Carretera Federal Cancun-Tulum Km 118.
A boutique hotel on the Mayan Riviera
Al Cielo is a charming boutique hotel situated on the beach of Xpu Ha, just half-way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. This confidential address offers a magical getaway and paradise-like view on the the Mayan Riviera, famous for its 130km of fine sandy beach. This four star hotel, nestled on a protected beach, is composed of eight charming and authentic villas and suites. This is truly an ideal location for any travelers in search for a tropical stay or a romantic waterfront escapade.
Check-in for paradise
The sea is the first thing you will notice when you arrive at Al Cielo. From the colorful palapas on the beach, the most beautiful beach in Mexico so it is told…
Sensory and harmonious, the four rooms have taken the names of the four elements, symbols of vitality: Agua, Viento, Tierra, and Fuego (Water, Air, Land, and Fire). Each room has a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and the lush jungle that surrounds the hotel. Just wait until you can admire the sunrise and sunset from your bed, terrace, or hammock
The two Villas on the garden, Atardecer (sunset) and Girasol (sunflower), are especially ideal for families. They are spacious and offer a terrace with a pool. La Villa Del Patron is the most luxurious with its two large bedrooms, pool, and idyllic seafront view.
The TemptingPlaces Experience: cool attitude under the palapas
The palapa, a word of Mayan origin that signifies a pulpy sheet, is a little open hut with a roof of dried leaves, typical on the Mexican coast. The colored palapas on the beach of Al Cielo are symbolic of the relaxing way of life that you find at the hotel. The mats in the shade of the palm leave roofs wait for you to relax, read, sunbathe, lunch, and drink succulent watermelon juice…
Amenities and Activities
The Al Cielo restaurant is at the hands of Mexican chef Francisco Morales Tress, who decided to settle on the Mayan Riviera after a number of experiences in restaurants around the world. Sea paella, lobster, and local fish are all on the menu of his restaurant, which is open all day, but only by reservation for you to experience his intimate and personalized side. You can choose between dining on the terrace or directly on the beach.
Massages, done with essential local oils and tropical fruits, are available upon reservation. This is the moment to totally release yourself under a private palapa specially arranged for use on the beach.
The turtle season is from May to September. You will be able to see the turtles lay eggs in the bay, and later you will be able to help the baby turtles return to the sea, all under the eye of a biologist who will explain everything. You can even swim with the turtles on the beach of Akumal, a ten minute drive from the hotel.
Diverse excursions are organized on demand: visit archeological sites (Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins and the colonial cities of Vallodolid and Izamal), take to the sea on the hotel boat, swim with whale sharks at the Isla Mujeres, swim in a cenote, etc.
The Tulum pyramids: a seaside archeological site
Tulum means “wall, fortification, castle,” but its ancient name was Zama, and meant “sunrise" which you will understand when looking out at the 360° view of the Caribbean sea and horizon. It’s the only Mayan city constructed on the sea coast.
The city, built on a rocky promontory, was founded around 564 but the major portion of vestiges date after 1200. Most of the monuments had ceremonial functions. The Castillo, the temple dedicated to Venus, recalls the appearance of the Chichén Itzà architecture with its staircase and its serpentine columns. This is the most elevated building of the site. The central figure represents the descendant God (or Dieu Abeille) omnipresent in Tulum. The archeologists have been present in the zone since 1999 and have discovered more than 100 skeletons from the Mayan culture from several ages and over fifty pots and other ruins.
We recommend that you take a walk through history in one of the principal Mayan cities of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.