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Suenos Tulum 3.0

Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

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Pros

  • Eco-friendly beachside boutique toward the southern end of Tulum’s Hotel Zone
  • Beautiful and breezy stretch of soft-sand beach with stretched tarp beds and loungers
  • 13 spotless and spacious bungalows with garden and ocean views, and private patios or balconies
  • Lobby with lending library, power strips, games, sun block, and bug spray
  • Small pool area facing the ocean with nearby beach-facing lounge area
  • Casual restaurant and bar with traditional Mexican menu and international wine list
  • Large and shady garden grounds with several hammocks, fire pit, and seating
  • Rental bikes and kayaks, yoga classes, and spa treatments available on-site
  • Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking

Cons

  • No daytime electricity in rooms 
  • No air-conditioning or power outlets in rooms (except the chic Temple Suite)

Bottom Line

Suenos Tulum is a deceptively large mid-range property where roaming around barefoot through the soft-sand garden grounds is the norm. This is an ultra-laid-back spot at the southern end of Tulum's Hotel Zone with 13 clean and breezy beachside bungalows and one chic upper-level penthouse with 360-degree rooftop views. The solar-powered hotel’s eco-friendly practices mean, with the exception of the Temple Suite, no electricity during the day and no air-conditioning or electrical outlets in the bungalows (there’s a charging station in the lobby), although all rooms have free Wi-Fi. There are a small pool, casual restaurant and bar, tons of hammocks, and a beach area with stretched tarps and loungers. Those seeking daytime electricity and air-conditioning in rooms should compare rates with Cabanas Tulum.

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Scene

Larger-than-expected property with a low-key, authentic beach retreat vibe

Displaying one of the less obvious and ostentatious roadside hotel signs, Suenos Tulum’s laid-back atmosphere, large and shady garden grounds, and authentic beach vacation vibe hide behind a rocky wall and rustic wooden gate overflowing with greenery. Designed to resemble an ancient Maya town -- complete with a tall, coral rock lobby, a rugged perimeter wall with colorful folk art paintings, stone buildings, thatched-roof palapas, and a central fire pit -- Suenos Tulum feels more remote in time and space than it actually is. The big sandy common space at the front of the hotel is peppered with primitive but stylishly constructed wooden slab benches, lounge chairs, and some modern plastic furniture (that is colorfully lit after the sun goes down). This area also houses a fire pit surrounded by a large circle of seating and a handful of hammocks stretched between the many palm trees. Out back by the pool and beach, there are several seating areas where guests can sit with a group or solo and stare out into the ocean. Overall, the hotel is as well-suited for privacy as it is for social groups.

There’s a slight guesthouse-over-hotel vibe that contributes to an authentic, relaxing beach holiday vibe without sacrificing services. It’s a good spot for those looking to escape big cities with their constant noise and distractions, and reconnect with themselves or nature.

Location

In the quiet, southern end of the Hotel Zone, within walking distance to restaurants and shops

Located on the southern end of Tulum’s Hotel Zone within a 10-minute bike ride of the gates of the Sian Ka’an biosphere, Suenos Tulum escapes the main hubbub of the strip while still within walking distance of some of the top restaurants, bars, and shops -- the sustainable restaurant Hartwood and the popular Mr. blackbird boutique are a 10-minute walk up the road. The Tulum ruins are a 15-minute drive or cab ride north. Nearby day-trip activities include snorkeling or diving in cenotes, swimming with turtles in Akumal, or hitting the climbable ruins of Coba, which is two hours away. Tulum Pueblo is about a 15-minute drive from Suenos Tulum, and Adventure parks like Xplor and Xcaret are roughly 45 minutes north off the main highway, just south of the club-bumping, tourist-heavy beach city of Playa del Carmen. Cancun International Airport is about a 90-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Clean, colorful bungalows, and one chic penthouse suite

Spread across five buildings, Suenos Tulum’s 13 bungalows all face the beach and are named and decorated to pay homage to different aspects of nature and Maya civilization: Jungle, Moon, Sun, Earth, and Rain. Beach Suites are on the ground floor and include two double beds, desks, and private patios. Because there they pose no balcony risk, these rooms are reserved for families with small children (though not exclusively). Junior Suites have the same layout and features as Beach Suites but are located on the second floor and swap patios for small, breezy balconies with sunrise views. Master Suites, with king-size beds, are third-floor units offering the best views and the most privacy, and are recommended for couples. Upper-level bungalows have large, circular windows that, depending on the rooms' vantage point, look out on the starlit sky.

All rooms have vibrant and colorful hand-painted tiles throughout, organic toiletries, bottled spring water, bathrobes and slippers, indoor hammocks and, except for Master Suites, mozzie nets around comfortable beds. There are no electrical outlets in the bungalows, but they have singular USB inputs to charge cell phones and MP3 players, but be aware that electricity is turned off during the day, rendering the outlets and overhead fans inoperable.

The hotel’s Temple Suite is located in the main lobby building, up a few flights of stairs, and -- with an open plan, concrete floors, king bed, two double beds, gorgeous coral-rock bathroom area (with a two-person whirlpool), and roof access with 360-degree views of the jungle and ocean -- feels more modern and indulgent than the other rooms. Unlike the other rooms, this suite has air-conditioning and electrical outlets.

Beach

Small beach area with plenty of loungers, stretched tarp beds, and ocean access

Suenos Tulum’s beach area feels a little wild on windy days. Though it escapes the rocky coastline farther north on the beach strip, waves can still come crashing in, though they're gentle enough to allow for dips in the sea. Sunbathers can tan in one of the plentiful lounge chairs, or escape the rays under one of the fun stretched tarps.

Features

Traditional resort features such as a pool, restaurant and bar, yoga classes, and bike rental

Though casual and low-key, this boutique property doesn’t skimp on features, offering regular resort perks like an on-site restaurant and bar, pool, free Wi-Fi, and yoga classes. The hotel’s restaurant is housed in a small palapa with a few tables on the second floor and the busy kitchen on the first. There are also several outdoor seating areas, including a picnic table and a poolside stone table for two. The bar area is open-air but covered with a handful of high-top tables and stool seats that easily become crooked in the sand. The menu is full of well-priced and delicious Mexican dishes and seafood, a selection of beach cocktails, and an international wine list.

There’s a small above-ground pool with a few pool toys but no loungers, although there's lots of ocean-facing seating. The hotel also holds yoga classes in the upper level of the large garden-set palapa, which guests can sign up for in the lobby.

Unmarked parking is across the dirt road, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Bike rentals, board games, a lending library, and power strips for charging electronics are available in the lobby.

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Address

Carret Tulum - Boca Paila, Zona hotelera Km 8.5, Tulum, Riviera Maya 77780, Mexico

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