There's no shortage of wonderful hotels in Tulum, but if you're looking for total privacy—or traveling with a group—then renting a house is the way to go. If you avoid high season (when prices nearly double), you'll find that a week in a beachfront villa is not just blissful, it's surprisingly affordable as well. We've visited every house on this list and would stay in any one of them in a heartbeat. They're all gorgeous enough to make you want to throw the towel in on your normal life and stay in Tulum forever.
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As with most really good things in life, pictures just don't do this place justice. It's massive, modern, and totally private. There are five bedrooms, each with their own unique design feature; One has a giant terrace overlooking the ocean; another a shaded porch with a hammock; yet another a private outdoor Japanese soaking tub. There is tons of communal hang space, including a patio with a pool, a spacious, ocean-facing wooden deck, and a palm-studded beachfront complete with comfy bean bag loungers.
Casa Laha VRBO
Casa Dos Besos
There's something so damn charming about Casa Dos Besos. Maybe it's the wide wooden steps that lead up to the house's large beach-facing deck, the understated bohemian decor, the private massage room, or the shaded back courtyard with sunken seating area where you can totally picture all your friends hanging out after a long beach day. And you can fit a bunch of them, too: Besos sleeps ten total with two massive bedrooms inside, and three adorable cabanas out back.
Casa Dos Besos VRBO
This villa is one of the newest on the beach. We visited a few years ago when it first opened and fell in love with its welcoming vibe, spacious layout, and crazy good ocean views; We're sure it's only improved since then. There's a secluded beachfront pool, huge rooftop deck, inviting open-plan living room, and five spacious bedrooms each with their own en suite bathrooms and balcony.
Casa Carolina VRBO
This romantic villa at the far south end of the beach lives up to its name: Not one detail is out of place. The massive living space features a soaring, palapa ceiling, rustic crystal chandeliers, a central wooden staircase, and an open kitchen with swings (!) for bar seats. Outside, is an inviting wooden deck and some of the prettiest lounge beds on the beach.
Casa Chic VRBO
Rancho San Eric
Located on the edge of the Sian Ka'an reserve, Rancho San Eric is a collection of eight private homes. Each beachfront property is super secluded and varies in style and size. Casa Sarah, for example, sleeps six and boasts a lofted, Mayan-inspired design, while the minimalist Casa Colibri is tucked behind a lilly-pad pond and has a covered roof deck strung with hammocks. All the properties at the Rancho are managed by Stefan and Hui, longtime Tulum transplants who also run Hechizo, one of the nicest restaurants on Tulum beach.