Coqui Coqui Tulum, Papolchac Residence & Spa
Set near the Coba archaeological site, this six-room resort resembles a whimsical sandcastle. Facing a freshwater lagoon, these pyramid-style stone edifices have a wooden bridge connecting the third-floor suites. This hotel is back-to-basics — not for those seeking lavish amounts of attention. But if it’s simplicity you’re after, the cream-and-cocoa interiors contrast beautifully with the turquoise water. Rooms are lit by candles after dark; platform beds are draped with sheer netting. The spa is devoted to natural therapies — try a scrub made from sea salt and coconut.