Conveniently located between Highway 307 and a beautiful
stretch of beach
Rooms are contemporary, spacious, and have pool, garden, or
Some rooms feature upscale decor, spa showers, luxury
toiletries, and private beach decks
Five pools (two with swim-up bars), two dipping pools, and
private beach area
Small buffet spot, three snack bars, six a la carte
restaurants, and sushi bar
Eight bars, including beach and pool bars; late-night disco;
and coffee shop
Moderate-size spa with body treatments, sauna, and
traditional Mayan sweat lodge
Nonreciprocal access to neighboring Oasis Tulum; Grand-only
pools, dining, and beach area
Casa Club features bar, snacks, separate pool, table sports,
and lounge area
Kids' club with snacking area, playground, and activities (in
Small gym (next door), tennis and basketball courts, Smartcar
rental, and shop
Free parking and push bike rental
Hotel is actually 20 minutes from Tulum
Beach has large clumps of seaweed between the sand and sea
Many features are located on the less attractive Oasis Tulum
Fee for extra minibar items, Wi-Fi, room service, and use of
The 112-room, all-inclusive Grand Oasis Tulum is the luxurious sister of neighboring Oasis Tulum. Over half of the simple, modern rooms face the garden, but the real gems are the few Ocean Front Rooms sporting
personal beach decks, hot tubs, and chic decor. Most of the 10
restaurants and bars (and most of the crowds) are located between the sister resorts,
leaving the Grand Oasis’ exclusive areas (especially the private beach club) feeling delightfully relaxed and spacious. The full-service spa, large Casa Club sports
lounge, and easy Smartcar rentals don’t hurt either, but fees for Internet,
room service, and a few other extras do sting.
Small but uncongested with an upscale look and relaxing vibe
Once inside the gates, guests are led down a long driveway -- past the Casa Club, driving range, putting green, and tennis courts. At the
end of the road, guests keep straight for Grand Tulum, or turn left for Oasis Tulum (the neighboring, less luxurious sister resort). You can already see the differences between the
two properties: the Grand Oasis entrance is, well, grander. It features a
semi-circle driveway with covered entrance, black marble steps, waiting
porters, and lounge chairs, making the entrance to the Oasis seem like a bit
of an afterthought. The Grand's lobby is large with upscale, hip decor found in the polka-dot couches, sleek marble tiles, and chic wood furniture. There's a martini piano bar in the back, and a wall full of glass giving guests a peekaboo glance at the Grand-only infinity pool and swim-up bar. The vibe here is relaxed, quiet, and uncrowded; the premises are modern and clean.
If you've got the money to spare, upgrading to the Grand side of the resort is worth it, if for nothing else than the amazing rooftop Cafe del Mar terrace bar, though the Grand's added serenity found within the exclusive pool, beach, and dining areas is worth every penny for those looking to really relax.
A straight shot from the airport, but still 20 minutes from Tulum
Located directly off of Highway 307, just over an hour and 15
minutes south of Cancun (you’ll need to flip a U-turn to access its northbound
entrance), Grand Oasis Tulum is clearly marked by a geometrical turquoise
tower. (Note that the sign only reads “Oasis Tulum.") Despite its name, the
resort is actually located in Akumal, about 20 minutes north of the beachside
ruins of Tulum. The exit to Playa del Carmen is 30 minutes north, but budget
extra time for traffic, especially if you are planning on hitting the downtown
area. Popular parks such as Xplor, Xel-Ha, and Xcaret dot the freeway between
Playa del Carmen and Cancun and are easy to spot from the road.
High discrepancy between rooms; your best bets are in the Sian Ka'an building
Grand Oasis’ 112 room are divided between three separate
buildings: Tulum, Yaakun, and the uber-luxe Sian Ka’an. While rooms in the
garden- and pool-facing Tulum and Yaakun are clean and contemporary, the minimally
upscale and slightly hodgepodge decor may be slightly disappointing for this caliber of property. However, Sian Ka’an’s handful of Ocean Front Rooms do not
disappoint; dark brown furniture, smooth tile floors, spa showers, fluffy
linens, and deluxe toiletries are just the start. Ground-level rooms here have
in-room whirlpools, personal beach decks with loungers, and a roped-off soft sand
beach area right out their terrace doors.
All rooms have chock-full minibars (with limited free refills),
flat-screen TVs, private outdoor spaces with garden, ocean, or pool views, and
iPod docking clocks.
Tons of dining options day and night, plus exclusive a la carte restaurants
Grand Oasis Tulum shares a surprisingly small buffet, three snack bars, a sushi lounge, and three a
la carte spots with Oasis Tulum, but only Grand Oasis guests are privy to the menus
and seats at three additional a la cartes – Terrazza Careyes (serving lunch),
Arrecifes Steak and Buffet, and Careyes (gourmet Mexican). Dinner reservations
are needed at Careyes, Al Sur (Mediterranean), Dos Lunas (Italian), and
Arrecifes Steak and Buffet -- although, there’s a grill set up outside on the
terrace serving up similar fare to both resorts, without reservations or Grand
wristbands. Walk-ins are welcome at the Sarapes Mexican on the Oasis side. Dos
Lunas is open briefly for breakfast, and there are three snack bars and a sushi
bar open for lunch if you aren’t feeling the buffet.
Bars and cafes galore, including a fabulous rooftop terrace bar
A large selection of bars
help ensure that Grand Oasis guests never go thirsty. In addition to the five bars -- Sport Bar, Nori (pool bar),
Arkeru Asian Lounge (beach bar), a lobby bar, and Sarape Bar -- shared with
neighboring Oasis guests, there are also several bars open exclusively to Grand Oasis guests: the Beach Bar (swim-up pool bar),
Martini Piano Bar (in the lobby), and an amazing and huge rooftop bar, Cafe del
Mar, complete with dipping pools and sweeping sea views. There’s also a coffee bar open from early morning to late night and a nighttime dance club. While all Grand Oasis-only bars are usually always
staffed, this is not always the case at the spots next door.
Large stretch of sand and turquoise waters, plus a small but beautiful exclusive section
Grand Oasis Tulum guests have the privilege of using their
own exclusive Beach Club area or snagging one of the many loungers on the
Oasis side of resort. Whether nature or
nurture, the beach on the Grand side has decidedly fewer clumps of seaweed,
impossibly soft sands, and easy access to the two relaxing hammocks stretched
out on the small pier. This side of the beach is smaller, but much less crowded
as only Grand guests can grab a loungers or slide under the shade of a rustling
Multiple pools and sun lounging space, but no heated whirlpools
In addition to the pools shared with the Oasis property,
Grand Oasis has its own exclusive pools. Just
outside the back of the lobby, a long infinity pool stretches toward the beach
sands. A few loungers are here as well as Beach Bar, a small swim-up bar with
pool seating. The back end of this pool falls a few feet down into a calm,
fountain pool outside of the spa building. Just a few feet away lies the Grand
Oasis’ main pool. Here, guests can find a towel kiosk, hydro-massage spouts, a
fountain, non-heated bubbling whirlpool, a handful of cabanas, lots of loungers, and
plenty of garden shade along the edges.
The Oasis side’s main pool is a fairly large pool
with fountains, swim-up bar, activities, and shallow area for kids or dipping. There are a few cabanas with gauzy white fabric canopies, but mostly blue and white woven vinyl loungers and, near Coffee & Me and the Sarape Bar and Restaurant, rustling palapa huts.
Grand Oasis guests also share two small dipping pools by the Asian lounge and a
zig-zag pool over by the condos that lacks loungers.
Casa Club sports lounge, plus tennis and golf facilities (for a fee)
While many people come to Oasis Tulum to relax, especially
by the beach, the resort is well-equipped for active guests as well. On the
Oasis property there is a small gym with machines and weights and a stash of
push bikes guests can grab and ride up to the Casa Club or sports area.
Although guests can use the ping-pong, foosball, and basketball courts for
free, it costs extra to partake in a game of tennis or swing at the driving
range and putting green (both which are a bit lacking). The Casa Club is also home to an
additional pool, Sports Bar, and Wimpy’s snack bar.
Full service spa, car rental, and kids' club -- but fee for Wi-Fi
Though a small space for servicing two resorts, the spa has
a wide selection of body, beauty, and massage treatments, a sauna, and a traditional sweat lodge-style Mayan sauna.
Family-friendly features include a decent-size Kids' Club just off of the main
pool area on the Oasis side. Kids have a playground area near the gym, an
indoor/outdoor activity center with computers, games, and crafts, and a special
“kids only” snack spot.
If you’ve forgotten any sundries at home, or want to shop
for a few souvenirs, there’s a small Tobacco and gift shop
located just behind the lobby. Smartcars are available for rent directly from the hotel, and free push
bikes are racked out front for easy peddling up to the Casa Club.
Parking is free (and a little bit of a hike), though Wi-Fi
will cost you.
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