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What We Love

  • Spacious rooms with canopy beds and sea views
  • The feeling of having your own private white sand beach; the suites are located directly on the beach
  • Near the Mayan ruins of Tulum
  • Closest property to the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
  • Suitable for families or couples
  • Environmentally friendly — the property is 100 percent solar powered

What To Know

  • A three-night minimum is required
  • The Ocean Front Junior Suite does not have a kitchen, only a refrigerator
  • Staff can arrange dining, scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, bonefishing, windsurfing and paddle boarding for a fee
  • Book in advance for dinners at nine-table Hechizo restaurant (a must!)
  • About 45 minutes from the nearest town, Playa del Carmen; renting a car is highly recommended


  •  Eco friendly
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The Review

Getting away from it all means different things to different people. At Casa de las Olas (“house of the waves” in Spanish), it means enjoying the solitude of staying at the remote end of a white-sand beach, waking up in a canopy bed and deciding between lazing in a hammock overlooking the Caribbean Sea or exploring Tulum’s famed Mayan ruins only 15 minutes away.

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Each suite has a private entrance and most have kitchenettes, so the spaces suit families as well as romance-seeking couples and give guests the option dining in or alfresco. Staff can also recommend wonderful restaurants, including the renowned eatery, Hechizo, just down the road. The restaurant’s owner, Stefan, does away with menus and instead visits each of the nine tables to explain what’s on offer.

For low-impact activity, the Caribbean Sea is just steps from the suites and freshwater cenotes (underground pools perfect for snorkeling and scuba) are a short walk away. But for me, the best part of Casa de las Olas was doing nothing at all — well, nothing that required straying far from my beachside hammock or white-sand backyard.

How to Get There

Casa de las Olas
Tulum beach road
Tulum, 77780 Mexico


5.0 Excellent 396 Reviews
Reviewed 1 day ago

Paradise!!! I really don't even know where to start with my story and the time I stayed at Casa de las Olas, it was so magical!! The reason I use the word magical, is because the owner, Jimmy, has created a family atmosphere for all of his guest at his casa and from the minute you arrive you instantly feel part of the family. For me this is what makes his place so special and different than any other spot I have stayed at. During my 10 day stay, I met some amazing people, had great conversations and took in everything I could possible take in. Now, if you are a foodie ( which I am) the chef on site, Pamella is truly amazing!! She is a young local girl that KNOWS how to cook, all the meals were 5 star!! They were all my favorite but her fish tacos and shrimp tacos are among the best ever!! Also want to thank Bear who took me under his wing and provided some great tours around Tulum, along with Roger and Mara! Special thanks to Jimmy for creating such a magical spot and providing amazing memories!!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved EVERYTHING about Casa de Las Olas: the provate location, the most comfortable casita with all the amenities and just 10 steps from the white sand beach, the beautiful grounds, the tastiest food, the friendliest and most helpful staff - Mara, Bear, everyone and 3 amaizing dogs to pet all you want. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys (10 and 11 years old) who keep asking when we can go back. Thank you!!!

True Paradise
Reviewed 2 months ago

I felt like part of a family that adopted me . From the minute I stepped onto Olas it was a feel of you are part of something bigger then you think. I was shown around the property by Mara one of the nicest human beings I have ever met. I was then introduced to kitchen staff which welcomed me with open arms as well. I had the pleasure of meeting the 3 dogs which are just as warming to see you as well. Its a true paradise all around and I have already been telling friends and family there is no place like Casa de Las Olas . Mr. James and what he has put into his home that he shares with you is truly a blessing in so many ways. I am so humbled by my stay and expierence all around....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND !! The food is the best of the best ,personally said "oh my god" everytime I ate. The flavors are out of this world. Lots of love in every single detail. I appriciate everything and everyone involved in all.Until next time Olas!

A great place to vacation, relax and have fun
Reviewed 2 months ago

My family and I stayed at casa de las olas in August and it was so great. We were there a week with two kids and everyone had an amazing time. There view and rooms are absolutely amazing and there was plenty to do keep everyone occupied and having fun. The staff is so amazing and knowledgable about place and things to do in and around Tulum. I still dream of the room and relaxing at the end of a long day of fun and feeling the ocean breeze lull me to sleep and wake up surrounded by beauty and friendly faces. I can't recommend this place enough. Go, you won't regret it!!!

The best place in Tulum!
Reviewed 3 months ago

Staying in Casa de las Olas was an amazing experience! It became one of my favorite places as it was relaxing and yet enriching and unique. It felt like home. Early morning coffee and conversations with the hosts made it special. Breakfast was just delicious and it varied every day. The private beach and the sea were exceptional. We loved the eco-friendly approach of the Casa de las Olas’ architecture and its function. There were also bikes available for transit around Tulum and we did take advantage of them. The surrounding area has plenty of choice for places to eat and have a drink. Brilliant location and many things to do and see in Tulum, if you take recommendations of Jimmy and Mara. We would definitely come back one day! Thank you so much for the fantastic time and your warm hospitality!