15 Best resorts, Tulum: All-inclusive, or Is There a Better Option?

Did you know that Tulum’s best resorts are very different from the rest of the Riviera Maya?

You see, Tulum has created its own universe, where wild electro parties are next to yoga sessions under skilfully designed wooden constructions.

You won’t find any all-inclusive resort in Tulum (except for 1 that offers a so-so experience).

Here you will choose between boutique hotels in the bohemian-chic style at steep prices.

I stayed 15 days in Tulum to understand this famous Mexican town. I also analyzed thousands of reviews of Tulum resorts to find the best offers.

This expertise has allowed me to create the guide you are reading now.

Top 5 resorts in Tulum

Adults Only / All Inclusive
Eco resort & Affordable
  • 4.5
  • $$$
  • Pros:
    • Good price & breakfast included
    • Chill and quiet atmosphere
  • Cons:
    • Small pool area (but good beach)
Adults Only and beachfront
  • 4.5
  • $$$$$
  • Pros:
    • Excepcional customer service
    • A few steps from bars and restaurants
  • Cons:
    • It can get crowded around the hotel in the peak season
Wellness resort / downtown
  • 5.0
  • $$$$$
  • Pros:
    • Excellent yoga, temezcal and meditation sessions
    • Amazing staff and jungle atmosphere
  • Cons:
For Couples / Adults Only
Adults Only / All Inclusive
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Akumal's most luxurious resort
  • Beautiful beach with turtles
Cons:
  • Food could be improved
Eco resort & Affordable
4.5
$$$
Pros:
  • Good price & breakfast included
  • Chill and quiet atmosphere
Cons:
  • Small pool area (but good beach)
Adults Only and beachfront
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Excepcional customer service
  • A few steps from bars and restaurants
Cons:
  • It can get crowded around the hotel in the peak season
Wellness resort / downtown
5.0
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Excellent yoga, temezcal and meditation sessions
  • Amazing staff and jungle atmosphere
Cons:
For Couples / Adults Only
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Rooms with outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Excellent privacy and SPA
Cons:
  • Small swimming pool

Read on to find the resort that suits you best, and have a great time!

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Resorts in Tulum: Where are they?

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Best adult-only resort (3)
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Staying in Tulum can be a great or terrible experience depending on where you stay. Where are the best resorts in Tulum? That will depend on the type of resort you’re looking to stay at. 

For example, all the best all-inclusive resorts in Tulum are far from the Tulum beach zone. In fact, if you’re looking for this type of resort, you may be better suited heading out to the Akumal beach area. This is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Tulum.   

Boutique hotels with great design and unique vibes fill the Tulum beach area. These can be great spots to stay at if you want to be where the parties are. Most of them, though, are costly! 

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Best All-inclusive resorts in Tulum: Mini reviews

If you’re looking to stay at Tulum’s all-inclusive resorts, here are some of the best options out there.  

1# Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya: Best adult-only resort

Adults Only / All Inclusive
Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Akumal's most luxurious resort
  • Beautiful beach with turtles
Cons:
  • Food could be improved
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An Adult-only resort that’s going to make you want to stay on the property. There are 6 restaurants,4 bars, and a nightclub. If you want to head to Tulum to relax and, let’s be honest, have drinks, this is a good spot. Perfect for a romantic getaway.                       

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The smallest room at this hotel is about 500 square feet. It comes with a balcony and even an in-room tub. From there, you can upgrade to other suites. The largest suite is 1280 square feet wide. Saying this hotel has spacious rooms is a bit of an understatement.  

🏖️ Service & activities

This resort has tennis courts and a small gym. You can also request free snorkeling gear to head out for a swim at the beautiful beach. The bars and the nightclub are always running some event. There are also different activities taking place in the 3 pools throughout the day. They could do something to improve the quality of the food for sure.   

🔎 Remarks

If you really want your trip to be romantic, try to come here in February or maybe November. You’ll get a less crowded resort and beach area. 

Perhaps the only issue with this resort is that the beach chairs by the pools and the beach get crowded. The free breakfast could be better. 

Read our post to find more Adult-only, all-inclusive resorts around Tulum.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Best adult-only resort
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Prices: From 420 USD Per Night| Location: Akumal 30 min drive from Tulum beach

2# Barceló Maya Riviera : Best newest resort

Adults Only / All Inclusive
Barceló Maya Riviera
4.0
$$$$
Pros:
  • Great infinity pool
  • Modern comfy rooms
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Between Tulum and Playa del Carmen is one of the region’s newest resorts, a luxury resort with one of the largest infinity pools you’ll ever see. Since it’s not necessarily near Tulum’s town center, you can have a quiet stay enjoying luxurious amenities without the crowds. It’s again an excellent spot for a couple’s weekend.    

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The resort has modern comfy rooms. Some of the rooms, though, can be far from the lobby and other amenities. People enjoy the swim-up rooms you can access through the massive infinity pool I talked about. The pool area features two swim-up pool bars. If you can make it past that area, you’ll realize the resort also has a private beach.   

🏖️ Service & activities

Barcelo Resorts really went big with their facilities. This resort has one of the area’s best-equipped and largest fitness centers. For those people who aren’t looking to exercise, the wellness center is the place to be. It features private jacuzzis that you can access if you book a massage.   

🔎 Remarks

The resort is large enough and has so many amenities that you can spend your vacation there without boredom. At the same time, it’s near cenotes and water parks if you’re looking for that type of experience. 

Even though it’s got a nightclub, and they host shows there, it’s not necessarily a resort for people looking to party. 

Barceló Maya Rivera - All Inclusive Adults Only
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Prices: From 400 USD Per Night | Location: Tulum – Playa del Carmen Road. 40 min from Tulum beach 

3# Bahia Principe Grand Tulum: Best resort for families

Family Resort / All inclusive
Bahia Principe Grand Tulum
4.0
Pros:
  • Entertainment options for kids and adults
  • beautiful beach for snorkeling
Cons:
  • Cocktails could be better
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This resort has been renovated recently. This gives guests a mix of modern minimalist rooms and others with an old-school vibe. They’ve tried to offer fun amenities for everyone, with a casino on the property for adults. Plus, the pools and an entertaining kid area.

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

All of the rooms at the resort are “suites.” The smallest of which is about 330 square feet wide. There’s a large bed for the parents with a sleeper sofa for the kids. Some of these rooms are old school. The resort also has 2 pools, one with a swim-up pool bar.   

🏖️ Service & activities

You can choose to eat at the extensive buffet dining hall. The hotel also has 3 à la carte restaurants and 6 bars. The resort has entertainment options for both kids and adults. Alcoholic drinks served at the resort are usually watered-down. Another thing to remember is that this resort is one of the best parts of the Akumal beach for snorkeling.  

🔎 Remarks

Thanks to this resort, you don’t need to watch your children all day! Besides the kids club and water park, there is a daycare service too. Make sure to book a table at the specialty restaurants you want to eat well in advance. They get crowded, particularly during weekends.   

The resort should stop keeping dolphins in captivity. It’s irresponsible.

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Prices: 307 USD Per Night From | Location: Bahia Principe, about 30 min from Tulum Beach 

4# Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach: Best affordable resort

Adults Only / All Inclusive
Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach
4.0
$$$
Pros:
  • Good price & Beautiful beach
  • Small jungle & mangrove forest
Cons:
  • There should be more food options
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Another adults-only resort that’s perfect for a romantic getaway or weekend with friends. The Catalonia Royal Tulum is usually one of the most affordable Tulum all-inclusive resorts. It’s located on the road from Tulum to Playa del Carmen. This means it’s near a ton of cenotes and water parks.  

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

All rooms have a private balcony with views out to a lush jungle scenery. The standard rooms are a little smaller than what you’ll find at other resorts. That may be the reason why there are no in-room hot tubs here. It’s a slight loss for a cheaper Tulum all-inclusive resort experience. Make sure to stay within the new section of the resort. The older rooms smell like mildew and aren’t terribly soundproof.     

🏖️ Service & activities

There’s only one swimming pool at the resort that overlooks the beach. Sometimes resort staff organize volleyball tournaments in the pool or aerobics classes. For the most part, though, it’s a quiet resort. Guests in the upper-scale rooms have access to a less crowded private beach area. The Xpu-Ha beach features a ton of wildlife, particularly during turtle nesting season.    

🔎 Remarks

This is one of the smallest Tulum all-inclusive resorts. That can be appealing for people looking for a quiet vacation spot. The scenery of mangroves filled with iguanas, as well as other critters, and an untouched white-sand beach, is fantastic.

The food options are pretty limited. Even though it’s a little cheaper than many other resorts, you may be giving up too many amenities. 

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Prices: From 292 USD Per Night | Location: Xpu-Há Beach 40 min from Tulum beach

Best hotel resorts in Tulum: Mini reviews 

If you’re looking for a Tulum resort that’s actually within Tulum, these are some of the best options out there. Unfortunately, there are not many all-inclusive resorts in the Tulum town area. 

1# Sueños Tulum: Best low-budget resort

Eco resort
Sueños Tulum
4.5
$$$
Pros:
  • Good price & breakfast included
  • Chill and quiet atmosphere
Cons:
  • Small pool area (but good beach)
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Sueños Tulum is one of the most affordable resorts within the Tulum beach zone. You still get quality treatment from the staff. I’m sure you’ll love their concierge service. The food in the free breakfast can help you get through the day as well. 

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

Two large beds and a hammock are what you get in the smallest suite. The rooms have a ton of windows and a small patio or balcony. You get that Tulum chill vibe with decent beds, not camping. The larger suites are also great for groups or families.     

🏖️ Service & activities

This is not an all-inclusive resort, but you do get a big complimentary breakfast. The pool area is small. Still, the private beach and all the different spots at the resort make up for it. You can take some yoga classes on a sandy beach if you’d like.  

🔎 Remarks

Everything about Sueños Tulum gives off a chill vibe. This is a great spot to come to relax with family or friends.

Maybe the fact that it’s not all-inclusive rubs people the wrong way. That can actually help contribute to the family vibe at this place.  

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Prices: From 430 USD | Location: Main Tulum Hotel Zone

2# Casa Malca: Best art display

Best art display
Casa Malca
4.0
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Large rooms
  • works of art and unique decoration
Cons:
  • Few on-site entertainment options
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The ongoing rumor at this resort is that it once belonged to Pablo Escobar. That would help explain why many of the rooms look like large bunkers. The exterior architecture isn’t great, but they make up for that with the interiors. You get modern amenities and decor in every single room. 

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The suites are super large! That applies from the cheapest rooms all the way to the master suite. You’ll see some old-school furniture in your room. Most of them have vibrant colors and appealing paintings on the walls. The hotel also has two pools. One of them is an indoor cave-like facility.   

🏖️ Service & activities

Kind of the Achilles heel of the resort. There’s only a little to do besides swim in the two pools. There’s essentially one main restaurant on the property that handles all of the meals. You can order breakfast to the room. Many guests say that service could be better.    

 🔎 Remarks

Anyone can enjoy the large rooms. If you like this type of decor, you’ll feel right at home.

The Escobar link may give the resort an appeal it wouldn’t have otherwise—only a few extra amenities for the cost.  

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Prices: From 1000 USD | Location: South Tulum Beach Area

3# Alaya Tulum: Best yoga resort

Yoga Hotel
Alaya Tulum
4.5
$$$
Pros:
  • Large rooms
  • A retreat-like experience
Cons:
  • Focused only for yoga lovers
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This is a resort that’s perfect for a quiet stay in Tulum. The hotel promotes its yoga classes as the thing to do here. Even if you’re in a relaxed retreat mood, you can enjoy a ton of activities. The rooms are relatively large, and they all have air conditioning—although unavailable during the day.

🏡 Rooms & Facilities  

The beachfront villas with a furnished decks are a treat. As I mentioned, the rooms are rather big. Their large windows overlooking the beach are a perfect spot to watch sunsets and sunrises. The entire hotel is sitting on a pristine white sand beach.    

🏖️ Service & activities

They host different experiences and workshops throughout the week. You can also book romantic dinners on the beach, take an ice bath, or even have a Mayan ceremony. A fresh pool would be a great plus.

There are guided meditations with live music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Those can be taken along with the daily yoga classes.    

🔎 Remarks

This is the perfect resort if you want to go on a retreat-like experience. Ensure you look into all the activities they offer to craft your stay. 

If you are not into yoga and the Bohemian vibe, this is not the resort for you. 

Alaya Tulum (3)
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Prices: From 304 USD | Location: South Tulum Beach

4# La Zebra: Kid-friendly resort in Tulum

Family-friendly
La Zebra a Colibri Boutique Hotel
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Many activities for kids and adults
  • Cool beach restaurant
Cons:
  • Pool isn't great
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There are only a few kid-friendly resorts in Tulum. La Zebra is the best of the small bunch. They put a lot of effort at La Zebra to provide different experiences for guests. You kind of have to go there with an open mind to participate in the activities. The rooms don’t even have TVs for you to stay in there.

🏡 Rooms & Facilities  

The rooms are very simply decorated. You can never go too wrong with clean white interiors. The suites with private pools are certainly some of the best here—especially the small private pool overlooking the beach.  

🏖️ Service & activities

Staff is always on hand at La Zebra to help out. You can book all sorts of “mystic” experiences through them. They have salsa lessons on Sundays and a traditional market day on Saturdays. The resort restaurant has also become popular on Taco Thursdays. They offer a ton of activities for kids and adults.  

🔎 Remarks

You can participate in many activities in La Zebra even if you’re not staying at the resort. It’s certainly worth a visit. 

This is a family-friendly resort, but the lack of TVs can be problematic for some visitors!

La Zebra
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Prices: From 710 USD | Location: Tulum Beach 

5# Cabañas Tulum: Best mid-range resort

Mid-range
Cabañas Tulum - Beach Hotel & Spa
4.5
$$$$
Pros:
  • You'll have easy access to the main Tulum hotspots and a quiet stay.
Cons:
  • No TV
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The way that the Cabañas Tulum is set up may not be for everyone, but I like the concept for a couple of reasons. Cabañas Tulum is another one of those quiet villa-type resorts. Two doors down, though, you have The Beach Tulum. That’s its sister property, and as a guest at Cabañas, you can access amenities there. You’re getting the best of both worlds. 

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

Pretty simple interiors with these rooms, all white everything. What changes is where the room is located. You can have a swim-up room beside the pool, a room with a private terrace, and a hammock. All of the rooms are a decent size and have large beds. The wooden pool deck gives the place a nice touch.  

🏖️ Service & activities

The restaurant where breakfast is served and the beach club are at The Beach resort. As I said, that’s two doors down, but you have access to it. At Cabañas, there are always yoga lessons in the pool area. You can also book a spa or massage experience.   

🔎 Remarks

You can still get a lot of privacy for a hotel right in the hotel zone. You’ll have easy access to the main Tulum hotspots and a quiet stay. 

This is another hotel with no TVs! Walking next door for many things may be something only some are ok with. 

Cabanas Tulum
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Prices: From 451 USD | Location: Tulum Hotel Zone

6# La Valise: Most famous Boutique resort in Tulum

Luxurious
La Valise Tulum
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Top-notch staff
  • Quiet & beautiful beach area
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Everything about this hotel screams the chic-Tulum experience. This is a boutique hotel in what used to be a large beach house. 11 rooms face the beachside and the other 11 the jungle side. You can choose what you want to wake up next to. Only a few amenities, but you have access to great food. 

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The rooms are pretty spacious when you realize the size of the resort. You can get spectacular sunset views from the upper deck rooms on the beachside. All of these facilities have large palapa ceilings. It can make you feel like you’re in your high-end beach shack. On the jungle side, you may be able to spot some local wildlife.     

🏖️ Service & activities

Morning coffee is quite the experience at this resort. Each room has a coffee maker, but you can head to the free breakfast area. There you can find both traditional Mexican cuisine and avocado toast on the menu. The hotel also runs some workshops and wellness experiences.

These experiences include yoga classes and Mayan-themed ceremonies. The staff is super helpful. They’ve been known to anticipate the guests’ needs.     

🔎 Remarks

Even though the resort is small, they still run plenty of activities to keep you busy. You’ve got amazing views from anywhere on the resort. 

I could understand people saying they are paying for “status” more than amenities when staying here. 

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Prices: From 1000 USD | Location: South Tulum Beach Area

7# The beach Tulum: Best resort for a Bachelor Party

Adults Only
The beach Tulum
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Excepcional customer service
  • A few steps from bars and restaurants
Cons:
  • Crowded around the hotel in the peak season
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Cabañas’ party brother, The Beach Tulumis a great spot to host a bachelor party. The staff here will get you a drink from the moment you arrive. You have a bar in the lobby and the pool area. On top of that, there’s the beach club at this hotel. Still, the large rooms give you a ton of privacy.   

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

Whirlpool tubs on the roof of the hotel are always a great idea. That’s a feature of the cheapest room in this property. The smallest room is about 500 square feet large. If you choose one of the lower-level rooms, you can get a jacuzzi and a hammock. Those are going to come with private terraces.   

 🏖️ Service & activities

You can take your pick from two restaurants to see where you want breakfast from. As I said, there are drinks available at this resort everywhere. That includes the poolside bar and, of course, the beach area. Daily yoga classes and wellness experiences are also available. 

🔎 Remarks

Without being a massive resort, all the different amenities work well together. You can craft your own experience at this resort. 

Being in the middle of the hotel zone may not be ideal for some. It can get crowded around the hotel in the peak season.  

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Prices: From 788 USD | Location: Tulum Beach Area

8# Hotel Bardo: Best Tulum spa & healing resort

Wellness resort / Adults only
Hotel Bardo
5.0
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Excellent yoga, temezcal and meditation sessions
  • Amazing staff and jungle atmosphere
Cons:
  • Expensive restaurant.
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If you’re looking for a full-on wellness resort, this is one of the best resorts in Tulum in that category. You’re in the middle of the Tulum downtown area, but inside the resort, you’re in the jungle. The resort features temazcal treatments, which are enclosed saunas. You can get a very regional spa experience here.    

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The villa rooms are actually pretty simple. It’s one large bed and a small living room area. You either head out to a garden patio or a small private pool. These rooms are all enclosed spaces. The pool and the bar area are great hangout spots. 

 🏖️ Service & activities

People who come here really do so for the yoga and spa treatments. They do sound healing sessions. Meditation and yoga classes are also big at this resort. If you’re into this, really try and explore the different experiences that they offer.  

🔎 Remarks

You’re in downtown Tulum, so you can take a break from the resort and explore the town. 

This is definitely a place you come to for the experiences I discussed. If that’s not the focus of your trip, then go with another option. 

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Prices: From 650 USD | Location: Tulum town area

9# Mezzanine: Resort with the best view in Tulum

Best view / Adults only
Mezzanine a Colibri Boutique Hotel
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • There are only 9 rooms (great privacy)
  • Beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea
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If you’re in the market for a Tulum resort adventure, the Mezzanine is one of the best options out there. It’s only a 9-room property, so you know the facilities are never crowded. Breakfast is one of the highlights of the day left at the door of your room. You can come here just for the views of the Caribbean Sea.     

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

You can choose from a sea view room and a non-view room. If you can, pick the sea view room. It has high ceilings with a small indoor terrace. You can take in the view from there. The non-view rooms are going to be too closed up for some people. 

 🏖️ Service & activities

Since the resort is so tiny, you only get a few amenities at the resort. There is a Mezzanine bar which is popular with guests and non-guests. You can also book different experiences at La Zebra resort. These can range from things like a personalized dinner, and different mystic experiences.      

🔎 Remarks

It’s a resort for people who are looking for privacy. Perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. 

The non-view rooms are going to be a hard sell for certain guests. You lose a lot of what is attractive about the stay. 

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Prices: From 591 USD | Location: Playa Las Palmas, Tulum Hotel Zone

10# Mi Amor: best honeymoon resort in Tulum

For Couples / Adults Only
Mi Amor a Colibri Boutique
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Rooms with outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Excellent privacy and SPA
Cons:
  • No sandy beach
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If the resort is called “My love,” it’s pretty clear what type of vacation you want there. This is another small resort. Even though the pool area and the bar are not massive, it will not be crowded. The rooms are what really make the resort stand out. They are big enough rooms with outdoor jacuzzis.   

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

If you really break it down, these rooms are not that big. However, it’s like you have your own little private beach shack. The exterior jacuzzi that overlooks the jungle or the beach area is excellent. This makes up for the fact that the resort pool and the bar are small.  

🏖️ Service & activities

This is truly a spa resort for couples. The on-site spa features a ton of different massages that you can book. Most rates offer complimentary breakfast from the restaurant at the resort. It’s known for serving Italian and Greek food prepared by a world-famous chef.  

🔎 Remarks

These rooms are perfect for a couple’s getaway, especially if you like the outdoor jacuzzi touch. You can get great views just from inside your room. 

This is not a friends or family resort. If you’re not going with your partner, enjoying this hotel will be hard.

Mi amor a Colibri Boutique Hotel Tulum
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Prices: From 533 USD | Location: North Tulum Hotel Zone

11# Radhoo Tulum: Massive pool & Instagram-worthy

Bohemian / Adults Only
Radhoo Tulum
4.5
$$$$$
Pros:
  • Beautiful beach, pool & decoration
  • Tons of activities and guide tours
Cons:
  • Mosquitoes
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Last but certainly not least, we have perhaps the most Instagram-worthy Tulum resort. Radhoo is essentially a jungle house compound with 14 rooms. The pool in the middle of the resort is one of the best-looking spots in the region. The resort is in the middle of a jungle, but it’s still got one of the best beaches in the area.       

🏡 Rooms & Facilities

The rooms all have wooden deck floors and minimalist design concepts. They can be a bit darker than other options in the region unless you get the junior suite with the terrace and hammock overlooking the pool. These rooms are some of the best looking in all of Tulum.  

 🏖️ Service & activities

You get access to a ton of the nearby restaurants directly from the resort. Also, they host tours that take you to the famous Mayan ruins and other notable spots in the area. You can plan your whole stay out with them and have daily activities to do. This can be an excellent option for people who want to explore the area through a guided tour.  

🔎 Remarks

This hotel has a wow factor and a Bohemian vibe that’s hard to replicate! The fully guided stays with a ton of activities are also a plus. 

Perhaps the main issue is that it’s not a kid-friendly resort. Mosquitoes can be an issue in certain parts of the year too. 

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Prices: From 533 USD | Location: North Tulum Hotel Zone

Booking guide: How to pick your Tulum resort

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya Best adult-only resort (2)
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Here are some tips to help you find the Tulum resort right for your trip!

1# Just because the resort has the name “Tulum” does not mean it is located in Tulum

The Bahia Principe Grand Tulum is a perfect example of this. Even resorts like the Dreams Tulum resort are not necessarily located downtown. The fact that a resort is not located directly in the central hotel zone doesn’t make it a wrong choice. It’s just a good idea to understand that you’ll be staying near Akumal or another nearby beach. 

2# Only 1 resort All inclusive in Tulum, and it’s not the ideal choice

Kore Tulum Retreat is the only all-inclusive resort in the Tulum Hotel Zone. I didn’t include it in either best resorts list for several reasons. The location within the hotel zone is ok, but you don’t have direct beach access.

The food at the resort has constantly been reported as flat-out bad. Also, they have been known to offer cheap brand drinks. In the pictures, the rooms don’t look bad at all. When you get there, though, you realize the resort could be better-kept. Many guests reported unclean rooms and even mold growing in the room.

Since there are no all-inclusive resorts, many tourists fall into the Kore Tulum Retreat trap. It’s a shame because this resort could be a great option if they ran things the right way.     

3# People prefer trendy cozy boutique hotels and Airbnb in Tulum

Most hotels and even Airbnb properties lean into the Bohemian Tulum vibe. You can see that in the Mexican colonial architecture present in many of these places. Even expensive boutique hotels want to make you feel like you’re camping out on a virgin beach. The best Tulum resorts do that while still providing modern amenities.

This vibe helps explain why large all-inclusive resorts from big chains have stayed away from Tulum. People who come to Tulum want to experience the Bohemian Tulum town vibe. The best way to do that is to stay at a boutique hotel or Airbnb.

With this in mind, it’s hard to expect a large Tulum all-inclusive resort to be built soon. This is going to keep the area more adult-oriented for sure!     

4# Why is the “all-inclusive” option not always the best solution?

All-inclusive resorts are great if you want to spend all your time by the pool, eating and drinking. Doing that limits many of the other activities you would have enjoyed on your beach vacation. It’s literally like being in a buffet 24/7. For many people, there’s constant pressure to get their money’s worth. 

When you remove that “pressure,”, particularly in Tulum, you’ll probably be more willing to take in other types of experiences. That could be things like swimming in a cenote or even trying different restaurants in the area. The Riviera Maya has a ton of sites that you can explore besides what’s offered within a hotel.

Could not staying at all-inclusive resorts cost more money? Sure, you can make that argument. Still, if you plan your trip out right, you can ensure you stay within your budget.    

5# The different areas to stay in Tulum

Where you stay within Tulum can dictate the type of experience you will have. If you stay downtown, you can get the small-town Mexico experience. You’ll have a chance to eat at local street food spots and things like that. That’s not as common in the main Tulum hotel zone area. 

In the hotel zone or anywhere within Tulum beach you can find the private adults-only resorts I talked about. You can pick an alternative that’s more jungle oriented or that beach shack-type room. You’ll likely find resorts with a full-service spa or even a beauty salon here. The area is also home to bars and high-end restaurants on every corner. In general, this is the place to go for higher-end amenities. 

Travelers looking for all-inclusive resorts should head near Akumal beach and Bahia Principe. These resorts are more likely to have things like a kids club and be family-oriented. This area still has excellent Caribbean sea views, and you can even play beach volleyball here on a stunning beach.       

6# Safety

It would be a lie to say crime hasn’t increased in Tulum. Most of the areas frequented by tourists are still rather safe. What you want to avoid is getting too drunk or consuming drugs just because that’s likely going to take you to riskier places. 

If you want to stay extra safe, you can book guided experiences from your resort. I talked about how Radhoo Tulum does a great job of this. What they do is they sell you a whole stay packed with different activities. You get private transportation and security to and from the resort all day. 

Sticking to the main tourist areas is a must for people who want to explore the area on their own. Try to travel only a short distance at night. That includes walking or driving. Keep your passport and cards always stored safely.   

7# When should you come to Tulum

Maybe the best time to come to Tulum is right around mid-November. Tulum has a big issue with “sargassum,” which is a seaweed that can literally cover beaches completely. Later in the year, Sargassum is less of an issue than it is in Spring and Summer. 

The reason why I highlight that mid-November date is that it’s right before the peak season. You can still get decent deals to come to Tulum. There’ll be fewer people than in late November and through December to March. The weather is not too hot during this type of year. 

Of course, if you’re into the big party scene, spring is the best time to come. Just don’t expect to get a ton of deals. Also, you’ll find bigger crowds and more Sargassum on beaches.  

8# Price/quality isn’t great

Can you find deals to come to Tulum at a decent rate? Yes, that’s entirely possible. Are deals growing on trees around here? That’s a hard no! The fact is that Tulum is known as one of the most expensive beach destinations in Mexico. 

Some of the best Tulum resorts are definitely going to be worth their high prices. Others have been able to increase their prices because of the high demand. If you come during the peak season, you’ll see packed resorts and restaurants everywhere. Sadly many spots are more hype than anything else. 

As a tourist, you kind of have to accept that. Tulum has fantastic spots, but it still needs to be easier to access. You don’t have big city amenities as close as you’d like. You get no discounts for the inconvenience, though. 

9# How long to stay in Tulum

Four days can be perfect for the romantics looking for a beach vacation. Also, that’s a reasonable timetable for those staying at all-inclusive resorts. You get a chance to enjoy the spacious rooms and the wellness center. At the same time, you can do some light exploring. 

7-day stays are great for those looking to explore the area. You have spots like the Tulum ruins that take half a day to look into. Any cenote for snorkeling takes another half day. You can also take advantage of your time to visit Chichen Itza, Coba, and other archeological sites in the Riviera Maya. If you want to head to other towns in the Riviera May, you’ll needs more days.

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I have been traveling around Colombia and Mexico since 2015 to discover new experiences and help travelers make the right choices.

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