Jashita

Tulum, The Yucatan, Mexico Book from Book from £415 per night

Secluded and serene, this ocean-front hotel blends laid-back beach sophistication with dreamy Zen style
Leading Tulum’s quest for decadent desert-island chic on the tranquil martini-clear waters of Soliman Bay, it may be hard to imagine Jashita had left much room for improvement. But wander, sand underfoot, through the coconut palms of their extravagant 2016 makeover and it’s abundantly clear that this hotel’s benchmark for success is to supersede your expectations.

Let time slow right down among foliage-framed vistas of champagne sands and azure waters from the 30ft showpiece glass pool. Or gather for cocktail hour and uninterrupted seascapes on cushion-strewn sofas at the elevated terrace.

With the jungle rearranged to lend postcard-perfection wherever you cast your gaze and privacy wherever you lay your towel, hideaways abound. Easily glamorous enough to attract well-heeled posers on location, Jashita somehow still manages to inspire its guests to abandon pretence and truly let go. Perhaps thanks to the Venetian family who built it from the dunes up, whose palpable love and homespun charm pervade throughout.

Highs

  • Soliman Bay, a breathtaking protected aquamarine cove, waist-deep for miles with a fish-teeming reef - grab the snorkelling equipment in your room
  • A small selection of beautiful suites with four-poster beds draped in chiffon curtains, and plunge pools on their terraces
  • Just 12km from Tulum and daily boat trips include Mayan temple tours, fishing and diving
  • The Sahara Cafe restaurant’s exquisite menu mixes top-notch Mexican, Italian home-cooking and freshly grilled fish
  • It’s family-friendly but private nooks and communal areas make things surprisingly co-habitable

Lows

  • For action beyond summer music and forgetting the world, it’s a 10-minute taxi to Tulum
  • Some of the sea views from the 2nd floor are obstructed by trees
  • If you like the surf, you may prefer Tulum beach to these tranquil Caribbean sands
  • Full pre-payment required on reservation

Best time to go

High season runs from November to April when the weather is dry and temperatures hover around 30C. American travellers favour Christmas and New Year in Tulum so it gets busy. Travel in November or May for slightly lower rates, fewer people and lower temperatures. June to September are the hottest months and traditionally the wettest, before hurricane season reigns for a few weeks. But Caribbean weather is such that you can get lucky (or not) any time of the year.

Our top tips

If you can tear yourself away from Soliman Bay, sample a staple Mexican lunch at an authentic Mexican taquería watching señoras make tortillas by hand. There are plenty in Tulum, and Jashita’s staff can recommend the best.

Also popular with Tulum’s residents is the rustic lobster shack on the beach nearby. They cook over a fire and serve delicious conch and lobster ceviche, squid and fish. It's a hidden gem with virtually no tourists; Tommaso tipped us off!

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Beach Resort
  • 26
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Boat tours
Room: Superior Deluxe Suite

Rooms

Jashita's suites have a neutral palate, plenty of space and are perfectly appointed. Superior Deluxe and Waterfront Deluxe Suites boast high ceilings, plump sofas and four-poster beds draped in romantic curtains. These palatial proportions continue on huge private terraces, complete with plunge pools and life-affirmingly beautiful bay views. For a panoramic vista, splash out on a Honeymoon Suite or the new pièce de résistance, Jasmine Penthouse: which can be rented with its own stunning rooftop terrace and infinity pool. Each beautiful deck is crowned with a palapa roof, lounge sofas and magnificent sunsets over jungle and ocean.

The real attention to detail hits you when you settle in and find all you need, from cable TV, iPod dock and air-con to Italian linens, bathrobes and snorkelling equipment. All bathrooms have fantastic oversized rain showers. Sliding mosquito net doors keep rooms bug-free, and thoughtful extras include welcome chocolates and a beach bag with your room number stitched into it.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Beach bag
  • CD player
  • Chocolates
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

The hotel's Sahara Cafe (open 8am-10pm) serves poolside, on the beach and on three seafront terraces, as well as boasting a zen-styled dining area inside. Radiating insouciant beach cool and cooking up some of the area’s finest Italian and Mexican cuisine, the restaurant attracts local people in-the-know and kept us from looking for alternatives. From the waiter rushing cocktails to my side on the beach to live music and sundowners on the sunset deck while staff stoked up the BBQ fire for dinner, there’s no clichéd, mañana-type resting on your laurels here; service is on point.

We couldn’t wait to wake up for breakfast, which included a full cooked plate, tropical fruit salad, warm pastries and freshly squeezed orange or green juice. For lunch, fish tacos or ceviche on the beach were unbeatable. Come dinnertime, specials alternated between grills and homemade pasta evenings. Try freshly grilled lobster and fish or let the zucchini spaghetti remind you why Italians have the culinary edge.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Take a daily swim to one of the floating pontoons exploring the underwater seascape of Soliman Bay on your way; you'll find snorkelling equipment in your room
  • When the sea is calm, venture further in one of the hotel’s complimentary kayaks and paddle out beyond the reef
  • The hotel runs wonderful daily boat tours (fishing, snorkelling, diving, sightseeing); to find out what's on offer, check the chalkboard mast on the beach.
  • There are many land day trips on offer, too: recommended is the Mayan archaeological site Chichen Itza, it’s just 2 hours away and one of the 7 wonders of the world
  • Discover Mexico’s mysterious natural cenotes (deep wells in the ground) with a guide who can divulge their legends

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Wildlife

Kids

Completely sheltered, Soliman Bay remains shallow (waist-height for adults) for a long way out, and the hotel welcomes kids (with a maximum of 4 children in the hotel at any one time). There are adult-only areas, including the main swimming pool, but there’s also a family pool for children. Snorkelling, kayaking and family boat trips are all popular. And there’s even a Moses basket for babies (to hang from your coconut shade on the beach).

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Superior Double Deluxe Suites have 2 double beds, making them perfect for families

Babysitting:

Available on request

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

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

Children's meals:

No kids’ menu as such, but Sahara Cafe has plenty of simple options like tomato and basil spaghetti, soups and grilled chicken breasts

Kids Activities on site:

  • Second pool for families, open 8am-7pm

Kids Activities nearby:

  • The aquatic world of Xel-Ha (3km)
  • The Hidden Worlds family cenote adventure park

Families Should Know:

Children must be supervised at all times in the smaller pool are strictly forbidden to access the upper deck and the 'thousandandone' (adults only) pool & terrace

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5 hours
  • Shops: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly: Waterfront Deluxe Suite

Location

Jashita is on the beach in Soliman Bay, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It’s about 12km from the restaurants, beaches and nightlife of eco-chic resort Tulum in south-east Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and 120km from Cancún International Airport.

By Air:
The nearest international airport is Cancún (120km away). There are direct flights from Europe (approx. 10 hours) and the US (4 hours from New York). Alternatively, take an internal flight from Mexico City.

From the Airport
Hiring a car is the usual way to drive the straight coastal route from the airport. The hotel can arrange transfers on request (1.5 hours) and there are buses including Ado’s airport transfers, and shuttle buses known as colectivos.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Mexico and getting around

Airports:

  • Cancún International Airport 120.0 km CUN

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 10.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Beautiful hotel with friendly staff, surrounded by warm shallow reef waters. We thought it was a shame the children were restricted to a pool area with no lounge chairs around it, but with a beautiful private beach and the entire ocean at our disposal, it didn't really matter. The restaurant was excellent and the onsite/offsite activities on offer really made our trip. Our suite, which led directly out onto the beach, was spacious, clean and peaceful. Wonderful stay!

10/10,

This is the most relaxed hotel in the most beautiful location. Everything was perfect.

10/10,

Jashita is such a gem I feel I almost don't want to let people in on the secret! It is set about 10km away from the main beach strip of Tulum in a calm reef enclosed bay which was excellent for snorkelling and kayaking. The setting is lovely with a good size pool; a second roof top plunge pool with views over the mangroves; and with the sweep of the beach that catches the sun through to the late afternoon. The staff were amazing, again the perfect balance of informal yet highly attentive and the food was consistently of a high standard.

10/10,

Amazing location with superb calm beach on bay. Lovely pool area, intimate and small with hip but unpretentious vibe. Attentive discreet staff. Highly recommended.

9/10,

Jashita is a unique hotel in the beautiful Soliman Bay in Tulum. Not only is the location wonderful - with the opportunity for snorkelling, paddle-boarding, fishing, swimming in a safe and secluded bay - but the standard of service and food at the Jashita is outstandingly good. So good, in fact, that I had to drag my family out to discover the other delights of Tulum - the Mayan ruins, the Cenotes, the lovely local restaurants and shops. One of the best holidays we've ever had.

9/10,

The owner and manager were incredibly helpful and generous resolving a misunderstanding and helped to make us feel so welcome and looked after. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Jashita. The hotel is just outside Tulum (an £8 taxi ride) and is lovely and quiet. I'd recommend you try out the hotel zone beach clubs in Tulum for a day or two just to experience the more lively atmosphere - which only makes you appreciate Jashita's tranquility even more!

10/10,

What a lovely 6 night stay at Jashita! The hotel has all the boutique luxury charm you would expect, the location is quiet and beautiful, and the staff are gracious, engaging, and truly want to make your stay perfect. Thank you to Brenda and Ulises for your excellent customer service, Jessy at the Adventure Shack for being so welcoming and setting up some great outings for us, and Martin and all the other restaurant staff for making our stay so wonderful! Some trip highlights: Ceviche and margaritas (excellent!) on the beach at Jashita, boat tour to Tulum and snorkeling, diving Dos Ojos and Casa Cenote, stand-up paddle boarding in Soliman Bay.

10/10,

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