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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

5.0 Excellent 413 Reviews
Relaxing Tulum getaway, just what we wanted
Reviewed 2 days ago

Casa de las Olas was a wonderful retreat, both from our regular lives and from the (happy) craziness that seems to exist further up the beach. Our room was peaceful, beautiful and comfortable. We fell asleep to the sound of the ocean each night. The design of the place is both comfortable and minimalist, no over the top frills but everything you need. Our host Jimmy is truly focused on sustainability which we valued, as well as caring a lot about his guests experience. No hum of a generator ever present, smart design instead of air conditioning, cenote water showers (cenote water is full of minerals and slightly salty, do not expect perfect hair days!) etc. The beach is steps away, the grounds are small and beautiful, and every day we started in the palm grove for breakfast and coffee, and then moved to the beach. The food was good although their chef was away during our visit and we heard from repeat guests that the food is excellent when she's there. We did yoga with two different awesome instructors on the roof top yoga studio which was really lovely. All the bustle of Tulum Beach is a walk away. Jimmy, Mara and the rest of the team were wonderful and we felt like more like we were staying in a friend's guesthouse than in a hotel. Their food and activity recommendations were great and we enjoyed eating breakfast every day at the communal table and chatting with Jimmy and other guests. There are a lot of new, fancy hotels cultivating a naturalista, "organic vibe" while simultaneously guzzling resources popping up in Tulum and there are lots of folks who want to be in the middle of crazy party scene.... if you want to experience "old Tulum", wander down into the heart of Tulum beach but return to a quiet retreat, relax in a wonderful setting, soak up the reasons people went to Tulum in the first place, Casa de las Olas is the place. We'll definitely be back!

Wonderful place
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went with my wife in this lovely place, it was amazing and perfect atmosphere, natural beauty of the Riviera Maya, amazing location, If you are looking for a relax vacation then this is the place for you, privacy for the guest, very good breakfast,really nice beach that you can do long walks from both sides, have a nice sits front of the beach with long and nice palms, Thanks a lot to Jimmy and Abby for to be a great host and all the staff, we come back for sure. Thanks again for make our vacation amazing and unforgettable.

Stunning Beachfront Location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Casa de las Olas sits on the most beautiful beach we have every seen - you can walk for miles in both directions, both very different from each other. It is the last property before the Sian Biosphere - so going south is virtually undeveloped. Going north you will hit hotels and a few beach bars - so the best of both worlds. there are a number of nice lounging areas on the beach, complete with a hammock. The grounds are equally lush and beautiful - palm trees and lush foliage everywhere. Our room was as pictured - we had the small ocean front room that has a beautiful view of the beach. Because it is off the grid it has no air conditioning but that was not an issue - the ocean breezes kept us cool at night. Breakfast is included and was very good - it includes fresh juice, a fruit plate and then a dish of the day - ranging from avocado toast to scrambled eggs, potatoes and smoked pork - all breakfasts can be converted to vegetarian. One day lunch was offered - it was spectacular. My wife had a wonderful (and huge) vegan ceviche and I had the best prawn tacos I ever have had (lunch is only offered when the cook is on premises - which was only 1 of our 4 days). A prior review mentioned that this is not a "drinks on the beach" type of place, which is accurate. However, there is a great beach bar 1 to 2 kms north on the beach - Il Euphemia- that has great drinks (try the mexcal passionfruit margarita)- so it was not an issue for us. It is a nice walk up the beach road past a number of restaurants (it is about 3 kms to Mur Mur and Arca) We very much enjoyed our stay here, on the very south end of Tulum beach road.

Lovely winter break
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want 24 hour service being sold overpriced drinks lying on emperor sized beds this isn't for you. If you want the most chilled, friendly spot on the beach then head here but keep it quiet. Amazing location. Perfect, classy set up. Great, helpful people. Amazing breakfast and gorgeous lunch if you want it. Didn't meet Jimmy but his ethos is obviously strong and the atmosphere is perfect if you want to be peaceful but meet a few nice people also looking for an escape. Loved it.

pure pleasure
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i have been going to casa de las olas for a few years now and i always feel as though i enter a world of complete relaxation when i arrive i truly believe that my experience there is one of the most relaxing experiences i have had while traveling for pleasure