Riviera Maya , Mexico

The Beach Tulum

Rates from (inc tax)$369.00

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


White-sand nirvana


Rad Riviera Maya

Find bohemian bliss at The Beach Tulum hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. In addition to two lazy river-style pools, this seaside retreat has a private swath of sand where the afternoon’s activities include daybed lounging and hammock hopping. No need to towel off for a bite to eat. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Ziggy’s, offers ceviche, bonfires and live tunes right on the beach.

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12noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is 3pm, but also flexible, depending on availability.


Double rooms from $369.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD439.11), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Room rates include breakfast.


Don’t ditch your downward dog just because you’re on vacation. The Beach offers regular yoga classes in an open-air studio with jungle views.

At the hotel

Beach, two pools and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: beach bags, bottled water, coffee and tea service, air conditioning and Agua bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Spring for a Superior Room and you'll be steps away from the pool.


Set in the jungle, the hotel’s two shallow pools wind through lush foliage and past guest rooms. For more aquatic fun, the hotel’s private beach is just steps away.


There’s no spa, but you can arrange for an in-room massage. In addition to deep tissue and relaxation-focused methods, you can opt for crystal therapy – this holistic technique balances cosmic energies. Groovy.

Packing tips

No need to haul your oversized straw tote. The hotel will hook you up with a beach bag to cart your magazines and sunscreen to the sand.


Sorry kiddies, this is an adults-only escape.


The hotel only serves seasonal and local produce (no frozen veggies here).

Food and Drink


Top Table

There isn’t a bad spot in the house. Tables sit right in the sand and there are ocean views aplenty.

Dress Code

Anything goes here (save for maybe a three-piece suit). Although, if you want to fit in with vacationing fashion bloggers, think Coachella by the sea.

Hotel restaurant

Indulge in tequila shrimp tacos on a beach daybed, savour ceviche on the deck or sample the mahi mahi in mustard mango under a thatched-roof palapa – all appetizing options at Ziggy’s restaurant. Here, Chef Miguel Hidalgo serves up international cuisine with American, Central American and Mexican influences. Also, keep an eye on the calendar for various theme nights throughout the week. Tuesdays, for example, are devoted to tequila tasting and Friday is reserved for cocktails around the restaurant’s bonfire.   

Hotel bar

Swing by Caracol, a jungle-side bar, for a margarita. Between 3pm and 7pm you can also grab light bites like shrimp tacos, short rib flat bread and guacamole.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 10pm.

Room service

Order grub from Ziggy's menu during restaurant hours (7am-10pm).


The Beach Tulum
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Fly into Cancún International Airport (www.cancun-airport.com), which is about a two-hour drive from the hotel. Take your pick of airlines that fly direct from the US, including JetBlue (www.jetblue.com), American (www.aa.com) and United (www.united.com). From London, British Airways (www.britishairways.com) and Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) have non-stop flights out of Gatwick (www.gatwickairport.com).


Plan on planting yourself in Tulum? If so, a car isn’t necessary. The hotel can arrange an airport transfer and Tulum itself has one main road. Catch a cab to local restaurants and bars, or cruise there on a bicycle. However, if you’d like to take a day trip to colonial Mérida or to explore the ruins in Cobá, your own wheels would be ideal. The hotel has free on-site parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beyond the beach, Tulum is an archaeological and geographical wonderland. The ruins of Tulum stand on limestone cliffs and date back to the 13th century. Wander the grounds and snap shots of an ancient castle, an old-world temple and loads of sunbathing iguanas. Your adventures at Aktun Chen Natural Park will be of the subterranean variety. There, you can snorkel in an underground river (bonus: legend has it the waters have youth-enhancing powers) and hike through an underground cave. Or, venture to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, where you can go fly-fishing, as well as bird watching from a kayak.

Back in town, hit up the shops along the main beach road. Forgot your favourite kaftan? Josa Tulum (+52 984 108 3625) has enough silky garbs for your entire trip. Over at Coqui Coqui (+52 984 168 1602), browse perfumes with hints of coconut, orange blossom and tabacco. You can even pick up a fashionable bottle of mosquito repellent in a citronella scent. Next door, pop into Mr Blackbird (+52 984 114 3796), a tiny jewellery shop with sand for floors and raw gemstone accessories.

Local restaurants

Tulum is quickly becoming a food-focused destination. Just look at Hartwood. They don’t have an electric appliance on the property, but they do have lines of up to two hours. This haven for sustainability, which does all its cooking by wood-fired grill and oven, serves spear-caught fish and an all-organic menu.

Another see-and-be-seen eatery is Casa Jaguar (+52 998 222 2749). Come for the garlic butter camarones, stay for the bohemian forest decor. For old-school Tulum, stop by Zamas (+52 984 877 8523), which was one of the first restaurants in town. Order their specialty – juevos rancheros made with a crispy tortilla.

Local bars

It’s impossible to visit Gitano (+52 984 188 2184) and not be mesmerized by the shimmering disco ball that hangs beneath the palm trees. In fact, this bar/restaurant/dance destination has a boozy nod to the 70s-inspired sphere on their cocktail menu. The Gypsy Disco – a mixture of mezcal, white rum, lime and basil grenadine – will make you want to boogie. 

Further down the beach, hotel Papaya Playa (+52 984 116 3774) hosts another swinging jungle party. From Tuesday to Sunday they have live DJ sets at their beach club, plus delicious margaritas. On Friday nights they have live bands, and once a month the Papaya crowd throws a bash to celebrate the full moon.



Anonymous review

There are plenty of hotels where the staff will fluff your pillows and make sure your clean-towel supply is on point. But it’s a rare place where the workers will show up at your room to help you demolish a piñata and clap enthusiastically as tiny tequila bottles and chili-spiced candies hurl through the air. That place is the Beach Tulum. 

My friends and I (yes, this is the story of four Mrs Smiths, rather than a Mr and Mrs) arrived in Tulum a bit crestfallen. We’d visited Mexico’s Riviera Maya as a group twice before and had begun to consider the annual trip vital to our sanities – four days on the Yucatán can genuinely erase 361 days of New York City-generated stress. However, this particular year Tulum had earned a rep, and not for its stretches of sand and jungle. Word spread that the area had lost its small-town, bohemian edge. Starbucks had even opened up shop nearby… Starbucks, por el amor de dios!

We wondered, had our beloved refuge evolved into a two-headed, Frappuccino-slinging monster? Would we truly be able to escape if Tulum had become Little Manhattan… or even ‘the Williamsburg of Mexico,’ as some dubbed it? Regardless, we powered on with the trip because, if nothing else, our bodies were due their annual allowance of refried beans and queso fresco.

Within minutes of arriving at the Beach Tulum, we found ourselves gleefully dangling from swinging seats at the hotel’s bar, Ziggy’s. Eschewing the all-too-familiar martini, we opted for cocktails served in coconuts with faces made from fruit (the bartender put extra care into crafting the strawberry eyes). That night, we feasted on grilled octopus and shrimp with tequila sauce as we dug our toes into the restaurant’s all-sand floor. 

Later in the trip (about 45 coconut cocktails later, to be more precise), we asked Silvia at the front desk what we should do to celebrate a birthday in the group. She gave us the genius idea of getting a piñata and directed us to a shop downtown. What could’ve been a simple task, turned into the trip’s highlight. Not only did we buy a piñata – one that looked like a three-foot tall pink alien in overalls, no less – we then paraded said toy around town. We took pictures of him lounging in the sand, holding his own coconut beverage and even riding front seat in a taxi.

Upon returning to the hotel, we all squealed with delight. The staff had decorated our room with streamers and balloons in honor of the occasion. We strung up our pink piñata friend from the hammock on our private porch and the staff returned to each take a swing.

In the end, we learned that Starbucks or no Starbucks, Tulum is alive and wonderfully weird. But even more importantly, if you rest your sanctuary-seeking bones in the right place, like the Beach Tulum, that makes all the difference. If home is where the heart is, then Tulum is where you can roam without shoes and roar with laughter over pulverized papier-mâché. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Beach Tulum’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room, the location, the beach, the pool, the staff, the room service, the restaurants, everything! Best restaurants nearby: Hartwood, Cenzontle, Posada Margherita. Tacos: Eufemia (beach), Honorio (in town). Batey bar (in town) - great Mojitos!

Don’t expect

Late night partying


Stayed on 27 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! Staff are really friendly and helpful. Food at Ziggy's is delicious. Great small touches like coffee machine in the room. Perfect Honeymoon. Recommend snorkelling with turtles. Simple restaurant was fantastic

Don’t expect

Shade on the decks of the superior room, although they seemed to be building some kind of cover when we left.


Stayed on 2 May 2016

We loved

Absolutely everything. The service was outstanding, the food delicious and the massages to swoon over. Fabulous restaurants! Hartwood...( but you need to pay someone to stand in line at 1pm or do it yourself to get a reservation). Posada Margarita is fabulous for dinner. Go to a Cenote! Go see the Mayan Ruins and take your bike, the hotel offers them for free.

Don’t expect

Umbrellas..they don't have them. And the internet isn't the best, but who really cares.


Stayed on 24 Feb 2016

We loved

The huge bath, the doors in the bedroom leading straight on to a private terrace and on to the beach, the choice of ordering drinks and food to the beach via WhatsApp to the front desk.

Don’t expect

A peaceful swim in the sea – the waves were pretty strong when we visited in February.


Stayed on 13 Feb 2016

We loved

The service!

Don’t expect

Nice, in my opinion, pool.


Stayed on 23 Jan 2016

We loved

Deluxe superior room with beach access, kind and attentive staff.

Don’t expect

To use the bicycles for free (this should be included though!).


Stayed on 21 Sep 2015

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