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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Very cute cabanas, especially if you can get an ocean-facing room. The rooms are small, but comfortable and come with a little porch and hammock. The staff is friendly, the food is delicious, and the beach is gorgeous! The little common pools and swings are an added bonus. We like Papaya Playa because it's nice, but not stuffy; it still...

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Hello Dear Heather! Today we received your message on TripAdvisor and to say the least we are very happy! We especially love your quotation: "We like Papaya Playa because it's nice, but not stuffy; it still feels like you are on a beach." As you have discovered we have 800 meters of beach front all supported by luscious jungles and...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Ww spend here the last 5 days of our travel in mexico. Thats a fantastic combination of position, nature, top service and top level but not excessive luxury. We will return for sure! Thanks to firmin for good suggestiion to visit casa malca, a top level location of the same property. Enjoy it!

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AndresR-PPP, General Manager at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your super review! It truly means a lot to us when our guests take time from their busy lives to write something sweet about their stay. We are very pleased to hear that you had an amazing stay here at Papaya Playa and that you enjoyed the design of our beautiful hotel. It is very...

curitiba
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I only experienced this place as a venue for a house party and it was awesome. The bar was only so-so...meaning it wasn't stacked with too many options, but I'm not sure if that is a venue thing or a promoter thing. I mean everything about its location, its beach, everything is just as amazing as everything else.

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AndresR-PPP, General Manager at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are always pleased to hear that our guests had fun at our awesome party! Each Saturday night, we host a party right on the beach with live dj, bar, and hangout spots by the waterfront. Once a month, we elevate the party and throw the Full Moon Party, with guest djs from...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was a little afraid after reading some reviews and prepared myself to be disappointed. I couldn't have been more wrong! This place is beautiful, the whole property is amazing and the private beach is reason alone to stay there. It's super chill and we were lucky enough to stay there for the full moon party which was awesome. I...

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Hola! Mackenzie! WOW! We are so happy to receive you positive comments about PPP Full Moon party! Especially to know that despite what might have been erroneously reported you were able to experience first hand the amazing style and curated entertainment of the PPP Full Moon party! Over the past several years we have slowly modified our parties moving toward...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Papaya playa after visiting the Coba ruins and it was a lovely place to chill out, have some lunch, listen to some music and feel the beach breeze! The food was delicious and service was good! Just be aware the prices are more expensive than places in Tulum itself. As we had lunch, we then stayed on...

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AndresR-PPP, General Manager at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise here at Papaya Playa. We are glad that you found the food delicious. Our kitchen is a local Mexican kitchen with a Mayan and modern twist. We always use fresh and local ingredients to ensure the best quality. Our tasty food is...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Stayed here in July for a personal getaway and Papaya was the exact place that I needed. It was quiet and laid back. The beach front with the ocean breeze was so great that I did not want to go anywhere. I love the restaurant facing the ocean and the food is great( portion is a big small). The manager...

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AndresR-PPP, General Manager at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

On behalf of the entire team here at Papaya Playa, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us. We are very pleased to hear that you found our hotel the perfect surrounding for your personal getaway and that you got the peace and quiet that you needed. Here at PPP we are making an effort...

Reviewed 10 August 2016

Many, many cabanas stretched over a long bluff, "garden" jungle with gorgeous views and beach. Quiet and private. It can be a long walk from reception to your cabana - it was to our two. Recommend seeking one closer. Bows to eco tourism, but all the basic creature comforts are there; though wifi only in the public areas. No TV...

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AndresR-PPP, General Manager at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review of Papaya Playa. We are extremely grateful that you share your great experience of our hotel. Our vision for the hotel is to make it eco friendly and do as little harm to the jungle as possible, as well as try to preserve the nature and the animals...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We went to this place on the recommendation of a fellow traveller and weren't disappointed. It is such a cool place, hidden amoung trees but once you get through it opens up to the most amazing view of Mexicos blue seas and white sands. We were only hear for a couple of hours for some drinks but thoroughly enjoyed the...

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Hello Toby544! Thank you so much for sharing your great experiences with everyone on TripAdvisor! The Papaya Playa has been welcoming Guests since being established in 1994 and we are proud when our Guests take the time to let people know how enjoyable their experience has been! Now that you know where we are and how much fun you can...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Part of what makes a place enjoyable is the integrity and kindness of those who run the operation. I had an unfortunate experience renting a bicycle from Papaya Playa - a fairly straightforward transaction - which ended in a truly disturbing scene. I rented twice there, befriended some of the staff, and had a very normal experience until I tried...

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michaelpapayaplaya, Project Management at Papaya Playa Project, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on TripAdvisor regarding your experience this July. In Papaya Playa Project we learn a lot from the comments of our Guests which is why we are always pleased when someone takes their valuable time to point out important issues to us even of they are unpleasant to hear. We appreciate...

Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 July 2016

I didn't stay in the hotel but enjoyed their beach club very much. There are just enough amenities and comfort but not too much to take away from the wild jungle feel. The beach service was really good, polite and quick but it never felt like the waiting staff were too pushy. For a 500MXN spend you can use their...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Introducing, PAPAYA PLAYA PROJECT , A MEMBER OF DESIGN HOTELS™ PROJECT a true sustainable project in Tulum. Having sought far and wide for a place to create an authentic, nurturing experience, the 900 meter stretch of oceanfront paradise cocooned on the Caribbean coast of the Mayan Riviera was the perfect spot. Together with the owners of of the existing Papaya Playa beach resort, Design Hotels™ is initiating the ultimate pop-up camp. Claus Sendlinger explains: “Our idea was to create a transitory, yet deeply culturally-rooted experience and we couldn’t have dreamed up a better place to make this happen. Capitalizing on the natural environment and multicultural character of Tulum, we quickly put together an international team of real visionaries, each enriching the experience with their own food, music, design or wellness concept. The enthusiasm and creative energy of everyone involved enabled us to renovate the camp and put together a holistic program within a very short period of time.” So come December, the authentic-pleasure seekers have a new raw-luxe camp they can sink and rub their feet into. Eighty-five cabanas have been renovated by the Design Hotels™ creative team. Integrating local materials and building techniques, they encourage its residents to soak in the warmth of the elements, both physically and mentally. The separation between man and nature diminishes in these rustic spaces while the perception of small indulgences – like high thread count sheets, flowing mosquito nets and thick towels – is heightened. The ultimate luxury in most of the cabanas, is the private porch, where hammocks gently swing guests into sync with Tulum’s laid-back rhythm. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Papaya Playa Project

Address: Km 4-5 Carr Tulum-Boca Paila, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Price Range: €165 - €475 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Papaya Playa Project 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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Also Known As:
Papaya Playa Tulum
Papaya Playa Hotel Tulum
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#13 Spa Hotel in Tulum
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
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