by Courtney Elko
Guests become part of the Ahau Tulum family upon check-in. The kids can safely run throughout the sandy property and the staff will inevitably look after them without being asked. Many of the guests are repeat guests and the staff loves watching your family grow. It is common for honeymooners to visit and then return with children in the years following!
The boutique hotel is situated on the beach and is less than 20 minutes from the Tulum Ruins. Sand covers the hotel and the wide, white-sandy beach and Caribbean Sea are only steps away from all of the guestrooms. The views are spectacular from basically anywhere on the property, including the onsite restaurant. All of the wooden furniture, floors and palapas were handmade specifically for this hotel in their woodworking shop.
Ahau Tulum is ideal for families seeking a small beachfront hotel that feels like you’ve been invited to stay with extended family in an authentic Mexican cabana in the sand.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- No televisions
- Beach beds and hammocks
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 24 suites dotted throughout the beach property. Rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request. There is an extra charge for an extra person in the room; however, children 12 and under stay free. A mini-fridge or anything else guests may need can easily be provided. There are no televisions in the guestrooms, but there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Since this is an eco-friendly hotel, air conditioning is provided to each suite from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. to save energy, but more time can be requested if needed, and a canister of purified water is refreshed daily in the room rather than bottled water. A small bucket of water is located at the entrance to each suite, as well, so sandy feet don't track sand into the room.
The Junior Suites feature one king or two queen beds under a mosquito net, a large daybed/couch and a standup shower in the bathroom. The terrace overlooks the beach or the garden and features two chairs and a hammock. A Bluetooth speaker is featured in the room for guests looking to connect their music. The upper-level rooms feature a vaulted palapa ceiling, while the lower level walks out onto the sand. These suites can accommodate four adults.
The Master Suites can accommodate two adults and three small children or four adults. There is a king bed under a mosquito net, a large daybed/couch and a standup shower in the bathroom. The terrace overlooks the beach or the garden and features two chairs and a hammock. A Bluetooth speaker is featured in the room for guests looking to connect their music. The upper-level rooms feature a vaulted palapa ceiling, while the lower level walks out onto the sand.
This beach cabana can accommodate three people. It features a king bed under a mosquito net and a corner couch in a separate living room area. There is a standup shower in the bathroom and a Bluetooth speaker. The cabana is also directly on the beach with an excellent view of the sea. There are chairs and a palapa for shade on the terrace, along with a hammock in the sand.
by Dirk v
I just recently stayed at Ahau ! it was an amazing experience, everything about it made me want to return, the rooms, the settings, the quality of the food and service but most importantly the staff, couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, from the front desk to the restaurant/beach staff and everyone else involved. This is the true Tulum experience you have always heard and read about, Brava ! big shout out to Arturo the GM, The entire front desk staff, Fernanda, Javier et al and the entire wait & restaurant staff, Greko, Martin, David, Chris, Rafa, Valerio and the rest of the team, i know im missing some names but all of you collectively are the best !
Pros: The sand is beautiful, and the paths around the hotel are sand, with foot baths at the entrance to each room. There is complimentary coffee/tea/juice + a small bite to eat each morning - you just WhatsApp when you’re ready. Ecofriendly, which is great but means you can’t flush toilet paper - it goes in a bin (not fun when you forget and have to fish it out). Filtered water in rooms. Mattress and pillow are comfy, but bed moves a lot so we woke each other up frequently. Free parking, and bicycles for hire for about MXN200 per day (I thought for around MXN7000 a night they could throw in use of the bicycles). Room safes are large enough for a laptop or two. There is complimentary wifi, though it does drop in and out.
Cons: Be aware that seaweed has taken over the beach and sea up and down Tulum, which means the beach is closed, and you wouldn’t want to go in anyway. I don’t think this is a short term issue, either. You can lie on the beach lounges, but it’s not pretty to look at. And there is no pool. It is very hot and humid, but being eco friendly the A/C is only turned on between 7pm and 9am, and the humidity seeps in pretty quickly through numerous gaps in the louvred windows once it is turned off. There is no bar fridge to keep personal drinks in. Our ocean view room backed on to the Raw Love Cafe, which meant we heard the blender all day. We frequently heard thumping music from a neighbouring property late into the night, and this was apparently the low season. The property is rustic (read aging and not well finished).
Pro or Con (depending upon your opinion): There are cats and dogs who seem to live at the property. They are very sweet natured and well behaved, and I quite liked patting them, but they do seem to be tamed street animals.
All in all, I felt it was overpriced - plus the obligatory tipping of all staff you come into contact with; security/parking attendant, housekeeping, etc. Tips are automatically added to any order from the restaurant/room service. When you come from a country where beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen, if you’re looking for a beachside holiday, you could get more bang for your buck closer to home (Fiji or Bali). We chose Ahau because it wasn’t ridiculously priced as most accommodation seemed to be, but it was still pretty expensive for what it is, as is everything in Tulum.
The wide, white-sand beach area is dotted with beach beds, hammocks and lounge chairs and umbrellas. The beach is open to the public, but beach beds are always reserved for guests, so there is no need to race to the beach early and stake your claim on a bed. Boogie boards and other beach toys are available at the hotel for guests to use, and kitesurfing, paddleboarding and kayaking are available to rent for an additional cost. Lifeguards are on duty. Beach towels are provided.
Arts and Crafts
Informal activities like painting, woodworking and other arts and crafts sometimes take place for the kids throughout the week. There is no formal kids' program at the hotel, but it is a possibility in the future.
Everyone bikes around Tulum. So, rent your own bicycle from the hotel and pedal around town to explore.
A local band is featured on the beach during the weekends and other live bands and musical performers are featured a few nights a week during the high season.
The onsite, open-air restaurant features excellent sea views during breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu features items like French toast, breakfast burrito or fruit. Salads, seafood, empanadas and burgers are available all day. There is no designated kids' menu, but children's requests can easily be accommodated.
Beachside service is provided from the Grille from noon to 6 p.m., where fresh fish that is caught each day is listed on the changing menu.
Raw Love Cafe
This secluded garden cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and features all local, organic, non-toxic items. Everything is gluten- and dairy-free. Menu items include smoothies, acai bowls and salads. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
June through November is sea turtle season in Tulum, when the turtles will nest on the beach. Guests are instructed to keep their distance from the turtles and the nests since they are highly protected animals. But when it is time for the eggs to hatch, guests will absolutely be notified to come watch the show on the beach.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
Free parking is available and there is security 24/7.
Green Key Certified
The hotel is Green Key certified, meaning it actively is reducing its carbon footprint. This means water and energy are conserved, waste is limited and composted, plastic and straws are limited and food is organic.
Dogs are welcome to stay at this hotel and they are sure to love the relaxing beach vibes!
Babysitting services can be arranged through the hotel concierge for an additional cost.
The Art of Smart Timing
This hotel is at its busiest from November through May.
Cancun International Airport is located about an hour and 45 minutes away from the hotel. The hotel can provide an airport shuttle for an additional cost.
Traffic around Tulum's hotel zone can be congested, so biking or walking is the fastest way to get around. Sand covers most of the hotel property; skip the stroller!
For Mom and Dad
Stay zen on your beach vacation and enjoy a quiet morning of beach yoga to start each day.