Tulum Eat Retreats

Tulum Eat Retreats

Gourmet getaway at Casa de las Olas

This seven-night, all-inclusive trip from 17–24 May 2017 is from $2,718.44 a person, based on two people sharing a room.

Check in to retro beachfront stay Casa de las Olas for hearty Mexican feasting. This retreat celebrates the freshest ceviche, a gourmet take on tacos and the most sippable mezcals, and sets a place at the table for industry insiders.


Call the Smith24 Team on +1 800 464 2040 from the US,
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK


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Tasty digs

Tasty digs

As cool and chilled as the cervezas served to the cabanas on its private beach, seven-room stay Casa de las Olas rocks a pared-back local look with just a hint of colour and mod-rustic interiors. It’s a hop in a hammock, dine under a palm tree, paddle in the surf kind of joint. And, it’s impressively eco-conscious. 

You’ll stay alongside other seasoned gourmands – the hotel exclusively takes bookings for the retreat from 17–24 May – to swap tasting notes with.


  • Stay in retro-cool hotel Casa de los Olas, with a private beach on your sand-dusted doorstep
  • Cooking classes at locally renowned restaurants
  • Exploring the subterranean world of a nearby cenote
  • A boat ride through the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, with a native ornithologist
  • Sampling the best of Tulum's gastronomy 
An entrée to Mexican cuisine and mezcal

An entrée to Mexican cuisine and mezcal

Day 1 
Arrive hungry at Casa de las Olas. Your hosts will welcome you with a drinks reception, followed by a dinner whipped up by resident chef Lucy. Afterwards you’re free to take a moonlit walk along the beach or relax on your terrace and stargaze.

Day 2 
Breakfast is served from 8am–10am; a spread of freshly squeezed orange juice and French press coffee, home-made granola with yoghurt, tropical fruit and à la carte picks. 

From 11am–2pm, you’ll be chauffeured to well-renowned restaurant Hartwood – an environmentally-savvy dining spot, which supports local fisherman and tries to stay off-grid. Owner Eric Werner (an ex-pat New Yorker) and chef Jamie Klotz will hold a cooking class and mezcal tasting (pro-tip: tequila’s only made from blue agave; mezcal’s made from 30 varieties). 

Spend the afternoon dozing on the sands, or walk off the extra calories in the neighbouring biosphere reserve. You’ll return to Hartwood for a group dinner at 7pm.

Margaritas, mole, and a taco or three…

Margaritas, mole, and a taco or three…

Day 3
Gather for a leisurely alfresco breakfast at 8am, then don your swimwear at 11am, when a guide will take the group through the ethereal underwater world of the cenote at Pet Cemetery. Magical subterranean caverns with stalactite-dotted roofs and crystal-clear waters. 

Dry off, then learn how to fry fish to perfection at under-the-radar seafood shack Chamico’s in Soliman Bay before getting stuck into a zingy plate of ceviche. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish until dinner at 7pm when moreish tacos al pastor (generously filled with pork and pineapple) are served at casual Tulum diner La Chiapaneca. 

Day 4
Don’t get too full at breakfast; from 11am–2pm, you’ll head to Cetli restaurant for a cookery class with Pueblan chef Claudia Perez Rivas, followed by lunch. Perez Rivas makes mole by hand using her grandmother’s method, and she mixes a mean margarita. The beautiful, quirky space is decked out with fetishes, lanterns and bird cages; after a leisurely free afternoon, you’ll return at 8pm for dinner when it’s romantically low-lit.

Day 5 
After fuelling up on granola, coffee and fresh juices at 8am, you'll learn how to make chilaquiles with hotel chef Lulu. This Aztec dish heaps avocado, queso fresco, eggs and refried beans atop fried tortillas and green or red salsa. The afternoon is free, so either frolic on the beach, or head out into the Yucatán on a gastronomic odyssey of your own.  

Nature and viticulture

Nature and viticulture

Day 6
Today you’ll take breakfast and lunch at Casa de las Olas. Then you’ll hop in a boat for a five-hour sailing trip through the Sian Ka’an biosphere, accompanied by ornithologist and nature-whizz Jorge Padrillo. You’ll pause to watch the sun set over Bird Island, before drifting back to the Casa. 

In the evening you'll dine at Arca, a restaurant whose decor is a simply striking smattering of handpainted tiles, wooden pagodas and swaying palms. Its dishes are equally pleasing to look at and eat; they arrive colourfully scattered over wooden boards, sizzling in veggie-lined pans or tossed with local herbs and spices. 

Day 7
You'll enjoy breakfast and brunch in quick succession this morning: at 8am there's a light offering with juice and coffee, and at 9am chef Lulu will teach you how to make sopes – the break-out star of antijitos (Mexican street food). These zingy, moreish little guys involve pulled meats, peppers, onions and cheese piled on top of red salsa and a lime-soaked corn base.

In the evening, Hartwood’s chef Jamie preps your meal, paired with wines picked by sommelier Ricardo Garcia Gaxiola from Tulum drinkery Off the Vine.

Day 6
Pack your suitcases, polish off your final breakfast and stroll along the sand one last time before you check out of Casa de las Olas and head homewards.

Feeling peckish? Craving tacos? Book now or call the Smith24 Team on +1 800 464 2040 from the US, +44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK.

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*The room rate excludes transport to and from Tulum and taxes. 

  • This package is available to book until 16 May 2017.
  • The package is valid for stays from 17–24 May 2017. 
  • A minimum/maximum stay of seven nights applies.
  • The hotel charges an eight per cent service charge a room, each night, in addition to your bill. 
  • Payments at the hotel are charged in cash only, either US dollars or Mexican pesos.

Cancellation policy
All cancellations will be charged the 50 per cent deposit. Casa de las Olas cannot be held liable for circumstances which delay arrival or cause cancellation of your stay. Amendments to the stay will not be refunded and may incur extra costs. For final payment, the hotel only accepts cash payment (either US dollars or Mexican pesos). 

Deposit policy
To secure the booking, Casa de las Olas requires a further deposit of 50 per cent of the total stay. The remaining balance must be paid on arrival. The deposit can be paid usiing PayPal or a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex). The remainder of the payment must be in US dollars or Mexican pesos.

  • Best-price guarantee

    Found your stay cheaper elsewhere? We’ll match the price and give you a $75 voucher.

  • Smith Extra on arrival

    Enjoy extras such as a picnic lunch, champagne or spa treatments, on the house