This is the sort of hotel where you feel like you might be Robinson Crusoe washed up in the South Pacific somewhere. Actually, much of the decor, particularly the great room, struck me as very Polynesian or Tahitian, which I wasn't expecting, with this really fantastic great room that was vast and wall-free, plus all up on stilts so that you walked windy paths to get here and there and everwhere.
We spent four nights and five full days at Hotel Amoreira, in the two-story family room -- which has three beds total -- which I highly recommend to anyone because it's private as well as prettier than the other rooms from what I saw, and I thought the hotel was absolutely exceptional in a very eco-chic way (which I thought was very chill at the hotel itself). It also felt very European, which I liked. It was a good price for the area, had exceptional common spaces throughout and a sublime great room, attentive but very unobtrusive but pleasant staff who really treated us like family while we were there, never intruding but always procuring us curious requests like a machete to open found coconuts, fantastic (really -- excellent) and healthy buffet breakfast, a perfect spot on the beach with the waves just feet away from our room, and I loved access to the kitchen where you could still save a bit by preparing your own meals -- but the kitchen staff will nonetheless wash your dishes, so that's a luxury. Then, you can eat them overlooking the ocean. It's also a smaller hotel, so it never felt overwhelmed with tourists. It's near enough to several high-priced restaurants that you can walk to on the beach where the food tends to not taste much like Mexican food and is about 4-5 times what I paid during the rest of my two weeks/four adjacent states in Mexico. Here and there, however, there are deals if you look. See my other Tulum reviews for these.
I thought it was the prettiest hotel with the best vibe that I saw in Tulum, overall. Tulum was surprisingly NOT my thing, to be honest (I thought the pueblo itself was a nice town once off the main strip with lots of fruterias). While I adore the beach, and the water was warm although really choppy to swim at this time off year beyond a bit of wading about, the "scene" seemed to be a nonsensical cultural mash-up, sort of like Marin County transported to the coast, but nonetheless, the hotel managed to escape such rampant hipsterism and instead just remain a lovely spot on earth to relax under a palapa to the sound of the crashing waves, white, flour-y sand in your feet as the crabs scuttle by.
This is not Cancun. It really reminded me much more of staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, something the other hotels didn't catch. My only complaint is that the door to the patio had some cracks around it so that at night, even with screens and mosquito netting, I was assailed badly enough to be awakened and had to spray myself with bug spray. For four days in a hotel in a mosquito-y area, if that's the only thing I can think to complain about, well, I say it's quite a good hotel! Provided that you like Tulum; I cannot imagine ever going back, so this review is very much to let others know about the goodness that is Hotel Amoreira.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amoreira, is the ultimate getaway for families, diving or kite enthusiasts and couples looking for that perfect out of the way spot for romance. Combining Mexican resort charm and the unique Mayan style. Hotel Amoreira is a beachfront resort with 4 Beachfront Rooms, including one spacious Family Room, two Garden View Double Rooms, one Garden View Family Room and one Honeymoon Room with private balcony. Hotel Amoreira is offering natural vacation rooms on a truly fantastic location, a perfect place to recharge your batteries and enjoy nature in stylish, private and amazing surroundings. The hotel is only one kilometer away from Siaan Kan the biospheres reserve of Unesco and is very near to cenotes and lagoons. All spaces in Hotel Amoreira have solar energy and ecology systems. Services: maintenance, free internet wireless connection, parking area, energy, water. ... more less
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