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Fans of boho chic Riveria Maya destination Tulum can take a hard pass on flying into Cancún (CUN) and then driving ~74 miles to get there. Instead, they can fly directly into Tulum, as Felipe Carrillo Puerto Airport (TQO) in Tulum has officially opened just 24 miles from Tulum’s center.
While the airport isn’t yet operating at full capacity, international routes are already on the books, so you’ll soon be able to fly there from a number of U.S. destinations starting in 2024.
Tulum has several boutique hotels, eco-chic properties, and larger mega-resorts. Now that you’ll be able to arrive just a little bit easier, here are some of the best Tulum hotels for your stay.
In 2024, several U.S. and Canadian cities will connect with the Mexican hub of Tulum (TQO). Here are some of them:
|Atlanta (ATL) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Charlotte (CLT) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Chicago (ORD) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 31, 2024
|Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Houston (IAH) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 31, 2024
|Los Angeles (LAX) to Tulum (TQO)
|May 23, 2024
|Miami (MIA) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Montreal (YUL) to Tulum (TQO)
|May 3, 2024
|New York (JFK) to Tulum (TQO)
|June 13, 2024
|Newark (EWR) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 31, 2024
|Orlando (MCO) to Tulum (TQO)
|March 28, 2024
|Toronto (YYZ) to Tulum (TQO)
|May 3, 2024
Fans of Hyatt’s all-inclusive properties will love Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, a family-friendly hotel located on 44 acres of Tulum’s beautiful beachfront. However, if it’s adults-only you’re after, there’s a section of the resort that is limited to 18+. With 423 rooms, the hotel, like many traditional all-inclusive resorts, is large. Still, certain details make the resort feel intimate and cozy, like the hammocks on guestroom balconies and the fact you won’t be pressured by overbearing employees to tip — all tips and taxes come included.
Families will love the ping-pong tables, turtle release programs, and kiddie splash park and water park. At the same time, adults can enjoy complimentary kayaking, dance lessons, beach yoga, cocktail workshops, and a spa with 12 treatment rooms. With 6 on-site specialty restaurants (including French cuisine and sushi), plus a buffet, grill, and cafe, you’ll never have to eat the same thing twice during a weeklong stay.
One of Tulum’s newest additions, this adults-only Hyatt resort features 301 suites, all with private balconies or terraces. Room decor feels inspired by the hotel’s location, incorporating rock and wood from local Chukum trees. Some suites are swim-up, while others offer guests private plunge pools. Meanwhile, the hotel’s numerous main pools are hidden among shaded palm trees, giving off cenote vibes, which jive perfectly with the area’s natural surroundings.
Although the all-inclusive hotel is set amid dense jungle foliage, Secrets Tulum Resort & Spa provides free transfers to its private Secrets Tulum Beach Club. Guests can enjoy 14 different restaurants and bars, from coffee hubs to Mediterranean eateries to Peruvian fusion haunts. The spa features both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, as well as a hydrotherapy circuit.
Rates at this World of Hyatt Category B property start at $550 or 17,000 World of Hyatt points per night.Hot Tip:
Hyatt points are valuable in Tulum, an area without many points properties. If you need to earn more Hyatt points, consider getting a credit card ideal for Hyatt loyalists where you can transfer points to Hyatt, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. Chase Ultimate Rewards and Bilt Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Or, get The World of Hyatt Credit Card to accrue points with Hyatt directly.
Many people head to Tulum precisely to skip the mega-resort vibes typical of Cancún’s Zona Hotelera. But if you really want to be in Tulum and still have that large hotel experience, head to the Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort. The all-inclusive hotel features 735 rooms and suites, from the most basic nature view king room to the fancy presidential suite, with a full kitchen, stunning ocean views, and even a pool table.
A special area designated for families has a kids’ club, teens club, splash zone, cinema, and all-day buffet. Adults may prefer to use the 24-hour fitness center, take yoga classes, or participate in on-site cultural activities. You can also choose from 13 different bars and restaurants. However, those who want a spa experience will have to head over to the nearby Conrad Tulum, but more on that below.
Rates start at $450 or 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night based on double occupancy.
For a more elevated stay, consider the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, where you can relax in a cabana at one of the 5 different pools or participate in full moon parties, tribal dance events, garden building, jungle immersion, meditation, or astrology reading. Guest rooms have tropical or ocean views, and some have relaxation tubs on the balcony.
Another reason to stay at this particular Hilton property is the spa, which features 16 different treatment rooms and offers herbal therapies, sacred healing ceremonies, water rituals, and more, perfect for personal rejuvenation or a spa day with friends. Guests can indulge in various gastronomic offerings at 11 different bars and restaurants. The hotel also has a private beach and access to the neighboring Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya. Do note that this hotel isn’t an all-inclusive property.
Room rates start at $585 or 100,000 Hilton Honors points per night.Hot Tip:
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Designed specifically for eco-conscious travelers, Ahau Tulum offers the experience many travelers seek when visiting the destination — barefoot beach luxury. Think thatched roofs, white sands, and lazy days on beach hammocks. The rustic beachfront cabins all feature handmade furniture, linens made from sustainable materials, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the hotel’s peaceful natural surroundings.
Hotel guests can use complimentary bicycles, dine at the on-site vegan restaurant, work out at the hotel’s half-outdoor jungle gym, participate in sunrise meditations, do daily beach yoga, or lounge on the property’s private beach.
Room rates start at $150 per night.
Tulum has numerous boutique hotel options, especially compared to its touristy neighbors like Cancún, which is known for its large, all-inclusive properties and wild spring break scene. If you’d prefer an intimate, one-of-a-kind Tulum adventure, stay at Be Tulum.
The hotel’s 65 suites are separated into groups, from the most basic Jungle Suites to Fuego Suites, Aire Suites, and a private Jungle House with a private pool and outdoor and indoor hosting spaces. The cash-free hotel also has 2 restaurants and a beach club. Guests can also visit the Yaän Healing Sanctuary, which offers cleanses, detox programs, water rituals, spa treatments, and rooftop yoga. Temazcal Ceremonies are held every Sunday at 5 p.m. at no additional charge in the Yaän sweat lodge.
Room rates start at $469 per night.
Tulum attracts wellness enthusiasts, known for providing holistic and natural wellness practices at many hotels, spas, and retreat centers in the area. Amansala Yoga & Wellness is one of the best, and it is home to a famous bikini boot camp.
One of the first resorts in the area, this wellness hub offers boho chic rooms or houses ideal for groups, or you can join the 6-day bikini boot camp retreats, inclusive of healthy food, yoga, fitness, massages, and more. The hotel also has special bachelorette packages and additional types of retreats. And don’t worry — while the hotel is dedicated to healthy living and wellness, you can still get a very tasty margarita with your meal at the on-site restaurant and bar.
Rates start at $275 per night, including breakfast and complimentary bike use. The 6-night bikini boot camps start at $455 per night and include meals, daily fitness and yoga, tours, massages, and more.
If you want to be close to the Tulum scene but not directly in it, stay at Jashita, located in the calmer Soliman Bay area just 15 minutes north of Tulum. It’s especially ideal for travelers who want to get off the beaten track and into nature. The resort, sandwiched between palm trees, lush jungle foliage, and the pristine sands of this secluded bay, offers a rooftop infinity pool, a children’s pool, and a beachfront pool, as well as complimentary use of snorkel equipment, kayaks, and paddleboards.
Rooms come in various styles — simplistic huts with thatched roofs, luxury penthouses, and family-friendly villas. You can also stay in honeymoon suites that boast amenities like large private terraces and hot tubs. Jashita’s Caoba Spa features numerous Mayan rituals and ceremonies from its beachfront studio, more traditional treatments at its indoor location, and yoga at its treetop yoga shala.
Room rates start at $250 per night.
This adults-only, all-inclusive hotel is located in Tulum’s Jaguar National Park, a new initiative that’s dedicated to protecting Tulum’s delicate natural environment, including its caves, cenotes, ruins, waters, jungle, and, as its name suggests, native animals such as jaguars. But don’t worry, you won’t see any jaguars at the luxurious and peaceful Kore Tulum, though you can enjoy the hotel’s serene swimming pool, take advantage of free bicycle use, and benefit from all-inclusive food and drinks. Guests can also enter the national park for free.
One of the best hotels in Tulum for couples, the all-suite hotel offers amenities such as terraces or balconies in every suite, an infinity pool, and a spa with 10 treatment cabins, plus a steam room and sauna. Visitors can also participate in daily beach yoga sessions, cooking and cocktail workshops, dance classes, and water aerobics. Kore also has 5 restaurants, 1 of which is a creperie.
Room rates start at $175 per night. It may be worth joining the hotel’s loyalty program, Parnassus Rewards, which offers discounts on room rates, late checkout, and more.
This large resort features special spaces apt for every member of the family. Kids can enjoy the kids’ club, water park, splash park, and teens’ club, and parents can benefit from babysitting services. There’s also the Zamá Fun Area, where the hotel recreates Tulum in this unique Mayan-inspired leisure space. Meanwhile, adults looking for some personal time can visit the spa or relax in one of the quieter pool decks or hot tub areas.
The all-inclusive Bahia Principe Grand Tulum satisfies the whole family’s tastes with 12 different restaurants (including a burger bar, food truck, and Peruvian/Japanese fusion space) and 3 bars. The hotel also has an entertainment program that caters to the little ones, teens, and adults. All rooms and suites come with balconies or a terrace, and families that want separate sleeping spaces can opt for a 2-bedroom suite.
Room rates start at $248 per night.
La Valise Tulum, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), is home to 22 luxury beach huts, an infinity pool, and an expansive beachfront. The hotel’s rooms and suites all feature outdoor space with daybeds and hammocks, but the master suite is the real star of the show, featuring a bed that you can roll indoors and outdoors on a special track to sleep indoors to the sound of crashing waves or snooze beneath the stars outside.
The hotel has many dedicated sustainability initiatives, including providing reef-safe sunscreen to guests, ethical sourcing of culinary items and food products, inclusive hiring policies, and supporting local initiatives like turtle sanctuaries and nonprofits that help local children. La Valise is also entirely free of single-use plastic.
Room rates start around $500 per night, but Master Suite rates will run you at least $900. Although this hotel is part of the SLH program, it’s currently not bookable with World Hyatt points.
If your own bottle of mezcal upon arrival sounds like your dream, consider a stay at the Mezzanine Hotel Tulum, where you can choose your own soap fragrance and receive practical and luxurious details like a beach bag and beach hat in your room. Although not all rooms have views, we recommend splurging for the sea-view room, which also features a Chemex coffee maker and a yoga mat.
Don’t expect Mexican food beyond your mezcal at the Mezzanine — the hotel’s on-site restaurant is actually Thai. Guests can also make use of complimentary snorkel equipment, enjoy the spa, or lounge around the property’s hammock zone or pool. Note that this hotel is a 16+ property that’s also part of the SLH program, but you can’t book the Mezzanine with World of Hyatt points.
Rates start at $274 per night, but expect to pay double that for a sea-view room.
Boutique hotel La Zebra (also an SLH property) features a Mexican restaurant, but foodies should opt to take things a step further beyond just beachside lunch. Sign up for the Chef’s Table experience, a special 8-course tasting menu experience in a homey setting (with views of the kitchen) hosted by Chef Eleazar Bonilla. The menu is accompanied by local beers, expertly crafted cocktails, and New World wines.
But La Zebra offers much more beyond just cuisine, including garden view, sea view, and beachfront rooms and suites (some of which feature private plunge pools), a spa that features things like crystal therapy and “aromavedic” massage, and an inviting main pool.
Rates start at $464 per night, and while this hotel is part of SLH, you can’t book it using World of Hyatt points.Hot Tip:
Some SLH hotels don’t accept points or aren’t bookable through Hyatt. In these cases, it may be beneficial to join the SLH INVITED program and book direct. You’ll get 10% off every booking and early check-in.
Thanks to Tulum’s new airport (TQO) and the infusion of new international flights from several U.S. destinations, it’ll soon be easier than ever before to visit Tulum. Once you’re there, you’ll have plenty of hotels and resorts for your stay. Consider sustainable or eco-chic properties, family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, or secluded boutique hotels. No matter which hotel you choose, Tulum’s bohemian vibes and beautiful setting make for the perfect vacation.
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Although you can fly into the Cancún Airport (CUN) and drive to Tulum, the Tulum Airport (TQO) is now open. Soon, U.S. travelers will be able to fly nonstop from several destinations into Tulum starting in 2024.
The Conrad Tulum isn’t all-inclusive. However, the Conrad’s sister property, the Hilton Riviera Maya, is all-inclusive.
Downtown Tulum may be better for travelers on a budget who want to enjoy restaurants and cultural attractions, as downtown has a lot to offer. However, a beachfront hotel in Tulum is ideal for luxury travelers who want to enjoy fun in the sun. Staying on the beach might be best for travelers who want an all-inclusive Tulum experience and don’t care much about exploring or eating out.
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