Mexico’s Caribbean coastline may be crowded, but you’d never know it at Radhoo Tulum. At this silent sanctum set back from the beach, guests communicate via the jungle drums (or WhatsApp), but you won’t find a telephone or television in the rooms. It’s so peaceful, you might even spy a cute coati trying to get in on the net-lounge action on your terrace. Guests are free to use the beaches at sister stays Encantada and Nest – and the group also has a stylish (and so-Tulum) restaurant in charge of the catering, which can be delivered right where you want it.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £256.76 ($318), including tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $11.34 per room per night prior to arrival.
Rates usually include breakfast.
There’s a programme of free activities every week, including Vinyasa yoga, guided meditations at sister site Nest and creative art classes over at Encantada.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, yoga and meditation classes. In rooms: air-conditioning and all-natural bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For a silent view of the jungle and the chance to befriend cute coatis, book a Suite Deluxe and enjoy the prime position for sunsets and net-based naps.
The jungle-shaded pool (one of the biggest in Tulum, no less) is lined by decking, lounge chairs and straw parasols. Guests can swim in it between 8am and 9pm.
The whole place has such sanctum vibes that they almost needn’t have bothered with a spa – but you’ll be glad they did, especially if you sign up for a clay or cacao wrap, a bee-venom face mask or a balancing massage. You’ll also be able to book pre-Hispanic sound-healing sessions, a midnight couple’s massage to harness lunar energy and two-hour mud rituals.
Save suitcase space by leaving your beach bag behind and using the crochet one – already helpfully loaded with swim towels – in your room instead.
Spa treatments can be taken in your room or terrace, if you prefer.
This stay is for over-18s only.
Guests are encouraged to only use air-conditioning between 6pm to 9am and to turn off lights. At least 80 per cent of the food is sourced from the state, and there are no plastic miniatures or straws. The hotel is a signatory to the Tulum Pledge, which aims to protect and preserve the region’s beaches and barrier reefs.
If any of the tables in the restaurant won’t do, have the team set up a private sea-facing spot for you instead.
Move any mountain.
Local restaurant Nü has kindly created a special menu for Radhoo (and one for each of its sister hotels) – you can head over to the bohemian jungle bolthole for catch of the day with creamed yuca and craft cocktails, or have its bespoke selection of tacos and tequila served to you poolside at Radhoo. Breakfast can be served free of charge in your room, or at the thatched veranda by the pool.
Tequila (and mezcal) shots have never been more civilised than they are at the bar – you’ll also be able to enjoy Mexico’s strongest spirits in cocktails, mixed with agave honey, purple basil and, for the clean-eaters, chia seeds.
Breakfast at Radhoo is available between 8am and 11am. The hotel's bar and restaurant are open from 8am to 10pm, and Nü serves dinner from 6pm until 10.30pm. The poolside lounge’s hours are 8am to 10pm.
Meals can be ordered in between 8am and 10pm – there’s a choice of healthy plates for breakfast and lunch, and dinner dishes arrive fresh out of Nü’s kitchens.
Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila Km 8.7, Tulum Beach, Zona Hotelera
The jungle-side hotel is steps from Tulum’s main beach strip on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
The international airport in Cancún is two and a half hours away by car. Hotel transfers cost US$180 one-way or US$350 for a round-trip for up to four people (US$195 or US$365 for five). There are also shuttle buses from the airport to Tulum for travellers on a budget.
If you’re planning a coastal Caribbean road trip, there’s free valet parking at a nearby car park.
Worth getting out of bed for
The concierge can arrange visits to the Mayan ruins of Coba and Chichen Itza, days out in the colonial city of Valladolid and safaris in search of dolphins, manatees and see turtles in the Sian Ka’an reserve, where you’ll be able to snorkel above the coral reef and swim in lagoons, too. They can also set up mezcal tastings, charter yachts (plus chef) to take you on sunset sails and craft the dream Riviera Maya itinerary: archaeological site, cave exploration plus tacos.
Head to sister property Nü for craft cocktails, live music and modern Caribbean dinners under the stars in the jungle. In downtown Tulum (a 20-minute drive from the hotel) enjoy simple, super-fresh ceviches and shrimp-enhanced nachos at La Barracuda; and mixology mastery and Mexican favourites at Tú. Just up the beach from Radhoo, Macario is open until 1am for night owls in search of fine-dining. A Uruguayan chef with a passion for Middle Eastern flavours mans the kitchens of Moro by Habitas (but don’t worry, there are still tacos and tostadas on the menu).
Mezcal mainlining can take place at Naná Rooftop, which has a menu of the sacred agave spirit sourced from all over Mexico.
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 from this boutique hotel in Mexico and unpacked their mezcal and Mariachi music, a full account of their sun-baked break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Radhoo Tulum…
Seek altered states of consciousness at this jungle retreat, close to the main stretch of sand and part of a group of hotels that includes Smith stablemates La Valise Tulum, Encantada and Nest. Restful nights are a given since it’s so silent and secluded – and if you’ve slept a little too well, the coffee machine is positioned right by your bedside in case you (literally) can’t get up without caffeine.
If you want to turn your holiday into a spontaneous celebration, the hotel can arrange various ceremonies, including weddings officiated by a Mayan shaman, rites involving cacao, forgiveness and chakra-harmonising, and a liturgy to plant new seeds in your life. Radhoo guests will be able to enjoy the beaches at sister properties Encantada and Nest, though be sure to book your sunlounger swiftly. Along with sugary sandy beaches and one of the biggest coral reefs on the planet, Tulum is home to ancient Mayan temples, sacred cenotes and lush jungles. Papa Shango would approve.