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
Amazing, welcoming vibe. It started with Will making me feel at home with the welcoming ritual, then the staff going the extra mile to take care of me. The staff, Ivan, Augustin, Richie, Ricardo, Remy, Carlos, to name a few (just go give you an idea) went above and beyond!!! I came a day earlier than my friends and Agustin as well as Ivan made sure I was completely care for and safe. They recommended excellent places for nightlife as well as delivering personalized customer service. This was a trip of a lifetime specifically because of my experience at Habitas. Food is phenomenal. Ask for Karen to make you a special iced coffee; she’s super sweet! My absolute favorites were the yoga classes: acrobatics (Kun was my teacher and made me feel like a pro), iyengar, and kundalini(heather is so uplifting and educational) are must-tries. Food is exceptional and the live music is everything. Even if you go alone, this place will make it a trip of a lifetime, as it was for me!!!
This hotel is gorgeous and the staff is equally amazing. The entire experience was exactly what we wanted and expected out of our time in Tulum and at Habitas. This is exactly a place to unwind and relax.
I had the extreme pleasure of staying at Habitas for nearly a week. Upon arrival, your immediately introduced to the tranquil setting and gracious hospitality that will continue to be the theme for your entire stay. I came down for a stay of decompressing and relaxation and the accommodations, but even more so the staff, helped me achieve those intentions. Better stated, the resort was exactly
as luxuriously advertised and the staff exceeded my expectations.
From the onset, the presence of staff was the correct mix of readily available but not intrusive. Everyone has an attitude of enjoying working there. Efforts to know your name were obvious and by the second day, I was literally being greeted as if I had been a regular visitor many times over (which, frankly, I’m likely to be).
The ambience and aesthetic of the resort captured the bohemian / eco sensitive nature of Tulum in general. The rain shower out back in the open air was awesome. The toilet is also outside so expect nature to be part of the experience. I had a bird quickly fly in (and out) when I left the door open. A hermit crab made her way thru at one point and I even saw a small snake while showering who was much more scared of me than I of him. Maybe for some it could be somewhat off putting but personally I enjoyed the “realness” of it.
The tent itself was more than ample space for one and seemingly for a couple as well. I was surprised that there wasn’t storage under the bed - for the sparse packer, the
two drawer dresser is fine. The air conditioning unit was great; in fact one night it was actually too cold. Beddings, sheets, towels etc were more than satisfactory. Bugs and insects were not an issue inside the tent though you’ll definitely have an occasional roommate but if you’re staying in a tent it’s naive to expect nature to keep its distance. Wifi worked great and the safe was as easy to use as it was accessible.
The food and beverage at Habitas was so much better than what I was expecting. Breakfast starts at 8, coffee service available before that. I was blown away with how good breakfast was there - the egg dishes and smoothies were standouts. I forget the names of all the dishes but Shaksuk (?) and Mutalano (?) croissant are absolutely must try eats. The smoothies, oh the smoothies! It’s tough going back to regular breakfast life after spending 5 mornings at Habitas. The dinner I enjoyed w some other guests - arranged by the Vibe Manager extraordinarie Augustin - was phenomenal. We shared the pork, flank steak and wood fired fish all of which put huge smiles on everyone faces. The desserts were great and they were more than able to accommodate a gluten sensitive guest with a delicious chocolate based option.
If you happen to be an early riser, the sunrises are absolutely breathtaking and you practically have the place to yourself. Watching the sunrise, meditating on one of the day beds and then enjoying breakfast - it was a formula for the perfect start each and every day.
The beach area is small and Habitas can’t escape the seaweed problem that plagued all of Tulum during my visit. The infinity pool is the best heat relief and provides many a picture perfect backdrop. Several hammocks are available for those who like their horizontally lounging in a suspended state. There’s even hammock swings avail bar side. The daily changing specialty mojitos/ cocktails are the perfect compliment to the swinging chairs. Daily mezcal tastings at sunset are an especially nice touch. While I was there, finding lounging space either on the infinity pool deck or on the ocean front was never a problem.
Finally, the overall vibe of the place is particularly noteworthy, by design. The aforementioned Augustin has an energy and positive disposition that is absolutely infectious. He knows when to say hello or leave you to yourself. He provided countless recommendations for places to visit and eat. He personally led an exposition to a lesser known cenotes as well as took guests out for some night life fun if so desired. He personally encouraged participation in one of the breathing sessions that turned out to be an awesome experience. I personally promoted him to Chief Vibe Officer of Tulum from his existing Vibe Manager title.
With regards to activities, Habitas offered many yoga classes or nature scapes or breathing sessions on a daily basis. They were never crowded and were a critical part of the wellness angle that Habitas does such a good job of addressing as a resort. The ruins were a very short bike ride away and bikes are provided by Habitas. Augustin took a small group out one day for a bike ride to a private cenote that was a can’t miss experience. The on-site spa was luxurious, Muriyela provided an exceptional massage.
The Habitas motto is “live inspired” and everything about the resort embodies that message. I miss it already and can’t wait to come back!
Mike from NYC
We spent an amazing week at Habitas early in May and would definitely go back. Right from the start, the staff were friendly, welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us, organising taxis, suggesting and arranging restaurant bookings, arranging a hire car, replacing toiletries, and fixing the zip on our tent within an hour of it having broken.
As for the hotel itself, the setting is beautiful – from the calming sea view to the countless palm trees. It’s testament to the hotel’s efforts to preserve the natural environment that trees grow through the outside bathrooms and the jungle wildlife walk around unbothered by people (we had nightly entertainment provided by sereques wandering around the paths and raccoons climbing across our tent roof!). To have built a hotel and not have displaced any of the wildlife is an astounding achievement and shows the care and attention going into this hotel.
We also made use of the daily wellness activities and particularly enjoyed Heather’s Kundalini classes and the Mayan clay ceremony on the beach (which worked wonders for our sunburn).
The only time we ever felt there was room for improvement was that there could have been a more efficient system for locking the tents – the overall hotel security was impeccable, but we had to leave the tent unlocked in order for housekeeping to gain access each day, which wasn’t ideal as that left our belongings potentially vulnerable. Also, as a couple, we found that staff almost exclusively greeted the man as ‘sir’ and didn’t acknowledge the woman, defaulting to directing questions to the man, which was a little frustrating. Having said that, the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating – they couldn’t do enough for us – this was just something we thought could be easily improved. Alexis was very friendly at breakfast, Jorge equally so at dinner – unfortunately, we didn’t catch any more names but they were all lovely and added to what was a wonderful experience!
We had a wonderful time at Habitas, full of magic and relaxation! Thanks to Augustine the fantastic guest experience concierge, we got to know the coolest spots and people - thank you in particular!
We look forward to our next stay, hopefully soon.