Olas Tulum

Mexico, North America

Olas Tulum

Mexico, North America

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‘Those looking for tranquility in a gorgeous setting need look no further than Olas Tulum. The perfect place to relax and reconnect with what’s most important to you.’

Gift: A bottle of local Mexican wine and a free yoga class.

Overview

  • Highlights

    From $245 USD per night, includes breakfast

    Feels like home away from home

    8 beautiful suites, 6 with balconies

    Sunrise yoga and sunset cocktails

    Homemade, organic Mexican breakfast

    Tucked away, off the beaten track

  • Top Tip

    ‘Swim in the cenotes, visit the Mayan ruins & eat fresh fish on the beach’

    Eco Activities

    Enjoy the wonder of nature on a boat ride led by Ornithologist, Fernando, through the wetlands of the Sian Ka’an reserve. Departure from Casa de las Olas at 3pm and venture to bird island just before the sun sets.

    The tour begins at the beautiful Muyil lagoon, kayaking among the mangrove trees and spotting the migratory birds. Enjoy a magical sunset and watch the birds fly in to roost for the night.

    Explore Muyil and dive into the culture of the Ancient Mayans. After, explore the wetlands by boat, stopping to take a magical float down a freshwater canal.

  • Rooms

    There are 8 different suites. If you’re looking to indulge the Oceanfront Master Suite is the one for you.

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea from your 300-square-foot private balcony while relaxing in a beautifully hand-made hammock. Featuring a bathroom with double sinks and a walk-in shower.

    Kitchenette for preparing simple meals

    Reclaimed, handmade wood furniture

    Spacious, light and airy rooms

    Fall asleep to the sound of the waves

  • Meet Your Host

    Meet James, the owner of Olas Tulum and his partner Abby. Originally from New York, they soon fell in love with Tulum.

    James loves snowboarding and biking, he is especially passionate about food and the concept of living simply.

    “I could talk about food all day. There is a focus on quality over profit here. Everything is made fresh from scratch; nothing is pre-prepared.”

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  • Need to Know

    Olas Tulum is located at the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million-acre World Heritage Site. Home to manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, big cats etc. a personalised tour here is unmissable

    All meals are at the communal table, where there is always great food and engaged conversation. Don’t expect a typical formal restaurant

    Don’t expect glitz, staff in uniform or a pool. This B&B is laid back, authentic and full of character. Run by travelers for travelers

    Children 5+ years are welcome here

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  • Location

    Olas Tulum sits on the coast in the town of Tulum, on the East coast of Mexico. This boutique B&B is situated at the very end of Tulum beach, 10km from the town of Tulum.

    How to Get There

    The closest airport is Cancun (127km), which has direct flights from the US, the UK and elsewhere. Alternatively, change at a US airport or fly via Mexico City.

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  • Energy
    Olas Tulum is powered by a state-of-the-art solar panel system, harnessing the power of the sun to generate clean energy for the 8 suites. There is no air conditioning units on the property to conserve energy...
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    Olas Tulum does have to use a generator on cloudy days, (but there aren't many of them).

  • Water
    The water used at Olas Tulum is captured from underground water sources. The property has multiple rain collection systems, including two 20,000-litre cisterns. They use the rainwater to revitalise, maintain...
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    and reproduce indigenous plants vital to the surrounding ecosystem.

  • Waste
    Olas Tulum lives by the 3 R's Reuse, Recycle, Reduce. This B&B has a bacterial colony waste management system that converts black water into grey water that can be used to support...
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    vegetation on the property. There is also an on-site composting system which is used as fertiliser for their garden and native plants. This B&B adheres to recycling policies and has replaced all single-use plastic with alternative biodegradable materials. The owners support the recycle movement here in Tulum since the country does not have an official recycling program in place.

  • Conservation
    This boutique B&B works with local eco focused groups, such as partaking in beach cleanups. The property sponsors and promotes beach cleanups on a regular basis for the local community bringing awareness and...
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    action. These eco focused activities include locals, guests, and staff. Olas Tulum also collaborates with a volunteer research group that works to protect nesting loggerhead turtles.

  • Food
    The property has an organic herb garden on-site for guests to enjoy. Olas Tulum's kitchen sources only local food and ensures that it is grown organically...
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    The suppliers are 100% local to support the local economy.

  • Engage Guests
    Olas Tulum offers educational tours to guests, upon request, about the sustainable practices here. Guests have free use of bikes to explore the area with minimal impact, and to discourage the use of a car.
  • Architecture
    Designed over 50 years ago, Olas Tulum was built sustainably from the outset. The building capitalises on the natural Caribbean breeze which keeps the property cool & comfortable...
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    without the use of air conditioning. Olas Tulum is the only property in Mexico that qualifies for a LEED certification, which is recognised across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. The special design of the villas creates natural ventilation through large open windows, high ceilings, and special ventilation built along the tops of each room. This design ensures the least amount of energy usage possible, the materials and design help to avoid temperature extremes.

  • Housekeeping
    Guests are provided with biodegradable, eco-friendly soaps and shampoos, made by local company Lolita Lolita Tulum. All of the cleaning products are biodegradable, which is essential...
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    for the healthy functioning of the bacterial colony waste management system.

  • Kiwano Bonus
    The Dark Side of Tulum is a documentary that works to raise awareness of over tourism and aims to protect the environment of the region. Olas Tulum provides seasonal residency to the founder...
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    of this eco group to help support their valuable work be raise awareness. Olas Tulum employs only people from the local community. All employees are encouraged to ride on the local Collectivo (public bus) or bike to work.

Reviews

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    "Excellent location"

    I have stayed there 3x, and each time it was a dream. Excellent location, great breakfasts, fun people, and an easy drive for me from Cancun airport. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Tulum.

    Nikki, Facebook Reviews, June 2019

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    "Oasis of calm and sustainability in Tulum"

    The property is beautiful and incredibly far up Tulum beach, so you have the beachfront virtually to yourself. The eco-credentials at Olas are impeccable, and you can learn a lot about sustainable living by talking to Jimmy about the choices he's made.

    TrailBlazer91507, TripAdvisor, September 2019

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    "An amazing experience like none other. "

    An amazing experience like none other. If you want the true feel of this area and the best people to learn from this is the place.

    Meghan, Facebook Reviews, December 2018

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    "Truly feels like a casa"

    Incredible experience. Very personal, the staff was amazing and it was the furthest hotel from all of the noise. Family style seating, all the amenities you need and nothing you don’t. We had the perfect night rest with the perfect day to match.

    Joel, TripAdvisor, June 2019

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    "Environmentally driven and conscious hotel"

    Can’t wait to come back to this environmentally driven and conscious hotel (no generator!) nestled in the middle of the magical jungle that is Tulum! Enjoyed the sound of waves, the inclusive breakfast, and the staff.

    Lindsey, Google Reviews, July 2019

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