We stayed in one of the cabanas on the beach-side "beach front cabana private porch". We'd imagine it would have been a much different experience if we had chosen one of the ones on the other side.
Zamas is located in Tulum in the "zona hotelera" amidst many other cabanas and hotels, all varying in price and quality. Parking is available in the private parking lot across the street.
The cabana was very large and romantic. There is a private porch overlooking the beach, with waves crashing some fifty feet away. The porch has two double-sized hammocks, as well as chairs and a table. The main room of the cabana has a king-sized bed, desk, and couch. The bathroom is also large, about a third of the size of the main room. There is a large shower, as well as a sink and toilet.
The cabana is made to be very romantic and geared toward couples. The beach is in direct view from the windows in the room. The candles also add to the mood.
Of course, this is a cabana and as such, is not supplied with many of the luxuries of a nice hotel. Electricity is generated through solar panels and wind generators, and is only enough to power four light bulbs throughout the entire cabana. A fan over the bed can only be used at night. There is of course no air conditioning. Two hurricane lamps and candles are provided. There are no outlets available to plug in any devices.
The windows all have screens, though the thatch roof meets the walls leaving a large gap. The door and windows, similarly, leave gaps. As such, the cabana is open to all of the critters outside. A mosquito net is provided, though bugs still find their way through tiny holes or up from the bottom. During our two-night stay, we shared the cabana with several fauna including an army of ants that attacked our bag, biting ants on the bed, mosquitoes, and a spider so large that we at first mistook it for a crab. We learned not to leave any food or beverage containers around, and to keep all of our bags closed. The mosquito net also only worked if it was tucked in on all sides under the bed.
All of the water from the tap is saltwater, including the shower, though it is heated. This is not as bad a problem as it would seem, though we used bottled water to brush our teeth. A dispenser of potable water was available in the bathroom.
The restaurant was very good, serving Italian and Mexican food, including wood-fired pizza. Prices were higher than elsewhere in Mexico, but still decent by US standards. The sand was soft and daily raked, but the water was ripe with seaweed, driftwood, and a few pieces of garbage--not the best for bathing.
The staff was quite helpful. The cleaning person spent some twenty minutes in our cabana wiping down everything, including the floor by hand and sweeping all of the sand away. The crab-like spider we speared was surprisingly carried away by tiny ants.
If you are not skeevish about bugs, then this is definitely the place to stay.
- 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. The devoted clientele has spread the word and made ZAMAS one of the most popular spots in Tulum today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zamas Hotel Tulum
- Zamas Tulum