throws some pretty phenomenal parties to rock to (with live music from 7:30 pm 9:30 pm).

A complimentary a la carte breakfast greets you each morning, and you have free use of hotel’s bikes for a back-to-basics Tulum tour.

To recover, sweat things out in the spa’s sauna, and hit the Turkish baths before relaxing again on the blissful beach.

Day bed with orange cushions on the beach, facing the ocean, at The Beach Tulum hotel

Best for?

Child-free folks looking to balance relaxation with a touch of energy.

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14) Zulum Tulum

Hunting for one of the best affordable hotels in Tulum on the beach? Say hello to Zulum Tulum!

Rates are considerably less expensive here than at neighboring hotels.

The resort aims to disrupt its surroundings as little as possible – rooms have fans only (no A/C).

The bamboo and wood décor lends a rustic feel. Beds hang on ropes from the ceiling in most rooms.

Located in the Middle Beach area, Zulum Tulum is a hop, skip and jump away from nearby beach clubs. That makes it convenient for partying.

But you may want to pack earplugs for sleeping at night if you’re a light sleeper.

Best for?

Zulum Tulum’s minimalist approach takes things down a couple of notches, so it best suits couples and friends content with comfortable digs with fewer frills.

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15) Nomade Hotel Tulum

People do lunges in indoor/outdoor yoga class at Nomade Tulum

The casually elegant Nomade Hotel Tulum is one of the best places to stay in Tulum with a spiritual and health-and-fitness focus.

Bed down in a room, treehouse suite (perched on stilts and with hanging swing chairs) or a deluxe tent – all with air-conditioning. The Master Tent gets our attention with its Moroccan décor influences, outdoor bathroom and outdoor plunge pool.

Plenty of artisanal vegan food is on offer day and night at its two toes-in-the-sand restaurants.

Macondo has a Middle Eastern twist with Fattoush salad, chicken tajine and baklava on the menu; La Popular on the beach serves up fresh seafood.

Experience local traditions through sacred fire rituals, cacao and Temazcal ceremonies, and a selection of free healing treatments like yoga and sound healing.

Live music and dancing also take place under the stars each night on the beach.

Guitarists play music on the beach for guests at Nomade Tulum

Committed to sustainability, this 4-star luxury resort in Tulum aims to provide guests with a completely carbon-neutral stay.

Best for?

It’s all about connecting with your spiritual self, Mayan healing and nature at Nomade Tulum – as well as relaxing on the beach.

Sound appealing? Then Nomade Tulum is your happy place.

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16) Maria del Mar Tulum

Guest Room with Mexican tile floors at Maria del Mar Tulum Hotel

Everything about Maria del Mar Tulum is utterly chilled – from its 18 spacious air-conditioned rooms (with hand-crafted Mexican furniture and Nespresso machines) to the serene beach and Mayan-influenced spa.

MINA restaurant, snuggled on the property, specializes in steak and seafood with an Argentinian twist. Cocktails are pricey, but oh, they’re fantastic at this little North Beach hideaway.

There’s a beautiful pool too for afternoon dips, and housekeeping is known for keeping rooms spotless during your stay.

Best for?

Couples in their 30s and 40s make up most of the guests here.

The vibe is quiet (no kids under 16 are allowed) – it’s another one of the most romantic hotels in Tulum.

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17) Cabanas Tulum

Pink bougainvillea surround the pool at Cabanas Tulum

Tucked away at the southern end of the Tulum Beach hotel strip area, Cabanas Tulum offers the best of both worlds – a quiet and intimate feel (no music crowding out the sound of the ocean waves) plus easy access to beach bars and restaurants.

The 24 rooms include a 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom loft, “Swim Up” rooms in the garden with a private plunge pool, beachfront rooms with plunge pools and oceanview rooms with a private hot tub on the rooftop.

Housekeeping is immaculate and the property is well maintained.

Cabanas shares the same beach club, spa and yoga facilities with sister hotel The Beach Tulum (#13). But even though it’s less expensive than The Beach, it’s still one of the best Tulum beach resorts.

Best for?

Several rooms have two queen beds, making this a good fit for friends traveling together and families, as well as for couples.

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18) Mezzanine

Personalized service is a huge selling point at this elegant Tulum boutique hotel. You’re welcomed with margaritas, and the staff are eager to help in any way they can.

Plus, you can’t get any closer to the Tulum National Park. Mezzanine is literally inside the park. You’re soooo close to the ruins, that you can get an early start and be the first ones to visit.

Rooms have A/C and are stocked with beach bags and yoga mats for your use.

The onsite Thai restaurant is run by a celebrity chef. And a master mixologist creates herb- and flower-infused concoctions – they’re so intoxicating, you’ll be ordering seconds before you’ve even downed your first.

Ruby- and peach-colored cocktails at Mezzanine, Tulum

The only downside is that the beach is rocky.

So while you can still swim in the sea, most lounging is done from the deck of your room or hotel terrace.

Like its sister hotel La Zebra (#8), Mezzanine is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Best for?

Mexico fans with an itch for exploring – Mezzanine is just minutes from the Tulum archaeological site – and cocktail aficionados.

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19) Delek Tulum

Designed to co-exist in harmony with its surroundings, Delek Tulum is a nature lover’s paradise.

The hotel is committed to sustainability and seriously respects Tulum’s fragile ecosystems – and we love that. All the wood used in its construction was local. And solar power is used when possible.

Accommodations are in thatch-roof cabanas (air-conditioned) that feature concrete tubs and unique indigenous crafts from across Mexico. For sleeping, canopy beds are the name of the game.

In the morning, complimentary tea or coffee with a sweet bread is delivered to your room.

For other noshing, head to its Tatewari restaurant – meals are made using locally-sourced ingredients.

In the Middle Beach area, Delek Tulum is conveniently close to several nightclubs and other restaurants (which can be a good thing or bad, depending on whether you’re bothered by late night noise).

Best for?

Couples who value a hotel’s use of natural materials and sustainability.

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20) Gramercy Tulum

Gramercy Tulum villa room with palapa roof

If your idea of island heaven includes wellness, private oceanfront villa rooms and yummy fresh food made with locally sourced ingredients, then you’ll consider Gramercy one of the nicest hotels in Tulum.

Yoga and beachfront boxing are available for fitness fans.

The vibrant beach club whips up incredible cocktails for afternoon sipping too.

A couple box on the beach at Gramercy Tulum.

Service is excellent – staff will arrange for fresh coffee to be delivered to your room each morning.

Located at the southern end of Tulum Beach, Gramercy is away from the thick of the action (so it’s quiet) but close enough that you can walk, bike or take a short taxi ride to other restaurants or clubs.

Best for?

Couples who want a great beach hotel in Tulum, where they can hit the hotspots on the strip without dealing with the noise at night.

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21) Radhoo Tulum

Thatch-roofed buildings around blue swimming pool at Radhoo Tulum

It’s a jungle out there. But a magical Garden of Eden! Radhoo Tulum was built to embrace the jungle.

Across the road from South Tulum Beach – and surrounded by lush shady Mayan greenery – it’s one of the coolest hotels in Tulum. Literally!

The 14-room Radhoo hotel incorporates natural woods, woven ceilings and chukum plant resin-washed walls in its design. Accented with lanterns and Moroccan-style rugs, it feels unique and exotic.

Choose one of the four upper-floor Deluxe Junior Suites (380 sq. ft.) which have large net hammocks.

Extending from the deck, these “hammock lounges” hang above the forest canopy – perfect for the two of you to lie back on cushions and gaze at the passing puffy clouds, as you listen to the music of songbirds.

Net hammock off deck overlooking jungle pool at Radhoo Tulum

But no matter which room you pick, it will keep you cool with air-conditioning and comfortable with a king-size canopy bed.

Feel free to enjoy the facilities and beach beds (if available) at Radhoo’s nearby sister beachfront properties, NEST Tulum (#2), Encantada Tulum (#7) and La Valise (#10) above.

After hanging out on the sunny beach, you’ll relish relaxing by Radhoo’s outdoor swimming pool with mezcal margaritas. (The shady T-shaped pool is Tulum Beach’s largest pool.) Radhoo has a bar so you can order poolside cocktails and smoothies.

Breakfast is included in your stay. And wonderful concierge service is available through WhatsApp.

Best for?

You guessed it. Radhoo is for adults only. Guests are mainly savvy couples seeking a chilled and laid-back stay.

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22) Mi Amor a Colibri Tulum Boutique Hotel

With a focus on romance, Mi Amor has our hearts with its secluded rocky setting on Tulum’s North Beach.

And talk about sensual design!

The private curtained gazebos and decks for two on the rocks, furnished with double daybeds, are ideal for honeymooners to lounge oceanside.

The 17 elegant rooms have king-size beds, wooden floors, air-conditioning, rainfall showers, bathrobes and espresso makers. Pops of turquoise (in hanging lamps and textiles) add whimsical color.

Higher category rooms come with private plunge pools too. These seaview and seafront guest rooms cost a pretty penny, but they’re worth the splurge.

The restaurant, which serves Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, also gets very high marks.

Like La Zebra (#8) and Mezzanine (#18), Mi Amor is part of Colibri Boutique Hotels and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Mezzanine is just a few minutes’ walk away, so you can easily use its facilities for a change of scene.

Best for?

Mi Amor translates to “my love.” It’s one of the best hotels in Tulum for couples, and you’re sure to fall in love with it!

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23) Aldea Canzul

Luxury 2-story beach house with flat thatch roof, surrounded by palms, at Aldea Canzul, Tululm

With only three luxury residences available, Aldea Canzul is one of the most exclusive resorts in Tulum.

Each beach house in the gated property is different and can house between 4 and 11 guests, depending on your preference.

Casa Chakte is particularly beautiful and boasts a large rooftop garden that offers unmatched ocean views.

Casa Chukum allows you to lose yourself in the stunning jungle scenery and features indoor and outdoor living areas, a rooftop terrace and a private beach area.

Each villa sports warm woods, eclectic fabrics and sophisticated artwork.

Beach chairs and umbrellas, shaded lounge areas and kayaks await on the beach.

A personal chef is on hand to prepare meals.

Best for?

Large groups (destination wedding, anyone?) and family gatherings.

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24) Jashita Tulum

Jashita Tulum, set on a white sand beach and surrounded by lush palms and jungle

There’s only one word for the Jashita Hotel – sensational!

Slightly off the beaten track in Soliman Bay (about 20 minutes north of Tulum), Jashita is spread out over five acres of beachfront, giving you lots of room to stake out your place on the sand and drink in the glorious views.

Its 30 chic air-conditioned suites come with four-poster beds, Italian linens, bidets in the bathrooms and twice-daily maid service. Waterfront suites have outdoor showers; the Penthouse has its own rooftop swimming pool.

Chocolates and a bottle of wine welcome you upon arrival.

Jashita’s Pandano restaurant has a wonderful deck overlooking the ocean, offering a mix of Italian and Mexican flavors.

It promises long leisurely dinners of ceviche, homemade lobster fettucine and grilled octopus.

Guests drink and eat on the alfresco deck overlooking the ocean at Jashita Tulum.

Separate adults and kids swimming pools, plus a dedicated pool bar, keep your days cool and full of fun.

Onsite yoga, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and scuba diving are also available.

Best for?

Not many 5-star hotels in Tulum are family-friendly. This one is.

But with lots of adult areas, it’s quite romantic for couples too.

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Best hotels in Tulum town

25) Hotel Bardo

Bed draped with Mexican textiles in a guest room at Hotel Bardo, Tulum

Imagine waking up in a huge loft-style villa (evocative of Bali), decorated with designer ceramics and cotton artworks.

It’s air-conditioned and comes complete with an open-air shower and a private pool in your own jungle garden.

After a morning yoga class (free), you take out bicycles (also free) for an exploratory ride.

Back at your hotel, you kick back on a deluxe cushioned lounger around one of the most beautiful pools in Tulum.

Cocktail by the pool at Hotel Bardo, Tulum

At sunset, candles and lanterns are lit everywhere, casting a sensual golden glow.

You order a gin-or mezcal-based cocktail by the pool bar and take it over to the open fire pit – and thank the stars that are twinkling overhead that you lucked into one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum Town (actually in all of Tulum, period).

Meet Hotel Bardo!

Stay here, and you may use the pool and facilities of its sister hotel Una Vida, next door. (It’s also an award-winning design hotel, but more affordable.)

Best for?

With a clean and chic aesthetic, Hotel Bardo is a great luxury all-rounder for adults. (No kids though!)

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26) Maka Hotel

Maka Hotel Dormitory Room

Priding itself on its multicultural atmosphere, this 15-room hotel offers a selection of interesting room options, including mezzanine rooms, garden view rooms, female-only rooms and a “friends’ room” (with a private terrace) that sleeps eight.

Maka Hotel is technically a hostel, so bear that in mind before booking.

But with a small pool, great housekeeping and room service available, you’ll have everything you need.

Maka Hotel pool with orange loveseats around it

Maka Hotel also offers varied activities (like birdwatching and kayaking in Sian Ka’an) and new experiences (for example, a Mayan Temazcal ceremony followed by a swim in a cenote).

And on weekend nights, DJs spin electronic music at the happening rooftop bar until the wee hours. Don’t fight it – you might want to join the party rather than trying to sleep.

Best for?

This is one of the best Tulum Town hotels for travelers on a budget – who still want a hint of luxury, but without the high price tag.

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27) Hotel Boutique TerraNova

Boutique TerraNova room with king bed and wood floors

Hotel Boutique TerraNova offers 10 spacious rooms with reliable A/C in a quietish location in town.

When you come in from the sun, you can relax by the pleasant outdoor pool in the terrace garden.

Restaurants and bars are within a 10-minute walk away.

If you need an airport shuttle, simply arrange this in advance and you’re good to go.

Best for?

Hotel Boutique TerraNova works well for families interested in affordable city-center accommodation in Tulum (studios have a king bed and a sofa bed).

But there’s no reason you couldn’t book here with a friend or your partner for a getaway.

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Best Tulum hotels in Aldea Zama

28) Orchid House Tulum

Pool at Orchid House Tulum

As beautiful as the flower it’s named after, Orchid House Tulum combines a wonderful location in Aldea Zama with peace and tranquility.

All resources used to build this retreat were sustainably sourced – and, yes, you’ll see plenty of orchids around.

Of the 10 rooms, we like the two Master Suites on the upper floor best. Each has a palapa roof and a small indoor/outdoor plunge pool with views of the jungle outside.

But all rooms feature heavenly beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. (Note: Some guests are bothered by the lack of soundproofing.)

Nestled among palm trees, a cool pool has a swim-up bar, where the unique artisanal cocktails never disappoint!  

Best for?

Couples looking for an affordable but romantic place to stay in Tulum.

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29) KAN Tulum

Pool chair in front of room balcony and hammock at KAN Tulum

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a treehouse – a luxury one, that is – here’s your chance!

KAN Tulum has 24 eco-chic rooms in buildings that are covered with latticed bamboo strips and creeper vines. Cozy and with king-size beds, they blend in seamlessly with the lush jungle landscape.

Two rooms even have infinity pools.

“Nests” (elevated viewing platforms) are perfect for taking in the killer sunsets.

Sustainability is key at this secluded adults-only hideaway.

Bamboo and other all-natural products were used in the design, and air conditioning is solar powered. To reduce plastic use, a reverse osmosis system makes tap water drinkable.

There’s a lovely cenote in front of the bar (cool for a dip!), along with a spa for massages and a pool.

Waterfall cascading down into a cenote in the stone courtyard of KAN Tulum

A delicious vegetarian breakfast is also included in your stay.

Near the Aldea Zama area, KAN Tulum is about a 10-minute scooter ride to the heart of downtown Tulum and a 15- to 20-minute ride to the beaches. 

Scooters are available to rent (at competitive prices) and bicycles are free to borrow.

Best for:

Couples who dig unique eco-friendly hotels are sure to love KAN Tulum.

An Instagrammer’s dream, it’s definitely one of the coolest Tulum hotels!

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30) Kimpton Aluna Tulum

Freeform pool with orange pool chairs at Kimpton Aluna Tulum

Enveloped by jungle and priding itself on tranquility and TLC, this is the place for those on the hunt for a luxury escape with all the mod cons in Aldea Zama.  

The 72 air-conditioned rooms are white oases of cool, with LED smart TVs.

The rooftop pool and bar are a must, and the full-service spa and 24-hour onsite fitness center are perfect for exercise junkies. You also get complimentary transportation to the resort’s private beach club (with a DJ).

Valet and self-parking are available, as well as same-day dry cleaning and laundry for those mucky days.

This hotel is highly accessible, with special roll-in showers, communication features and restaurant features accommodating guests with disabilities.

Best for?

Families and friends who want to be close to the action but switch off from the noise at night.

Guests with accessibility needs will also appreciate the attention to detail at Kimpton Aluna Tulum.

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Last words on the best Tulum, Mexico, hotels and resorts

Like it or not, Tulum is on many a traveler’s radar these days – and the number of beachy chic and boutique places to stay has mushroomed to meet the demand.

The good news is that you have lots of choice!

Let us know if you’ve found our list of the best luxury hotels in Tulum helpful. We love hearing from readers, and you can share your thoughts in the Comments below.

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Photo credits: 1 La Zebra Tulum | 5 Be Tulum | Remaining hotel images courtesy of the respective Tulum accommodations


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