An earthier take on upscale Tulum beach hotels, Nest Tulum makes a nature-first style statement underlined with eco principles. It has 12 artfully appointed rooms and a private villa, all with shared use of the hotel’s own stretch of beach, peppered with cabanas and palms, and freshened with tropical breezes and Caribbean sea spray. The ‘nest’ theme is carried throughout, from the root-woven light fittings to the cabana thatch, which, together with Mexican antiques and custom-made pieces from local woodworkers, results in an aesthetic that lands just the right side of rustic. The swim-friendly waters off Tulum Beach are just a few steps away from your lounger, and you can day trip out to swim with turtles in a cenote, cycle through jungle landscapes, or discover ancient ruins, before returning to your nest to enjoy hospitality that’s both respectful and restorative.
12 rooms, including two suites, and one private five-bedroom villa.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability and to be arranged in advance. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £278.23 ($347), including tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.34 per room per night prior to arrival.
Rates at Nest Tulum usually include a continental breakfast with coffee, juice, fruit and a main dish of your choice.
At the hotel
Free use of hotel bikes (subject to availability), shaded cabanas, beachfront terrace, free WiFi. In rooms: centrally controlled air conditioning from 6pm to 9am, free bottled water, vegan and eco-friendly LoredAna toiletries, safes.
Our favourite rooms
Driftwood and thatch feature heavily (yet tastefully), and although the water has its obvious charms, the jungle-set Tuluk rooms were designed and built with traditional Mayan methods of using hand-laid stone, Chukum walls and local natural woods. It’s the real deal.
Arrive with a case stuffed with your best swim and sun-lounging wear, plus some casual glam for cocktail hour. Also pack lightweight hiking gear if you’re planning to explore the jungle. Hairdryers, beach bags, beach towels and reef-friendly sunscreen are provided.
The rooftop terrace is available to book for massages or romantic dinners à deux. Spa treatments, fitness classes (eg Pilates/yoga), holistic ceremonies and sound healing sessions are available to book upon request.
Sustainability is at the core of the Nest Tulum ethos. Everything you see is designed to draw a connection between the hotel and its place in nature. Composting and recycling is part of the daily rhythm of life here, and toiletries, insect-repellent and sunscreen are locally sourced and eco-friendly. There’s a water recycling system on site, which can also convert saltwater into drinking water. Single-use plastics are banned on the premises and solar panels provide all the power for the hotel’s private villa. During your stay you’ll be invited to sign the Tulum Pledge, an agreement to preserve and protect Tulum for future visitors. The hotel also partners with local company Primitive Xpeditions to offer eco-friendly, plastic-free tours for guests.
With beach views during the day and a canopy of stars in the evenings, you’re in good company wherever you sit.
Nest is all about refined simplicity and nowhere is this more apparent than in the elegant dishes of the two restaurants. Nestled in lush jungle, Nü is modern Caribbean cuisine with a focus on sustainability and local ingredients. Enjoy fresh catch fish with creamed yuca and Vasca sauce, lemongrass rock cornish, and unique custom drinks, as rays of hazy light spill in through the foliage. For a more casual dining experience, Itzik has you covered. Rustic and bohemian, sample a panoply of fresh Middle Eastern flavours to the sound of laid-back jungle beats. On the beachfront, Living Room restaurant and bar serves colourful salads, quesadillas and tacos with unique Mexican spirits, wines, and an inspired range of cocktails.
Located on the hotel’s dazzlingly white private beach, the Living Room bar and restaurant is a cozy idyll shrouded in jungle greens. Choose from an impressive selection of wines, craft beer and cocktails, including mango margaritas and mojitos infused with green melon and cardamom.
The Beachfront bar and restaurant is open from 8am to 10am, while dinner at both Nü and Itzik is served from 6pm to 10pm.
Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 9.5, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Nest Tulum overlooks the sugar-white sands of Tulum Beach, 20 minutes’ drive from Tulum town centre.
Cancun airport is 80 miles from Nest Tulum, around a 90-minute drive away. Hotel staff can arrange airport transfers for $145 one way, $280 round trip.
Follow the 307 highway from Cancun southwards for 90 miles, all the way to Tulum via Playa del Carmen. On reaching the four-way intersection in Tulum with Super Aki supermarket on the right, turn left and travel east towards the beach road, signposted to Boca Paila. Turn right and head south for around 6km. You’ll find Nest Tulum past the main strip between the Encantada and Be Tulum hotels, opposite the Loco restaurant at Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila km 9.5. There’s free parking at the hotel (subject to availability). You can reach the heart of Tulum in 20 minutes by road.
Worth getting out of bed for
Exuding deep Yucatan spirituality, Nest Tulum takes an embodied approach to its extra-curricular offerings, with a focus on healing and rejuvenating experiences. Start the day in alignment with a private yoga class, followed by a detoxifying volcanic mud ritual and topped off by an afternoon Margarita at the hotel’s beachfront bar (life’s about balance, after all). If you’re feeling bold, Nest’s sacred cacao ceremony brings ancient Mayan traditions straight to your doorstep. Speaking of Mayans, just a short drive away, you’ll find the ruins of a 13th-century Mayan settlement. Built to face the rising sun, these majestic stone structures are enveloped in exotic flora and set against the Caribbean coast, making it a sine qua non for happy snappers and history buffs alike. Cool off in Tulum’s Grand Cenote, a crystal ocean inlet filled with tropical fish, or explore Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve to sample the unadulterated natural wonders of Tulum in the company of dolphins, sea turtles, big cats and exotic birds. Float through the mangroves on the reserve’s ‘lazy rivers’ or try your hand at kayaking, snorkelling or fly fishing. Back at Nest, join award-winning chef Cesar Casteñada for a hands-on lesson in Mexican cuisine, or learn about the history and culture of Mezcal, in a tasting workshop for two.
Tulum’s first shared dining restaurant, Ocumare, is located just a two minute walk away from the hotel. With a tantalizing menu including fish with guajillo and tongue in green sauce, Ocumare is a fine-dining experience that pays homage to Mexico’s rich gasto heritage. Their food is made from scratch using a variety of local ingredients, including vegetables grown in their own organic garden. At the edge of the Yucatan peninsula, Erin Werner’s off-grid establishment, Hartwood, is another standout choice. With no roof or electricity, all cooking is done by open fire, and their handwritten menu changes daily depending on the yields of local land and sea.
For acai bowls bursting with colour, fresh fruit smoothies and a variety of matcha beverages, you can’t beat Matcha Mama. Tucked away on a quiet side street, this unpretentious little cafe, complete with Instagrammable swings and lively murals is full of tropical personality.
Tulum is the perfect destination for those seeking a more relaxed variety of after-hours fun. A short drive away you’ll find Nanà rooftop bar serving up daring mezcal cocktails to a soundtrack of cool electro beats. For jungle cabanas and live music, head to Gitano Tulum, where you can dance into the small hours under a moonlit disco ball.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned, sandy-toed, from the shade of their beach cabana and scrolled once again through their shots of Mayan temples and palapas at sundown, a full account of their sun-splashed Mexican stay will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Nest Tulum at Tulum Beach…
At the risk of sounding like a spiritual guru addressing a room full of devotees, you could say there’s a transformative essence to Tulum. It shows in the types of visitors that flock here – travellers on holistic retreats, high flyers seeking that beach hideaway with an edge, explorers hunting for ancient relics or precious species – all accompanied by the alternating scents of jungle and sea.
In a coastal Mexican destination where the bar is set sky high for luxe accommodation, Nest Tulum makes you look twice. A former private family beach home, lovingly refitted using the fruits and labours of the region, this intimate beachside hotel offers a beguiling simplicity that nonetheless makes comfort a priority. Its eco credentials form a key part of the allure, encouraging everyone who walks into each mindfully finished room to understand their role in the preservation and protection of local ecosystems.
Every inch of each space has been fitted and furnished with a view to echoing the natural environs and the culture of the region – cast your eyes over locally sourced limestone and wood, furniture and artwork made by local hands, plaster crafted from tree resin. The effect is a restful home that feels authentic, personal and truly part of the landscape.