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
Rooms & Rates
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.
Be prepared to have your spirit reinvigorated! The minute we took the left turn into Ahau, my wife and I knew there was something special about this place. The energy here captivates you. Tulum is such a unique place and the Ahau Hotel with its exceptional staff made it the most memorable trip ever. Waking up in our bed to the crashing waves of the ocean provided this instant and soothing calmness that stayed with us throughout our stay. A special thank you to Fernanda & Javier for your constant attention. EVERY single interaction with any staff was a delight! The food was exquisite, a mouth-watering selection of food & drink. Thank you, Martin (our server) for your superb service! The onsite Temezcal (sweat lodge) was a spiritual experience. Be prepared for a sublime adventure in this slice of heaven that is Ahau.
A good place to stay while visiting the beachside in Tulum. It’s very well located for the beach, best bars and restaurants. The staff are very friendly and the security makes you feel very safe (important as I was a solo traveller). The rooms are reasonably priced. Make sure to use the mosquito nets around the bed or you could get eaten alive. The shower was amazing. The biggest downside of the room was, it’s not well soundproofed - can get very noisy, the lighting in the room is not good and in the room I had (the smallest option), there is nowhere to unpack your clothes. The onsite yoga is amazing (I did with Eli)- it’s a shame it’s only offered once a day, an evening class would be cool. As a footnote, I have to mention that I got very sick 24 hours into my trip and was knocked back for 72 hours. At that point I had eaten dinner + drinks (ahau main restaurant) and lunch (raw love) on-site and drank the water the hotel provides. The only things consumed off-site up to that point were an ice-cream in the shop across the road and a margarita a couple of bars down the road. I can’t categorically say what made me sick but the facts would leave a question mark for me.
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.