You need a holiday. Somewhere tropical, coastal, and glorious! We have that perfect somewhere for you, and it is called Tulum! The Americas have long since been the preserve of the backpacker. But as the intrigue grows, so does the upgraded experience. Now, luxury hotels nestle throughout these continents! From the beautiful expanses of Patagonia, South America, to the beaches of Central America. And in Mexico’s coastal town of Tulum, you can find 11 of the best luxury resorts known to man.
Bask in the natural beauty of the beaches, and delight in the holistic approach to living. Take a yoga class, meditate at sunrise, enjoy a cocktail at sunset. Explore the ancient ruins of the Mayan culture, or relax and get away from it all.
If you want to be pampered, polished, and sun-kissed, all in the glorious comfort of a 5 star resort, keep reading! We have divined the top hotels and resorts that will make you feel like a Mayan King, or an Aztec Princess. Which hotels have the best in-house Spa? Where can you dine like royalty? Who has the comfiest beds? We answer all these questions, and more! Whether you’re into health and wellness, or pure escapism, look no further than Tulum!
Aldea Canzul Tulum
First up for luxury resorts in Tulum, and it is a stunner. For the ultimate in barefoot luxury with villa style, Aldea Canzul is your go-to. Located right on the beach, the resort contains only three villas: Casa Chechen, accommodating up to 5 people, Casa Chakte, for 7 people, and Casa Chukum, for up to 12 people with 4 bedrooms. Each one with its own private pool, balcony and terrace. There are also BBQ facilities on site, and wifi throughout the property.
The size and scale of each ‘Casa’ make this a really great location for families, or large groups of adults. This could also suit digital nomads who live and work together. Or even a working holiday! All rooms have air-con, flatscreen TV with cable, full kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities, and dining area. Bathrooms are equipped with a shower. All decor is modelled on the boho chic aesthetic that covers a lot of Tulum’s signature style. And with muted earthy tones and whitewashed walls, the peace and calm experienced by guests is unparalleled.
Similar to the luxury beach resorts of Koh Phi Phi in Thailands, this area is a true beachfront oasis in the midst of the jungle. Facing the stunning Caribbean ocean, or looking back towards the palm trees: wherever you look, you see natural beauty! And yet you are right next to the gorgeous Rosa Negra restaurant, and less than 5km from the centre of Tulum. The Tulum Archeological site is also 11km from the hotel. This is a great area for cycling, and the hotel are able to help with bike rental, and parking is also available on site if you require a car for exploring. There are also a host of other activities arranged through the hotel. Cycle tours, sightseeing, snorkelling, Scuba diving, even cookery classes. Most of these will require an additional charge, but it is well worth it!
Address: Av. Boca Paila km 7.5, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Families & large adult groups
Rating: 9.0 Superb
Combining the beauty of nature with the glory of art, Casa Malca work with Galeria Enrico Navarra Paris to provide guests with Arte en la playa. Throughout the property guests will see various artworks by a host of Mexican artists adorning the hallways. This adds to the sumptuous atmosphere, leading out to the untouched pleasure of the beach. The resort sits outside of the Sian Ka’an Biophere reserve, where you can lose yourself in the tropical beauty of flora and fauna.
Inside the resort, dine at three stunning restaurants: the elegant Filosofia, the indoor and outdoor laid back charm of Ambrosia, and the beachy charm of Head of a Mad Mad. Name inspired by the works of Jean Michel Basquiat, an artist close to the hotel owners heart. Guests can also enjoy two outdoor pools set into the magnificent grounds.
Rooms are elegant and airy, each with air-con and views over the sea, or of the gardens. Book a Townhouse Labyrinth suite, and you will double your viewing pleasure. A concrete spiral staircase takes you to the top level of your accommodation, with a comfortable living room and a desk to sit and take in the tropical surroundings. All private bathrooms are beautifully appointed, with eclectic and interesting decor throughout.
Everything you need is right here at the Casa Malca, including a beautiful spa on site. All 71 rooms cover the grounds in modern, low-level buildings, bringing a sense of tranquility and calm wherever you go. If you do want to get out and explore, the centre of Tulum is around 12km from the property. On-site parking is available should you have a vehicle, and there is a tour desk for more adventure! If you are into luxury resorts with an artistic edge, this Casa in Tulum is one for you.
Address: Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Art-lovers
Rating: 9.4 Exceptional
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a hippy commune or artist colony, we have something wonderful for you! Less than 5km from the Tulum Archeological site is the Lúum Zama community. This is a gated living space set into lush gardens, close to the beach and with a strong message of ecology. The community work with architects to build accommodation in keeping with the natural surroundings. And set within this community is the stunning Casa Wahh. With three outdoor pools, access to the gardens, and within distance to the town and beach, this is the place to be for peace, tranquility and convenience.
The resort combines the style and materials of both Moroccan and Mayan tradition, with ecological mind and pure heart. Many of the apartments have a private pool, and every option comes with a fully functioning kitchen with dishwasher, a lounge with flatscreen TV, washing machine and coffee machine. Deluxe apartments can sleep up to 11 people, with outdoor space for dining.
Wifi and air-con is available throughout each property, and the relaxed atmosphere will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Whatever you want to do while abroad, this is a safe space for rest and relaxation! Natural materials and spacious apartments give you a luxurious home away from home. There has been a lot of discussion around which is better, Tulum or Playa del Carmen. But the truth is, you will not get this kind of resort over there!
Address: Privada Luum Zama, Aldea Zama, Mza 27, Lote 1, Quintana Roo, Tulum, 77760
Best For: Families and large groups. Great for Sightseeing!
Rating: 9.7 Exceptional
With an emphasis on the jungle aesthetic, and a multitude of palm trees surrounding the buildings, La Valise is the perfect jungle escape. It is one of the finest luxury jungle resorts in Tulum, and just steps away from the beach. This property even has its own salt-water infinity pool! It also boasts natural, eco-friendly toiletries in every bathroom. This adults only property brings guests the ultimate in peace and love. Living spaces hold comfy spots for you to sit and listen to the wind play through the palms.
Beach views complete the look, with sun-beds situated on the sands for guest use throughout the day and night. Choose from four different on-site restaurants, each with their own cuisine and style, from Mediterranean to Mexican! You could even have your own private dining experience on the private beach and deck. Enjoy a sumptuous meal, then wander down to the beach, lay on the sun-beds and look up at the glittering stars. Bliss!
Each room has its own balcony and patio or terrace, with views over the jungle or Caribbean sea. Each beachfront room also has a hammock, perfect for an afternoon siesta! Air-con and wifi are also available throughout, and the twist of modern minimalism with Mayan style is beautifully put together. Hand-crafted furnishings give that extra edge, and emphasize that holiday feel. Inside the ensuite bathroom, the stone-carved free standing shower gives that extra edge of unique luxury. Opt for a jungle room, and enjoy an open-air shower!
If you’re out for a romantic getaway, this could be your jewel in the crown of Tulum. With no kids allowed, peace and tranquility is guaranteed!
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.7, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Romantic getaway. Adults only!
Rating: 9.4 Superb
Be Tulum Beach and Spa Resort
Offering a rustic approach to a luxury resorts in Tulum, this beachfront property is comprised of 64 suites beautifully finished in accents of wood and stone. The calm tones of the natural materials builds on the light and airy atmosphere. And with four restaurants, two outdoor pools and an elegant spa and wellness centre, there is little reason to leave! All of the beauty of Tulum is encapsulated in its charm. The Maresias ‘sea bar’ is where you can find afresh raw seafood like oysters and classic ceviche, as well as light dishes and delicious drinks. Head to 4 Fuegos (four fires) for BBQ, Ocumare for a little fine dining from around the world, and the Beach bar for a relaxed affair.
One thing to note about the rooms is the natural stone walls, almost slate grey, giving the rooms a muted feel. This could feel a little dark to some, though it certainly is a welcome break from the sun, and lends a cooling quality once you step inside. Air-con and wifi are available in each room, iPod dock, and several of the room types, such as Tierra and Arena, have a private plunge pool. Book the Premier Jungle Suite and you’ll also enjoy more space with a full kitchen, dining and living area.
The property does allow children aged 13 and above, and there are a number of Villas available for guests to book. Maximum guests range from 4 to 10 people, with varying bedroom numbers. This is a great location. If you are travelling with the family, the on-site tour desk is a great option for helping to arrange day trips to places like the Xcaret and Xel-Ha eco-parks. On site parking is also available if you are needing to hire a car.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km.10, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Couples and families
Rating: 8.9 Fabulous
Just under 7km from the centre of Tulum, sits The Beach. This is one of the luxury resorts in Tulum that is adults-only hotel, focusing on drawing out the tropical elements of the surrounding area. Delightful roofs decked with palm leaves sit over white-washed walls and wooden accents. Sandy floors and flora and fauna mix with the smell and sound of the sea, and a laid-back vibe mingling with serene luxury. There are also extensive health and fitness options to take part in, including a well-appointed fitness room, and daily yoga classes.
From Deluxe and Rooftops rooms, to the Junior suites, every room is a beachfront room! And all with their own private plunge pool, hot tub, or both. You even get your won private beach bed. Free yoga mats are supplied, if you wish to take part in classes, and all bathrooms are decked in beautiful dark wood, with either a bath or shower.
For dining options, guests will be spoiled! Fresco’s is available for a range of beautiful healthy breakfast or lunch, including smoothies, fruits, sandwiches and even cakes. Ziggy’s restaurant or beach club also offers a range of dining options, any time of the day. For a delightful cocktail, head to the pool bar!
And for entertainment, there is a good mix. Guests can choose from three types of yoga, which changes daily, as well as wine and mezcal tastings, poolside dinners, as well as a range of outdoor pursuits further afield. All which can be booked through the hotel. Including a trip to the cenotes of the Riviera Maya, sea fishing, diving and turtle watching! If you like to mix healthy living, wellness with luxury and decadence, book your spot here. The decor is minimalist boho chic, with an atmosphere of tranquility and an air of possibility.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Health-conscious couples. Adults only!
Rating: 9.3 Superb
Want to explore your wild side? Book yourself into the Azulik, where you can enjoy the ‘clothing optional’ beach! By day, sunbathe nude (if you choose) and by night sleep in the beautifully designed tree houses that pepper the beachfront. Whilst the rustic aesthetic might not be the luxury ideal for everyone, others will delight in its quirky appearance! In terms of luxury resorts in Tulum, this one is very different.
Built entirely from Mexican Royal Ebony, arranged on stilts and emphasising the beauty and simplicity of nature, each hand carved villa and room is pure escapism, and delicate mysticism. Each en-suite bathroom features a bathtub built from wood, and mosaiced with beautifully patterned tiles. Simply breathtakingly different! Guests who stay in suites will also be beguiled by the outdoor hot tub, styled from similar materials to the bathtub, and overlooking the Caribbean sea. Complete with a rustic swing, set to the side of the balcony.
If the peace and simplicity of the setting is not enough, the Mayan Wellness Centre is there for a range of treatments and massages. But not only will you get a range of modern treatments, you can also sample traditional massage, healing therapy and herbal baths. If you’re feeling brave, try the Mayan sweat-lodge temazcal treatment! We would also need a whole separate article to discuss the gastronomy here! Suffice it to say, the fusion of Mayan and Japanese is off the charts! And the setting is just to die for.
Some may not enjoy the lack of air conditioning, but those full-length windows give you ample daylight to complete the romantic feel, and mosquito nets prevent those nasty little bugs from getting at you. But do remember to pack the repellent! In fact, you might want to prepare yourself for the dangerous beasties in Mexico. They’re apt to hide in the jungle.
This hotel might not be for everyone, but if you are into to unique experiences and alternative stays, you will not be disappointed! With a combination of art, culture, food, and that boho beach vibe, this is the most unique experience you will find in Tulum. The entirety of the Peninsula, for that matter!
Address: Carretera Tulum – Punta Allen KM 5, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Quirky couples. Adults only!
Rating: 7.5 Good
Now, we understand that the beach is just not for everyone. And there is so much more to experience in Tulum than just luxury beach resorts. This is why the Bardo is such a great shout for anyone who isn’t fussed about getting sandy. Just 6km from the Tulum Archeological Site sits this little gem in the town of Tulum. this means the bars and restaurants of the city are also in your midst! Whilst the restaurants and bars of the coastal road can be a little pricey, here you can dine at the local Taquerias with the locals. Which is great if you’ve splashed out on that luxury accommodation! Check out our handy guide for other ways to save money in Tulum
Alternatively, sample some of the delights of the many vegan friendly restaurants you will find in Tulum. This really is a health-food haven! There is also a hotel restaurant, The Milum. These are wondrously decked out Yucatan gems, with a traditional eye for detail and natural beauty. The plants and foliage arranged around each space lends a softness to the rich wood and hard stone from the local land. The Bardo aims to bring you food with soul, in every dish.
The outdoor swimming pool also has a bar with food menu, if you feel a bit peckish while sunbathing. Here, the walled garden gives the impression of a Mayan oasis in the midst of a bustling local town. The rooms are merely an extension of this, with brushed stone in muted greys, brimming with atmospheric decor and chic lighting styles. There is a coffee machine in every room, and the ensuite bathroom is just gorgeous. Floor to ceiling sliding doors allow the outdoors to come to you, and all suite rooms have a private jungle garden and plunge pool with a view. Seriously, what is not to love?!
This is a great jumping off point to explore the surrounding areas of Tulum, including its Cenotes, archeological sites, and all of the gorgeous traditional foods of the region. Its location is also a plus as, whilst the Riviera Maya is considered to be safe, the beach roads are dark by night. Here, the streets are well lit, making walking around easy and relaxed! Tours can be booked from one of the many operators in the centre, with help from the hotel concierge if required. And this is the perfect place to recoup after a day of adventure. Guests can also enjoy live evening music within the hotel while winding down.
Address: 77760 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Best For: Couples. Great for sightseeing
Rating: 9.5 Exceptional
In our run-down of luxury resorts in Tulum, this has to be the most affordable prices per night, and with the greatest emphasis on sustainable living. All materials sourced for the hotels construction, and each meal produced through the in-house restaurant, have been harvested with the greatest care. They aim to maintain the natural balance of the ecosystem, keeping the surroundings as beautiful as they were first discovered.
In the restaurant, the seasonal menu harnesses the tastes and textures of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Riviera Maya. With traditional dishes and modern twists, options are healthy, hearty and wholesome. You can even build your own smoothies from a range of fresh local produce. The Spa is also geared towards health and happiness, with a range of treatments designed to make you feel renewed. With health and fitness in mind, there are a range of outdoor activities able to be booked through the tour and concierge desks. And when on site, guests can also take part in a communal Temezcal sweat lodge, a purification process designed to boost wellness. You could also take part in a private or group yoga session, bookable through the concierge desk.
And when the time comes to rest your head, the luxurious bedrooms hold everything you need for a comfortable stay. The lush tropical style of the dwellings leave you feeling peaceful and rested. Each Master suite has a landmark view, with a patio, terrace and beautifully designed ensuite. Wooden floors, a freestanding shower and sunken bathtub combine with the open air elegance of the treehouse style to create an experience like no other! Free wifi and air conditioning is also readily available to guests.
This is a beautiful place to stay for a romantic break. And whilst there is no pool to speak of, its proximity to the beach will give all those water babies what they need!
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Health-conscious couples
Rating: 9.1 Superb
Prepare yourself, for this could be top of our list of luxury resorts in Tulum. A top selling point of the exclusive Jashita hotel is its private beach, set away from other hotels in the area, and very secluded. Here, you can take part in beachfront yoga classes, or join in at the Caoba Spa & Yoga studio, for a range of wellness treatments and facilities. You can even book personal snorkelling or scuba diving lessons. Guests can even take advantage of the golf course that is mere minutes from the site. Inside the boutique hotel, three outdoor pools spread throughout the grounds, perfect for lounging in the sun or taking a dip without getting salty. An adults-only pool will keep the kids away if you aren’t keen, and there is a kids pool to lounge by if watching your little ones.
The Pandano restaurant will also leave you charmed with its range of Italian and Mexican cuisine, alongside other international fare and a standout grill selection. Fresh local seafood, including lobster, is a must-try! And the adults-only Thousandandone pool bar is the perfect place to sip a cocktail as the sun sinks. Or stay on the beach and enjoy the horseshoe shaped bar with sandy toes. The Sahara Cafe also serves a range of dishes for guests.
there are a number of room types, including a several honeymoon suites, and a penthouse suite and King room with two double beds. This makes it not only great for couples and honeymooners, but also families with small children. Especially as that private beach will set your mind at rest as they frolic in the sands. If you are a couple who doesn’t like children, however, this could be one to avoid. There are some great adults-only hotels nestled further along the shoreline!
Each room is beautifully decorated in a simplistic boho fashion, much in keeping with the whole resort. Many suites, including the honeymoon and larger rooms, have their own pool, air-con and a beautiful ensuite with shower. These rooms are also soundproofed, perfect if you have little ones who need their rest!
Address: Baia, Punta Soliman, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Couples and families with small children. Very private.
Rating: 9.5 Exceptional
Mi Amor – A Colibri Boutique Hotel
This is one of the best luxury resorts in Tulum for couples who like a glitzy edge to their beach chic holidays. Facades of wood and glass are built in clean lines and minimalist decadence. combined with the beachfront atmosphere, the air is of an Ibiza style party mansion. And with live DJs entertaining guests of an evening, and nightly cocktails as the sun sinks, this is the perfect spot for dancing, swimming, and hanging out with your significant other. Mi Amor is set within a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, giving it an extra air of romantic elegance.
This is said to be one of the most romantic hotels within Tulum! And with many room types including its own private plunge pool, you can afford to just relax and stay safely ensconced in your own little world. Take your pick of the views, whether it be jungle, pool, garden or sea! You can even splash out on a seafront room for additional ambiance. Inside the rooms, guests can enjoy the space from their deck, or chill in a hammock whilst sipping a cocktail.
The Mediterranean and Mexican fusion of the onsite bar and restaurant will have you coming back for more. Guests have the option to pair meals with signature cocktails, or even surprise your significant other with a dinner on the rocks, overlooking the seafront, everyday is the chance to create a new memory to hold dear. Guests can even take part in ‘mystic experiences’, where the Mayan culture meets the modern setting of Mi Amor. Try a sweat lodge, or Yucatan sound healing. Perhaps embark on an adventure to one of the many ancient sites or cenotes further afield.
This is a real couples haven, full of romance whilst simultaneously bringing the modern and the ancient together. And a little bit of Mexico and the Med in fine dining dishes and delicious cocktails.
Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Best For: Couples. Very private
Rating: 9.1 Superb
When it comes to pure luxury resorts in Tulum, we sure had a few tricks up our sleeve! As you have seen, there is really something for every image of indulgence. Whether that be clean lines and minimalist style, natural materials and and eco-friendly approach, a spot right on the beachfront, or an oasis of calm in the heart of the town of Tulum.
These resorts are a worthy investment, and a holiday you are likely to be talking about for the rest of your life. So don’t hesitate, get booking now and snag yourself an excellent deal!