12 Top-Rated Resorts in Tulum

When it comes to coastlines in Mexico, few places are more spectacular than Tulum. It's been drawing admirers for centuries, actually, first as a port for the ancient Mayans, then as a backpacker's hideaway off the beaten path from Cancun. Today, however, it's one of the top places in the country for boho-chic, barefoot luxury with an eco-friendly ethos and offers some lovely resorts.

Tulum has some of the most pristine beaches in Mexico — a true postcard snapshot of everything you'd expect from a tropical retreat. It also has restaurants created by world-renowned chefs; boutiques stocked with designer goods; and a heavy emphasis on yoga and healthy living, particularly along the coast.

Tulum's town center is a bit more urban, with cheaper restaurants and budget accommodations. Everything, however, is near historic attractions like the Tulum archaeological site, the ruins at Coba, and the massive Sian Ka'an Biosphere.

Tulum is packed with dozens of places to stay, so choosing the right spot can be daunting, especially with so many great options available. To help make your decision a little easier, read our list of the best resorts in Tulum.

1. La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

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Highlights: A fabulous location between the beach and entertainment, an intimate room count, and plunge pools for ground-floor rooms

At Tulum's La Zebra, it's all about the convenience of its location and a little bit of luxury as well. Right in the heart of Tulum's hotel zone, it's within walking distance to the boutiques, restaurants, and social scene of Tulum. Its other bragging right is the sweeping swath of bleached sand directly behind the hotel.

Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional, with a minimalist vibe, wooden accents, and pops of color from Mexican textiles. La Zebra has only 15 rooms, which means this property offers a truly intimate experience. Ground-level rooms have plunge pools, while those on higher floors have balconies.

The restaurant is one of the resort's selling points, specifically for its dinners, which are always romantic. Guests can book a Chef's Table with Chef Eleazar Bonilla, who creates an eight-course tasting menu.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.2, Tulum Beach, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

2. Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel

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Accommodation: Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel

Highlights: An adults-only hotel with an ethos focused on wellness, nature, and, interestingly, Thai cuisine

With only nine rooms and a cliffside perch, Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel is yet another fantastic example of Tulum's signature boho-chic vibe. The adults-only hotel features three room categories – all of which have AC – and is one of the hotels that is closest to the world-famous ruins of Tulum.

Of the three categories, the Master Suite is the highest. These indulgent rooms feature a king-sized bed, a terrace with Caribbean Sea views, and a private hot tub. The on-site restaurant is a little slice of Thailand in southern Mexico, led by Chef Garn Surasak, a Thai native. A casual beach menu is also on hand if you want something a bit more local.

Mezzanine is also all about wellness — it is Tulum, after all. The wellness center features a menu of treatments that can be arranged with the hotel's concierge team. Colibri Boutique Hotels are known for their experiences, and guests of Mezzanine can choose from exploring the nature parks to fishing, bird-watching, cooking classes, and much more.

Address: Carretera Tulum-Bocapaila, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Q.R.

3. Mi Amor Colibri Boutique Hotel

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Highlights: A beachfront infinity pool, a Mediterranean-style restaurant, and less than 20 rooms

Quiet, upscale, and good for couples, this 17-room beach resort is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. The design embraces the quintessential "rustic-chic" Tulum vibe.

The room to beat at Mi Amor Boutique Hotel is the Seafront Room, with its own private plunge pool on the terrace and direct ocean views.

Hotel amenities include an infinity pool that faces the beach, as well as a spa and a restaurant that serves Mediterranean-forward cuisine.

Guests can reserve unique tours through the hotel that offer an immersive look into the Riviera Maya, from Mexican cooking classes to jungle treks, Mayan cultural ceremonies, and tours of archaeological sites.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 4.1, Zona Hotelera Tulum, Zona Costera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

4. Be Tulum

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Accommodation: Be Tulum

Highlights: A robust wellness program, three restaurants, and a decidedly boho-chic style

Boho chic meets modern design at Be Tulum, one of the best hotels in Tulum. Perched directly on a sugary stretch of sand, Be Tulum boasts a truly enviable location.

The resort has 64 suites, ranging from a 500-square-foot Jungle Suite to a 1,400-square-foot Premier Suite, with an oceanfront terrace and its own private pool. Villas are also available, which are perfect for groups traveling together.

The design here is evocative of a modern mirage oasis, with jewel-toned fabrics and wood, slate, and clay accents. It's a visually stunning property.

With three on-site restaurants, including a raw bar; barbecue; and a fusion restaurant that melds Indian, Moroccan, Argentinian, and Spanish cuisine, there may be little reason to leave.

Be Tulum's Yaan Wellness Spa offers a menu of body treatments, detox programs, cleanses, and herbal bath rituals, as well as sauna, steam, and therapy pools.

Note that Be Tulum is a cash-free hotel, meaning travelers will only be able to pay on property with credit cards or room charges.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km.10, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

5. Casa Malca

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Accommodation: Casa Malca

Highlights: A modern art vibe right on the beach with three pools and a rooftop lounge

Barefoot, boho luxury comes alive beyond the doors of Casa Malca. The Design Hotel designation means that it is a particularly good example of stunning architecture and savvy style.

The hotel features 71 rooms that sit along a pristine stretch of powder-soft sand. Each room and space of the hotel is the vision of Lio Malca, an artist who has showcased his work at museums like the Whitney Museum in New York.

His space is much more than a hotel — it's a work of art in itself. Rooms are sleek and polished, with bright and colorful accents, like dramatic drapes, colorful rugs, or brightly colored accent art pieces. The room to beat is the Master Suite Beach Front, with its own private terrace and direct access to the beach.

In addition to the rooms, the hotel has three pools and a restaurant that serves locally influenced cuisine.

Not to be missed is the rooftop, which has 360-degree views of Tulum.

Address: Carretera Fed, Av. Boca Paila km 9.5, 77780 Tulum, Q.R.

6. Ahau Tulum

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Accommodation: Ahau Tulum

Highlights: Eco-friendly with spectacular beachfront views and four restaurants to choose from

Twenty-six rooms of eco-chic beachfront luxury await when you book a stay at the Ahau Hotel. Made almost entirely from locally sourced materials, the resort raises the bar on the boho vibe. Picture Bali-style huts perched right on the sugary white shores of Tulum.

All the cabanas and huts are designed with the environment in mind, meaning some rooms do not have air conditioning. Still, the decor, services, and overall vibe embody the Tulum experience that travelers come looking for. The Master Suite Ocean Front Beach Level rooms, for example, are the top-level suites and feature vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor daybed, a dining area, and beachfront views.

The resort does not have a pool, but with its location right in front of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, guests are never very far from a place to cool off. The hotel has four dining venues, including a signature restaurant, beach grill, Latin American restaurant, and a café serving fresh-pressed juices.

Address: Carr. Tulum a Boca Paila Km. 7.5 Zona Costera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R.

7. Coco Tulum

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Accommodation: Coco Tulum

Highlights: An affordable price tag with a five-star location, homemade pizza and pasta, and plenty of hammocks

Coco Tulum is designed for the traveler who wants to get off the grid - or, as much as is possible in one of the most talked about destinations on the planet. Simple, quiet, and tropical to the core, Coco Tulum is one of those places that can make you feel another world away, even when you're in the heart of everything.

Located in the Hotel Zone, this affordable hotel offers prime real estate but for a more budget-friendly price tag. The rooms are not tricked out with amenities but are still clean and colorful with extra large windows. Note: The bathrooms are shared here, except for the Tower Rooms. These rooms have private bathrooms and views of the beach and jungle.

The on-site restaurant serves its own pizzas and smoothies, as well as homemade pasta. A beach club sets the vibe with lazily swinging hammocks and beach chairs, all looking out to the sparkling turquoise sea.

Spa services are available on the property for an additional fee, as well as yoga classes. Bike rental is free, so that guests can explore the area.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 7.5, Tulum Beach, 77780 Tulum, Q.R.

8. Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort

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Highlights: A beach location not far from the Mayan ruins, with a two-level infinity pool, fitness center, and three restaurants

Just steps from the beach, and not far from the Tulum National Park and Tulum Mayan Ruins, Kore Tulum Retreat & Spa Resort is an intimate all-inclusive, adults-only resort with just 94 suites.

The beach is just in front of the property, but the hotel has a dual-level infinity pool area and a hot tub section that are definitely worth talking about. The hotel has a fitness center, spa, and salon, as well as three different restaurants.

Guests have access to free bicycles, so they can cruise around Tulum town, or down to the beach and hotel zone.

Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 3.8 Lote 48 Admo, México 180D, Playa, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

9. Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

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Highlights: All-inclusive and family-friendly with its own stretch of beach, six restaurants, and two pools

All-inclusive may not be the norm in Tulum, but Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa certainly delivers. The 432-room resort sits on a quiet stretch of beautiful beach, just 15 minutes north of downtown Tulum.

A stay at Dreams is more for travelers who want to enjoy the beauty of the beach and want the advantage of having everything right on the property. Additional amenities include six restaurants, two pools, a spa, and a fitness center.

Whereas other resorts in Tulum cater more towards young couples or friends, Dreams is a family-friendly resort, complete with a kids' club and teen zone.

Dreams is part of AMResorts, whose brands offer guests an Unlimited-Luxury concept, which includes a host of amenities, from dining and beverages to certain spa experiences, 24-hour room service, activities, theme events, and more.

Address: Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 236.7, No. 1 Col. Tankah, 77761 Q.R.

10. Nomade Tulum

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Accommodation: Nomade Tulum

Highlights: Eco-conscious without sacrificing luxury, featuring a vegan restaurant and rooms that range from treehouses and tents to oceanfront suites

A slice of Morocco comes to the shores of Tulum with this eccentric boutique hotel. Nomade is heavy on the oasis vibes, with low tables, carpets, cushions, and an "elevated bazaar" vibe.

In keeping with Tulum's eco-conscious essence, the buildings use natural materials incorporated into the design, with palapa-style roofs and organic food. In fact, one restaurant, Macondo, is entirely vegan. The other, La Popular, is a beach grill.

The 51 rooms all feature different styles, from luxe-forward oceanfront suites to air-conditioned tents and swanky treehouses. A curated list of experiences adds to a stay, like a traditional temazcal to cacao ceremonies, Kundalini yoga, and breath workshops.

Nomade sets itself apart as a haven for musicians as well, with a roster of international and local DJs and artists who come to the hotel to perform throughout the year.

Heavy on the New Age vibes, with meditative music and amenities like a "Gratitude Tent," this is the perfect type of hotel for the Burning Man crowd - but those with a little bit of money to burn.

Address: Carr. Cancún - Tulum KM 10, Tulum Beach, 77880 Tulum, Q.R.

11. NEST Tulum

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Accommodation: NEST Tulum

Highlights: A low-impact — though still luxurious — intimate resort with a minimalist vibe and breakfast included

Twelve simple rooms (and one luxe villa) bring an elevated level of eco-luxury to the shores of Tulum with Nest Tulum. Minimalist in design and culture, NEST uses natural, simple elements to tell the story of Tulum's evolution, from a bohemian backpacker town to an eco-luxe retreat.

The beachfront villa is the real show-stopper here, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, a palapa terrace, gardens, a patio, and amenities like breakfast and a 24-hour concierge.

NEST's premier dining experience is NU, which is a fusion of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine. There is also a beachfront restaurant that serves more casual beach fare.

One of the best parts about NEST is that much of the design elements are locally sourced, from reclaimed wood furniture from woodworkers in nearby Coba to antique touches from San Miguel de Allende and embroidered textiles from Merida and Oaxaca. The hotel is entirely solar-powered as well, with a generator backup.

Breakfast is included, which is a nice perk in this often-pricey part of town.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 9.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

12. Cabañas Tulum Hotel

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Accommodation: Cabañas Tulum Hotel

Highlights: A choice of beachfront or swim-up rooms and a vibe that harkens back to Tulum's backpacker heyday

Laid-back and beachfront. Cabanas Tulum manages to retain the spirit of what Tulum was like before it splashed the pages of luxury magazines. With strong Robinson Crusoe vibes, the small, open-air reception building is marked with chalkboards, string-backed beach chairs, and surrounded by blooming foliage. Each detail about the hotel screams "deserted tropical isle," but with an elevated edge.

Sixteen rooms round out the property, with poured concrete floors, white walls, and wooden accents. Guests can choose from either Beach Front or Swim Up Rooms, but if you're looking to splurge, there is the three-bedroom Loft Vanilla, complete with breakfast, a furnished terrace, and a private hot tub.

Cabanas Tulum enjoys a perfect location along the southern end of the Hotel Zone, making it within walking distance of restaurants, boutiques, and beach clubs. It's about 20 minutes from Tulum town, and not far from the Sian Ka'an Biosphere.

Address: Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Best Time to Visit Resorts in Tulum

Tulum is a destination that is never short on visitors, no matter the time of year. But if you're looking for the optimal best time to visit Tulum, November and December take the cake.

During November, temperatures are 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and 82 degrees in December. Hurricane season will have passed, so the weather will be sunny and low humidity during the day, and graced with deliciously cool breezes at night.

The great weather (and high season prices) continue through January, February, and March. Prices will be at their highest, but that's because the weather stays between 82 and 86 degrees.

April, May, and June start to bring a rise in temperatures, but a drop in prices. April has an average temperature of 88 degrees. In May and June, the temperatures start to rise into the low 90s.

July, August, September, and October are prime hurricane season months. You'll have the best hotel deals during these months, but also the hottest and wettest weather. Precipitation is at its peak in September, with an average of eight inches of rain and an average temperature of 90 degrees. August is the hottest month, with the average temperature at 93 degrees.

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