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Casa de las Olas
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, mosquito nets, private balconies, and canopy beds 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 suites—ensures they are never overwhelmed by guests' requests or needs. Plus, each room has views of the Caribbean Sea, and the hotel’s private beach is never more than a few steps away.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Casa de las Olas
This seven-suite B&B, which sits between the sea and the jungle, has an impressively light footprint: It’s powered entirely by solar panels, and water is sourced from underground streams. Don’t miss the Eat Retreats, which combine cooking classes led by top local chefs (including Eric Werner of Tulum’s acclaimed Hartwood) with eating excursions in the Yucatán Peninsula.
By Lindsey Tramuta, AFAR Contributor
Casa De Las Olas
You’ll feel like you’ve reached the end of the line when you arrive in Tulum. And the boutique shops, yoga retreats or pizza stands might give it away, but you’re not really there yet! To find the real deal with an amazing local scene and hundreds of hidden, insider gems still to be explored and discovered, keeping going until you reach Casa De Las Olas. So get back in the car and keep driving – through town, to the beach and as far south as you can go before you enter Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once you reach the gates stop – turn around and the first driveway on the beach welcomes you to Casa De Las Olas. You likely be greeted by Sam and her dachshund, and within 15 minutes of settling in you well have the inside scoop on the secrets of Tulum, a delicious drink in hand and be 100% in vacation mode. If you’ve ever needed a day or two to settle into vacation mode/mindset – you’ll be amazed to find yourself immediately transformed at Casa De Las Olas to pure relaxation, bliss and beach living. This place is the real deal – small, intimate, family vibe with just the right touch of lux to make you feel pampered by not so over the top to feel precious. Hard not to feel you were invited to a good friends house that happened to be on a piece of paradise in Tulum.
By Bryan Kinkade, AFAR Staff
Casa de las Olas Accomodations
Casa de las Olas is a curated accommodation experience. A private and secluded bed and breakfast on Tulum’s most pristine stretch of beach, the villa is comprised of five thoughtfully decorated oceanfront suites. Each suite features canopy beds outfitted with Guatemalan fabrics, and many are home to private, hammock-adorned terraces and galley style kitchenettes. The Ocean Front Junior Suite is perfect for solo travelers, whereas the Oceanfront Master Suite, with a fully equipped kitchen, is ideal for families and honeymooners looking for added luxury. No matter the suite, the property blends in effortlessly with the local environment, making it the perfect destination to unplug and relax beneath the swaying palms and soothing waves.
Casa de las Olas Cuisine by Chef LuLu
Staying at Casa de las Olas feels like arriving home to family. Adding to this comforting feel is the home style cooking by their lovely resident chef Lulu. Each morning Lulu prepares an authentic, complimentary Mexican cuisine made entirely from scratch and guests sit around the communal-style breakfast table to swap stories and share adventure plans for the day. Casa de las Olas prides itself on the special care and personal attention to guests, and their efforts create an engaging atmosphere ensuring guests feel right at home. Likeminded travelers will enjoy dishes like huevos rancheros and breakfast sopes alongside Lulu’s famous homemade granola and yogurt and fresh squeezed juice.
Casa de las Olas Eat Retreat
Guests looking to fully immerse themselves in the food and culture of Tulum can take part in one of Casa de las Olas’ popular Eat Retreats. These week-long affairs include private cooking classes with Tulum’s top chefs at Hartwood and Cetli, visits to local food markets, one-of-a-kind adventures throughout the region and private candle-lit dinners with mezcal tastings and wine pairings. Exclusive to guests’ staying at Casa de las Olas, each retreat is limited to a maximum of 12 participants ensuring an intimate experience.
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico