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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

Reviews

Oasis of calm and sustainability in Tulum
TrailBlazer91507

We loved everything about our stay at Casa de las Olas (or "at Jimmy's", as my children decided to rename it, so dazzled were they by the charismatic owner!). The property is beautiful and incredibly far up Tulum beach, so you have the beach front virtually to yourself. The eco-credentials at Olas are impeccable, and you can learn a lot about sustainable living by talking to Jimmy about the choices he's made. All the recommendations we received from Jimmy and his manager Mara were fantastic, from cenotes to visit to restaurants to try. We loved the communal breakfasts and friendly atmosphere. One night we crept from our beds to see a turtle laying her eggs on the beach just a few steps from our room, and watched baby turtle hatchlings swim into the sea. A really special place to stay, which we will never forget.

Truly feels like a casa
Joel M

Incredible experience. Very personal, the staff was amazing and it was the farthest hotel from all of the noise. Family style seating, all the amenities you need and nothing you don’t. We had the perfect night rest with the perfect day to match.

A lovely layback gem
patrickgunston

Re only got to stay at Casa de las Olas for 3 nights, which was way too short We had a lovely stay and found our beachfront unit to be calm and relaxed. Jimmy, Mara and Lisa were all amazing and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. My wife has very strict dietary requirements but that was no hassle for Lisa who adapted recipes to make sure we got what was needed. The food was amazing and fresh and healthy!! Tulum is a busy little place but Olas is a calm gem in amongst the activity!