We just returned from a wonderful week at Zamas. If you are heading there, do not get scared off from some of the reviews that you might have read here. We stayed in the Ocean View room #17 and truly enjoyed it. We knew we were in for a 'rustic' experience, but even our 14 year old 'city' daughter enjoyed the breezes coming in the open windows and the crab crawling near her bed, as well as the iguana sunning on the back deck. We loved to see what animal shapes the towels were folded into every other day and appreciated that the floors were washed every other day as well. The hammocks and the view of the ocean were heavenly. It was a wonderful place to explore the many wonders of the Yucatan from. We had brought some good headlamps with us and they were helpful for late night reading and Scrabble games. Yes, the water from the showers was salty, but, so what? It posed no problem at all. Besides, you're not supposed to drink the tap water - bottled water was provided.
I had read the reviews and wondered about the 'unfriendly' staff. I am not sure why anyone would say that. It's true, no one was asking us how our stay was every day, but who needed that? We were perfectly happy with the restaurant service, excellent food, and especially with Carlos at the Mexi-Diver stand (onsite) who set us up with snorkeling trips and a day tour in the Si'an Kaan Reserve. We would definitely recommend a day tour of the reserve with Community Tours. It was well worth the money!
Like other visitors, we were so busy spending time exploring the area that we didn't care that the beach wasn't the most expansive in the area. It turned out to be a perfect place to sit at the end of an adventure and order a Pina Colada or Margarita.
The music was always over by 9:30 and never interrupted our sleep in the least.
The ONLY thing I would say is that often the trucks were a little noisy in the morning, as they headed down the road. But that wasn't even a big deal, as it got us going earlier, before it got too hot. The rooms were set back from the road, with trees in between, so it wasn't too loud.
The most special thing about Zamas, to us, was the restaurant. We loved sitting over coffee, every morning, looking out at the waves, or getting an afternoon plate of guacamole and chips and a drink. The location could not be beat. There were other places, to the south, that had more beautiful beaches, but their restaurants didn't have the special feel that Zamas had.
I have a feeling we will be returning to this wonderful place.
- 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