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The Ultimate Guide to 30 of Tulum's Must See Spots

The fanfare for Tulum is real, amigos. With more than its fair share of hidden designer hotels, gastronomy-focused restaurants and amazing spas, this small coastal town along the Riviera Maya is the kind of place you'll want to visit time and time again. Tulum's high season runs from about January to March, making now the perfect time to book that beach vacation you're always talking about taking in the middle of winter. Make the jump below to read about an art-filled luxury villa once owned by Pablo Escobar, Tulum's best spa with copper bathtubs, Mayan ruins that are worth a visit, and a restaurant that makes campfire cooking into a culinary experience.

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Azulik

Tulum, Mexico
A collection of nest-like treehouse huts with luxurious accommodations inside, Azulik offers guests one of the most unique stays in Tulum. With big beach swings, lots of loungers, hammocks, plunge pools, and a zen den, this hotel has relax and recharge written all over it.
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Casa Malca

Tulum, Mexico
Once the home of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, Casa Malca is now a private estate turned art-filled sanctuary. With 9 rooms in the main villa and another 26 in a row on the beach, this hotel is flashy, sophisticated and one-of-a-kind.
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Casa de Las Olas

Tulum, Mexico
A five-suite oceanfront villa, Casa de Las Olas is one of Tulum's best small luxury stays where you can bring along a handful of friends and have the place entirely to yourselves. Set just at the edge of the UNESCO protected biosphere, there are lots of cenotes and swimming holes within walking distance.
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Nomade Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
A luxury hotel on the beach, Nomade Tulum offers suites and villas with beautiful decks, hammocks and pools. Partnered with Yaan wellness spa, this trendy hotel and restaurant sits just beside Be Tulum on a stretch of beach that’s quiet and serene. 
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Coco Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
Conveniently located along the main strip of Tulum's hotel and restaurant area, Coco offers cabanas, stacked residences and plenty of sleeping options for the exhausted traveler looking to zen out. Check out the spiritual cleanse services led by local shamans, something you won't find just anywhere around here.
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Sanará Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
The hotel suites at Sanara Tulum are modern and easy to lounge in and around. Each with its own private garden or deck, the emphasis on outdoor living is just what you’d hope to find in this gorgeous part of Mexico. 
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The Real Coconut

Tulum, Mexico
If you're gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan, or vegetarian, you need to know about The Real Coconut. Located at Sanara Tulum, this restaurant offers wholesome, nutritious foods for travelers looking to stay healthy while on vacay.
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Encantada Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
Eight rooms on the edge of the Caribbean, this small hotel in Tulum is a total delight. Sip margs on your balcony while swinging in a hammock and looking out onto the sea.
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Hartwood

Tulum, Mexico
One of Tulum’s most famous restaurants, entering Hartwood is like entering a jungle world all its own. The food and drinks are phenomenal, and the atmosphere is like no other. Have a chat with the characters who run the joint. They know a ton about the local lore and are always happy to share.
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Safari

Tulum, Mexico
Safari Tulum takes the best of campfire cooking and turns it into a fabulous culinary experience. Check this spot out for the delicious, smoky eats and the cool ambience, airstream, palapa and all.
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Casa Violeta learn more

Love love love the cute bungalows at Casa Violeta! These chic hideaways are the perfect place to take in the morning sunrise or sneak an afternoon Michelada.
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Ana y José

Tulum, Mexico
If you're after a Tulum stay with all the perks of home, Ana y José may just be your jam. These luxurious suites and bungalows offer air conditioning, TVs and beach living at its most comfortable.
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Saasil

Tulum, Mexico
Planning to make trips to Tulum a more regular occasion? Consider purchasing a condo at Saasil. With gardens, rooftop balconies and private pools, these dreamy digs are available to purchase or to rent.
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Casa Naiik learn more

Located in the Sian Kaan Biosphere, this luxury villa is nestled in the jungle along the coast and away from the crowds. Casa Naiik is a 4-bedroom hideaway with a rooftop infinity pool, a fully equipped kitchen and a recipe for zen.
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Tubo Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
For the budget traveler, a stay at Tubo Tulum's concrete pods in the jungle will only set you back about fifty bucks. They may not be luxe living, but you can enjoy all the great food and drink of this fab beach town without any budget regret.
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Arca

Tulum, Mexico
A star of the gastronomic scene in Tulum, Arca draws its menu inspiration from the local cuisine and culture. The dining space is beautiful, with a lush and tropical vibe and the cocktails are – in a word – fabuloso.
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NEST Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
Perhaps best described as sophisticated rustic, the rooms at Nest feel cozy and well curated. This boutique hotel has just 9 rooms and a 4 bedroom private villa, each beckoning a chic guest or two.
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Mi Amor

Tulum, Mexico
A minimalist modern haven, Mi Amor offers guests a sampling of everyday luxury. Book a room on the beach and awake to the sun streaming in the floor-to-ceiling windows while palm trees sway in the breeze outside.
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Hotel El Pez

Tulum, Mexico
A collection of traditional Mexican beach huts and villas, Hotel El Pez is a fab destination if you're traveling with a big crew. And if you happen to be planning a trip way far ahead, Hotel El Pez is one of the best spots to witness sea turtle nesting season from May through October.
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Todos Santos

Tulum, Mexico
Head to Todos Santos for some of the best cocktails and nightlife and toast "viva la vida!" with your besties. This is a great spot to kick off or wrap up a fabulous night in the tropics.
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Be Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
If you’re a design lover with a penchant for swimming in pools, Be Tulum will not disappoint. Each room at this small boutique hotel has its own plunge pool and there’s an awesome glass infinity pool deck outside on the beach.
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Raw Love

Tulum, Mexico
For those who love smoothies, fresh fruits and grains, acai bowls and the like, Raw Love is going to be your best breakfast spot in Tulum. They've always got a long list of healthy ways to start your day in paradise.
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Posada Margherita

Tulum, Mexico
Should you find yourself getting a bit burnt out on tacos and ceviche, head to Posada Margherita for an authentic Italian meal. If you’re loving the Mediterranean vibe, check out the hotel suites too.
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La Zebra

Tulum, Mexico
With floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open right out to a plunge pool and the beach beyond, the bungalows at La Zebra are chic and modern. You'll love the quiet location on the beach and the great restaurant too.
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Tulum Ruins

Tulum, Mexico
A trip to Tulum warrants a visit to the ruins. An easy cab or bike ride from the central hotel zone, these Mayan ruins are easy to get to so it doesn’t have to be a whole day affair. Be sure to bring along a swimsuit too, as there’s an awesome beach on the grounds. 
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Papaya Playa

Tulum, Mexico
Part nightclub, part restaurant, part beach club, and part hotel, Papaya Playa is an awesome hangout day or night. Set right on the beach, there’s nearly always a breeze and a spicy margarita to be had at this hotspot.
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Gitano Tulum

Tulum, Mexico
A perfect spot for a late night cocktail with your amigas, Gitano is the spot in Tulum where you’re most likely to find a jungle disco going down. Head to this place if you’re after a great cocktail, a good bite to eat or just wanting to explore the jungle side of Tulum. 
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Yaan Wellness

Tulum, Mexico
From the team behind chic hotel Be Tulum, Yaan Wellness is a beautifully designed center of wellness and healing. There’s a sauna, a steam room, crystalline water pools, copper tubs, and some of the best spa treatment offerings in Tulum.
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Casa Jaguar Tulum learn more

A favorite of the culinary highlights of Tulum, Casa Jaguar offers a jungle setting that’s romantic, moody and a bit mysterious. Take a seat at the bar, order a tamarindo cocktail and a ceviche followed by the whole wood-fired oven baked fish and you’ll be thanking all the Mayan gods above. 
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Cenzontle

Tulum, Mexico
Known as a secret garden restaurant, Cenzontle is all about the jungle vibe. Go for the duck carnitas tacos and stay for many mezcal cocktails.
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