Looking for the best Airbnb in Tulum? Keep reading to find our ultimate list of the best Airbnb, VRBO and vacation rentals in Tulum, Mexico.
Tulum is synonymous with the words boho, luxury, chic and wellness and this resort town on Mexico’s Riviera Maya is only getting more and more popular each day. Tulum certainly doesn’t lack accommodation either. In fact, it has some of the most beautiful places to stay imaginable and Tulum Airbnbs and Tulum VRBO rentals all have one thing in common; tropical boho vibes that will make you never want to leave.
In Tulum, you’ll find stays for every budget, from pretty, airy studios in Tulum town to jungle villas with pools and private cenotes nearby.
I’ve carefully selected the best Airbnbs in Tulum, each one a tranquil space where you can really indulge and feel the Tulum energy and atmosphere, practise yoga, soak in a plunge pool and practise some morning meditation. They are perfect for the wellness or health-focused traveller or anyone wishing to unwind in style.
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Best Airbnbs in Tulum: Thing to Know Before Booking Rentals
↠ Tulum is divided into two parts, Tulum town and Tulum beach. Most vacation rentals are located in Tulum town and you’ll need transportation to get to the beach i.e. bicycle or scooter. If you prefer to stay right on the beach, it’s better to book your stay in a boutique hotel or resort with booking.com. If you prefer hotels make sure to also read our guide on the best boutique hotels in Tulum.
For more about which area of Tulum to stay in check out The Best Areas to Stay in Tulum: Centro Vs Zona Hotelera
↠ It’s really hot in Tulum so make sure to choose an Airbnb with a pool and at least a fan if not air conditioning, especially in summer. Swimming pools aren’t an expensive addition nor are they hard to find but they make all the difference in the sweltering heat.
↠ Many Tulum Airbnbs and VRBOs offer bike rental or free bikes so try to go with those. As most Airbnbs are situated in Tulum town, it’s a 20-minute bike ride from the centre of town to the beach (more from La Veleta). This will save you on taxis or having to rent bikes as an added extra. It’s not uncommon to have taxi drivers try to charge $100 just to get from Tulum town to the beach.
↠ Tulum is growing at an alarming rate and condos and buildings are going up like wildfire, eating into the jungle. If you choose to stay in a brand new condo it’s possible that there’s another one being built right next door, which might mean construction noise all day long.
One way to avoid this is to stay in areas that have already been built. Central La Veleta and Tulum town are mostly already built and so are all the resorts at the beach. You might want to stay away from parts of Aldea Zama and southern La Veleta as these are the newest areas that are currently seeing a lot of new builds.
↠ The best Airbnb in Tulum generally comes with lots of outdoor space or at least a hot tub or plunge pool, large and brightly lit rooms and open-plan kitchens and living rooms. Many rentals are in newly built condos that also have shared facilities like a gym, yoga studios and on-site restaurants.
Best Airbnb Tulum & Rentals
In this guide, I’ve included some of the best Airbnbs in Tulum as well as my favourite apartment and villa rentals from VRBO and luxury booking platform The Plum Guide. In my personal opinion, Airbnb has really slipped these past few years so I’m always looking for better alternatives to offer you.
Here is my absolute favourite selection for Tulum.
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Located in Tulum town, this stunning private villa is the perfect option for couples visiting Tulum. Sanah is a space of 10 private villas, each with their own stunning tent-like suites and private pool. The villas are surrounded by lush jungle greenery and the whole place feels like an escape into nature.
Each villa consists of a large bedroom space, private bathroom, private terrace and pool where you can fully relax and enjoy your surroundings. The decor is light, bright and minimalist.
There’s also a solarium, steam bath and massage therapists on site that’ll cater to your wellness and relaxation needs.
Casita Milagros – A Jungle Tree House
While there aren’t too many of these simple jungle cabins left in Tulum, if you’ve always wanted to stay in a simple but tasteful cabin surrounded by jungle then this is your chance. Located on the edge of Tulum town, very close to Cenote Calavera this cabin is part of a 4-cabin complex, surrounded by jungle and a pool, perfect for a couple.
You’ll be woken up by the sound of birds chirping and the jungle waking. The cabin is simple and consists of a double bed, a centrepiece and a simple yet functional outdoor kitchen. The cabin comes with wifi and aircon. It really is the ultimate jungle hideaway at a really affordable price for Tulum.
Avant-Garde Luxurious Penthouse
Grab a group of friends and stay in the one of the most luxurious and exclusive villas in Tulum. This brand new, luxury villa features 3 large bedrooms (with 4 beds total), 3 beautiful bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for a week’s vacation with a group of friends.
Outside you’ll find a small garden with a beautiful, minimal pool, the only place you’ll need to be to enjoy the Tulum starry nights while sipping on fresh margaritas. Many of the bedrooms also have their own private plunge pool or terrace for extra privacy and space.
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Modern Apartment with Wifi, Pool, Rooftop
For some simple, tasteful design and open, airy spaces this secret oasis in the middle of La Veleta Tulum is the perfect family getaway. Designed and decorated with functionality, simplicity and style in mind it’s an escape for anyone who wants to get away from it all.
This Tulum VRBO rental has a pretty, shared outdoor pool surrounded by a tropical garden that’s the perfect place for a morning yoga session and an airy, fully equipped kitchen for you to cook some light meals.
After a long day, relax in the outdoor hammock with a book- a subtle addition to this simple yet gorgeous apartment. It has 2 spacious bedrooms and is perfect for two couples or a family.