My husband and I spent 4 nights at Zamas in mid March 2014 and we both loved it.
We stayed in the small beachfront cabana no 3 which is the furtherest from the restaurant, possibly closest to the road. We did find it very noisy the first night but not so much the road noise as the wind. The wind seemed to build up by the evening and for whatever reason our room really caught the breeze. So we were waking regularly on our first night. We got used to this for the next two nights and then suddenly on our last night, the wind disappeared and it was blissfully quiet with just the ocean sounds lulling us to sleep :)
The cabana itself was very cute. Rather small but we only used it to sleep, wash and change in. The location on the beach was so awesome that there was no need to stay in the room. There are 2 hammocks outside and we never had trouble getting beach loungers right outside our room.
Some of the beach at Zamas can be a bit rocky but just to the right of our cabana is some nice swimming water. When that wind died off this area was beautiful for swimming and so clean and clear. Yes, the diving company anchors their boats in this swimming area which is a little annoying but doesn't have to affect your experience here
Zamas is probably in the best spot along the beach road, as there are several good bars and restaurants right across the road, tho Zamas themselves are probably the best restaurant on the beach anyway. You can also hire bikes for $100mx per day just a couple hundred meters down the road. These are great as the pueblo, ruins and other worthy attractions are biking distance from Zamas, and it's a fun way to get around Tulum - very safe
Staff are very friendly and helpful and the room servicing was top notch! They turn down the room each night, prepping the netting over the bed. Netting obviously works well as we didn't use any repellant and didn't get bitten once.
There is no A/C but it wasn't needed in March. We did use the ceiling fan which did the trick along with the breeze that came thru (bit more than desired for the first few nights).
I walked the beach, south, every morning, to just south of Ziggys, and I think we picked a great place in Zamas. The beach is full of weed from El Pez right thru to Amansala and they don't seem to clear it. Some places can be very smelly from the weed. They don't have this problem at Zamas.
The food at the restaurant is very fresh and tasty and the prices are very reasonable. My husband enjoyed the fresh fish caught in the afternoon and on his plate for dinner! The pizza is very good too. French toast for breakfast was excellent.
There is no fridge in the cabanas so we bought a bucket at the supermarket down the road, filled it with ice, and our beers, to enjoy outside our cabana. Tho the prices at Zamas are reasonable too. You could also get a polystyrene bin with lid at the Xoxo down the road ( we didn't know until we already had the bucket!)
I hope I get the chance to return to Tulum, and of course Zamas, someday in the future. Thanks for making our Mexican experience such an awesome one :)
- 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