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Papaya Playa Project

Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum Boca Paila, Tulum 77780 Mexico
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 05/17/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 05/17/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#21 of 209 hotels in Tulum
Introducing, PAPAYA PLAYA PROJECT , A MEMBER OF DESIGN HOTELS™ PROJECT a true sustainable project in Tulum. 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 the owners of of the existing Papaya Playa beach 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-seven rooms 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 cabanas, is the private porch, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Water sport equipment rentals
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Couples massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Bottled water
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 39 out of 100
21Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
1Attractionwithin 0.75 miles
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Angela wrote a review Yesterday
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We reserved for a group of 7 and arrived at 12 pm. They provided 2 shaded beds for the group and a few bean bag cushions that were also very comfy. They're all right next to the beach and we had a very relaxing time. It was a $70 / person minimum but we reached that pretty quickly. The food and drinks were fantastic and our server was also amazing! I would definitely come here again.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Ryan J wrote a review Yesterday
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Amazing time here I spent with my girlfriend. The service was excellent and the place is incredible. A special shout out to Abraham for his amazing service, he truly made my experience incredible. Thank you!!!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Michael S wrote a review Yesterday
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My fiancé and I stayed 3 nights at this hotel. The rooms were quaint and a little primitive but we thought it added to the charm of the hotel and it’s remote location. The intent of our vacation was to relax and get away from everything…this hotel helped us achieve that. I can’t say enough about the level of service we received during our entire stay and in every aspect of the hotel…from the restaurants to the room service to the spa. We felt like there may have been more staff than guests most of the time! Jesus on the beach was a standout though. He took care of us on the beach for hours on several days. He anticipated our needs and never let our glasses get empty (or our stomachs)! He went out of his way to make sure we had a great time.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Jeff K wrote a review Dec 5
Detroit, Michigan93 contributions63 helpful votes
Albeit a quick visit to PPP - it was delightful. The property is very natural and in the jungle and seems to be respectful of its space. Juan at main bar in restaurant was so welcoming and Marco at Roca was terrific. Most notable - Food & Beverage manager Daniel was so attentive and wanting to make sure the best possible experience. Terrific massage oceanfront. Will be back. The service and property is perfect escape no matter how long!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Ryan R wrote a review Dec 5
Kelowna2 contributions
Ate on the beach today and as amazing as the view & venue is. Jorge was the best. The Service made the difference👌🏽👌🏽 The beach was clean and the music was a good vibe Prices weren’t low. But nothing outlandish for this beautiful of a property
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
$298 - $714 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Papaya Playa Project
Which popular attractions are close to Papaya Playa Project?
Nearby attractions include Hilo Rojo Tulum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Papaya Playa Project?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Papaya Playa Project?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Papaya Playa Project?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Papaya Playa Project?
Conveniently located restaurants include Boccanera Pizzería y Cervecería, El Pez Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, and Potheads.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Papaya Playa Project?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Papaya Playa Project?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Papaya Playa Project have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.