Family Hotel Review: Villa las Estrellas, Tulum, Yucatan, Mexico
Simple yet stylish family-friendly accommodation with uninterrupted sea views from every room.
Best For: Sea views and fresh seafood; kids of all ages.
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
There are two things in particular that we loved about Villa las Estrellas. The first is its position on the beach. Tulum’s long, strip of sand is fairly narrow in most parts but Villas las Estrellas has prime position on a wide stretch of brilliant white sand. The second are the stand alone cabanas, set in private grassy gardens, just steps away from the beach.
But it’s hard not to love most things about this hotel, run like clockwork by convivial couple Simone and Thais. With just nine simple rooms, the vibe is laid-back and homely and there’s lot of space for guests. The restaurant is very good (we ate fish tacos most days), our only complaint being that coffee was not available until 8am when we visited!
Like many Tulum properties, there are no phones or TV and WiFi is limited. Instead, you can spend your days lying on a sun lounger under the shade of a palm tree or trying your hand at kite surfing – there’s a hire shop right in front of the restaurant.
Why The Kids Will Love It
Kids will be happy at Villa las Estrellas – how can they not be when they have the beach on their doorstep? The cabanas are definitely are top pick for family accommodation. They offer more space (with a king size bed and two single beds) plus there’s the lovely grassy area out front that’s all yours.
When we visited the hotel had a small swing set on site that will appeal to younger kids but really the best playground is the sandy white beach on your doorstep. Parents should note that the ocean currents can be strong so take care with little kids in particular.
Away from the hotel Tulum is a wonderful place for families with ruins to explore, iguanas to spot, cenotes (freshwater swimming holes) to swim in and plenty of water activities to enjoy. For wildlife enthusiasts, July-September sees turtles hatch on the beach in front of the hotel and from January to March you can spot whales near Holbox Island.
There are nine rooms in total, six rooms in the main building and three suites in separate cabanas. All share the same beachy design aesthetic
The rooms are divided into Standard and Deluxe.
Rooms 1 & 2 (Deluxe Rooms): Positioned on the ground floor these rooms come with a four-poster bed and an additional single bed. Room 1 is located right next to the kitchen.
Room 3 (Deluxe Room): Located upstairs, this pretty room is enormous and has possibly the best sea view in the house. The large balcony comes with an enormous hammock plus table and chairs.
Rooms 4 & 5 (Standard Room): These are the smallest rooms and also have the smallest terrace. They are on the first floor, above the bar.
Room 6 (Deluxe Room): Also on the first floor, this room is very similar to Room 3, although the view is not quite as good.
The three cabanas sit on the beach and each come with their own private grassy lawn area. They are slightly larger in size than the rooms and each comes with a kingsize bed and two single beds. They also enjoy a terrace area and enormous garden hammocks.
All rooms have mosquito-netted windows and floor fans (no ceiling fans), and you get a couple of free bottles of mineral water every day. If staying in one of the suites then enjoy additional treats including fresh flowers, sweets and a bottle of Prosecco upon arrival.
As with many properties in Tulum, be aware that showers aren’t that strong and it may take a while for them to warm up. Lights can be dim and there is no air con.
Best Rooms For Families: Each room can accommodate a family, depending on how big your family is. If travelling with two or more children then the cabanas are definitely your best bet.
The hotel restaurant is very good and popular with outside guests as well as residents.
Breakfast Breakfast is served from 8am (bring snacks if you’re travelling with little kids who need feeding earlier!) and includes coffee, freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruit plates, bread and pastries with jam plus a cooked option.
Lunch & Dinner The lunch and dinner menus are largely the same. When we visited we ate a lot of fish tacos as well as ceviche, paella and lots of fresh fish dishes.
There are lots of very good restaurants nearby should you want a change of scene.
For Kids: There is no dedicated kids’ menu however there are child-friendly options on the main menu including pasta dishes that my two devoured. Service can be a bit patchy but the staff are generally willing to try and help accommodate requests wherever possible.
Activities for Parents
Lie on the beach or on your terrace / hammock and read a book. Pure relaxation.
Learn to kitesurf, the hotel runs a school from the beach.
Go swimming in the beautiful turquoise blue sea, be aware that there is an undertow here and currents can be strong.
Visit Tulum’s Mayan Ruins and go for a dip in the ocean afterwards.
Head further afield to Coba Ruins and see if you can make it up and down Nohuch Mul.
Enjoy all the great restaurants that Tulum has to offer including uber trendy Hartwood and Casa Bananas.
Activities for Kids
Spend the morning splashing in the sea and then build sandcastles on the beach.
Take time out in your own private (grassy) garden with an ice cream or two.
Marvel at the hundreds of iguanas that call Tulum’s Mayan Ruins home.
Older kids can learn to kitesurf, simply ask at the reception desk.
Cycle through the jungly paths at Coba Ruins, or hitch a ride in a rickshaw and get someone else to do the peddling instead.
Bring your mask and snorkel for swimming in the crystal clear waters of the many cenotes that pepper the area.
From July to September you can watch turtle eggs hatch on the beach.
Communal areas, doctor on call, laundry, no spa but massages available, WiFi (it can be unreliable).
Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements. At the time of writing rates were as follows:
Standard Room (4 & 5): US $250 / night
Deluxe Room (1, 2, 3 & 6): US $300 / night
Suite / Cabana: US $400 / night
When to go:
Tulum enjoys warm weather year-round with highs staying within the low- to mid-20Cs (70-80F). Tulum’s rainiest months are June, September and October, when the hurricane season is over but the days are not too hot.
Christmas and New Year get very busy, so avoid the festive period if you can. Visit instead in October, November and February and enjoy Tulum all to yourself.
Location & Travel:
Villa las Estrellas is located in Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in the Yucatan.
The closest airport is Cancun International Airport, from where you can catch daily flights within Mexico and the U.S. and regular flights to the UK and Europe. From the airport is roughly a 1.5 – 2hr drive.
Contact The Hotel
For more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Take one of the cabanas if you can; these come with their own patch of green grass, perfect for little kids to play on when they get tired of sand.
2) Do visit the Coba Ruins, they are quite spectacular and little adventurers will love them.
3) Swim in a cenote! There are plenty of these fresh water holes dotted around the area, the hotel can advise on more kid-friendly ones.
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