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Tulum: Beachfront Bohemian City with Ecological Architecture

Tulum in recent years has become a world popular destination. Known for its unique bohemian vibe and ecological architecture, it is a popular destination for yoga, spiritual retreats, wellness programs and culinary and art centers.


The Beach Tulum is a stylish, beachfront, adults-only boutique hotel located in the heart of Tulum, a 1 hour and 45 minute drive south from Cancún. It is touted to be an oasis of sorts, retaining the cool quiet and chill essence of the “original Tulum”, before the loud party scene and tourist hordes took over; a true gem of a sanctuary within the otherwise typically rowdy Tulum town vibes.

It is aptly named The Beach for good reason: the entire property extends directly in front of one of the dreamiest seaside areas of Tulum, a serene and private beach with the whitest powdery sand and most pristine turquoise ocean, arguably one of the main draws of a visit to Tulum.


The Beach Tulum

Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7

Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera

+52 (984) 157-9645

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This intimate 28 room upscale hotel is enhanced by the widespread friendliness of its staff, notably jovial and attentive at all times. Each of the eco-friendly, chic hotel rooms is located right on the beach. Choose from ground floor Deluxe rooms with a private pool, Rooftop rooms with a hot tub and elevated view of the Caribbean Sea, and Junior Suites with their own private plunge pool and direct dual barefoot access to the stunning beach as well as the hotel’s jungle pool.


The Naj Naay Spa offers Mayan, Thai and Detox therapies among other treatments, including a 60 minute healing hydrotherapy circuit. Train at the hotel’s private gym. Take daily complimentary yoga classes at The Beach’s beautiful Yoga Palapa. Wade in the hotel’s meandering river pool, amidst an idyllic green setting.

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The Beach Tulum has two restaurants on site: Ziggy’s Beach Club and Fresco’s. Both offer complimentary a-la-carte breakfasts for guests of The Beach. Ziggy’s is located directly on the beach and offers delicious seafood fare and local snacks as well as praiseworthy cocktails while you are barefoot wearing your bathing suit if you wish. Fresco’s is a health food restaurant offering healthy meals, smoothie bowls and fresh natural energy juices throughout the day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


As The Beach Tulum is an adults-only hotel, it is not considered a family-friendly choice.


Take out one of the complimentary bikes to explore the town of Tulum on two wheels. Sign up for the complimentary healing hydrotherapy circuit at the Naj Naay Spa. Take a yoga class at the beautiful Yoga Palapa. Visit Tulum National Park, home of Tulum’s sacred Mayan ruins, located 2.5 miles away.


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Habitas Tulum

KM 4.5, Av. Boca Paila

Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

+ 52 (984) 231-1288


Nestled in a secluded acre of lush tropical habitat, Habitas Tulum sits steps away from the ocean and a few minutes walk from Tulum’s shops, cultural and culinary sites. As you check-in to the property, a unique Mayan-inspired ceremony is prepared to encourage you to connect to the moment, your surroundings, yourself and each other.

White sand pathways lead guests to one of the 32 Bohemian-inspired guest rooms, each made of ecological, locally-sourced materials. The tent-inspired rooms are built on elevated wood platforms which support environmental practices to better preserve the surrounding jungle. All guest rooms feature a natural palapa roof, cloth-like walls, outdoor private shower and bathroom, handmade furniture, artisanal furnishings and textiles, including all-natural bath products.

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A modern, open architecture, glass-steel, three-story building serves as the central point at Habitas, functioning as a gathering area with a restaurant, mezzanine and rooftop.

Habitats offers live entertainment such as cinema and concert space, outdoor swimming pool & pool deck, wellness center offering holistic spa services and massage, daily yoga, music events and complimentary bicycles.


Moro, the on-site restaurant, serves sumptuous Spanish and Moorish cuisine. Led by Chef Horatio Dardano, enjoy wood oven cooking methods and locally sourced ingredients. Notable dishes include Campeche Shrimp cooked with coconut and saffron infusion; local fish named “Ma’ K’ Oolam Kay” wrapped with hoja santa, dashi, fennel and milpa beans; and fish crudo served with jicama and Xcatic pepper oil. The menu also includes a range of fresh local vegetables as well as a delectable dessert menu. Make sure to try the “Cacao & Nuts” moist chocolate cake!

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Founded by Oliver Ripley, Kfir Levy and Eduardo Castillo, Habitas Tulum prides itself with its rich menu of wellness, music and food programs. Habitas’ wellness program fuses ancestral practices with local Mayan culture. Signature treatments include Tierra Maya designed to detox and reduce inflammation, and Colibri Circuit Bath which uses ancestral medicinal techniques for anti-aging purposes. Guests can also enjoy a range of massage and body therapies, naturopathy facials, rituals and ceremonies which are available for both groups and private sessions.

Habitas’ weekly music programming includes a rich concert series (live music and dj’s), Sunday sunset sessions and more. Connect with yourself and others through music such as the enchanting Mardeleva, a trio of music, souls and minds developed by Habitas co-founder Eduardo Castillo.

By Markin Abras and Adriana Garuolis. Images courtesy of each featured property.


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