My husband and I stayed at Cabanas La Luna for 3 nights during our honeymoon, and of all the places we stayed (an all-inclusive north of Cancun, a hostel in downtown Cancun, and a boutique hotel in Playa) - it was our FAVORITE.
From the moment we pulled our rental car into the driveway and were greeted by the friendly, lovely, and helpful Edmonda in reception, our mouths were hanging open at the beauty and tranquility of the place. It's so peaceful there - just the sound of the palm fronds clacking gently, and farther off the sound of the soft Caribbean waves. The layout of the Cabanas is such that while they are close together, convenient to the restaurant and the beach, you aren't ever peering in at your neighbor, and really the only time we ran into people was at the restaurant or if we purposefully interacted with them on the beach. It's up to you how social you are here - it would have been very easy for us to feel like we were the only people on the property the entire time!
We stayed one night in Robinson Crusoe, and two nights in Marco Polo. Robinson Crusoe is a small cabana with a straight shot to the beach down a path. It's cozy - the perfect size for a couple. There is a hammock and a table on the patio as well as a little bath for your feet to keep the sand out of your room. The water was hot, and there was both a ceiling fan and an electric fan for the room. I only wish there was a screen door so that we could have kept the door open for the breeze all night - it was divine!
Marco Polo is a larger room over where the reception area is. It has a terrace/balcony area again with a hammock, chair, and couch with table. While you have to look around the roof of the restaurant to see the ocean, at night the terrace was a SUPER spot to hang out and watch the stars. Since there's so little light in Tulum, you can see SO many stars! It was my first time seeing the Milky Way, and Edmonda reminded us about a star-gazing app that we used to identify many constellations and even the Hubble Telescope moving through the sky! Marco Polo did have a screen door, and we loved that we were able to invite the breeze in all night. It was a real toss-up as to which was our favorite!
The beach was gorgeous. White sand, wide, with plenty of chairs and umbrellas as well as hammocks a bit farther back. Every once in a while someone would come down from the restaurant and check to see if you needed anything (so friendly!) The swimming was fantastic - sandy areas interspersed with grassy areas that were perfect gathering places for all kinds of adorable fish! In my trips out with my goggles, I saw a baby squid, a baby puffer fish, several colorful fish that I couldn't identify, and two skates!
The restaurant deserves its own review, and I will write that separately, but know that the food was delicious - they made the best margarita that I had in Mexico, and the best meals we had as well. (And I work for a company that also has a five-diamond restaurant, so I do know what I'm talking about just a bit!) We are not the all-inclusive types, but we ate every single meal here it was THAT good. (Get the lobster, and the shrimp salad! And the creme brulee. And the chicken. Just...get everything.) The price is extremely reasonable for what you get, and when you stay they will just charge everything to your room, so no worrying about paying for each meal or having the right change or making 10 charges to your card.
Also, if you are celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or just vacationing with your significant other, take my word for it and splurge for the private romantic dinner on the beach! IT IS WORTH EVERY CENT.
Everyone is so friendly and will take the time to stop and talk to you if you want - or just let you relax in your own paradise. They will gladly help you find any of the local attractions like the ruins at Tulum or Coba, or one of the cenotes/underground rivers nearby.
Finally, I'd like to say that I am not a "rustic living/camping" type person. The last camping trip we went on, I learned how much my husband loves me after I had a meltdown that would make a two-year old proud because it was too hot and I was too sticky and I couldn't sleep. That being said, I was a little worried about there not being any A/C - but with the cool breeze most nights and the multiple fans I was able to sleep comfortably. (My favorite tip is to bring a small container of baby powder - not only will it make sure no sand sticks to your feet or body, but it will help keep you from getting sticky during the night.)
Bottom line - our favorite place in all of Mexico. Don't hesitate to book here - we are already making plans to return with our parents within the year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel like Robinson Crusoe, Christopher Columbus or Captain Dale on a tropical shore with everything you need to feel the magic of life: fresh air, blue skies, turquoise water, fresh local dishes, friendly people and a lot of sun. Come to magical La Luna and enjoy a fairy tale come true! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabanas La Luna Tulum
- Cabanas La Luna Hotel Tulum