Pros

  • Eco-friendly, remote beachfront property
  • Quiet and private end-of-the-road location just before Sian Ka'an
  • Beautiful and private beach area with a few loungers
  • Spacious rooms with ocean views; most with outdoor space and kitchens
  • Spacious and shady garden grounds with plenty of lounge space
  • Free full breakfast with hot and cold items
  • Free bike and boogie board rentals
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi and gated, on-site parking
  • Lunch available on request
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Cons

  • Remote location away from the busier sections of the strip (pro for some)
  • Lacking hotel-like service or features
  • Some bathrooms are cramped
  • Rooms have no TVs; hairdryers and curling irons aren't allowed (pro for some)
  • No pool or on-site restaurant
  • Three-night minimum stay required
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Bottom Line

As the only LEED-Platinum-certified building in the country, Casa de las Olas is ideal for those who are looking for an eco-friendly, off-the-grid beachfront getaway. Relying only on solar power, this budget boutique uses self-sourced water, gravity-based plumbing, and biodegradable products. It also has locally sourced products and food. The five rooms have ocean views; most have kitchenettes or kitchens and furnished outdoor spaces. Free breakfast is served at a communal picnic table, but other than the occasional lunch (requested in advance), guest have to venture farther down the Hotel Zone for meals, drinks, or any other attractions. The end-of-the-road location is great for privacy and escape, but travelers that want to be in walkable distance to the action could prefer the upper-middle-range Cabanas Tulum, which has more features -- but also more of a price tag.

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Casa de las Olas

Scene

A laid-back spot with a guesthouse vibe and lush surroundings

The low-key, relaxed Casa de las Olas (translation: house of the waves) has a vibe that's more guesthouse than hotel; much of that is thanks to the owners that live on site. Prior to arrival, guests receive detailed directions -- a mercy, as there's no sign on the road. Once cars are parked in the white-gravel lot, the check-in process is just a friendly (usually barefoot) greeting by the owner, a tour of the small beachfront property, and a hand-off of the keys. Lush, rambling grounds are covered with greenery, tropical flowers, and the occasional hammock, picnic table, or shaded wooden beach chairs. The "casa" itself is an adobe-like building with whitewashed walls and exposed beams. Guests gather together at a communal table during breakfast and possibly over a bottle of wine in the evenings, but for the most part the vibe is private, with everyone trying to grab their own slice of solitude and escape -- though the owner is happy to strike up lively chats, draw maps, arrange excursions, and give recommendations. Clearly that's something guests appreciate, as most of them are repeat customers or travelers that found the property through positive word of mouth. 

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Location

The last hotel before the Sian Ka'an Biosphere

At the tail end of the Hotel Zone, just 650 feet from the entrance of Sian Ka'an lies the elusive Casa de las Olas. Being this far down on the strip necessitates a car -- if not at least one of the hotel's push bikes -- as there isn't much within easy walking distance aside from the reserve. With one immediate neighbor to the north, the beach to the back, and the jungle to the front, it's a truly quiet retreat, even remote from the rest of Tulum. Nearby day-trip activities include snorkeling and diving in cenotes or swimming with turtles in Akumal, both about 30-minutes away by car. Hitting the climbable ruins of Coba is an hour away. Adventure parks like Xplor and Xcaret are located roughly 45-minutes north off the main highway, just before the club-bumping, tourist-heavy beach city of Playa del Carmen. Cancun Airport is around 90 minutes by car. 

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Eco Initiatives

Mexico's only Platinum-LEED-certified building

It's quite a feat to be Mexico's only LEED-Platinum-certified building and it's not something las Olas takes lightly. The owner is adamant that the hotel doesn't just have zero footprint but a negative footprint. Meaning? It leaves the space in a better state ecologically than before it existed. Thanks to things like self-sourced water, gravity-driven showers (which cause slightly low pressure on the upper floors), compost and recycling bins, and power 100 percent derived from solar energy Casa de las Olas can do just that. It also has biodegradable toiletries and cleaning products, and the owner is extra conscientious where everything is sourced, from the furniture to the food, to ensure contributions to the local community and economy are in place. Since the building was originally constructed by an Austrian engineer, rooms were designed to be sustainable, mold free, and mildew free. 

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Rooms

Five ocean-view rooms, most with kitchens and furnished outdoor spaces

All five guest rooms face the ocean. Terra-cotta or subway-tile floors, canopy beds, white-washed walls, exposed wooden beams, and handcrafted and reclaimed wood furniture adorn the spaces. Rooms are also equipped with fans, safes, and large, comprehensive first aid kit that are stocked with everything from band-aids to diarrhea tablets. Electrical outlets can be found throughout the rooms, but hairdryers and curling irons are prohibited due to their draining electrical demands. All rooms except one Oceanfront Suite also have furnished outdoor terraces or balconies with hammocks.

The smallest of the rooms, the Junior Suite, is the only spot that lacks a personal kitchen; it's best for shorter stays. In contrast, the Master Suite -- taking up the majority of the ground floor -- is massive and comes with a full-sized, fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge and stove, living space, dining space, huge bathroom with a shower/tub combo, two king-sized canopy beds, and a 300-square-foot outdoor furnished terrace. Upstairs, the Oceanfront Suites have eat-in kitchenettes with mini-fridges, two-top burners, cutlery and dishes for two to four people, and pots and pans. Bathrooms up here are a tight squeeze, with toilets essentially wedged into the walk-in showers' footprint. Water pressure up here tends to be weaker because of the hotel's gravity-based plumbing. All toiletries are local and handmade by a biochemist from an old family recipe. Master Suites have large walk-in showers and a big, beautiful vanity sink area with a wide selection of Lolita toiletries ranging from coconut and almond oil, to shampoo and conditioner. 

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Beach

Small but private and quiet beach area with a few loungers

Because of its position at the end of the strip and its lack of neighbors (for now), the hotel's small beach is one of the most private hotel beach areas in Tulum. To reach the beach, guests have to walk through a sandy, plant-canopied path. On the beach there are a few loungers, a shady palapa, and occasionally, as is typical for the region, washed up seaweed. 

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Features

Few features, but free breakfast, bikes, Wi-Fi, and parking

As expected with this guesthouse-style property there isn't a lot of features or hotel-like service and events. Most guests here value the eco-friendly aspect of the hotel over these lavish extras. However, Casa de las Olas isn't without its comforts. Even without a full-fledged restaurant, the hotel provides a daily free breakfast for guests. Served at a communal table, guests can expect fresh everything, from yogurt and granola to handmade tortillas and egg dishes. Lunches are served on request for a fee and usually features fresh fish -- just make sure to alert the owner at breakfast about any desires for lunch. The hotel has free high-speed Wi-Fi, free parking, and free use of rental bikes and boogie boards. 

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Casa de las Olas

Scene

A laid-back spot with a guesthouse vibe and lush surroundings

The low-key, relaxed Casa de las Olas (translation: house of the waves) has a vibe that's more guesthouse than hotel; much of that is thanks to the owners that live on site. Prior to arrival, guests receive detailed directions -- a mercy, as there's no sign on the road. Once cars are parked in the white-gravel lot, the check-in process is just a friendly (usually barefoot) greeting by the owner, a tour of the small beachfront property, and a hand-off of the keys. Lush, rambling grounds are covered with greenery, tropical flowers, and the occasional hammock, picnic table, or shaded wooden beach chairs. The "casa" itself is an adobe-like building with whitewashed walls and exposed beams. Guests gather together at a communal table during breakfast and possibly over a bottle of wine in the evenings, but for the most part the vibe is private, with everyone trying to grab their own slice of solitude and escape -- though the owner is happy to strike up lively chats, draw maps, arrange excursions, and give recommendations. Clearly that's something guests appreciate, as most of them are repeat customers or travelers that found the property through positive word of mouth. 

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Location

The last hotel before the Sian Ka'an Biosphere

At the tail end of the Hotel Zone, just 650 feet from the entrance of Sian Ka'an lies the elusive Casa de las Olas. Being this far down on the strip necessitates a car -- if not at least one of the hotel's push bikes -- as there isn't much within easy walking distance aside from the reserve. With one immediate neighbor to the north, the beach to the back, and the jungle to the front, it's a truly quiet retreat, even remote from the rest of Tulum. Nearby day-trip activities include snorkeling and diving in cenotes or swimming with turtles in Akumal, both about 30-minutes away by car. Hitting the climbable ruins of Coba is an hour away. Adventure parks like Xplor and Xcaret are located roughly 45-minutes north off the main highway, just before the club-bumping, tourist-heavy beach city of Playa del Carmen. Cancun Airport is around 90 minutes by car. 

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Eco Initiatives

Mexico's only Platinum-LEED-certified building

It's quite a feat to be Mexico's only LEED-Platinum-certified building and it's not something las Olas takes lightly. The owner is adamant that the hotel doesn't just have zero footprint but a negative footprint. Meaning? It leaves the space in a better state ecologically than before it existed. Thanks to things like self-sourced water, gravity-driven showers (which cause slightly low pressure on the upper floors), compost and recycling bins, and power 100 percent derived from solar energy Casa de las Olas can do just that. It also has biodegradable toiletries and cleaning products, and the owner is extra conscientious where everything is sourced, from the furniture to the food, to ensure contributions to the local community and economy are in place. Since the building was originally constructed by an Austrian engineer, rooms were designed to be sustainable, mold free, and mildew free. 

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Rooms

Five ocean-view rooms, most with kitchens and furnished outdoor spaces

All five guest rooms face the ocean. Terra-cotta or subway-tile floors, canopy beds, white-washed walls, exposed wooden beams, and handcrafted and reclaimed wood furniture adorn the spaces. Rooms are also equipped with fans, safes, and large, comprehensive first aid kit that are stocked with everything from band-aids to diarrhea tablets. Electrical outlets can be found throughout the rooms, but hairdryers and curling irons are prohibited due to their draining electrical demands. All rooms except one Oceanfront Suite also have furnished outdoor terraces or balconies with hammocks.

The smallest of the rooms, the Junior Suite, is the only spot that lacks a personal kitchen; it's best for shorter stays. In contrast, the Master Suite -- taking up the majority of the ground floor -- is massive and comes with a full-sized, fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge and stove, living space, dining space, huge bathroom with a shower/tub combo, two king-sized canopy beds, and a 300-square-foot outdoor furnished terrace. Upstairs, the Oceanfront Suites have eat-in kitchenettes with mini-fridges, two-top burners, cutlery and dishes for two to four people, and pots and pans. Bathrooms up here are a tight squeeze, with toilets essentially wedged into the walk-in showers' footprint. Water pressure up here tends to be weaker because of the hotel's gravity-based plumbing. All toiletries are local and handmade by a biochemist from an old family recipe. Master Suites have large walk-in showers and a big, beautiful vanity sink area with a wide selection of Lolita toiletries ranging from coconut and almond oil, to shampoo and conditioner. 

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Beach

Small but private and quiet beach area with a few loungers

Because of its position at the end of the strip and its lack of neighbors (for now), the hotel's small beach is one of the most private hotel beach areas in Tulum. To reach the beach, guests have to walk through a sandy, plant-canopied path. On the beach there are a few loungers, a shady palapa, and occasionally, as is typical for the region, washed up seaweed. 

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Features

Few features, but free breakfast, bikes, Wi-Fi, and parking

As expected with this guesthouse-style property there isn't a lot of features or hotel-like service and events. Most guests here value the eco-friendly aspect of the hotel over these lavish extras. However, Casa de las Olas isn't without its comforts. Even without a full-fledged restaurant, the hotel provides a daily free breakfast for guests. Served at a communal table, guests can expect fresh everything, from yogurt and granola to handmade tortillas and egg dishes. Lunches are served on request for a fee and usually features fresh fish -- just make sure to alert the owner at breakfast about any desires for lunch. The hotel has free high-speed Wi-Fi, free parking, and free use of rental bikes and boogie boards. 

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Cribs

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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