Shambala Petit Hotel

Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico

Friendly and relaxed Thai-inspired resort, with 10 simple yet stylish cabanas, on a magnificent white powder beach

For most of us, paradise would be something like this. Kilometres of soft, powdery-white beach contrasting with cobalt seas; a relaxed Zen atmosphere without cares and fuss; and Buddhist-inspired décor, including bright orange fluttering flags everywhere. We simply loved Roberto's tranquil and charming place.

Ten cosy but cool cabanas, each distinct from the others, sit in a horsehoe between coconut palms. The position is perfect for swimming, strolling and kayaking, and there are ample opportunities for chilling out on daybeds under white parasols, in hammocks and on cloud nine. The spa on site offers a range of massages, and yoga classes are held daily. Although it's hard to motivate yourself to move much, Roberto arranges amazing tours to Mayan ruins, jungles teeming with life and cenotes (collapsed caves). Nights are wonderful - starcloth heavens, candles everywhere and the sound of waves lulling you to blissful slumber.

Guest Ratings

Room:
70%
Food:
90%
Service:
90%
Value:
100%
Overall:
88%

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Highs

  • There's a warm welcome from Roberto and his team, who look after you from the moment you arrive till you depart - you'll feel as if you're staying with friends
  • The beach is great for lazing and swimming (though the sea can get quite choppy at times)
  • The chic design has stylish Asian influences
  • The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxed - it's hard not to unwind here
  • Room rates are extremely reasonable - but book well in advance

Lows

  • Book early - it's often full!
  • Communication with this hotel can be somewhat casual and erratic
  • It's not for those who expect mod cons - the plumbing is a bit rustic, most cabanas have no plug sockets, and electricity for lights and fans, while theoretically available all day, isn't the most reliable
  • Some rooms are definitely on the 'petit' side
  • Some bathroom areas lack privacy as many of the walls are made from bamboo, and you might experience the odd roof leak if it rains
  • Mosquitoes can be an annoyance at certain times of year

Just lie back in a hammock and watch the crabs shake a leg (or six)...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailShambala Petit HotelFor most of us, paradise would be something like this. Kilometres of soft, powdery-white beach contrasting with cobalt seas; a relaxed Zen atmosphere without cares and fuss; and Buddhist-inspired décor, including bright orange fluttering flags everywhere. We simply loved Roberto's tranquil and charming place. Ten cosy but cool [r:MX029:cabanas], each distinct from the others, sit in a horsehoe between coconut palms. The position is perfect for swimming, strolling and kayaking, and there are ample opportunities for chilling out on daybeds under white parasols, in hammocks and on cloud nine. The spa on site offers a range of massages, and yoga classes are held daily. Although it's hard to motivate yourself to move much, Roberto arranges amazing tours to Mayan ruins, jungles teeming with life and cenotes (collapsed caves). Nights are wonderful - starcloth heavens, candles everywhere and the sound of waves lulling you to blissful slumber.

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