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curitiba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only experienced this place as a venue for a house party and it was awesome. The bar was only so-so...meaning it wasn't stacked with too many options, but I'm not sure if that is a venue thing or a promoter thing. I mean everything about its location, its beach, everything is just as amazing as everything else.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a little afraid after reading some reviews and prepared myself to be disappointed. I couldn't have been more wrong! This place is beautiful, the whole property is amazing and the private beach is reason alone to stay there. It's super chill and we were lucky enough to stay there for the full moon party which was awesome. I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Papaya playa after visiting the Coba ruins and it was a lovely place to chill out, have some lunch, listen to some music and feel the beach breeze! The food was delicious and service was good! Just be aware the prices are more expensive than places in Tulum itself. As we had lunch, we then stayed on... More 

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Thank Poons1
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here in July for a personal getaway and Papaya was the exact place that I needed. It was quiet and laid back. The beach front with the ocean breeze was so great that I did not want to go anywhere. I love the restaurant facing the ocean and the food is great( portion is a big small). The manager... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many, many cabanas stretched over a long bluff, "garden" jungle with gorgeous views and beach. Quiet and private. It can be a long walk from reception to your cabana - it was to our two. Recommend seeking one closer. Bows to eco tourism, but all the basic creature comforts are there; though wifi only in the public areas. No TV... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this place on the recommendation of a fellow traveller and weren't disappointed. It is such a cool place, hidden amoung trees but once you get through it opens up to the most amazing view of Mexicos blue seas and white sands. We were only hear for a couple of hours for some drinks but thoroughly enjoyed the... More 

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa, responded to this review

Hello Toby544! Thank you so much for sharing your great experiences with everyone on TripAdvisor! The Papaya Playa has been welcoming Guests since being established in 1994 and we are proud when our Guests take the time to let people know how enjoyable their experience has been! Now that you know where we are and how much fun you can... More 

Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of what makes a place enjoyable is the integrity and kindness of those who run the operation. I had an unfortunate experience renting a bicycle from Papaya Playa - a fairly straightforward transaction - which ended in a truly disturbing scene. I rented twice there, befriended some of the staff, and had a very normal experience until I tried... More 

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on TripAdvisor regarding your experience this July. In Papaya Playa Project we learn a lot from the comments of our Guests which is why we are always pleased when someone takes their valuable time to point out important issues to us even of they are unpleasant to hear. We appreciate... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't stay in the hotel but enjoyed their beach club very much. There are just enough amenities and comfort but not too much to take away from the wild jungle feel. The beach service was really good, polite and quick but it never felt like the waiting staff were too pushy. For a 500MXN spend you can use their... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ther than waiters avoided those who aren't fluent in spanish...You don't have to have a room there to enjoy the beach. There's a nice restaurant facing the beach. The ambiance is nice and the prices are decent. The beach cabanas are "free" , they just ask that you spend a minimum of 500 pesos ($30) on drink and food. Good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best vacation of my life thus far. The food, staff and resort are beyond amazing. It's definitely not for people that want full service, air conditioned rooms. This is a magical place where you can truly get away from exactly those types of vacations.

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  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Pool
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Introducing, PAPAYA PLAYA, A DESIGN HOTELS™ PROJECT hitting Tulum, Mexico from December 6, 2011 to late 2012. Having sought far and wide for a place to create an authentic, nurturing experience, the 900 meter stretch of oceanfront paradise cocooned on the Caribbean coast of the Mayan Riviera was the perfect spot. Together with Emilio Heredia, owner of the existing Papaya Playa beach bungalow resort, Design Hotels™ is initiating the ultimate pop-up camp. Claus Sendlinger explains: “Our idea was to create a transitory, yet deeply culturally-rooted experience and we couldn’t have dreamed up a better place to make this happen. Capitalizing on the natural environment and multicultural character of Tulum, we quickly put together an international team of real visionaries, each enriching the experience with their own food, music, design or wellness concept. The enthusiasm and creative energy of everyone involved enabled us to renovate the camp and put together a holistic program within a very short period of time.” So come December, the authentic-pleasure seekers have a new raw-luxe camp they can sink and rub their feet into. Eighty-five cabañas have been renovated by the Design Hotels™ creative team. Integrating local materials and building techniques, they encourage its residents to soak in the warmth of the elements, both physically and mentally. The separation between man and nature diminishes in these rustic spaces while the perception of small indulgences – like high thread count sheets, flowing mosquito nets and thick towels – is heightened. The ultimate luxury in most of the cabañas, is the private porch, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Papaya Playa

Address: Km 4-5 Carr Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Price Range: $147 - $322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Papaya Playa 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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Also Known As:
Papaya Playa Tulum
Papaya Playa Hotel Tulum
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Tulum
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
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