What We Love
- The rooftop spa
- Geodesic lamps in all guest rooms
- The hotel’s café/restaurant, The Real Coconut, is a vegan’s dream
- A glass-walled yoga studio, with ocean views
What To Know
- All the organic bath products, including the mosquito spray, are made in-house
- The hotel’s pool area is exclusive for guests staying on its jungle side
- The property offers sobada massages with a local Mayan healer
- Staff can arrange for windsurfing, diving, and snorkeling at the nearby beach
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Detoxing takes center stage at this healing Yucatan hideaway, with über-clean eats and thrice-daily yoga sessions
The living is blissfully easy—and healthy—at this beachfront Tulum hangout. Local décor like tzalam wood, dream catchers, and white Mayan stone brighten the eco-chic rooms, while 17 Tamarind Suites are jazzed up with outdoor claw-foot bathtubs and private gardens (the three-suite Beach Villa is ideal for families). The in-house wellness center is a comprehensive holistic haunt, offering everything from crystal healing to bio-magnetic treatments. Instructor Alessandra Montana, an Italian fashion designer turned warrior woman, steers your daily dose of vinyasa alongside sweeping water views—the Caribbean is practically in your backyard here. Equally restorative is the menu at The Real Coconut, whose wholesome, health conscious menu features inventive creations like hemp plantain falafels and a guilt-free nacho bowl topped with coconut flour chips instead of the usual corn. If you’d rather grab-and-go, a team of juiceologists customizes smoothies. Need pointers? Upon check-in, an on-site nutritionist can draw up your very dining program.
In the Area
Prepare to do a whole lot of nothing here: the property’s luscious private beach means you’ll spend consecutive hours lounging, with the occasional paddle-boarding break thrown in. If you’re craving a little structure, opt for one of the three daily yoga classes (offered at 8:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 5 p.m.) in a rotating door of Iyengar, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, pop into the studio during the early morning hours (the reception can slip you a key) and meditate against a glorious, beachy sunrise. Sanara is an hour’s drive from Cancun International Airport and a short bicycle ride from the area’s storied Mayan ruins.
How to Get There
For all of the advertising on the website about yoga, I gullibly thought yoga should be included or discounted for staying at this facility. Yoga is everywhere in Tulum. Many of the classes (*at other hotels*) request a "conscious donation" as payment. Sanara charges $20 per person, per class - regardless whether you're staying there or elsewhere. So, plan accordingly! Also, the yoga mats provided are pretty thin. Some may find the wooden floor (though absolutely gorgeous and with an amazing ocean view!) to be uncomfortable on tender knees, spines, or elbows.
Generally speaking, no extras are provided for staying at the Sanara. No discounts on food at the restaurant, no free breakfast, no drink service on the beach (you have to bus your own table, and walk up to the bar and order a drink, etc.)
Road noise is extremely loud (everything from dump trucks, motorcycles, large passenger vans, and cars.) Most areas have no sidewalks and traffic is simply dangerous.
Bike rentals at the Sanara run $15 USD per each 24 hours. Bikes can be rented outside of the Sanara, right on the same road for 150 pesos per day!
The sargassum seaweed was very thick all along the beach and its decay smelled simply awful. Apparently this is cyclical, so hopefully others will have a better experience.
If you are able to get a deal at this hotel, I say go for it. Just be prepared to pay for everything and you'll be charged service fees as you close out your bill. Caveat emptor, amigos!
I stayed in Sanara with my boyfriend for 6 nights and it was one of the most pleasant trips I’ve ever had. The staff at both the hotel and The Real Coconut (on-site restaurant) were 5-star. Everyone was so pleasant and accommodating, greeting you with a smile no matter what time of day and no matter what the request! I’ll take the time here to especially mention Aurelio who was our server at The Real Coconut - he was super friendly, made us feel incredibly special and waited on us hand and foot. What a great guy! Also, if you’re looking for ultra-healthy food, you have to go to The Real Coconut. We had amazing breakfasts and lunches there as the menu is gluten-free and dairy-free, so we felt right at home food-wise! On one of our last days there, we met one of the owners who chatted with us for over an hour. You could tell there was a lot of heart and soul put into both the hotel and the restaurant! We’ll definitely be back! :)
The best parts of the hotel are all things you can enjoy without actually staying here. We stayed on the beach side, and it was expensive for not having a view of the ocean at all. The hotel we stayed in the night before was the same price, similar reputation, and had a stunning ocean view with a balcony. Initially we thought the private backyard made up for it. Everything was great until I very clearly made eye contact with someone hanging out on the balcony of the yoga studio [which is open for anyone to use] while in the bathshower. This is unique to the room we stayed in, but given how few rooms are on the beach it’s worth mentioning. Nothing ruins a vacation like someone seeing you naked in your “private” backyard shower. I guess it’s a good thing I shelled out over $300 on a de-bloating treatment at the spa so at least I wasn’t too self conscious and was nimble enough to drop to the ground really quickly. [the spa staff is amazing!!]. But it still ruined any relaxing vacation vibes that one would hope from this kind of hotel stay. Apparently no one else has ever had this issue, but a staff member checked out the situation and agreed it was not totally private. It seems pretty obvious to me that putting a public balcony right next to one of your rooms with a “private” backyard isn’t a great idea. If someone was using the space at night they probably wouldn’t have seen the person watching them which is even creepier. Nothing was offered to ameliorate the situation. Which isn’t surprising because this was also the only hotel where we didn’t even receive complimentary welcome cocktails.
Additionally, for our entire stay [in comparison to the other two hotels we stayed at] we felt like we were spending money all the time [bikes, yoga, etc. for a $700 dollar room a pass to at least one yoga class should be included]. The suggested tip of $160 on our bill after we had already tipped the staff we wanted to was an awkward way to end a trip. This was the only hotel we stayed in that presented this to us and honestly it was the hotel that made the least effort to go above and beyond.
But the beach is beautiful, the staff was kind, and we loved the breakfast [but again it was the only hotel that didn’t include breakfast]. The location is also much better than the other side of the beach as you’re very close to the best restaurants and the hotel made two amazing reservations for us. The lifeguard on the beach was also helped us with kayaks and paddle boards [which are free]. The restaurant service on the beach was also great. Without the shower incident this would be a 4/5. But given the price, lack of view, and lack of privacy I would probably stay in this part of Tulum and walk here for breakfast and yoga.