Let’s be honest: you’re going to Tulum is for its beautiful beaches, you beautiful bohemian beach bum. And, if you want to splash out on the best possible vacation, there’s really nothing quite like booking a boutique resort or hotel directly on Tulum beach.
Staying in a Tulum beach hotel means you get to fall asleep to crashing waves, wake up to the sun rising over the Caribbean, and avoid the notorious traffic that affects those who decide to base themselves in Tulum town instead. Sure, you’ll have to pay for the privilege, but this is your vacation after all!
I’ve been visiting Tulum for half a decade. My better half Clara and I have made it our mission to review and photograph the best accommodation in Tulum. We’re the authors of the Internet’s most popular guide to the best hotels in Tulum, plus a detailed guide on which part of Tulum to stay in (beach vs town).
Now, if you’re here, you’ve probably already decided to stay right on Tulum beach. And, well … you’ve made a good choice. And this post will help you find the absolute best beach hotels Tulum offers.
Clara and I have visited dozens of Tulum beach hotels, and these are our picks for the 10 best, starting with our personal favorite …
Table of Contents
- 10 Best Hotels on the Beach in Tulum
- Mereva By BlueSky (#1 Beachfront Hotel)
- Alea Tulum By BlueSky (Secluded Beach Boutique)
- Coco Limited (Luxury Suites on Tulum Beach)
- Hotelito Azul (Beachfront Boutique)
- Encantada Tulum (Boho Chic on the Beach)
- Dune Boutique Hotel (Best for Private Beachfront Pool)
- El Paraiso Hotel (Best Near Tulum Ruins)
- La Valise Hotel (Luxury Hotel for Honeymooners)
- Nest Tulum (Unique Beachfront Boutique)
- Coco Tulum Beach Club Hotel (Best Affordable Beach Resort)
- FAQs About Tulum Beachfront Hotels
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10 Best Hotels on the Beach in Tulum
Mereva By BlueSky (#1 Beachfront Hotel)
Mereva isn’t just our favorite hotel on Tulum beach – it’s #1 on our list of Tulum hotels, overall. It’s a serene beach resort located 10 minutes north of the Tulum ruins, close enough to the action but away from the hustle and bustle of Tulum’s main hotel zone.
If you want a hotel with an oceanfront view of Tulum beach, Mereva is your best bet (most of its stylish rooms have ocean views). Besides being right on the beach, Mereva features multiple pools, a private dock with hammocks, a fantastic onsite restaurant, a nearby cenote, excellent free wifi, air conditioning, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bikes, and massages.
Several of Mereva’s spacious suites offer terraces with an ocean view from private plunge pools overlooking Mereva’s beautiful private beach. Sit back, relax, listen to the crashing waves, and feel content knowing you’ve booked the best beach hotel Tulum has to offer!
Alea Tulum By BlueSky (Secluded Beach Boutique)
A close second on our list of the best beach hotels in Tulum is Alea Tulum by BlueSky. Alea is Mereva’s sister hotel, located next door. It is an equally fantastic spa resort with a great beach, several swim-up rooms, gushing guest reviews, and easy access to some of the best private stretches of beachfront in Tulum.
The 17 modern rooms are spotless, many offering private terraces with oceanfront views of Tulum beach. Alea offers an excellent on-site gym, a fantastic outdoor pool that stretches into the hotel’s restaurant area. Oh, by the way, Chef Carlos Peregrina’s onsite restaurant is top notch (dine here for the delicious food from around Mexico even if you stay at another Tulum beach hotel).
Best of all, Alea is located on Tankah Bay, which is a more sheltered from the seaweed that often affects most hotels on the beach in Tulum. Alea is definitely one of the top hotels on the beach – not just in Tulum, but in the entire Riviera Maya.
Coco Limited (Luxury Suites on Tulum Beach)
Coco Limited is a luxury bohemian beach boutique where you can stare out over the Caribbean while bathing in an outdoor jacuzzi. Clara raves about the white sand at the hotel’s beach club. That is saying something, because Tulum is a place known for incredibly perfect white sandy beaches.
It’s perfect if you want a hotel walking distance to Tulum beach, but also close to the great restaurants and bars that dot Tulum’s hotel zone.
You’ll find 26 luxury suites, many with oceanfront views, a fantastic pool with comfortable sun loungers and an artificial waterfall, fast free wifi, an a la carte American breakfast, and excellent concierge service that can assist with booking tours or day trips near Tulum. Coco Limited is definitely one of the best 5 star hotels on the beach in Tulum!
Hotelito Azul (Beachfront Boutique)
This might just be the closest hotel to the beach in Tulum. One of Tulum’s newest 5 star hotels on the beach, Hotelito Azul is among Clara’s favorite boutique hotels because it packs everything you need for a comfortable Tulum beach vacation. Hotelito Azul offers a rooftop pool and bar, a cute coffee shop, an amazing market, hammocks hanging over the sandy beach, and
The covered beachfront balconies are one of the property’s highlights, and perfect for enjoying the beach during those spurts where you need a break from the sun (or rain). They’re spacious, with couches, sun loungers, and those hanging boho chic “nest” seats that have become an integral part of that “Tulum Instagram style.” It offers a good location in the center of the hotel zone too, so overall this is definitely one of the best boutique beach hotels in Tulum.
Encantada Tulum (Boho Chic on the Beach)
If you’re looking for boho chic luxury in a peaceful jungle retreat, and if the price isn’t an object, then Encantada Tulum should be high on your shortlist of Tulum beach hotels. There are only 8 rooms in this Tulum beach resort, so it’s about as close to your own private beachfront resort as you can get.
One of the “original” Tulum beach boutiques, Encantada’s focus on sustainable luxury has earned it features is prominent media like Elle and Forbes. Guests have access to a private beach, free yoga classes, parking, all-natural soaps and lotions, free wifi and bicycle rentals, tropical libations at the Itzik Garden, and delicious food at the world acclaimed NÜ Tulum restaurant.
Every room has a private terrace but, if you can, reserve the upper-level treehouse suites. They offer fantastic wraparound decks with some of the best beach views in Tulum!
Dune Boutique Hotel (Best for Private Beachfront Pool)
Clara is a big fan of the welcoming staff at the Dune Boutique beachfront hotel, which oozes with that classic Tulum bohemian vibe that has made the town such an Instagram sensation. You’ll love the “nest” that adorns the end of the outdoor swimming pool, and the private beachfront terraces (complete with plunge pool) that come with some of the suites.
Besides its aesthetic appeal, Dune is one of the best Tulum beach hotels if you’re looking for comfortable and cozy beachfront accommodation that is relatively affordable (emphasize on “relatively,” as this is still Tulum we’re talking about!). Though it’s close to Tulum’s party zone, Dune is conveniently nestled in between lush green jungle and tropical Caribbean ocean, which gives it a peaceful setting despite the central location.
El Paraiso Hotel (Best Near Tulum Ruins)
El Paraiso was the first boutique hotel I ever stayed in directly on Tulum beach, and it’s still one of my favorite picks for mid-range Tulum beach hotels. Located near Playa Paraiso, the gorgeous public beach just south of the Tulum ruins, El Paraiso offers small but comfortable rooms just a few steps away from what is arguably the most beautiful beach in Tulum.
The hotel grounds are pretty expansive, with a large beach club with loungers, but with the rooms set back from the beach in the midst of tranquil natural beauty. Best of all, El Paraiso is so close to the Tulum Mayan archeological site that you can even walk to the ruins! It’s definitely a great beach hotel in Tulum if you’re looking to be on the beach but don’t want to shell out for the pricier luxury Tulum beach hotels.
La Valise Hotel (Luxury Hotel for Honeymooners)
Speaking of luxury Tulum beach hotels, La Valise is definitely one of the best – especially for couples, honeymooners, or anyone else looking for a tropical romantic getaway. As far as I know, this is the only hotel in Tulum where you can literally sleep on a bed under the stars on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean ocean.
La Valise’s rustic airy seafront rooms feel like they’re part of the surrounding jungle. The picture-perfect aesthetic is one reason this is one of those beach hotels in Tulum where celebrities are often spotted! Of course, all that luxury comes with a price, but if you’re looking for the absolute best 5 star Tulum hotels on the beach, you have to at least consider La Valise!
Nest Tulum (Unique Beachfront Boutique)
One of the “OG” boho chic hotels that helped propel Tulum’s rapid rise as a global beach destination, Nest Tulum remains one of the best beach hotels in Tulum for luxury travelers looking for Mayan-inspired luxury in a gorgeous natural setting.
Nest is a small property (12 rooms), with a minimalist design. Guests love the stunning private beach area, the hospitality offered (there’s a 24-hour concierge service), and the included delicious included breakfast. If you’re really looking for a 5-star experience, you can even request a private chef and butler service for an additional cost. Nest is located in the southern part of the Tulum hotel zone, near some of the top beach clubs, restaurants, and bars.
Coco Tulum Beach Club Hotel (Best Affordable Beach Resort)
Let’s be clear: there is no such thing as a “true” budget beach resort in Tulum (if you’re truly on a tight budget, you should stay in Tulum town instead). But, relatively speaking, Coco Tulum is about as close to budget as it gets if you’re trying to save cash but insistent of staying on the beach.
The slightly more basic sister hotel to Coco Limited, the rooms are smaller here (some even have a shared bathroom). But the beachfront location is perfect, and the focus on sustainability is a big draw for eco-conscious travelers.
Guests also have access to its related property Coco Tulum Zen Zone (another boutique hotel where you can find a temazcal Mayan sauna and yoga deck. Both Tulum beach hotels are good options if you’re trying to find an affordable boutique hotel on Tulum beach.
That’s it for our top 10 Tulum beach hotels, but of course, there are still many more popular beach hotels to choose from in Tulum. If you didn’t find your idea Tulum hotel among the above, here are some other Tulum beach hotels to consider:
FAQs About Tulum Beachfront Hotels
What is the best hotel to stay in near the beach in Tulum?
Is it better to stay in Tulum town or beach?
Tulum beach is a better place to stay for travelers who can afford it and want to be near Tulum’s famous beach. Tulum town, by contrast, typically offers more affordable accommodations. See our full guide on where to stay in Tulum if you need help deciding between the beach or Tulum town.
Where is Tulum’s hotel zone?
The Tulum hotel zone is the unofficial nickname for the stretch of beachfront running south from the intersection with the road to Tulum town until the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. The Tulum hotel zone is home to some of Tulum’s most popular beach hotels, restaurants, and bars.
Are there vacation rentals on the beach in Tulum?
There are only a very small number of vacation rentals directly on the beach in Tulum. Most beachfront accommodation in Tulum, even those marketed on popular vacation rental sites, are really just private rooms in boutique hotels. If you want to stay directly on the beach in Tulum, a hotel or resort is your best option. If you need a vacation rental or apartment, you can find many rentals further inland or in Tulum town.
That’s it for this guide to finding the best Tulum beach hotels. For more Tulum, Mexico accommodation advice, be sure to check out our full guide to the best hotels in Tulum or our guide on where to stay in Tulum, Mexico. Enjoy the beautiful beach Tulum is so famous for!