“A collection of sybaritic eco beach houses and suites (sleeping 2-8) with big-decked balconies and roof terraces, overlooking Tulum's white sands”
Out of the 4 villas and 2 suites, Behla (4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) takes prime position and has the lion’s share of the view. It’s the biggest, with large communal areas and a slightly more luxurious feel. The master room has a kingsize bed, windows on 3 sides giving views of the beach and the sea, an indoor sitting area and doors opening onto a wide private deck with a cushioned snug. The simple but perfect bathroom has a hand-cast concrete bathtub where you can gaze out to the ocean as you soak. Everything feels fresh, breezy and in perfect harmony with the jungle-beach setting. The other 2 bedrooms lie at the other end of the house. One is oceanfront with a private balcony, and the other has windows on 3 sides with ocean and jungle views. These rooms each have private shower rooms, and there's a third bathroom downstairs with an outdoor shower.
Although a bit smaller, Behla Kaana (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) has quite a large master bedroom, with curved windows overlooking the ocean, a kingsize bed and a sitting area. This room has a private terrace with a beach bed and an open bathroom with a shower, a bathtub and a small sink area. The further 2 bedrooms are just as spectacular with large windows facing the jungle and ocean. The thatch frames the view delightfully and gives shade from the sun.
We’ve yet to see the following houses and suites, but feedback is good. Both Behla Palapita and Behla Kiin (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms), like the other houses, are airy and rustic in styling with an open-plan sitting and dining area, a kitchen, and a large decked terrace with loungers and bright feature walls. Couples should opt for one of the Ocean-front Suites. One - Behla Sun - is on the first floor and has a rooftop terrace, while the other - Behla Sand - is a ground-floor suite with a large patio and garden. Both have an outdoor tub and plenty of living space, though they do lack kitchens. All have gorgeous views over the ocean. Extra beds for children can be added to the Suites only if they are booked together.
The catering options are very flexible; a cook can be requested for all meals or perhaps just for a special occasion, or you can prepare your own food (unless staying in a suite). If you choose the former option, we’d recommend sampling Mexican specialities such as fresh ceviche, shrimp chiplote and black bean salad.
Behla has a large, open-plan kitchen and dining area with a wall of glass doors opening onto the terrace and beach. The raised breakfast bar sits at one end, with a dining table at the other and an L-shaped Moroccan-style sitting area with a low wooden table in the middle. Behind the house is a shady thatched area with a barbecue, which serves as a convivial outdoor kitchen.
The kitchen in Behla Kaana lies to one side of the airy atrium, with a white-washed dining area taking up the other side. The windows stretch all the way to the thatched roof, creating a light and open space. Behla Palapita and Behla Kiin have similar facilities, with a dining area that can seat up to 8 people around a circular table with cushioned benches and a separate table on the covered deck outside.
The kitchens in all houses have hobs, blenders, fridge-freezers and plenty of cooking utensils, but note none have an oven. Note that the Behla Suites lack kitchens.
Breakfast is not included in the rental price but can be arranged on request. A typical spread would include tea, coffee, fresh-squeezed juice, fruit and fresh tortillas, as well as delicious hot dish such as chilaquiles (crisp tortilla triangles with salsa and eggs), banana pancakes, eggs mexicana or quesadillas with cheese and avocado.
If you feel like eating out, we recommend El Bistro for its lovely setting on the beach or Papaya Playa for its great ambience and daily happy hour. If you want to prepare your own meals there are a couple of convenience stores nearby for the basics and food stocks can be requested in advance (note that purified bottled water is included in the price). There is a large market 10 minutes' drive away.
Children are very welcome. Young ones will love the warm gentle sea and sands, while older children can enjoy the kite surfing and boogie boarding. There are lovely grounds for kids to explore. Cots and extra beds are free. Cleaning can be booked in advance to make your stay that bit more enjoyable.
Take your pick: Behla has 4 double bedrooms, Behla Kaana has 3 double bedrooms, Behla Palapita and Behla Kiin have 2 double bedrooms plus a sofabed. Note that all beds are kingsize or queensize. All houses have kitchenettes; Behla Kaana is the only one to have a stove. An extra single bed is available if required. Extra beds for children can be added to the Ocean-front Suites only if they are booked together; these lack kitchenettes.
Babysitting is available by arrangement, see Rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Houses have kitchens with hobs, blenders and fridges. You can book meals on request and the chef is happy to make special dishes for children and kids meals are half-price - think banana pancakes, chicken dishes with home-made chips - see Rates. It's a short walk to beachside restaurants serving child-friendly food all day long (pizza, tacos etc) and a taxi ride to the nearest supermarket. The closest shop sells basics only.
Parents with young children need to keep a close eye on them: Behla's loft space has near-vertical steps, balconies, other staircases and roof terraces could be tricky for toddlers. Bring mosquito repellent. Note that there is a night watch guard and 2-3 groundsman staff on property daily.