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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Design Hotel’s breezy collection of beachside thatch-roofed cabanas in the heart of rustic-chic Tulum

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Papaya Playa Project
Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Tulum, 77780 Mexico

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 622 Reviews
Beach club not so great :(
Reviewed 9 hours ago

We came ot appaya playa project because we went to another beach club, but it was closed. The price here was 30 dollars per person consumption. It looked fine and the beds on the beach also So we decided to stay here. However the service wasn't great... The waiters were very slow and often forgot what we asked.... The choice of food on the money is limited and it was very basic hwo they served it. Almost liek a cantine.
And at the end they tried ripping us of by putting things ont he bill which we didn't order and also without asking charged us a 10% tip...

So as you cna understand this wsn't great and we won't be back... The beds werent comfy either and the lack of service is a pity...

Wonderful Experience
Reviewed 1 day ago

This hotel went above and beyond during our 10 day stay the middle of May. We traveled with our 7 year old twins. Although there were not many children at the resort, the resort was extremely child friendly and we were welcomed each day by the entire staff. The food is exceptional. They do a great job of providing high end ammenties in comfortable rooms that are in harmony with the jungle. You will get a real jungle feel next to the sea with all the comforts of a high end hotel experience. I felt good supporting such a project that is considerate of the environment and in harmony with the land they have built on. And they support local artists and movements.

I must say that I have traveled Mexico over 5 times in the my life and this was one of the most magical places I have stayed. Relaxed and comfortable environment. Close to the town of Tulum and the ruins situated on a beautiful beach. Artistic and eclectic environment with a fantastic dining experience and a comfortable hotel room. Free yoga everyday. Wonderful juice bar. And an amazing Full Moon Party.

I will be back to Tulum and I will stay here again. We left feeling like we found a family in Tulum.

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Went for 5 days to Tulum and stayed in this amazing Hotel. Breakfast is out of this world, especially the chilaquiles & smoothies. Rafael who is in charge of the guest experience was so helpful and amazing that he made our stay 10x better. Definitely coming back again. Couldn't have asked for a better vacaction.

Vacation
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had the most amazing experience at PPP. The staff were so incredibly sweet, warm, and endlessly helpful. I felt like I was at home...if home were a beautiful tropical jungle situated on a beach in paradise. Miguel was super awesome in making sure my guest experience was up to par. Hope you can all experience this magical little place and be reminded that the world is beautiful and humanity can be good.

Tulum Trip
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hugo, Barush, Alan, and Leo were are bartenders for the whole trip. I cannot even say how many different drinks they made me, all the food they recommended, and the good places they pointed me to. This hotel was my best experience in Tulum, honestly in all of Mexico. The rooms were amazing, the fish, shrimp, lobster, amazing. My experience was world class, both with the hotel staff, and especially with these four gentlemen