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
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
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.
We wanted to recommend Ahau hotel. First, the hotel is amazing - it has the best view, location, stuff and service.
Second, the stuff was super kind and care.
All the communication was really easy and comfortable and was via WhatsApp (even the request for coffee and cookies in the morning- that is part of the hotel services)
For the last we wanted to mention our best experience from our staying - the most patience and kind employee-Javier, that thanks to him our trip to Tulum was unforgettable. He Helped us to built our daily route, from attractions, to go with us to the exchange station to make sure that everything will be OK.
Beautiful room right on the beach, with a nice balcony.
Feels very private.
The restaurant had great food and vibe.
Staff was super professional an kind.
Beach was not crowded
The restaurant prices are on the high side but that is to be expected of all the restaurants on Tulum beach
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.