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Hotel Highlights

  • Pristine private beach
  • Eco-consciousness
  • Oceanfront views


The hotel will be closed March 2015 – January 2016 for renovations. 

With unobstructed Caribbean Sea views from nearly everywhere at the hotel and a quiet private beach where you can lounge for hours on soft white sand, Las Ranitas hotel in Tulum has more than a few things to boast about. But the abundance hasn’t gone to its head – this laid-back beach destination is just as unpretentious, understatedly elegant and devoted to environmental sustainability as it’s been for years. Now, we’ll take that margarita on our private beachfront balcony, please…


Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Las Ranitas with us:

A choice of red or white house wine and a fruit basket


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Las Ranitas – Tulum – Mexico

Need To Know


25, including seven suites.


12noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $348.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent.


There is not a spa, but massages and other treatments are available in your room. Yoga classes are available for a $15 each.

Please note

The hotel will be closed starting March 2015 for seasonal renovations, to be completed in 2016. 

At the hotel

Beach, swimming pool, yoga classes, bicycles to rent, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: bathrobes, free bottled water, minibar in some.

Our favourite rooms

Top floor rooms facing the ocean, like the Cristal Upper Floor rooms, win the most romantic award, with their unobstructed Caribbean Sea views and private patio.


The small, curving pool is most popular for the beach views its sunloungers provide, and the shade from its surrounding palm-trees.

Packing tips

Bring as little as possible; the more time you spend in your swimsuit on the beach, the better.


Welcome, though not especially catered to. Rooms are spacious and the on-site beach is private, and extra beds can be added to most suites. Note that there are a lot of stairs, so it’s ideal for older children.


Not only are all cleaning products biodegradable and all glass, water and organic waste recycled and composted, but all power is produced at the hotel and all food is sourced from local providers. Additionally, the hotel is constructed for the best ventilation and airflow, to minimize the need for air-conditioning, and the hotel is involved with sea turtle and blue crab conservation programs.

Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Picturesquely situated overlooking the ocean, the restaurant serves up classic coastal Mexican cuisine amid the understated elegance of swaying palm trees, palapa umbrellas and clean-lined wood furniture. All ingredients are locally sourced and fresh fish dishes like Mayan ceviche are regular favourites. Don’t forget to try the guacamole!

Hotel Bar

The bar is part of the restaurant, which means it has the same jaw-dropping ocean views you’re supposed to play cool about. As for wetting your whistle, anything with tequila will do.

Last orders

The restaurant is open from 7am until 10pm daily, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drink your margaritas and cold cervezas until 10:30pm.

Room service

The hotel does not offer room service, but some suites do have mini-fridges.

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Dress code

Something to catch the breeze – gauzy dresses and linen pants will do just fine.

Top table

The handful of tables set right next to the railing offer the best views of the ocean – and the sunset setting over it.

Local Guide

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Las Ranitas – Tulum – Mexico
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’ve had enough beach time, hit the road and head to the UNESCO World Heritage site Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve, a stretch of protected land lined with lagoons, beaches and a section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Study the flora and fauna with bilingual guides (+52 984 871 2202; Stop by the quaint fishing village of Punta Allen two-and-a-half hours from Tulum. Be warned, you’ll need a four-wheel drive for the treacherous roads. Tour the ruins of the walled city of Tulum just a few minutes from the hotel. Believed to be the home of the 40,000 Maya, the ruins of pre-Columbian Cobá – about 27 miles from Tulum – are usually less packed. You’ll find two lagoons and the tallest pyramid of the Yucatán amid this jungle-fringed site.

The light traffic of Tulum and well-marked paths keep bikers pedalling to surrounding beaches. Rent some wheels from the hotel and cruise solo or take a guided tour through the jungle at Iguana Bikes in downtown Tulum (+52 984 119 0836). Get adventurous: explore cenotes on a dive (we especially love Dos Ojos and the smaller Gran Cenote) or spot giant snapper on a snorkelling trip, just a five-minute drive from the hotel (+52 984 807 8805). From basic courses for beginners to refresher sessions for seasoned boarders, adventurous travellers will love pulse-quickening kitesurfing classes (+52 984 745 4555).

Local restaurants

One of the hottest dining dens in town, Hartwood, run by New York natives Eric Werner and Mya Henry, offers contemporary American cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients. Seafood and steak are served on cast-iron dishes and chunky cutting boards. The restaurant is just steps away at Boca Paila Km 7.6. Belly up to the whitewashed bar and order a spicy grapefruit margarita. The menu changes daily.

Make your way to the jungle garden-surrounded El Tábano, where Mexican-meets-Mediterranean-meets-Caribbean flavours will have your mouth watering as soon as you arrive. The menu changes daily and is written on a large chalkboard – as are the day’s margarita flavours (+52 984 134 8725).

Located inside the eponymous hotel, Posada Margherita serves hearty home-made pasta and wine from Chile, Argentina and Italy (+52 984 801 8493). For Argentinean steaks, live-music-packed weekends and a solid wine selection, head to Casa Banana, just down the street from the hotel at Boca Paila Km 8.5 (+52 984 806 2871). Casa Violeta hotel’s restaurant serves wood-oven-baked pizzas and freshly caught fish. Try the mixed grilled seafood platter, and sit at a table with a view of the water (+52 984 879 0294).

Open only for dinner, Hechizo will satisfy serious gourmands. Run by chef Stefan Schober and his wife/pastry chef, the name of this tucked-away restaurant means enchantment – one taste of the amuse bouche and you’ll realise why (+ 52 984 879 5020).

Local cafés

If you want to branch out for breakfast, or are just craving some healthy fresh juices after your morning swim, go to Il Barino, a palm-shaded vegetarian café behind a yoga studio (+52 984 168 0226).

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On the Tulum waterfront

Las Ranitas

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780

Located right on the beach in Tulum, Las Ranitas hotel is perfectly placed for both ocean exploration and jungle adventures, not to mention the laid-back Tulum scene.


Cancún International Airport is 75 miles northeast of the hotel. It operates plenty of flights to US cities with connections to Europe, on major airlines that include JetBlue ( and Delta ( It's also served by some charter flights from the UK.


A car is essential for jaunts to ruins and trips to nearby towns such as charming Valladolid, a little more than an hours’ drive away. Free parking is available at the hotel.


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Las Ranitas
Las Ranitas Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Tulum 77780 Tulum Mexico

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel on the Riviera Maya and unpacked their silver jewellery and hand-woven blankets, a full account of their luxury eco break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcar…
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Las Ranitas

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel on the Riviera Maya and unpacked their silver jewellery and hand-woven blankets, a full account of their luxury eco break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Las Ranitas in Tulum…

There’s no denying Tulum has reached the luxury travel big-time, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still devoted to its environmentally conscious, local culture-respecting roots– you can still stumble out of your airy, tile- and carved wood-decorated bedroom and onto a quiet white-sand beach. Las Ranitas won’t surround you with Balinese-inspired water features or insist you try the latest diet in vegan juice trends. The only water features here are the pool (surrounded by loungers, naturally) and the private beach (a rarity in chilled-out Tulum). And, all the food here is provided by local purveyors as it’s picked, caught or butchered, and expertly crafted into traditional Mexican dishes like ceviches, tacos and guacamole. All of which is, of course, washed down with cold, delicious margaritas.

Unwinding here is about finding that long-sought beachfront relaxation, palm-trees swaying above, waves crashing before you and the sun warming your skin. You could get a massage in your room, read a book on your private balcony, go snorkelling with colourful fish, take the hotel’s bicycles for a spin around town or peruse the well-curated boutiques, but, when you come back, look for us on our sunlounger – or, if the sun’s down, in our supremely comfortable bed. Las Ranitas is where you come to rejuvenate.

The Guestbook



Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were immaculate and the resort was well kept. Antonio the head waiter who had superb attention to detail and excellent English. Attentive and informative staff always willing to help. A pool as well as the ocean. Yoga classes in the mornings with Victor were a great work our before lunch.

Don’t expect

The area is more expensive than Mexico City or London for that matter! Be prepared to pay a top price for everything along the strip! I was amazed at the prices in Tulum, you have to go downtown in order to not feel as though you are being fleeced at every turn. The resort is someway down the bottom of the strip so wandering to shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants is not so convenient, we hired bikes which were fun but watch out for the crabs at night!

Rating: 7/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The food and drink were amazing – all natural ingredients and delicious. The yoga studio was beautiful – hatha and vinyasa flow classes were great. It has a laid-back vibe, and it was very easy to hang out and find space to relax on the beach.

Don’t expect

The rooms were small and humid; we preferred to be outside for most of our stay.

Rating: 6/10 stars