My wife and I and our two children (6 and 9) stayed in the double queen bed room Caracol for 9 days in late July/early August. My wife is English and has traveled and stayed in hotels of all shapes and sizes all over the world. I am American (Texan) and had close family living on a sailboat in the Bahamas for 12 years that I visited regularly so I have spent a lot of time in various Caribbean settings. We both loved Luv Tulum. It is a boutique hotel, of course, so everything is human scale. Everyone there knew us personally by the end of day one. The staff were not formal and uniformed smiling-robot desensitized-cogs in a mega-resort machine. They were genuine and personable. Different and interesting. The property itself is also human scale. There were no more than 12-15 people staying in the handful of huts/rooms that make up the hotel while we were there so often we were the only ones in the restaurant, on the beach, or in the lounge chairs. There were Italians, Danes, English, French, Mexican, and Spaniards. I believe I was the only American. The beach is excellent. No rocks, calm and smooth in the morning, excellent body-surfing in the afternoon. This part of Tulum is a several mile long peninsula lined one after the other with boutique hotels. Each has its own theme and character and restaurant. So, there is plenty of diversity in food options and overall character. I highly recommend ordering Lina's Feast at Las Zebras, which is a couple doors down. Fantastic meal. Also, Simple across the street is A+ for fresh local seafood. OM and Casa Violeta are good too. There are two places in Tulum Town that we loved. One was Panna e Ciocolatto for homemade gelato and the other was a restaurant a few doors down called Don Cafeto, which is truly authentic Mexican. I have been to Playa and Cancun several times. This stretch of BBs in Tulum is hands-down the most authentic, most enjoyable place in the Maya Riviera. As far as Luv Tulum, it is not for everyone. If you love loud bass thumping activities with some dufus urging people over a nauseating loudspeaker to put their hands in the air like they just don't care or not to let the dogs out or get their Macarena on or whatever, then don't go to Luv Tulum. Luv Tulum is almost totally and completely quiet (except for the ocean, which is so close by that is a constant and quite loud background). There is an almost constant wind in this part of Tulum, which makes it seem 10 degrees cooler than places north like Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or even the mega-resort areas like Dreams Tulum where we had family staying while we were at Luv Tulum. This wind makes a huge difference in August. Other notes...my 9-yr old son caught two 3 ft barracudas while trolling and the Luv Tulum folks graciously turned one into ceviche and one into cross-cut steaks. He'll remember that feast forever. Daisy referred us to a captain that took us snorkeling and fishing for a fraction of the price and just by ourselves, not with a big group. Definitely do Hal Ku. Get a guide at the Tulum ruins. Cenote Manati is nice for a morning trip and then there is a great snorkeling boat right across the street at Casa Cenote. Cheap, great snorkel guide. Thanks again to Gloria de Barcelona for everything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family run hotel with 12 individually designed rooms, on the beach in Tulum. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Luv Tulum Hotel Tulum