After Hurricane Ernesto cancelled our plans to honeymoon further south on the Yucatan peninsula, my wife and I ended up settling in Tulum. After one night in the first-place-we-could-find, we walked up and down the beach road looking at cabañas and hotel rooms. We settled on Zamas, and couldn't have been happier with our choice, especially for the price.
We had a cabaña on the ocean side of the main road, but not one of the few true "beachfront" ones. Truly, we felt we had the best of both worlds - a short, easy stroll to the beach, but a little shade and privacy when we just wanted to lay in a hammock and read. The room was clean and plenty large enough, the private bathroom wonderful for our many cooling showers, and the bed comfortable.
The beach was pleasant and the sea weed the same as everywhere else in Tulum (there is, after all, a reef just off shore). A real highlight was the restaurant, Que Fresca. We had many meals there, all simple dishes made with the freshest ingredients. The whole fish baked in salt was an amazing dish - a delicacy worth the wait. Prices were good by resort standards - not as cheap as a taco stand in town, of course, but no where on the beach is. For food this good in New York, we would have been paying two or three time the cost (or more!). I can't think of a single let down on the menu, and we were only sad that we weren't there longer to try more things.
The staff was friendly and attentive, and we were happy to get to know them over the 4 days and nights we were there. They even humored our poor Spanish, which made us feel good.
It was a shame when we had to head back up to Cancun, but we'll certainly be back to Zamas on our next trip to Tulum!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ZAMAS is a boutique beach hotel situated on a strip of the Caribbean coast in Tulum. Inviting accommodations reflect a locally-inspired, organic architecture. Thatch roofs, stucco walls in beach-worn hues, and vibrant decor exude tropical warmth. Since it opened in December 1993 ZAMAS, with its hip beachfront style, has enjoyed an eclectic and international clientele of honeymooners, fashion professionals, artists, families, techies, and everyone in between. It is a quintessential hangout, mixing colorful urban roots with laid back local vibes and jungle ambience. Come experience the Tulum we know- delightfully laid back and naturally beautiful. Welcome to ZAMAS. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zamas Hotel Tulum
- Zamas Tulum