Hotel Papaya Playa Project Hotel 3 star
KM 4 - 5 Carr.Tulum - Boca Paila, Quintana Roo - 77780 - Tulum, Mexico
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Papaya Playa Project is the perfect hotel for those who enjoy the 'Gypset' (Gypsy + jet set) lifestyle. Young artists from all over the world gather here to be at one with nature, relax, and celebrate important events. While the hotel promotes ecotourism, it doesn't neglect the luxury side either. The menu and the selection of artists invited to design the entertainment programme are exclusive.

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    Location 9.0 /10

    Located in Tulum, the Papaya Playa Project is just one hour and a quarter from Cancun International Airport. The hotel is situated in one of the last remaining unspoiled areas on the Riviera Maya, near the archaeological site. Verdant forests, 900 metres of sandy beach, and turquoise waters are all waiting in store for visitors.

    Accommodation 4.70 /10

    About half of the 85 cabins have a private bathroom (with shower), and communal toilet facilities are available for those without. Guests can choose from 6 accommodation options: the 4 Casitas (small houses with a sea view, private terrace and spacious bathroom), 22 Cabañas Oceanfront (cabin on a rocky outcrop overhanging the sea, bathroom and terrace), 29 Cabañas Oceanfront with shared bathroom, 18 Cabañas Garden (in the hotel garden near the sea, with private bathroom), 4 Cabañas Jungle (huts immersed in the flora and fauna, with a small bathroom), and 12 Cabañas Jungle without bathrooms. All the cabins and huts are well-maintained, but rarely well-equipped. The warm colours exude an ambiance of well-being, but the design of the buildings allows insects and pests easy access.

    Overview 6.45 /10

    The reception, a large open space, opens directly onto the car park near the main road. If you go out at night make sure you take a torch with you, as the path to the 85 cabins, all near the beach, is rarely lit. The lodgings are built using local materials and blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural environment. The international clientele, often including young environmentally-conscious artists, are encouraged to have discussions around the bar, in the restaurant, or at the beach club. In terms of sports, the hotel puts particular emphasis on different yoga practices. For those who enjoy a spot of relaxation, there is also a beauty spa.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The restaurant, with a stunning sea view, is open from 7:00am to 10:00pm and serves fresh local dishes. Most of the ingredients used are grown in the gardens of the complex. Drinks and light snacks are available from the hotel beach club until late in the evening. The charming lighting and the understated yet refined decoration set a pleasant atmosphere.

    Beach 8.95 /10

    The white sandy beach is definitely one of the hotel's strong points. Just off to the side of the building, it's perfect for walks, beach parties and water sports. The beach is large enough to accommodate all of the hotel's guests, and the warm clear waters are a great place to cool off.

    To know

    The hotel, a member of the Design Hotels Group, has been constantly evolving since its creation in December 2011. Consequently, it is best to ignore the few shortcomings you might find during your stay. The idea is to focus on ecotourism, so you won't find any swimming pools or air-conditioning in the cabins here.


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Sports equipment

      aerobics, fitness, gym, dance

    • Non-smoking rooms



    • The lack of lighting on the paths and in the guest rooms.
    • To get to the restaurant, guests have to walk past the toilet facilities.
    • The numerous run-down cabins on the site.
    • The huts are not well enough insulated against noise and vermin.

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