Sophisticated and Luxurious places to stay in Tulum that's Instagrammable but without the crowd
I’m back in Tulum, Mexico, after my last visit five years ago. This time, I’ve decided to stay here indefinitely, and my curiosity to know this city amplified. As weeks went by, I became acquainted with business owners and like-minded entrepreneurs. I discovered hidden gems that I cannot possibly keep to myself. These unique places need to be shared and experienced by all who seek to be inspired.
Over the last five years, development has sprung exponentially in Tulum as it becomes synonymous with the ultimate beach vacation. Situated on the state of Quinta Roo’s Costa Maya, it boasts white sand beaches, surrounded by lush jungle, and an assortment of restaurants that would satisfy the most discerning foodies.
Its natural surroundings undeniably heavily influence the accommodation scene. Bohemian-chic and eco-friendly are foundational design aesthetics to draw from. There is no shortage of Instagrammable spots such as Azulik and Nomade on the beach that says wanderlust getaway.
But because of Instagram, many of these spectacular spots are overly exposed.
You end up having a swarm of tourists lining up in front of hotels to take photos of Burning-Man-like installations.
What if you can experience dream-like accommodation surrounded by Tulum’s natural beauty that is just as Instagrammable, but without the crowd?
A side of Tulum to stay that is yet to be discovered by the masses?
We will uncover hidden gems in Aldea Zama, La Veleta, and the Beach Strip. Accommodations that will surely inspire you to visit.
Tulum is a paradise vacation spot to many, but it is also an ideal place to call home for others. Aldea Zama Premium is a residential gated community that locals and visitors alike reside. The community is developed upon a guideline that helped developers to maintain the precious qualities of the jungle.
Casa Areca, situated in Aldea Zama Premium, would be a dream project for anyone. The owners who fell in love with Tulum wanted to create an oasis, not only for themselves to call home but also for travelers. They set out to find the best team to collaborate with, mesmerized by the enchanting Caribbean seas and the mystical Mayan jungle.
It was without a doubt that Co-Lab was the ideal team for the project. Co-lab is an architectural studio that’s worked on many exceptional projects in Tulum. They’re renowned for incorporating Yucatan’s natural beauty, where guests can experience a closer connection to the natural world through their design.
Encompassing modern luxury comforts and the magnetic energy from the surrounding jungle.
The result is the sophisticated serenity of a four-bedroom home. A stunning feature is the floor-to-ceiling glass panel doors bordering the ground-level floor— each panel pivoting to expand the living area into the outdoor space. If you want to feel as though you are in the comforts of your own sophisticated home and experience nature’s elegance at the same time — here is where you want to stay.
Beach Strip (Jungle-Side)
From the moment you step inside the Treehouse property, it’s hard to believe that just a second ago, you were on the trendy beach strip. You are transported to what feels like a secret location exclusively for artists, musicians, and designers. Yet this is a three-bedroom building that welcomes all travelers and locals alike who wish to stay.
A diverse group of local artisans, builders, craftspeople, and international designers united to form the Treehouse concept.
The thoughtful architectural design comes again from Co-Lab studios. Throughout the premise, local, organic, sustainable materials are used wherever possible. Elements such as old linens, rough textiles, weathered wood, and vintage-contemporary pieces add contextual contrast throughout the building. Besides having stylish rooms for you to stay in, Treehouse provides a collaborative space for artists to experiment and showcase their craft. Whether it is the art of cooking, cinema, or music, Treehouse holds an inviting space for them to express and for you to immerse yourself.
Jungle Keva's vision to provide a nurturing and inspiring sanctuary that would facilitate guests to connect back with themselves has now fully come to fruition. The lushes jungle seems to weave through the property effortlessly. From determining how to maximize energy and trade wind airflow to designing the infinity pool not to uproot ancient trees, their intentional effort and attention to detail are used to create this magical space.
The lushes jungle seems to weave through the property effortlessly.
From determining how to maximize energy and trade wind airflow to designing the infinity pool not to uproot ancient trees, their intentional effort and attention to detail are used to create this magical space.
Be sure to try their house chai latte, and soak in the poolside view from the intimate dining space. Steps from the pool is an elegant yoga studio, beautifully lit with natural light. Daily yoga classes and retreats are held in this tranquil setting. The five luxury lodges feature a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass, giving the room an expansive sense of connecting the interior space with nature outside.