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5.0
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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

Amenities

  •  Eco-Friendly
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Overview

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