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Zamas

Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico

Rustic-chic cabanas and a self-catering house for 6-10 on an unspoilt beach by the Caribbean Sea, near Tulum's Mayan ruins

Zamas - meaning 'new beginnings' - is the creation of 2 escapees from San Francisco, Daniel and Susan, and the product of years of beach-time dreaming. Like hundreds of other people who come to Mexico on holiday every year and fall in love with it, they discovered Tulum on their honeymoon and decided to make it their paradise home.

Several decades later, the result of their move is now one of Tulum’s best-known beach retreats. Its rustic cabanas are nestled in a cove on the Maya Riviera, where sardines are pursued by pelicans and fishermen drop by to sell their daily catch. Most have immediate access to the spotless white-sand beach and the peaceful bathtub-warm water that make Tulum so enchanting. There's also an airy self-catering house that's ideal for families and groups, with 4 bedrooms, a private pool and sweeping sea views.

The fact that it’s unpretentious and miles away from the package tourists of Cancún and the property giants of Playa del Carmen explains why so many people come here to get away from it all. And Tulum, although busier by the year, still retains its lovely, laid-back backpack-ery vibe - as well as arguably the best beach on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Guest Ratings

Room:
86%
Food:
86%
Service:
80%
Value:
71%
Overall:
81%

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Reviewed by Lucia Appleby

Highs

  • It's peaceful and tranquil, with a friendly atmosphere
  • The beautiful beachside location means it's a footfall from the Caribbean Sea, yet well placed for exploring Tulum's ruins by foot or bicycle
  • The eco-conscious cabanas have a Caribbean feel, and you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach
  • The 4-bedroom house, Casa Vallejo, is great value - particularly if there are 8-10 of you
  • The food is consistently delicious - Zamas houses a top local restaurant, with popular live flamenco and funky jazz performances

Lows

  • A noisy road runs next to the property and some accommodation is set on the far side side of this, away from the beach (Casa Vallejo, some Garden Rooms and all Top-Floor Ocean-View Rooms)
  • The beach is small and the shoreline is rocky in parts, so it's not great for swimming
  • Wind-generated electricity gives power for lights but not for any high-voltage 'plug-ins' like hairdryers or TVs, though you can charge phones and camera batteries
  • There's no air conditioning, so rooms can get warm in summer (there are ceiling fans, though)

Ideal for anyone seeking a barefoot vacation...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailZamasZamas - meaning 'new beginnings' - is the creation of 2 escapees from San Francisco, Daniel and Susan, and the product of years of beach-time dreaming. Like hundreds of other people who come to Mexico on holiday every year and fall in love with it, they discovered Tulum on their honeymoon and decided to make it their paradise home. Several decades later, the result of their move is now one of Tulum’s best-known beach retreats. Its rustic [r:MX010:cabanas] are nestled in a cove on the Maya Riviera, where sardines are pursued by pelicans and fishermen drop by to sell their daily catch. Most have immediate access to the spotless white-sand beach and the peaceful bathtub-warm water that make Tulum so enchanting. There's also an airy [eating:MX010:self-catering house] that's ideal for families and groups, with 4 bedrooms, a private pool and sweeping sea views. The fact that it’s unpretentious and miles away from the package tourists of Cancún and the property giants of Playa del Carmen explains why so many people come here to get away from it all. And Tulum, although busier by the year, still retains its lovely, laid-back backpack-ery vibe - as well as arguably the best beach on the Yucatán Peninsula.

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