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Casa de las Olas

Boca Paila Road, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico


  • Rooms : 18.0
  • Service : 18.5
  • Public Spaces : 18.0

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There was a time when Playa del Carmen itself was a nice quiet break from the bustle of Cancún. Now it’s a full-fledged resort town, and for a bit of the old, undeveloped Riviera Maya you’ll drive a little farther down the coast, to the barely-there Casa de las Olas — just five rooms on a stretch of beach, out past the ancient Mayan walled city of Tulum.

The rooms, contemporary and pared-down in style, are not so much about luxury or pampering as the simple pleasures of sunlight and ocean breezes, with a strong emphasis on back-to-basics sustainability. The idea is to fully unplug, to sit on a porch or lie in a hammock and contemplate the Caribbean. Between an off-the-grid location outside of town and the option of self-catering, it’s all quite a change from the usual Riviera Maya experience, as close to a vacation home as it is to an all-inclusive resort — though if doing your own cooking doesn’t sound like your idea of relaxation, the staff is happy to direct you to the best of the local restaurants.

Tulum, thankfully, is a long way from becoming a major resort town, and a few miles in the other direction is the Sian Ka’an nature reserve, a wonderland of well-preserved wildlife as well as dozens of distinct archaeological sites. Closer by there’s ample opportunity for snorkeling or biking, and the surrounding countryside is packed with cenotes, deep-water swimming holes, a delightfully low-key local attraction.

Please note: Casa de las Olas is not a luxury hotel, but a small eco-friendly retreat with a style best suited to those looking for a travel experience that’s more independent than pampering. There is a 3-night minimum stay requirement at Casa de las Olas.

How to get there: Casa de las Olas is located 105 miles, about a 2-hour drive, from the Cancun International Airport. Transfers can be organized for up to 2 guests at a cost of $140 each way. Please contact for assistance with airport transfers.

  • Casa de las Olas
  • Boca Paila Road
  • Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Hotel amenities and services

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

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