Tulum Glamping: 21 Best Glamping Spots in Tulum (2023)

If you want a change from the typical resorts, Tulum glamping might just be what you are looking for. What exactly is glamping?

The word comes from combining glamorous and camping…where guests get a mixture of nature and glamorous comforts.

If you want the chance to disconnect and unwind with nature but still have a shower before crawling into a comfortable bed, then glamping might be for you.

Keep reading to find out the best spots for glamping in Tulum. 

The Temple in Tulum on a sunny day.

21 Best Places to Go Glamping in Tulum21 Best Places to Go Glamping in Tulum

Tulum is the destination in Mexico for glamping. There you will find plenty of options to choose from ranging from more glamorous to more rustic.

Here are the best glamping spots in Tulum:

1. GlampIKAL (Nawal Glamping Concept Tulum)

Exterior view of the tent from a Tulum glamping spot.
GlampIKAL – Photo © Expedia

GlampIKAL, formerly known as Nawal Glamping, is located on a stretch of sandy beach between Playa Paraiso and Playa Pescadores.

The property offers guests a chance to unwind and enjoy the terrace and private beach access.

You can choose between a deluxe tent, luxury tent, or oceanfront platform tent that has a balcony and sea view.

All tents have air conditioning and the property has shared bathrooms and showers.

There is a restaurant on site that serves Mexican and international cuisine.

Guests here love the comfortable rooms and relaxing atmosphere where you can fall asleep listening to the waves. 

Location is simply over the top and the rooms are all made with natural elements (wood and palmas).

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ALBERTO, MAY 2023

2. Uman Glamping & Cenote Tulum

The glamping tent with a comfy bed and a couple of vertical fans.
Uman Glamping & Cenote Tulum – Photo © Hotels.com

Uman Glamping is located near the entrance to the Sian Ka’an biosphere and is an incredible place to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

On the glamping grounds, there is a cenote, the area is covered in palm trees, and you are only steps away from the beach.

At Uman Glamping, you will stay in a tent that has a private bathroom, outdoor shower, fan, and mosquito nets.

You can choose from an American or continental breakfast then spend your day relaxing on the terrace, snorkeling, or canoeing.

Guests loved that they were immersed in nature, but still had a clean, comfortable tent to sleep in. 

Best glamping in Tulum! Great value and amazing staff. Anwar at reception was exceptional.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rania, february 2023

3. Our Habitas Tulum 

A woman standing by the balcony with a beautiful ocean view.
Our Habitas Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Our Habitas Tulum is an eco-resort hotel that sits between the beach and the jungle.

Here you can choose between jungle or ocean view rooms.

All tents have air conditioning, a private entrance, and a private bathroom.

The spacious rooms have outdoor seating areas where you can relax and the property offers bicycle rentals, themed dinner nights, live music entertainment, and art galleries.

The property has an outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant that serves wood-fired local food with a Middle Eastern touch.

Guests here can enjoy yoga classes, and massages, and treat themselves to a wellness package at the spa. 

This place was truly magical!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ menachem, august 2023

4. Astral Tulum 

A glass dome glamping site in Tulum beside the outdoor table and chairs.
Astral Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Astral Tulum is located near Las Palmas Beach. If you are looking for a unique experience, check out their bubble rooms.

Astral Tulum only has 4 rooms, and they look like a glass bubble or snow globe from the outside.

They are tucked into the jungle and have clear sides, so you can enjoy the sounds and sights of the jungle sky all night long. Each room has air conditioning and a private bathroom.

Breakfast is included with your stay, and you can enjoy other meals at the onsite restaurant that serves Mexican and Mediterranean food, as well as delicious cocktails.

Guests love the location and that the room lets you enjoy the sunrise and stars. 

Such a really cool experience! A nice quiet vibe in nature. We felt safe the entire time! The room was very clean and private! We were the only couple to book so we had the entire resort to ourselves! Staff were amazing and the beach club was in a nice location!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ aday, june 2023

5. Bunga Lotus Glamping 

A cozy tent with a couple of beds with colorful sheets.
Bunga Lotus Glamping – Photo © Hotels.com

Bunga Lotus Glamping is located in the jungle, just outside of Tulum, near Cenote Dos Ojos.

Here you will stay in a tent bungalow where you can listen to the sounds of nature all day and night.

The property has a swimming pool and WIFI and an onsite restaurant that serves Mexican and American food.

The property has shared bathrooms, and all the rooms have fans. Guests who stay here love the facility and helpful staff.

This is a wonderful project. The area is beautiful, the accomodations are great and the staff is very friendly. The service is great. We stayed in a queen tent with our two kids and they installed two mattresses for our little ones.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ cindy, february 2023

6. Serenity Glamping Tulum

View of a glamping spot in Tulum with a bed and a desk.
Serenity Glamping Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Serenity Glamping Tulum is located near the beautiful Xpu-Ha beach. The luxurious glamping area is surrounded by jungle.

Here guests will stay in comfortable tents.

You can choose between a queen or king-size bed, and all rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning, seating area, and jungle views.

The Myztique Restaurant offers international food and can accommodate special diets.

At Serenity, you can relax and rent bicycles, go snorkeling, and treat yourself to massages and spa treatments.

Guests here love the comfortable beds and helpful staff. 

The hotel territory is great. Quiet place, could see wild animals, the sea is great, food is delicious. Liked the place a lot.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ alena, may 2023

7. Mamasan Treehouse & Cabins 

Mamasan Treehouse and Cabins is located near South Tulum Beach, at kilometer 7 in the Tulum hotel zone.

Here you can choose between Bamboo Suit Cabins, Cabins, Geosenic domes, or a treehouse accommodation. 

The geodesic domes offer you amazing views of the area.

Guests who stayed here raved about the sunrise and sunset views these rooms gave them.

Mamasan is a 4-star hotel, and all the rooms have air conditioning, WIFI, and private bathrooms.

There is a concierge on site who can help you organize tours.

The onsite restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves cocktails.

The restaurant serves Asian and Mexican cuisine and uses regional organic produce. 

Staff were very friendly and accessible, and helped us celebrate a big occasion. The property and rooms were beautiful and as expected. The bar are was lovely and the bartender makes drinks that aren’t on the menu!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ monique, august 2023

8. Glamping Libelula Tulum

View of a bed in a glamp spot in Tulum near the ocean.
Glamping Libelula Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Glamping Libelula Tulum is located inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve just a few steps from South Tulum Beach.

Glamping Libelula offers 9 oceanfront rooms that were handbuilt and furnished with Mexican-made materials.

All rooms have a king-size bed, private bathroom, and ceiling fan. Selected rooms also have air conditioning.

Enjoy the onsite restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food prepared on the wood oven or grill. The meals are prepared with locally sourced food.

Guests loved that the hotel feels far from the activity of Tulum and you can fall asleep listening to the sound of the waves hitting the beach. 

The whole place has a super relaxed vibe. Food and drinks were amazing! They also gave us the best advice on what to do in the area, away from the crowds. The beach is really nice and secluded so you can have it all to yourself.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CAROLINA, APRIL 2023

9. Glamping Mayan Glam

A luxury glamping site in Tulum with high-class furnitures.
Glamping Mayan Glam – Photo © Hotels.com

Glamping Mayan Glam is located close enough to Tulum that you can easily access restaurants, but still remote enough that you can enjoy the calm of being surrounded by jungle.

The facilities have a swimming pool and WIFI. You can choose from a pod with two double beds that sleep up to 4 people or a pod with a king-size bed for 2 people.

Both options have a private bathroom with an outdoor shower, air conditioning, tea and coffee maker, and outdoor furniture.

The pods all have garden views, and breakfast is included with your stay.

Guests of all ages are welcome at this property.

Guests who stay here love the spacious and well-decorated pods and the beautifully maintained area.

Unique experience and lovely stay.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ helena, april 2022

10. Cinco Tulum

Cinco Tulum is located near Las Palmas Beach in the hotel zone of Tulum.

Cinco Tulum offers guests a private beach area, garden area, free WIFI, and patios to relax on.

You can choose between a standard, superior, or deluxe tent. All tents have air conditioning and guests will use a shared bathroom and shower facility.

Deluxe tents have ocean views, while the other tent options have garden views.

Breakfast is included with your stay and you can choose from continental, American, or vegetarian food options.

There is also an onsite restaurant that serves Mexican food and is open for breakfast, lunch, and cocktail hour.

Cinco Tulum offers bike rentals and tours, cooking classes, happy hours, and snorkeling, and has live music and movie nights.

While staying there, you can treat yourself to a massage.

Guests who stayed here loved the spacious and clean tents, helpful staff, and listening to the wind and waves while lying in bed. 

I had a really great experience with all my friends during this stay. The location is fantastic and the staff is always there for any need.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ MARTINA, JULY 2023

11. Ku Kuk Glamping Tulum

View of a couple inside the tent near the bed.
Ku Kuk Glamping Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Ku Kuk Glamping Tulum is located in the jungle, near Xcaret, just north of Tulum.

Xcacel Beach is just an 8-minute walk from the property. The spacious property has 7 domes that have either a king-size bed or bunk beds.

From your dome, you can enjoy the sites of the jungle and gaze at the stars all night long.

The domes have air conditioning, a coffee maker, and a minibar.

You will have a private bathroom located just outside your dome.

All guests can enjoy the communal kitchen, swimming pool, and garden.

This site is family-friendly and even has an outdoor playground area for kids to enjoy.

Ku Kuk Glamping is pet-friendly, you just need to specify in your reservation that you want to bring a pet with you!

A continental breakfast is included with your stay and is served daily in the common kitchen area.

Ku Kuk is dedicated to caring for the environment and uses biodegradable products and eco-friendly technologies throughout the property.

You can rent a bicycle or have a bonfire for an additional cost. 

Hidden gem, one of the best glamping sites I’ve been to!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ran, april 2023

12. Nomade Tulum 

A concrete wall glamp site with bamboo ceiling with a bed near the window.
Nomade Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Located near South Tulum Beach, Nomade Tulum sits at the intersection of a pristine beach and a dense jungle.

When you book your stay at Nomade Tulum, you can choose between suits that were designed to honor the natural surroundings, treehouses, or luxury tents.

The property also offers a 2-room villa. Rooms include private, outdoor, bathrooms, air conditioning, and amazing jungle or ocean views.

The property has a concierge service and two onsite restaurants that serve Mexican and local seafood.

Nomade Tulum offers wellness packages that include daily yoga, fitness, sound healing, and ancestral practices such as temazcal and cacao ceremonies.

Nomade often has live music with performances from local and internationally recognized artists and DJs.

Guests here love the thoughtfully designed architecture and design and amazing service from the staff. 

One of the best hotels on the beach with a one-of-a-kind Tulum vibe!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LAURENS, MARCH 2023

13. Huaya Camp 

A spacious tent with a bed with white sheets.
Huaya Camp – Photo © Expedia

The Huaya Camp is conveniently located a short walk away from downtown Tulum, but still in a quiet, natural setting.

Here you can stay in a yurt or a two-bedroom apartment on the property.

The yurds are all comfortably designed with either a king-size bed, queen-size bed, or two queen-size beds.

They have a private, outdoor, shower and air conditioning.

The property has an outdoor swimming pool and the Espiritu wellness center.

The wellness center offers treatment inspired by traditional Mexican healing.

You can get a massage, participate in a temazcal, or have physical and energy healing sessions.

Children are welcome at the Huaya Camp and guests can sign up for bicycle and walking tours.

Guests here love the location, you can rent a bicycle explore nearby cenotes, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surrounding nature.

If you like to connect with nature, this is a beautiful place. The rooms are great, very comfortable, with private outside showers. They offer tons of selfcare activities. I did the Temazcal, that is inside the property, and was great. Loved this place!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ miguel, july 2023

14. Harmony Glamping Tulum 

An all white glamping in Tulum with white furniture.
Harmony Glamping Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Harmony Glamping Tulum is a few minutes walk from the ADO bus station and downtown Tulum.

When booking your stay at Harmony Glamping Tulum you can choose between different suites, including one that is perfect for groups and sleeps up to 6 guests and tents.

All of the suite rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

The luxury tents are spacious- they measure 13 feet in diameter and over 9 feet high.

The tents have a queen-sized bed, windows, mosquito nets, and a floor fan.

Guests who stay in the tent will use the shared bathrooms that are divided into a men’s and women’s section.

The onsite concierge can help you book tours and activities throughout the area including stand-up paddle boarding, Tulum day trips to ruins and cenotes, and snorkeling trips.

The property has a swimming pool, deck loungers, and a restaurant that serves dishes using homegrown vegetables.

Harmony Glamping offers daily yoga classes for guests as well as wellness retreats. Guests here love the atmosphere at the hotel and yoga classes. 

Looks nice, quiet and peacuful. There were agoeti’s in the garden.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ jasper, august 2023

15. Serena Glamping Tulum

A room with a cozy bed with wooden decors.
Serena Glamping Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Serena Glamping Tulum is located meters from South Tulum Beach.

This adults-only 3-star hotel offers guests the choice between jungle rooms, master suits, or glamping tents.

The jungle rooms have a double bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

The master suites have a king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning. The glamping tents have a king-size bed, private bathroom, and air conditioning.

There is an onsite Maya pool made out of ancestral materials that gives it the appearance of a cenote.

The hotel offers nightly campfires, spa treatments, bicycle rental, an amazing sundeck, and a space where you can practice yoga and meditate.

A continental breakfast is included with your stay at Serena Glamping.

The resort offers yoga classes and you can sign up for a massage at an additional cost.

Guests love that Serena is near the restaurants and nightlife of Tulum but is still quiet and makes you feel connected to nature.

Tranquil and peaceful by the beach.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ silvia, february 2023

16. Nativus Glamping & Cenote Tulum

A basket full of towels on the bed.
Nativus Glamping & Cenote Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Nativus Glamping is located less than 5 kilometers from the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere and is just a few minutes walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in Tulum.

The Nativus property has its own private cenote for guests to enjoy.

The property provides snorkeling gear, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks for guests.

Nativus has 7 glamping tents that are designed to be luxurious and eco-friendly.

The tents have a king-size bed and a private bathroom with an open-air shower and eco-friendly toilet.

A fresh and healthy breakfast is included with your stay.

Nativus has a 24-hour fitness center for guests to use, bicycle rents available, and the staff will help you book any local tours you want. 

17. Akumal Natura Glamping 

The exterior view of a tent with a bed and table and chairs outside.
Akumal Natura Glamping – Photo © Expedia

Akumal Natura Glamping is located north of Tulum in Akumal, just 1.7 kilometers from the Akumal Bay.

Akumal Natura Glamping is in the jungle and guests can enjoy the property’s sun terrace with garden views.

The property has 20 bungalows and guests can choose from the king room or double room with two single beds- all rooms have an amazing garden view, fan, mosquito nets, and terrace to relax on.

Akumal Natura Glamping has an onsite restaurant where the chef uses local products and flavors.

The chef can accommodate any food allergies and offers romantic dinners and an international menu.

The property has a private cenote, where you can swim and relax in the clear waters.

The property also has WIFI, 24-hour reception, yoga lessons, and free use of their bicycles.

Akumal Natura also has an animal rescue that works with local authorities to care for displaced native animals until they are ready to be reintroduced into nature.

Guests can sign up to volunteer at the animal rescue while staying at the property. 

Guests here loved the onsite restaurant and private cenote.

The facility has 2 cenotes in it which were quiet and not crowded. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
I felt very welcome.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ diana, june 2023

18. Co.Banitas

A spacious glamp spot with bed and a sofa.
Co.Banitas – Photo © Expedia

Co.Banitas is located in the jungle in the southern Tulum hotel zone, just a short walk from the beach.

The property has free WIFI, concierge service, a parking lot, and a sun deck for guests to enjoy.

Guests here can choose between double rooms with a private or shared bathroom, a family room with a double bed and single bed, and glamping tents.

Guests here love the comfortable design of the rooms.

Mosquito nets will keep your room and bed free from bugs, despite being in the jungle.

Guests love the welcoming owner, great breakfast, and relaxed atmosphere here.

For an additional cost, the property offers bicycle rents, local tours, snorkeling, and diving excursions. 

It’s a nice property, you can stay in the jungle and the beach is super close.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ celine, april 2023

19. Bayou 

A spacious room with a bed with a couple of lights.
Bayou – Photo © Expedia

Bayou is located in the jungle just to the south of downtown Tulum. It offers guests eco-friendly and luxurious tents and cabins where you can enjoy a quiet, relaxed vacation.

The cabins have a fan, terrace, coffee maker, and private bathroom.

The tents have a fan, outdoor terrace, coffee maker, and a shared bathroom.

The property has a private cenote and outdoor furniture to use to enjoy the garden.

For an additional cost, you can have a healthy breakfast served to you on your patio.

Bayou offers bicycle rentals for guests.

Guests who stayed here were surprised by how clean and comfortable the accommodations were and loved the friendly and helpful staff.

Easy access from Tulum pueblo (centre), charming little camping to relax, very well designed. Very comfortable/equipped clean rooms,tents and pool.Small open-air space for yoga. Bruno the host is sweat and swag.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ maud, august 2023

20. Chiibal Tulum 

A woman in red dress near the bed.
Chiibal Tulum – Photo © Expedia

Chiibal Tulum is located in the Tulum hotel zone, just a few steps from the beach.

Here, guests will stay in glamping domes. You can choose between the junior room or the glamping domes.

The junior room has air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a king-size bed.

There are domes with king-size beds, or domes that can accommodate 4 guests with a queen bed and double bed.

The domes all have air conditioning, private bathrooms, and terraces.

Some of the domes even have a private terrace and private pool.

The property has a swimming pool, and WIFI, and is family-friendly with books, games, and puzzles for children.

There are restaurants a short walk away.

Guests here think the hotel is a good value for the costs and is clean, comfortable, and in a great location. 

The location was great. Close to alot of beach clubs. The room was really cozy. Aircon was nice and cold. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The bed was big and very comfortable and the rooms were really clean.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ tobiano, march 2023

21. Pal Mar Glamtainer Tulum  

A luxury accommodation with bed and a balcony.
Pal Mar Glamtainer Tulum – Photo © Hotels.com

Pal Mar Glamtainer Tulum is located in the heart of the Tulum hotel zone.

The rooms are constructed out of retired shipping containers- recycling these materials to give them a second life.

The beautifully designed container rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom, and an outdoor sitting area.

From your room, you will have garden views.

The adults-only property offers bicycle rentals, WIFI, and garden sitting areas to relax in.

Guests here love the unique concept with the rooms being built out of containers, the friendly staff, and the excellent location near the beach and restaurants. 

Nicely done! Quite unique in a container and comfy bed.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ iwan, june 2023
The archaeological site in Tulum.

Is Glamping in Tulum Worth It?

Tulum is a great destination for glamping.

Tulum is situated on the Riviera Maya coast with beaches with white sand beaches and clear water that sit right against dense jungle.

The best glamping destinations make you feel like you are far from civilization- you can relax and hear nature all around you, whether that is waves crashing on the beach or the wind blowing through the jungle.

The area around Tulum is ideal for giving guests this natural experience.

You do not have to travel far from town to find yourself in the thick jungle or next to the beach.

The Tulum is known for cenotes, or freshwater sinkholes that connect to a massive underwater river system.

Cenotes are filled with refreshing fresh water and great places to go for a swim or snorkel.

Several of the Tulum glamping sites have an onsite cenote, or one close by to visit. 

The natural beauty of Tulum makes it a great spot to disconnect and go glamping and there are plenty of glamping places to choose from.

Glamorous camping can mean a lot of things and you will find glamping sites that range from basic and comfortable to downright luxurious.

Many glamping sites use creative materials and building methods to create airy accommodations that let you feel connected to nature but also have comfortable beds, and amazing bathroom facilities. 

So, yes, glamping in Tulum is worth it. You can have a one-of-a-kind experience sleeping in a dome, bubble, or treehouse where you will relax and experience nature.

Glamping lets you take the best parts of camping- listening to waves crashing on the beach at night and feeling far away from civilization, with all the modern comforts to have a restful, enjoyable vacation. 

A beach in Tulum near the hut and hammock.

🌴 Relax on the White Sand Beach

The amazing beaches are what initially drew visitors to the Tulum area.

The Tulum shoreline stretches for over 10 kilometers of pristine beach with soft white sand and clear turquoise water.

The water in Tulum is generally calmer than the beaches in Cancun, making it ideal for soaking and swimming.

Plus, the weather and water stay warm all year round, so you can enjoy the beach anytime.

Today you can find several Tulum beach clubs along the beach or access the beach at one of the public beach entry points. 

What to Pack for Tulum Glamping

Since the idea of glamping is to give you a luxurious camping experience, you will not need to worry about packing things like sleeping bags, tents, or camping equipment.

In fact, most glamping sites provide seriously comfortable bedding!

Your accommodations will take the hard part of camping away, letting you relax and enjoy your time in nature. This makes your job of packing a lot easier too.

Here are some essentials you will need for your glamping experience:

✔️ Lightweight, comfortable clothes.

You will be spending a lot of time outside and most of the year is hot in Tulum. You will be the most comfortable in lightweight materials.

Tulum is a beach town and anything goes for fashion, and you will find a lot of people out at restaurants and clubs dressed in a seriously fashionable beach bohemian style.

So, even though you are glamping, do not be afraid to throw a few fashionable beach outfits in your bag. 

✔️ Lightweight raincoat or sweater. You might be surprised that you need to add an extra layer in the evenings, especially if you are traveling in the winter months.

Come prepared with a lightweight raincoat/windbreaker or sweater. 

✔️ Comfortable shoes. If you plan to do any hiking at the ruins or cenotes a comfortable pair of hiking sandals or sneakers will be better than slippery flip-flops.

✔️ Reef Safe Sunscreen. Most glamping destinations focus on eco-friendly tourism.

Bring your own biodegradable, reef-safe sunscreen to use before getting into the cenotes or ocean. 

✔️ Eco-friendly bug repellent. Staying in the jungle means that seeing a few bugs will be inevitable.

Most glamping hotels will have mosquito nets and other eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitos away, but it is always a good idea to have bug spray just in case. 

✔️ Waterproof phone case. If you plan on doing any water activities (even just sitting by the pool) having a case to keep your phone protected is a good idea. 

✔️ Swimwear. This will be an essential part of your Tulum wardrobe as you enjoy the beach and cenotes. 

✔️ Hat and sunglasses. Keep yourself safe from the sun with these essentials.

✔️ Yoga gear. Tulum is known for its vibrant yoga scene, so make sure to pack your yoga clothing so you can join a class or two.

✔️ Beach essentials. It is a good idea to bring a beach bag, lightweight towel, paperback book, sun protection, and anything else you need to have a relaxing day at the beach.

In addition to this list, you will need to take your passport and any medications you need with you.

It is always a good idea to purchase trip insurance, and if you plan on scuba diving, make sure to purchase dive insurance. 

You do not need to take a lot with your glamping. You can leave expensive designer clothing and jewelry at home.

And remember, the most important thing to take with you on any trip is your sense of adventure and open-mindedness. 

View of the Tulum ruins and the ocean.

Tulum Glamping Tips

If this is your first time glamping, there are a few things you should know.

📌 First, glamping is not like camping in that you do not need to know how to set up a tent or start a fire to have a good time.

Your hosts will work hard to make sure you have an enjoyable vacation and a relaxing connection to nature. 

📌 Before booking your accommodation, it is good to do a little research and have an idea of what kind of experience you want to have.

Tulum has glamping locations that sit nestled between the jungle and ocean, or locations that are in the jungle.

Some jungle locations even have an onsite cenote for you to enjoy.

Once you know where you want to stay, you can start to think about what kind of accommodations you would like.

📌 Glamping ‘rooms’ come in a lot of different forms. You can stay in a luxury tent, bubble, pod, or eco-friendly bungalow.

If you want to be able to see the stars shining down on you all night from your bed, you will need to look at staying in a pod or bubble.

Some accommodations have air conditioning, while others just have fans. You will need to decide which of these options works for you.

Some accommodations have a private bathroom, and many offer private outdoor showers for guests to enjoy. Others have shared bathrooms. 

📌 Once you have decided what you want, make sure to book your accommodations early.

Many glamping sites only have a few rooms. If your heart is set on a certain type of accommodation, you will need to book early to make sure it is available. 

📌 Lastly, go with an open mind and be ready to really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Glamping became popular because guests wanted a more intimate experience with nature, without giving up a good night’s sleep. Enjoy this unique and fun experience. 

The huge signage of Tulum.

Things to Do in Tulum

Tulum is located about an hour and a half south of Cancun.

In recent years it has become popular with travelers who are looking to get away from the big resorts in Tulum and enjoy the endless beaches and natural beauty.

Today Tulum is known for having great restaurants and music and is a popular place to visit to practice yoga and go to wellness retreats.

There is no shortage of things to do in Tulum, here are a few things you do not want to miss.

🌴 Swim in the Cenotes

Cenotes are freshwater sinkholes that connect the surface to a complex underground river system and run all over the Yucatan Peninsula.

Cenotes are an important part of the history of the Yucatan Peninsula and the ancient Maya believed they were the gateways to the underworld.

Today you can visit countless Yucatan cenotes while visiting the Yucatan Peninsula, including many that are near Tulum.

There are three different types of cenotes: open, semi-open, and closed.

Open cenotes are like a natural pool in the middle of the jungle. They are usually in a beautiful setting- surrounded by trees and are great for swimming in.

Semi-close cenotes let you snorkel and swim inside them and see the amazing rock formations they have. 

You can rent a car in Tulum and explore off-the-beaten-path cenotes or take tours to visit cenotes.

Some glamping locations even have an onsite cenote for you to relax by and swim in.

However you choose to visit them, you do not want to miss the experience of visiting a cenote.

The Mayan Ruins in Tulum under a clear sky.
Mayan Ruins

🌴 Explore the Tulum Ruins 

Tulum is not only famous for its white sandy beaches, but also its rich history and Mayan ruins.

The ruins here are unlike other Mayan ruins because they sit on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

This was the only city that the Mayan people built on the coast- most other cities relied on cenotes for their fresh water.

Tulum was an important port for trade from all over Central America.

Historians believe that jade, turquoise, ceramics, and textiles were traded here.

The Maya people inhabited the Tulum ruins from around 1200 AD to the 15th century when historians believe this site was abandoned as the people moved into the jungle. 

The Tulum ruins sit just to the north of downtown Tulum and are easy to get to in a rental car, taxi, or even bicycle.

No trip to the area is complete without a visit to these fascinating ruins.

You will enjoy spectacular views of the ruins overlooking the sea and have the chance to learn about the history and culture of the area.

You have several options for how to visit the ruins, you can go on your own.

There are tour guides available on-site, if you want to get a more in-depth history of the site, or you can walk around by yourself.

Or, you can book a tour of the ruins. Tours will include a tour guide who will explain the history of the site to you.

Most tours combine a visit to the ruins with snorkeling in Tulum and a visit to a nearby cenote. 

View of the oceanfront in Tulum filled with huts.

🌴 Enjoy Water Adventures

The famous beaches of Tulum offer a lot more to do than just lounge around.

Once you have had enough time to relax on the beach, you can check out some of the best water adventure activities the area offers.

Just off the coast of Tulum is an incredible coral reef.

You can sign up for a snorkel tour that will take you out to the reef where you will swim in the clear water and see the colorful corals and marine life.

There are countless species of fish, rays, and sea turtles in the area.

If you want to take your water adventure a step further, you can sign up for a scuba dive.

Tulum is great for certified and beginner divers.

Dive shops offer an intro to scuba diving course for new divers that will cover the basics and get you into the water to enjoy the coral reef up close. 

If you prefer to stay above the water, Tulum is a great spot to paddle board or kayak.

Or, if you want to learn a new sport, sign up for kitesurfing lessons.

Kiteboard enthusiasts travel from all over the world to enjoy flying across Tulum’s turquoise waters. 

🌴 Try Some Mexican Foods

Over the past years as Tulum has grown it has developed a reputation for being a foodie’s paradise.

Today Tulum has amazing restaurants where you can try everything from traditional flavors to Mexican fusion.

Many restaurants here cater to their guests’ desire for locally sourced, organic food and use traditional cooking methods to make regional specialties.

The result is that Tulum has some of the best, most interesting, food in all of the Riviera Maya.

Tulum is also a great spot for vegans, vegetarians, or people with food allergies. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is glamping?

Glamping is glamorous camping.

It combines the parts of camping that get you out of big hotels and into nature with comfortable, even luxurious accommodations.

Glamping is perfect for people who want to feel connected with nature without having to sleep on the ground.

Glamping accommodations can be anything from luxury tents, to pods, to treehouses, to bungalows used with recycled materials.

Most glamping resorts in Tulum focus on respecting nature and using sustainable building practices so tourists can stay in harmony with the surroundings. 

Is glamping a luxury?

Glamping can be a luxurious experience.

Many glamping hotels work hard to give you a level of service similar to that which you would find in a luxury resort. 

The aerial view of Tulum under a clear sky.

What is the cheapest glamping structure?

It depends on where you stay, but in general, luxury tents are the cheapest glamping structure.

There is a wide range in price between different glamping areas.

The most luxurious glamping tents are not any cheaper than a basic hotel room because they aim to make the experience luxurious.

In general, the most expensive glamping structures are the bubbles and treehouses. 

What is the difference between glamp and camp?

The difference between glamping and camping is that glamping is comfortable and luxurious.

Most glamping structures are permanent- there is no packing them up and moving them around.

They have electricity and power outlets, and some even have air conditioning and private bathrooms.

For most people, camping means you will bring your own tent, set it up, and sleep in it without electricity.

Glamping takes the best part of camping- sleeping in nature, and combines it with comfortable beds and amenities. 

Most glamping hotels offer guests services that are similar to a hotel.

They have a concierge who can help book your tours and onsite swimming pools, and many even have spas that offer massages, wellness packages, and yoga classes.

Glamping hotels often have delicious onsite restaurants with skilled chefs preparing the meals too! 

View of the ocean in Tulum on a sunset.

Final Thoughts: Tulum Glamping

Tulum is an amazing destination for glamping and there are plenty of different glamping sites to choose from.

If you want to get away from large resorts or relive childhood camping experiences in comfort, glamping is a great option for you.

Glamping takes the best part of camping- being surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful nature- and combines it with modern amenities to make sure you are comfortable and have a great vacation.

Glamping in Tulum offers you the chance to vacation in a unique way- whether you want to stay in a treehouse, tent, or see-through bubble, it will be an experience you will not forget!