Cabanas La Luna

Tulum, The Yucatan, Mexico Book from

Live the castaway dream: a handful of eco cabanas on a pristine beach, offering friendly service and fab food
Imagine being washed ashore on a powdery white beach with the clearest turquoise sea. Through leafy shrubs and swaying palm trees you spot a handful of wooden cabanas, whitened by the sun and shaded by palapa thatches. Surprisingly, this is Mexico’s busy beach destination, Tulum, but off-the-beaten-track La Luna is blissfully quiet; a perfect place to indulge your desert island fantasy.

The overall vibe is simple and relaxed. Built from natural materials, the eco cabanas exude an uncomplicated rusticity and are nicely private, each with a wooden deck and stunning sea view. The smallest ones are ideal for a romantic holiday, while the bigger ones would suit a family. If you want something plusher there are 3 spacious suites or a large villa with a private pool.

Stay for a while and take stock of life’s simple pleasures - a game of cards over an afternoon beer; lying in your hammock and watching the waves. Later, wander to the Moroccan-style restaurant for delicious 4-course dinners: just-caught lobster, juicy fruit salads, steak arranchera. This is castaway chic at its best.


  • Direct access to a prime and private spot of stunning Tulum beach
  • A relaxed and informal atmosphere, yet friendly staff are helpful and offer local advice
  • Falling asleep to the sound of the waves, in the beautifully rustic sea-front cabanas
  • Visiting Tulum to see the famous ruins, Sian Ka’an national park, and the stunning Caapechen lagoon
  • Great for families: kids up to 12 stay for free; Villa Zanzibar has a private pool; cots, highchairs, boogie boards and babysitters are available


  • The cabanas are not luxurious so don't expect posh toiletries, TVs or minibars. Only the Garden Suite has air-conditioning
  • It can get rather windy on the beach and the loungers and umbrellas have rather too much faded character
  • Well water means showers have a slight sulphuric smell

Best time to go

High season is mid-December to April when it's typically drier and cooler - mid 70s-80Fs (21-25C). May to early December is low season when prices are usually substantially reduced. Temperatures and rainfall rise from May to October, with average highs reaching into the 90Fs (35C). Although it can rain at any time of year along the coast, September and October are generally the wettest months and have the greatest risk of hurricanes.

Our top tips

Bring plenty of sunscreen as the wind can be deceptive, and lots of books as this is a great spot to chill out.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Beach cabanas
  • 9
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


There are 5 cabanas, 3 suites and 1 villa at La Luna. The 5 cabanas are clustered around the sea front amongst verdant greenery, with breath-taking sea views and walls painted in bright blues, oranges and limes. There's a good space between each one so you get a sense of privacy. Each has a deck with a hammock, a table and a bench fashioned from tree trunks. Christopher Columbus, Casa Blanca and Robinson Crusoe are small but perfect for couples, with queen or kingsize beds cocooned in mosquito netting. Marrakech and Captain Dale's are open-plan and slightly bigger, making them more suited to families. The former has 2 queensize beds, the latter has a kingsize bed and an attic with 2 queensize beds - due to the lack of fan, they might be too hot to use in summer. Bathrooms are small and aren't separated from the bedrooms by a proper wall; expect tiled showers and sinks made from Mexican ceramics.

Great for groups, the 3 suites are a little more luxurious, and are all in the same building set back from the beach amongst the gardens. The Garden Suite is the only room that has air-conditioning. It has a large bedroom with a kingsize bed and 2 single beds, making it suitable for both couples and young families. The Jungle Suite sits above the Garden Suite, with a great view over the treetops but no sea view. This suite has a separate bedroom with 2 queensize beds. Next door, on the first-floor is Marco Polo's Journey, a spacious cabin with a kingsize bed, a separate single bed - perfect for small families - and the added bonus of great views.

Villa Zanzibar is ideal for a family or group. It's a cabana in style, with 4 bedrooms (queensize doubles). Two upstairs in the eaves share a shower room, while the 2 downstairs each have an ensuite shower room. Also downstairs is a basic kitchen (for preparing snacks, rather than self-catering) and a cushioned outdoor seating area, plus the villa's trumpcard: a curvy mosaic-tiled swimming pool. The downside is the villa’s situation at the rear of the property by the road; it can be noisy and the sea views are restricted.

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hammock
  • Safe box
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


La Luna's restaurant is open all day for breakfast (continental included in rates), lunch and dinner. In the evening, it really comes to life: deep purple walls, arched mirrors, a vaulted doorway and coloured star-shaped lanterns give a cosy and atmospheric Moroccan feel. Order a house cocktail, the Mango Margarita, and settle into a deep cushioned banquette or perch on a low stool. Meals can be taken here or out on the deck facing the sea, with a view of the Milky Way and the sound of the waves meeting the shore.

Dinners are largely made of local ingredients, with an emphasis on wholesome food, and influenced by the day's catch or what's new at the market. It's all wonderfully fresh. We started with a tasty poached egg and avocado salad followed by gnocchi resting in a lobster shell with grouper, shrimp and fresh morsels of lobster. The meat course was a melt-in-the mouth steak with caramelised onions and roasted aubergines (known locally as steak arranchera - a method of marinating meat to tenderise it). Presentation was a high throughout, with dishes delicately displayed on bright ceramic plates. For dessert we tried the sweet and cinnamon-y homemade flan; delicious.

At lunchtime, food can be ordered to the beach or private terraces. There's a selection of salads and Mexican staples such as fish tacos, enchiladas verdes or guacamole and nachos. Further along the beach are good restaurant options for lunch - El Bistro for Yucatán specialities (and often, 2 for 1 drinks all day), or OM for wood-fired pizzas. Guests staying in the villas have a basic kitchen suitable for making snack and light meals.

Breakfast is a very laid-back affair. Once staff spot you seated on your deck, they'll bring over coffee, toast or fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice. Note to early risers, service begins at 8am. The waiter also brings a menu offering more substantial dishes such as fried eggs with crispy tortillas and guacamole or spicy Mexican eggs. We loved the gooey French toast with cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Lounge in the hammock on your terrace and watch the waves. When the surf gathers momentum, borrow a boogie board and go for a surf
  • Snuggle up on a double daybed on the beach, or swim in the warm Caribbean sea
  • During May-August, you can watch turtles in the moonlight, laying and burying their eggs on the beach; incredibly special
  • Have a sundowner at Cesiak’s roof-top restaurant and ecological centre (8km from La Luna), where you can watch spectacular sunsets over the Caapechen lagoon. The restaurant's position high up over the jungle means a fascinating vantage over both beach and wetlands
  • Kayak through the mangroves and shallow lakes of the Sian Ka’an national park, keeping your eyes peeled for beautiful birds, and crocodiles basking on the shore
  • Request a massage on your private deck, visit the Maya Spa up the road, or salute the sun at nearby Yogashala, which offers Ashtanga and Hatha yoga classes
  • Scuba dive the cenote of Angels - an inky 70m sink hole in which you'll see eerie tree roots and deep water fish: advanced divers only. Don’t forget your head torch. Non-divers can take a trip to Gran Cenote, which you can swim through
  • When the wind's up, try kite boarding. Book through the hotel with Extreme Control, a reliable outfit who deals with all levels of experience
  • Visit Tulum's ruins and admire the Mayan structures, set against the backdrop of the aquamarine sea. Further afield, the ruins at Coba are splendid; wear comfy shoes so you can climb them
  • Evenings here are quiet, but if you're in need of entertainment, Papaya Playa has a Saturday-night beach party, Le Zebra has salsa on a Sunday, and Zamas often has live music
  • At night, the star gazing is fantastic - you can often see the Milky Way

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cenotes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga


Children are very welcome at Cabanas La Luna, and will love the beach and friendly village feel. Children under 12 stay for free.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Leave the 1-bed cabanas to the honeymooners and choose from Marrakesh (sleeping 4), Captain Dale (sleeping 6) and Villa Zanzibar (sleeping 8). Extended families and larger groups will like the privacy of the villas (both of which have basic kitchens). Villa Zanzibar has its own pool. All rooms have a shower (no bath), and double beds - so children may have to share. Some cabins have extra beds.


An on-site babysitter available for extra fee. Enquire when booking; advance notice may be needed.

Baby equipment:

  • Cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Villa Zanzibar has a kitchenette. The on-site restaurant is Moroccan and there are plenty of child-friendly eateries down the beach, serving tacos, barbecue food and pizzas.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Boogie boards available to borrow
  • The beach and Caribbean Sea are just steps away
  • Private pool with Villa Zanzibar

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Tulum ruins
  • Turtles hatching eggs May-Aug
  • Bike hire to explore the area
  • Watersports including kayaking, snorkelling, scuba and kite boarding
  • Xel-Ha, a waterpark with dolphin swims

Families Should Know:

The stairs in some of the cabanas are steep and not suited to toddlers.


  • Airport: 2 hours
  • Hospital: 1 hour
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