The Best in Playa del Carmen and Tulum: Boutique Hotels

In Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Check in to these magical boutique hotels in stunning locations.

Chable Maroma

Playa Maroma

Opened September 2018, Chable Maroma is the sister property to its popular counterpart in the Yucatan. Nestled in the lush jungle, the hotel is set along one of the area’s most exclusive private beaches. Each room is isolated by the surrounding foliage and include private pools, outdoor living areas and moon showers. The standout SPA incorporates Mayan ancestral techniques while the three restaurants serve only ingredients that have been sourced locally.

Hotel Esencia


As the former hideaway of an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia now serves as a chic boutique hotel located on Xpu-Ha beach, about 30 miles north of Tulum. It recently completed a major renovation and has plans to unveil even more exciting additions this year. Most recently, the hotel debuted two new duplex Penthouse Suites in February. Designed to be an ‘apartment in the sky,’ the two-story suites are perched three levels up, complete with a private rooftop terrace, heated plunge pool and Champagne bar with views of the hotel and ocean. In April, the hotel will debut Beefbar Esencia, the Michelin-star concept by Riccardo Giraudi that has locations around the world. Guests can dig into some of the very best beef in the world, all with a Mexican twist. A new coffee bar and two Master Beach Suites will also debut this year.

Casa Malca


This eco-friendly hotel is one of the most historical places in Tulum. Located next to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in a quieter area, the hotel’s main house is rumored to have once served as one of Pablo Escobar’s hideaways during the height of his career. Unique features include an underground pool and a lookout tower offering stunning views of the surrounding jungle. Today, owner Lio Malca, has filled the property with impressive contemporary artwork, sculptures, photographs and new media from his personal art collection. The rooms are decked out with eclectic decor and even the two on-site restaurants, Ambrosia and Philosophy, feature a dizzying blend of color and fresh eats. All rooms have air-conditioning and hot water.

Be Tulum

Rustic meets paradise at this chic Tulum stay whose accommodations include 64 suites nestled into the jungle and white sand beaches. Head down to the beach bar for some of the best organic margaritas or recharge at the Yäan Wellness Spa offering unique treatments like herbal bath rituals. Stretch it out or partake in meditation classes at the treetop yoga studio.

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