Be Tulum describes itself as a resort, but with 20 rooms and a no-child-under-12 policy, the property feels considerably more intimate than its name and marketing might suggest. The hotel enjoys beachfront status, with powdered-sugar sand inviting guests to do little more than lounge around all day. For those wanting a bit more activity, bikes can be borrowed from the front desk and used to cycle out to the Maya site of Tulum. The spacious rooms—all suites and all at least 700 square feet in size—have either a Jacuzzi or their own pool, as well as polished wood floors and rough, white stone walls.
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Tulum is a laid-back beach area that has all the tropical appeal of Cancún without any of the commercialism. Visitors love exploring the eye-poppingly beautiful Maya site of Tulum, with its amazing location overlooking the sea, as well as Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many guests, though, choose not to leave the grounds of Be Tulum, which, with a restaurant, spa, and pool, provides plenty of diversion for a vacation.
Need to Know
Rooms: 20 suites, divided into three categories: 13 Jungle, 5 Beach (“Arena”), and 2 Ocean; from $384. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: On-site restaurant Maresias serves international fare, with an emphasis on Caribbean dishes fused with Mexican spices and condiments. Spa and gym details: There is no gym at Be Tulum, but guests enjoy Yaan Wellness Energy Spa, which offers some unique treatments, such as the Thai Temple Massage, in which muscle kneading is paired with the use of crystals and the accompaniment of live harp music.
Who it's for: High-class beach bums. Our favorite rooms: The two-floor Ocean Suitefeatures a sundeck, and room 19 is closest to the sea. Adults only: Children under 12 are not permitted at Be Tulum.