Cabanas La Luna

Tulum, The Yucatan, Mexico Book from

Live the castaway dream: a handful of 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 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.

Highs

  • 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: Villa Zanzibar has a private pool; baby cots, highchairs and boogie boards

Lows

  • The cabanas are rustic-chic rather than luxurious so don't expect posh toiletries, TVs or minibars; only some options have air-con
  • It can get rather windy on the beach
  • Well water means showers have a slight sulphuric smell
  • Robinson Crusoe is very compact and perhaps best suited to solo travellers

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...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Eco
Family
Wedding
  • 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
Room: Jungle View Penthouse

Rooms

La Luna’s 5 cabanas cluster around the seafront, amongst verdant greenery, with breath-taking sea views, a good amount of privacy and rainbow painted walls. Each has a deck with a hammock, a table and a bench fashioned from tree trunks. Christopher Columbus and Casa Blanca are small but perfect for couples, Robinson Crusoe can sleep two but is perhaps best for solo travellers. 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 air-con, they might be too hot to use in summer. Bathrooms are small and some aren't separated from the bedrooms by a proper wall; expect tiled showers and sinks made from Mexican ceramics.

The 3 suites are a bit more luxurious and great for groups. All in the same building set back from the beach amongst the gardens. The Garden Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms - good 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 open-plan suite has space for 6 people. Next door, is first-floor Marco Polo's Journey, a spacious cabin with a kingsize bed, a separate single bed and the added bonus of a patial sea view.

Four-bedroom Villa Zanzibar is a cabana in style and ideal for a family or group. Two upstairs bedrooms sit in the eaves, sharing a shower room. Downstairs the 2 remaining bedrooms each have an ensuite shower. There’s simple kitchen and a cushioned outdoor seating area, plus the villa's trump card: 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 there are no sea views.

Features include:

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

Eating

La Luna's restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening, it really comes to life. Order a house cocktail, the Mango Margarita, and settle into the colourful dining room. Meals can be taken here, out on the sea-view deck or at the beach dining area, 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 traditional Yucatan cuisine, and influenced by the day's catch or what's new at the market. At lunchtime, 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 - ask the team for recommendations.

Breakfast is a very laid-back affair. Once staff spot you seated on your deck, they'll bring over coffee, toast, fruit and freshly squeezed juice. Note to early risers, service begins at 8am (with coffee and tea available from 7am). 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
Eating: Restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • 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

Kids

Children are very welcome at Cabanas La Luna, and will love the beach and friendly village feel.

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), Jungle Penthouse (sleeping 6), Garden Suite (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.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby 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.

Distances:

  • Airport: 2 hours
  • Hospital: 1 hour
Kid Friendly: Villa Zanzibar

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
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Service
9/
Value
9/
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