Kore Tulum Retreat and Spa Resort sits on a rocky promontory approximately two miles south of the Tulum ruins. What the resort lacks in beach it makes up for in its focus on wellness and relaxation–enjoy yoga, a temazcal ceremony, a massage or facial at the spa, or spend the day reading or napping in one of the Bali beds with an ocean view. More adventurous guests can do something more strenuous like take a capoeira class, or ride one of the complimentary bicycles to a local beach or the Tulum ruins for an early morning adventure. While the resort had previously been in operation under several different names and owners (formerly known as Blue Tulum, Adonis Tulum, and Zen Serenity), the Mediterranean-like architecture, general décor, and relaxing ambiance has remained the same under the new Parnassus Resorts ownership.
Kore Tulum is a boutique hotel with only 94 suites. Guest rooms at this resort are distinguished by their large size and Jacuzzi tub in each room; some suites also have a second Jacuzzi tub on the balcony. Suites not including a standard balcony have a room extension with sliding glass windows, Jacuzzi, and mega-views of either the gardens or the ocean (some ocean views can be from a distance or partially obstructed by palms). Décor is done in soothing crème, beige, and darker brown hues with attractive tile floors, while the beds have a partial overhead canopy. Bathrooms are also spacious and include rainforest showerheads in large walk-in showers while organic toiletries are supplied on a daily basis. Mini-bars (no beer or other alcohol offerings though), flat screen TV’s, and 24-hr. room service is complimentary.
If guests can tear themselves away from their beautiful suite and venture outdoors they will discover that the resort is terraced down towards the ocean due to its rocky location. (If you want to see an excellent aerial view of the resort, click here to see Del Sol Photography’s shot). The freeform pool on the top level makes the most of the ocean view with its infinity edge, and as the infinity edge spills down it makes an impressive water feature as seen from below. The upper pool has large built-in shelves and a lengthy swim-up bar but has a shortage of sundeck loungers and umbrellas. Adjacent to the pool are four in-ground Jacuzzis which also have an ocean view and overhead shade.
Terracing down from the pool and Jacuzzis guests will find an artificial “beach” which is composed of a smaller, narrow stretch of sand with Bali beds and loungers. The artificial beach has been constructed due to the resort’s lack of natural beach with direct ocean access–the rocky promontory prohibits both in this location. While some guests have been known to brave the rocks and waves in order to enter the water, ocean swimming at this resort is definitely not advised. To amend for the beach shortcoming, complimentary transportation to Paradise Beach Club has been provided by the resort so that guests can have beach and ocean access as part of their stay. There are two morning departures and two afternoon return rides scheduled with the last shuttle leaving the beach at 4 p.m. If that is not convenient, complimentary bicycles are also provided by Kore Tulum so that guests can leave and return at their leisure. The resort has an arrangement with Paradise Beach Club which offers Kore Tulum guests the use of loungers and towels along with a 10% discount on food and drinks.
Since this is a boutique resort, dining options are somewhat limited. While the poolside restaurant’s main floor is devoted to breakfast and lunch, the upper floor is for dinner options (Mexican, Italian, or Asian with no teppanyaki)–all menu choices are offered in the same room. While there is a small bar associated with the upstairs dinner restaurant, most guests wanting an after dinner drink do so at La Galeria bar which also offers a pool table and flat screen TV’s for evening entertainment.
Kore Tulum is a unique all-inclusive resort choice in the Tulum area, and one which offers many amenities which other Tulum hotel choices do not. While beach lovers may find this resort to miss the mark with no onsite beach and ocean access, travelers looking for a more intimate and relaxing resort environment (and not minding having to travel a bit for an ocean swim) may find Kore Tulum to be an excellent vacation choice.
Type of Resort: Family-friendly
Pro: Large suites, boutique resort, shuttle to nearby beach club, Jacuzzi tub in each room
Con: No ocean access, in-room WiFi $, lack of top-shelf liquor options, menu diversity
Best Suited For: Couples or single travelers who want a more quiet and relaxed resort environment and those who don’t mind having to go elsewhere for beach/ocean access.
No. of Rooms: 94
Room Amenities: King or two queen beds, A/C, Jacuzzi tub, separate sitting area, mini-bar, digital safe, flat screen TV, small table and chairs, ceiling fan, radio alarm clock with iPod dock, telephone, coffee maker, robe and slippers, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, dbl sink, rainforest showerhead, and toiletries. Complimentary room service is 24-hrs. a day while in-room WiFi is an extra cost. Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:
- Luxury Jacuzzi Dbl Suite Garden View: Two queen beds, outdoor Jacuzzi.
- Luxury Jacuzzi King Suite Garden View: King bed, outdoor Jacuzzi.
- Luxury Jacuzzi Dbl Suite Sea View: Two queen beds, indoor Jacuzzi.
- Luxury Jacuzzi King Suite Sea View: King bed, indoor Jacuzzi.
- Master Suite Front Sea View: Separate bedroom area with king bed, flat screen TV, adjacent sunken seating area with sofa, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, separate living room with sofa and two armchairs, coffee table, flat screen TV, adjacent dining area with table and four chairs, kitchenette with microwave, stovetop and dishwasher.
- NOTE: Guest room building villas are two-stories with no elevators.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Not available
Resort Amenities: Two-level infinity pool (swim-up bar in the upper level), four in-ground Jacuzzis, spa, sauna, temazcal ceremony ($), meditation area, fitness center, bicycles, shuttle service to Paradise Beach Club, 10% discount on Paradise Beach Club services, pool and “beach” wait service (the sandy area with the Bali beds and loungers), hammocks, tour desk, concierge, and car rental.
Restaurants/Bars: There is one main dining building which serves all meals–breakfast and lunch are served downstairs (Nirvana), while dinner is served upstairs (Shangri-La). Shangri-La offers three separate menus including Mexican, Italian, and Asian specialties (no teppanyaki); a la carte reservations are not needed. There are three bars onsite including the swim-up/pool bar, the small bar area by Shangri-La restaurant, and La Galeria which also serves snacks. Tea time is offered in La Galeria from 5-6 p.m.
Entertainment: While there is some music played at this resort in several venues (the pool area and La Galeria), there is no other entertainment offered. The town of Tulum is located quite close to the resort so it is not difficult to get a cab and go into town for some nightlife.