I really enjoyed my stay at Olas, but before I start my review on Olas. I would like to explain to all future Tulum visitors that prior to your visit to Tulum, you have to understand that Tulum is located a remote beach area with no access to fresh water (The water provided in all of Tulum is de-salinated sea water. The water will always be "hard water"). There is no city plumbing (you can't flush toilet paper down any toilet in Tulum) and electricity is scarce (No Hair Dryer, but you have the Ocean Breeze to dry your hair). So DO NOT expect Cancun resort amenities. Visit Olas and Tulum, because you want to enjoy the untouched beauty of the area. Expect it to be more of a glorified camping trip in a very beautiful tropical island.
Casa De Las Olas is located right before the entrance to Sian Kaan. It's pretty remote and it would be a good idea to have a car. Most of the room is has a small kitchen equipped with everything you need. There's a great supermarket in town. I would suggest to stock up, at least for breakfast and lunch since the restaurants nearby are very expensive. We got Room #3 which is the Ocean Front Studio. Unfortunately we didn't have a balcony and the room was located behind some coconut trees, that the breeze didn't come into the room as well. The Master Suite which is located in the opposite side of the house got the best breeze. We actually had to wear earplugs to sleep, since the ocean waves were a little to loud, not proud to share this ;). The breeze were also so strong that there were no mosquitoes at night. We actually slept without the mosquito netting, since it blocked some of the breeze. As for the bathroom, its a shower, toilet and sink. That's all you need - I would suggest to bring an extra pair of flipflops to wear in the shower. The biodegradable shampoos are awesome. They provide you with a pot of fresh water in the kitchen for drinking, cooking and brushing your teeth. I always filled a water bottle with this water and would do a final rinse after my shower before going to bed.
Jimmy the owner and his crew were the best hosts. I want Jimmy's life...lol. On our first night there, Jimmy took us to Cesiak in the Sian Kaan jungle reserve to watch the sunset and had one of the best margaritas ever. Afterward he took us to a Tapas restaurant for a Flamenco show. The next night, we went back to Cesiak for more sunset margaritas. We met other guests who were very nice, we even went out to dinner with a couple of them.
Casa de las Olas brings out the free-spirit in you. You just need to go back to basics and enjoy what mother earth has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de las Olas is a boutique, 7-suite bed and breakfast tucked away along a private stretch of pristine beach in Tulum, Mexico. Casa de las Olas only accepts reservations in advance (they do not encourage walk-ins), thus ensuring that their guests privacy is absolutely paramount. Priding themselves on their personalized approach to hosting their guests - whom are considered and treated as friends rather than clients, they attract a set of like-minded travelers who continue returning to their slice of paradise year after year. Due to their environmental consciousness and location, they cater to a group of forward-thinking, eco aware travelers that are ahead of the curve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa De Las Olas Hotel Tulum