Last Updated Oct 18, 2023

In the last few years, there has been growing a movement in travel that has slowly but steadily taken over the world, glamping. As one of the hottest international destinations in the world, Cancún and Riviera Maya have taken notice of this movement and have developed a very solid glamping offer for its visitors.

However, let’s start from the beginning. What is glamping?

What Is Glamping?

The term glamping itself has the key to understand what does this movement is all about, as it is a clever mix of the words “glamour” and “camping”. So, there you have it, in its most essential way, glamping is a travel experience that provides the camping-like contact with nature but with the added luxuries that a modern traveler is used to get when visiting top-notch destinations around the world.

In other words, "glamping is all about making your camping experience comfy and luxurious". Nature is still there in all its glory, but you don’t have to sleep on the hard floor, pee on a tree, or bath in a river or take a cold shower. In a way, glamping is a movement aimed for those who weren’t all that crazy about camping for all those little annoyances that camping may present, by making it more attractive and comfortable.

Why Should You Glamp?

Para ser honestos, la pregunta aquí debería ser ¿por qué no deberías irte de glamping? Con la gran diversidad de alojamientos e instalaciones creadas para tu comodidad, el glamping estos días es básicamente unas vacaciones de lujo con el tremendo añadido de la naturaleza salvaje en tu propia puerta.

When talking about Cancun and the Riviera Maya, I’m sure you’re aware that this spectacular corner of the world is home to one of the most amazing mixes of natural wonders in the planet. From the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to the unique underground system of rivers known as cenotes, all surrounded by the extraordinarily lush tropical forest of the Yucatan Peninsula and the real question asks itself: why would you want to be away from all this nature secluded in a five-star resort?

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The Mayan jungle is the perfect spot to safely explore the natural wonders of the region and enjoy the luxuries provided by some of the best glamping sites in the world. Because glamping in the Riviera Maya not only includes snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in mystical underground cenotes, but also plenty of wellness amenities such as yoga lessons under the trees, temazcal sessions, organic permaculture farms, and all kinds of natural spa treatments.

Types of Glamping

Glamping come in many different flavors and expressions. You can glamp in treehouses and teepees, airstreams and trailers, cabins, tents, barns and farmhouses, geodesic domes and cubes and pods, huts and cottages, Mongolian-like yurts, glamtainers, as well as wagons and shepherd huts.

Actually you can even glamp in luxury villas, so the possibilities are endless, but what are the options available for the discerning traveler in Cancun and the Riviera Maya?

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Glamping in Cancun and Riviera Maya

The following is a list that includes the best glamping sites in Cancun and Riviera Maya, each one offers different features and provide their unique personality. Now, it’s up to you to find the right one for you, your partner, or your family:

Serenity Glamping Tulum

Serenity Glamping Tulum is considered one of the best glamping sites in the whole Riviera Maya. Located at the spectacular Xpu Ha beach, Serenity offers the best of both worlds, namely outstanding nature and amazing luxury.

At Serenity you can book a Jacuzzi tent for honeymooners or spacious family rooms, but if you want to go full glamping experience we recommend you to go for the lodge tent with 3 king beds, air conditioning, kitchenette, whirlpool tub, rain shower and much more. All of this just a few steps from a refreshing swimming pool, and exclusive organic restaurant, the best beach club in the area, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Akumal Natura Glamping

Hidden in the Mayan jungle but just 400 meters from the turtle-paradise that is Akumal beach, Akumal Natura Glamping features 20 tents with private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and free WiFi.

Within the Akumal Natura Glamping facilities you can find gorgeous cenotes, get yoga lessons, experience a temazcal ceremony, engage in different healing rituals at their ceremonial center, get a Mayan massage, ride a bicycle through the jungle, and even do some work at their coworking facilities.

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Nativus Glamping & Cenote Tulum

Nativus Glamping & Cenote Tulum is the kind of place you imagine when you think of a Tulum getaway. Hidden in a secluded area of the Tulum jungle and just a few meters from the world famous beach that put this place on the map in the first place, Nativus provides both privacy and nature at its best.

Nativus has its own private deck and it’s home to a large open cenote surrounded by lush vegetation. The luxurious tents feature king size beds, private bathrooms, open air showers, and eco-friendly toiletries. Among the activities you can engage at Nativus we can mention kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, biking, yoga, and sound healing sessions.

Cinco Tulum

Located right at the heart of Tulum’s iconic beach, Cinco Tulum offers six adults-only, uber exclusive glamping tents. Some of the tents include ocean views and fan, other come with air conditioning, but all are equipped with king size beds, mosquito nets, and safe box.

Tents at Cinco Tulum

The downside of staying at Cinco Tulum is that they only offer shared bathrooms and showers, although for some nostalgic of the old good camping experiences of yesteryear this might be a pro.

Serena Glamping Tulum

Serena Glamping Tulum features ten glamping rooms fully equipped with king size beds, air conditioning, wooden floors, private bathroom, frigobar, safe box, and WiFi.

Visitors are invited to engage in mystical rituals, visit their Zen Nest to practice yoga, meditation, or other mindfulness activities, they can also enjoy sunrise snacks, swim in a Mayan pool, or form a fire ring at the end of the day to relax and socialize with other fellow travelers.

Mimosa Tulum

Mimosa Tulum is a cute little boutique hotel which features a teepee kind of glamping experience. Inside the teepee you get a king size beed, air conditioning, safe box, and concrete floor.

However, bathrooms are shared, as well as a gorgeous swimming pool with wooden deck and loungers, kitchen, a fancy bar, and a dedicated workspace.

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Tubo Tulum Hostel

Tubo Tulum Hostel is an eco-friendly option developed with large concrete tubes that have been re-designed as your accommodations. Rooms are small and rounded, with little less than your double bed on it. However, they all include air conditioning and WiFi.

Like most hostels, Tubo Tulum is more about the people that you can meet there and its affordability. It features a large common space that doubles as kitchen, dining room, and working area, the bathrooms are shared too, and there are bikes to rent.

Ajal Tulum Treehouse

One of the most amazing kinds of glamping available out there are treehouses and Ajal Tulum offers some of the best ones in the Riviera Maya. Featuring only four deluxe private tree houses suspended 10 to 16 feet above the jungle floor.

Each tree house is fully equipped with a king or queen bed, private balcony, en-suite bathroom, open air rainfall shower, polished hardwood floors, hammock, air conditioning, and WiFi. The place also has its open restaurant and bar, and the whole complex runs a zero carbon footprint policy.

Libelula Tulum

Libelula Tulum is located right at the edge of the Sian Ka’an natural reserve, one of the most well-preserved areas in the whole Riviera Maya. Libelula offers five different types of cabanas, but they all feature en-suite bathrooms, rain and hand showers, safe box, and ceiling fans, although selected rooms come with air conditioning.

All the cabins feature locally-sourced wooden floors, and WiFi. The kitchen and communal table is the meeting point at Libelula, as meals are prepared in a handmade wood oven or in the outdoor grill with fresh ingredients and the catch of the day. Finally, the beach club is all you imagine Tulum would be like.

Cenote Cristalino en Playa del Carmen

Pal Mar Stay Tulum

What makes Pal Mar Stay Tulum is a truly magical place. Set right on the famous Tulum beach, it’s a development that has found the perfect balance between jungle and beach. Common areas include a refreshing infinity swimming pool, a hip restaurant with sandy floor and an indoor-outdoor atmosphere.

Our Habitas Tulum

Our Habitas Tulum is a truly magical place. Set right on the famous Tulum beach, it’s a development that has found the perfect balance between jungle and beach. Common areas include a refreshing infinity swimming pool, a hip restaurant with sandy floor and an indoor-outdoor atmosphere.

Habitat Tulum

Rooms include palapa roofs, outdoor rain showers, a minimum of 500 square feet private space, en-suite bathrooms, and some even come with their own private plunge pool.

What Are You Waiting For?

Amazing, right? Glamping in Cancun and Riviera Maya has been taken to the next level and it’s now up to you to make the most of it. If Cancun became famous by its huge all inclusive resorts, Tulum has surpassed it as the trendiest spot in the region with its spectacular glamping sites. Experience the boho lifestyle at its best in Tulum and its surrounding areas and come discover what this glamping concept is all about.

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