Papaya Playa Project
What We Love
- Close to downtown Tulum, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the seafront ruins
- Live DJ sets at the Beach Club and the monthly full-moon parties
- Locally-sourced Mayan and Mexican food at Papaya Restaurant
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Tulum
What To Know
- Free WiFi is available at the front desk and at the restaurant, though it’s spotty at best
- You’re practically in the jungle in a beachfront cabana, so expect to get friendly with the local flora and fauna
- This is an eco-resort, so electricity and water are scarce. Bring the provided flashlight for walking through the grounds at night
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Papaya Playa offers new turf for going native in Tulum. Two hours south of the sprawling mega resorts in Cancún, low-key Tulum is the antithesis of its all-inclusive-loving cousin; it has become a haven for eco-conscious travelers and behind-the-scenes fashionistas with a taste for fresh ceviche, a heart for permaculture and a body for Downward Facing Dog. Papaya Playa is about 30 steps to Tulum’s gleaming 3,000-foot-long white sand beach, and serves as a jumping-off point for Tulum’s best sights, either by bike or car.
Bed and Bath
Papaya Playa encompasses 13 acres of jungle warmed by the Caribbean sun and cooled by the ocean breeze. The resort’s 80 cabanas are sprawled along the property’s 800-meter beach, all on the sea. A natural rocky ledge raises the oceanfront cabanas from the sand, offering in dramatic views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The beachfront faces directly east allowing incredible views of sunrise each morning and gentle breezes of an evening. Like most of the region’s eco-resorts, Papaya Playa has no-frills accommodation with limited resources, but you won’t miss the modern comforts here, especially when natural breezes substitute for air conditioning, torchlight complements the pathway nightlights, and a local wildlife choir relieves even the faithful iPod from duty.
In the breezy, multipurpose Papaya Club de Playa Beach Club and Restaurant, guests and locals mingle over international fare paired with cold beers and resident DJs. Once every full moon, house DJs and improv artists settle in for an all-night party.
In the Area
Some of the best undeveloped beaches in the region stretch south from Papaya Playa for about 30 miles into the pristine Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Rent a kayak or boat to explore the most remote corners of the coastline. Or head to the area’s mystical cenotes (underground limestone caverns), today used as unique swimming holes. The cliffside Mayan ruins just north of Tulum are gorgeous, but it’s also worth a daytrip inland to other famous ruins, including Chichén Itzá and Cobá. And no trip to Tulum is complete without ceviche at sunset: Follow the sandy roads three miles in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve for fresh ceviche, ziklipak (roasted pumpkin seeds) and sundowners from the kitchen at CESiaK, where the views of the Caribbean to the east and the sunset over the lagoon in the west steal the show.
How to Get There
PPP was beyond expectations. The staff were all friendly and helpful when we needed information about the area, where to eat, etc. This resort defines Tulum- such a fun, relaxing vibe here. We loved the Jungle Breakfast, the fresh juices and cocktails. We stayed in a Jungle Casita with a rooftop pool and really enjoyed it. We loved laying on the beach and having cocktails served to us- heaven! If you're looking for a place to forget your worries at home, this is it! After reading reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but if you are even considering this place stay here! You will not want to leave.
Wry conflicted with this review as the Papaya Playa Project definitely had a rustic charm. But it’s not your typical SPG/Marriott hotel. Docking points because of cold showers, leaky roofs (during heavy rain), pool closure and extra charges on the bill. But they did try to compensate for some of that and the staff was generally very good. The experience just wasn’t worth the heavy price of the room.
We had the best week in PPP which was a perfect vacation spot in every way. The room was totally comfortable, the staff helpful and welcoming, and the beach beautiful and without sea grass! The easeful, casual vibe of this beautiful resort, so integrated into the natural beauty of Tulum allowed us to "chill out", enjoy ourselves and totally RELAX!!! Thank you so much to all the team.
l had the opportunity to stay here and l just have to say that l have a good time the food was rich the waiters very friendly Veronica very good giving service Miguel reception very kind and also gave us a recommendation of a wonderful cenote everything was a good experience i will back soon everything was a good experience thanks papaya proyec
Recently I spent several days at Papaya Playa. The experience was extraordinary. The beautiful sea, the lovely gardens and my room were unique. Especially remarkable the warm treatment of the Front Desk people. Javier's kindness, Miguel's disposition and Vero's smile were very important in the service that I received. Thank you so much