Best Hotels & Activities for a Wellness Getaway to Tulum

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  • Mexico

  • Tulum

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Boutique Travel

  • International Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Wellness Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Coastal

  • Cenotes

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Curator’s statement

Tulum has become one of the most popular destinations over the past few years, and for good reason. With its pristine beaches and bustling nightlife, there is truly an activity for every visitor. The combination of relaxation, wellness, adventure and fun makes it the perfect spot for families, couples, girls' trips and more.

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Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico

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Kimpton Aluna Resort Tulum

A boutique resort in downtown Tulum, with boho-inspired interiors, a rooftop restaurant and centerpiece pool.

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Be Tulum Hotel

Wellness-focused boutique on a prized stretch of Tulum’s white-sand beach.

Hotel Esencia

Easy flight, flawless beach, gorgeous design — this is a slam dunk of a sunshine escape between Cancun and Tulum.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Tulum, Mexico

sandy beach next to ocean during daytime

Rent bikes - The 25-minute bike ride from downtown Tulum to the beach zone is scenic and an eco-friendly mode of transport. Biking is the perfect way to visit the Tulum Ruins, beach clubs, downtown Tulum and more all while staying active.

Tulum Archaeological Zone - Visit the ruins at the Tulum Archeological site to get sweeping views of the ocean and learn about ancient history. Keep your eyes peeled for the semi-famous iguanas and other interesting wildlife.

Cenotes - Visiting the open-air cenote water caves is a must in Tulum. Either rent a car to drive around to a few, or you can go on a private tour to see some of the most famous Cenotes and spend an afternoon swimming.

Beach clubs - If you’re not staying at a private beach resort, hop around to beach clubs around the island and stay for the day. You can pay a food & beverage minimum to get access to their private beach and facilities for the entire day.

Visit downtown Tulum - Downtown Tulum offers a completely different feel than the beach town. See local culture in the downtown area and take advantage of delicious food and shops for a more off-the-beaten-path activity.

Yoga classes - Visit a local yoga studio for more rest and relaxation. One of my favorites is Studio Sol Yoga.

Places to eat & drink in Tulum, Mexico

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Hartwood - This open-air restaurant is one of my favorites in Tulum. The chalkboard menu and fresh local ingredients make this place charming yet trendy.

Matcha Mama - This trendy spot is famous for its wood swings, smoothie bowls, and of course, matcha. A must-visit for the health-focused traveler.

Casa Jaguar - Another Tulum favorite, this rustic restaurant will give you a taste of the local cuisine while in a jungle-like environment.

Arca - From the elaborate presentation to the abundance of flavors, Arca is a top restaurant for many. Try some of the best ceviche in Tulum here.

Antojitos La Chiapaneca - If you’re in downtown Tulum, visit this spot to experience local tacos, tortas, and more.

Gitano - For more of a beach club experience, visit Gitano for delicious cocktails, fun music and all-around good vibes.

Posada Margherita - Charming Italian dining in this oceanfront spot, Posada Margherita is the perfect place to mix up your cuisine from the otherwise seafood-forward Tulum spots.

Need to Know

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