As is the case with many hotels in the Tulum section of Riviera Maya, Casa de las Olas shies away from the “luxe” label, preferring to promote itself as a simple, eco-friendly retreat where intimate spaces and five-star service are more important than linen thread counts and extra amenities. Bright white walls, bedspreads, and mosquito nets, tile floors, and rattan furniture are what guests can expect in their rooms. This doesn't mean that Casa de las Olas is skimpy in any way. The staff are known for their thoughtful attention to guests, and the small size of the hotel—just five rooms—ensures they are never overwhelmed by guests' requests or needs.
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Casa de las Olas sits near the Riviera Maya's Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, which is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Between this attraction, which is open to the public, and the Maya site of Tulum (also open to the public), there's plenty to keep guests engaged. Of course, the hotel itself sits on a beach and there's no better way to while away an afternoon than relaxing on a hammock, lounge chair, or beach towel. The area is bike-friendly, and Casa de las Olas keeps several bikes that can be happily loaned to guests.
Need to Know
Rooms: 5 rooms; from $195. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Casa de las Olas does not have an on-site restaurant, but breakfast and beach snacks are served daily. Restaurants and bars can be reached quickly and easily by bike. Spa and gym details: The hotel has no spa, gym, or pool, but it sits right on the beach and staff can arrange surfing lessons or related outdoor activities. A few bikes are available for guests' use as well.
Who it's for: Travelers who want to disconnect from technology to immerse themselves in a quiet oceanfront setting. Our favorite rooms: The Oceanfront Master Suite has a balcony that is larger than many hotels' guest rooms (complete with hammock, of course), as well as two king beds, a full-size kitchen, and living and dining room spaces that can accommodate up to six guests. Off the grid: The hotel uses its ocean breezes as a natural form of air-conditioning and bug repellant.
All-suite property; rooms include kitchen or kitchenette;
Biodegradable bath amenities
Spa treatments available upon request
Daily breakfast served around communal table and beach snacks prepared on-property by Chef Lulu
Annual Eat Retreat in collaboration with area restaurants
Oceanfront Master Suite
The Oceanfront Master Suite features breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, and a 300-square-foot private balcony with hammock. This suite also features 2 king-sized canopy beds that can be separated by drapes in an open floor plan setting, a large sunken living room with a dining room table that comfortably seats 6 and a full sized kitchen.
Oceanfront Junior Suite
The Oceanfront Junior Suite features a queen-sized Balinese canopy bed and an original Mexican hand tiled private bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers or couples on-the-go, it includes a handmade loveseat crafted from reclaimed wood, and incredible views of the Caribbean Sea through wraparound windows.
Oceanfront Balcony Suites
Oceanfront Balcony Suites feature a king-sized bed, private balcony with hammock and is elegantly furnished with local, reclaimed wood. Each suite also features a fully equipped eat-in kitchenette and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
The Oceanfront Suite features kind-sized bed, a fully equipped eat-in kitchenette, and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. The suite is decorated in subtle shades of beige and handmade Guatemalan fabrics, and elegantly furnished with local, reclaimed wood.