What We Love
- Outdoor rain showers in all guest rooms
- Moorish cuisine at the onsite restaurant Moro
- Documentary screenings and live music in the jungle courtyard
- Reiki healing at the holistic spa
What To Know
- All 32 guest rooms are built on platforms to preserve the surrounding beach and jungle
- The retreat offers gratis bicycles, ideal for exploring the adjacent beach or Tulum proper
- Though your room doesn’t have a phone, the front desk can be reached 24/7 via WhatsApp
- Expect a traditional copal ceremony, involving a sprinkle of local tree resin, at check-in
- Free WiFi
Eco-chic Yucatan hotel with several stylish social hubs, all within easy reach of the area’s renowned archaeological ruins
The Yucatan is no stranger to bohemian retreats, but this laid-back beach beauty bordered by an acre of jungle stands out for its commitment to creating communities, which it achieves through a dynamic calendar of al fresco film screenings, ashtanga yoga classes, and live DJ sessions. Dazzling common spaces span the gamut from the clubhouse-like vibe at Moro (the hotel’s three-story Spanish restaurant helmed by Urugayan chef Federico Cappi, whose imaginative plates are luring the area’s epicures), an outdoor bar that churns out an impressive selection of freshly-pressed juices, and a glass-and-steel central pavilion studded with black-tasseled hammocks and sprawling communal tables. Rest assured this doesn’t mean they skimped on the guest rooms. The 32 luxe canvas tents—read: air-conditioned—are a boho-inspired mix of raffia lamps, animal hide stools, and kilim rugs with luxurious flourishes like private terraces, while five ocean-front suites offer the ultimate in Caribbean Sea views.
In the Area
Far from the area’s bachelorette parties and spring break squads, Habitas Tulum is located about 80 miles from Cancun. What you’ll experience here is the kind of seclusion that lets you hear the sound of lapping waves from your tent. Spend consecutive languid days unwinding on the property’s private beach, alternating between the sand and the seafront infinity pool. If you’re ready for an excursion, head to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking haven thanks to its picturesque lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs. Explore more far-flung pockets of the protected waters aboard a catamaran cruise, which the hotel can help you arrange.
How to Get There
I spent a week in this tented resort and I could not have chosen a better place to find some respite from a long year.
Located 15 minute bike rides (the hotel has its own bicycles that you can just grab at any time) from the Mayan ruins, downtown Tulum, as well as the Zona Hotelera where many of the oceanside restaurants and bars are, Habitas itself is ensconced in the seaside jungle with the constant ambience of birds and crickets serenading visitors into a state of ease.
The restaurant has some spectacularly delicious offerings which had me spend a lot of time in the actual resort. What helped was that staff was nothing but helpful, warm-hearted and genuinely interested in the visitors being content. Especially Moni, Rakel and Jessica who went above and beyond to make Habits feel like my jungle home.
I thoroughly recommend this place for people who are interested in a slightly more zen approach to holiday making.
My girlfriend and I went to Habitas for dinner at the restaurant Moro by recommendation and we are glad we did. The overall vibe of the establishment was amazing as you feel like to our exploring through the jungle and opens into an oasis on the beach. The food was atmosphere was amazing and the drinks were even better. The mixologist, Monica, was extremely gracious and made the best cocktails of our entire trip. They were so good, that we had to go back for more a 2nd night. I highly recommend Habitas/Moro and if you go, make sure to go by the bar and enjoy a drink from Monica!
Captain of bar tried to swindle us at a private event hosted for over 40 friends. Offered a a few of us a bogus up sell of a “2 hour open bar” and then came and went six different ways changing the terms in real time. When we finally agreed on something, they served us something off-shelf and different from what we had asked! Then denied it, lied about it, and then we asked them to pour another and compare. They panicked.
I asked for the manager, and he refused to come. He said was busy and that I wanted to speak to him to go find him inside the building. I did, and then found him to be arrogant, unreasonable, and just made the story even longer.
For a place that promises and warmth and sustainability, the moral compass of the captain and manager are light years away from anything potable, if not the opposite.
Funny enough, while I didn't stay at Habits this time, I had stayed there in the past, but never will again.