“A laid-back, eco-conscious retreat with 8 sea-view rooms, set on the beach beside Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve”
Meals are served at one huge table using produce from local farms - or there are hip restaurants and bars a beach stroll away. Your affable hosts can arrange boat tours through the stunning Sian Ka'an Reserve or point you in the direction of little-known cenotes for an unforgettable subterranean dip. We loved the vibe at Olas, which is barefoot and easy: no flash facilities, just a chic space for couples to kick back and chill, with boho Tulum and its spectacular ruins right on your doorstep.
- We loved the stunning and isolated beachside setting, with partial ocean views from all rooms
- A laid-back vibe, with no kids under 6; staff know when guests want to chat... and when they want to just chill
- Olas Tulum has won global recognition for its environmental design and sustainability
- A rooftop yoga studio offers regular classes, and massage sessions can be booked at any time
- Bikes and boogie-boards are available to borrow; cycling is a great way to explore the area
- All meals are communal (a high for many, but not to everyone's taste)
- No pool, though the ocean is just a few steps away
- A fairly strict payment policy, and the 50% balance can only be paid in cash at the time of stay
- Except for the Master Suite, bathrooms are small with low-pressure gravity showers
- No air-con though with overhead fans and ocean breezes this isn't an issue
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Beach Resort
- Breakfast + lunch on request
- Children aged 6+ welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Boogie boards
The Oceanfront Master Suite is the star of the show, with a spacious split-level living room, a pair of kingsize 4-posters and a huge terrace just yards from the sea. It features a large separate kitchen and a bathroom with double sinks and walk-in shower.
We stayed in the Oceanfront Suite whose kingsize bed is draped in Mexican fabrics and faces a curve of ocean-view windows. There's a kitchenette for preparing simple meals but no private outside space.
The smaller Oceanfront Junior Suite has a queensize Balinese canopy bed and wraparound windows facing the sea. On the upper level, the Oceanfront Balcony Suites are light and airy with kingsize canopy beds, reclaimed wood furniture and basic kitchenettes.
The Ocean View Balcony Suites and the Ocean View Deluxe Balcony Suite sit in a separate villa further back from the beach, though they still have partial sea views. They are more contemporary in style, with kingsize beds, modern Danish furniture and polished concrete floors.
- Beach bag
- Bose sound system
- Safe box
Breakfast is eaten alfresco with other guests at a communal table under the palms. It's a good opportunity to exchange Tulum tips while munching on chilaquiles, huevos rancheros or empanadas.
Chef Lulu can prepare light lunches and dinners if you let her know at breakfast. Expect classic Mexican cuisine: Lulu’s (round corn tortillas with meat or veggie toppings and cheese) are legendary, and our chicken fajitas were in a class of their own. Fish, straight from the ocean, is also frequently on the menu.
If you fancy eating out, stroll along the beach or cycle into town on one of the hotel's bikes and you’ll be spoilt for choice - you'll find restaurant recommendations in your room's guest file. We dined at Cetli which specialises in regional Oaxacan dishes; dinner here was superb. And don't miss Hartwood, one of the most talked-about diners in the Caribbean.
There’s also a gas barbecue should you fancy shopping for your meal in Tulum’s lively market.
- Communal dining
- Lunch by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Enjoy a yoga class at the rooftop yoga studio. The schedule changes seasonally, so ask for the most up-to-date classes on offer
- Indulge in a Mayan clay massage beneath the shade of a palm tree
- Take a boat trip through the lagoon of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to search out crocs and manatees grazing in the mangroves
- Borrow one of 6 lightweight bikes and cycle to the coastal ruins at Tulum (10km), one of the Mexico's most memorable Mayan sites; alternatively arrange a catamaran trip and view them from the ocean
- Swimming in the cool waters of a cenote (limestone sinkhole pools) is an essential Yucatan experience; the one at the Ek Balam ruins (136km) is one of the most beautiful
- Do nada except laze in your hammock and gaze at the sea; that’s what Olas Tulum is all about
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Body boarding
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
This is more of a grown-up retreat - think couples and solo travellers - but families with children aged 6 and above are also welcome here.
Family friendly accommodation:
The Oceanfront Master Suite is best for families as it has 2 kingsize beds – drapes can be drawn between them for a bit of privacy. A single rollaway bed can be added to the Oceanfront Suite.
- Shops: 13km
- Pharmacy: 13km
- Hospital: 13km
Olas Tulum is situated at the very end of Tulum beach, 10km from the town of Tulum itself, and next door to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
The closest airport is Cancun (127km), which has direct flights from the US, the UK and elsewhere. Alternatively, change at a US airport or fly via Mexico City.
From the Airport
The hotel can arrange transfers but if you'd prefer to self-drive, see our car rental recommendations. It’s a 2-hour drive from the airport to the hotel on a wide, double-lane motorway. A host will be on-hand when you arrive to greet you.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
- Cancún 127.0 km CUN
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 3.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km