Glamping tent at Serenity Authentic Glamping Tulum resort, jungle hideaway in Mexico

Dreaming of glamping in Mexico? Serenity Authentic Glamping Tulum is a relaxing luxury tented camp in the very heart of Xpu Ha, in the state of Quintana Roo Mexico. What makes this stay extra special is it’s location in a lush jungle, with a sandy beach and Caribbean blue waters just steps away!

Glamping, “glamorous camping,” is camping only better! Satisfy your craving for an outdoorsy experience at this charming accommodation with the addition of the best modern-day luxuries. WIN WIN! I had the most fantastic time on a girls trip to Cancun and we chose this gorgeous jungle hideaway in Mexico as our spot. It’s the perfect location, and is really just magical! Needless to say, I intent to return again!

Glamping tent at Serenity Authentic Glamping Tulum resort, jungle hideaway in Mexico
Tulum Glamping: The shockingly cool and comfortable tents at Serenity Luxury Camp

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Why stay at Serenity Authentic Glamping Tulum Xpu Ha hotel

There are many great reasons to stay at this beautiful jungle hideaway in Mexico! Let’s go over them:

The “room” prices are quite reasonable

I paid around $150 per night, which I found quite reasonable. I booked through Booking.com where they had a very generous cancellation policy. You’ll get a booking confirmation along with arrival details from Booking.com, if it makes you feel more comfortable contact the property directly to confirm your reservation.

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RELAXATION!!!

If you are looking for an escape from the stressors of life, this is your spot. Aptly named, this resort takes serenity to a new level. It is calm, it is serene, it is relaxing! I really can’t say enough about how peaceful and calming this resort is. I really didn’t even see a lot of other people but it was also during COVID restrictions so that may have been why.

the beautiful Zen like property at this blissful jungle hideaway in Mexico!

The luxurious tented camp is nestled in a lush natural jungle made up of native trees and they have gone to great lengths to make it aesthetically pleasing.

There are lovely paths with lovely garden views around each corner that lead you around through the property.

serenity luxury camp walking paths mexico

There are many fountains and sculptures throughout the property. The fountains especially add an extra level of relaxation.

fountains and sculptures serenity luxury camp near tulum mexico
Zen Fountains and statuettes at Serenity Authentic Glamping camp

Beautiful flowers bloom everywhere.

flowers around serenity luxury camp near tulum mexico
photo: colorful flowers are around every corner at Serenity Authentic Glamping resort

You’ll find yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes in the beautiful yoga room!

yoga room serenity luxury camp near tulum mexico

The whole camp takes on a special glow at night.

serenity luxury glamping camp at night, mexico

Serenity Camp is a bit of hidden gem. If you’re looking for more hidden gems in Mexico you’ll want to check out Isla Mujeres!

video of Serenity Camp

the relaxing sounds of Serenity Luxury Glamping

Serenity Glamping Xpu Ha beach!

What’s even better than glamping in the jungle? Glamping by the beach! At serenity you get the best of both worlds! As you exit the native jungle, you’ll find yourself on Serenity’s private beach with amazing views of the blue Caribbean Sea!

Getting to Playa Xpu beach: It’s a short walk from the camp to the beach. You’ll walk through a path in the camp and then come to a gravel road which will lead you to the beach.

the beach club: As a guest you have full access to the beach club which is located on Xpu-Ha beach. Your guest status at the camp gets you free beach beds and lounge chairs and there are plenty of umbrellas if you need some shade like I do. I wanted to point out that this is not a 5-star resort beach club (although they advertise themselves as a 4-star beach hotel.) This is more authentic Mexico. The club is open to the public for an extra fee and it see

the water: The water was pretty but the beach wasn’t as nice as the beach at Catalonia where I stayed my first 4 days in the country. There was more coral here but that also meant that I saw more fish when snorkeling.

prices: I thought the food and drinks at the beach club were very expensive. Here’s the menu with prices so you can judge for yourself, but it’s a great place to enjoy a refreshing drink!

Beach Restaurants: Here’s a tip for you. Walk North on the beach. There are some good restaurants just a few minutes’ walk along the beach. We ate at Restaurante Bar ”ARANZA” a couple of times. Prices were much better there.

massages on the beach: Massage services at the beach club cost a lot less than they do at the spa in the camp. They even accept debit card payments and credit cards! (small extra charge for the credit card fees)

On the menu: Full body massage, foot massage, head massage…etc!

red umbrellas serenity beach club near tulum mexico
Don’t you love how those red umbrellas just pop on that amazing blue sky???
Angie Kunze, We're Not in Kansas Anymore, relaxing at serenity beach club near tulum mexico
tikki umbrellas on the beach at Serenity Beach Club!

Watch for this cute little guy on your walk from the camp to the beach club!

serenity beach club pig on the beach mexico

The tents at Serenity Luxury

I had a very nicely decorated, very comfortable room in a safari-style tent. They offer king and queen size beds, and even have multi room tents with more than one private bathroom for families!

outside the tents

The porches have a hammock. Some of the rooms have a jacuzzi tub outside on the patio! One day it was a bit rainy, normal for the jungle, so I opened my sliding glass doors and looked out onto the scene below and watched the trees sway in the breeze and listened to the soft rain patter and I can tell you at that moment there was no place I would have rather been.

hammock serenity luxury tent mexico

inside the tents

Tents are non-smoking, have complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi was sufficient), a safe, colonial type desk, full length mirror, side tables and a small fridge. Larger tents with full kitchens can be booked as well. You’ll be given a key so you can actually lock the sliding glass door to your tent. The bed was comfortable and yes, I know you have been dying to know there is AIR CONDITIONING! The air-conditioned rooms, the tent’s special feature, were a big one for me. I was coming from winter where temps were in the single digits to around 85 degrees F, and I need to be cool to sleep anyway. The a/c worked great! I hardly had to run it.

En suite bathrooms have a large mirror, hair dryers, flushing toilets. Note that there is not any actual door to the toilet, just a room divider. The walk-in shower with a separate shower plate is on the opposite side of the room. The sink in the bathroom had this amazing shell faucet!

The tents are quite large (441 feet sq ft) and sleep anywhere from 2-5 people. You can go as a single, but they don’t offer a single room rate. Refundable rooms have a generous cancellation policy: often up to the week prior. Cancellation policies are generous. Many of the rooms offer a garden view.

  • A Standard Quadruple room sleeps up to 5 people.
  • Room options: King room some offer spa baths.
  • Double room larger tent (560 sq ft) sleeps up to 5 people.
tent interior serenity luxury eco glamping camp near tulum mexico

The Mystic Restaurant at Serenity Luxury Glamping Resort

The Serenity restaurant and lounge bar can be found near the reception. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner (international cuisine) and is open late. I believe lunch is served at the beach club. The food at the restaurant was decent but if you are accustomed to good Pad Thai at home probably skip it here. It wasn’t my favorite. Open limited hours, check current hours at the reception desk. Don’t feel like venturing out? Take advantage of the room service! If you’re having trouble communicating special requests, you may want to use your Google Translate app.

the prices at the restaurant:

If I’m being honest, I thought the food and drinks were expensive.

Breakfast at the restaurant

Breakfast was included with my booking (confirm when booking.) They have a good selection of items that are included with the free breakfast but also have an a la carte menu if you want to order something else. Free on the breakfast menu: coffee, tea, a selection of juices, fresh fruit , yogurt and granola, croissants, toast. BUT I highly recommend the following from the paid menu: the sandwich with bacon, avocado and fried egg…and the Chilaquiles (corn chips with shredded meat and either green or red sauce!) both delicious!

Looking for Special diet menus? Contact the resort ahead of time.

The mystic restaurant serenity luxury glamping tulum mexico

A little about the noise at the camp…

The place is not completely without noise. When you arrive at your room, you’ll find some complimentary earplugs along with a note explaining that due to their close proximity to the highway you may need them at night. For me the road noise was not an issue. However, each night there was some lively music somewhere in the camp around the time I was settling into bed. The foam earplugs weren’t very effective. I always travel with these earplugs (Mac’s pillow soft silicone earplugs) and they were better but did not provide complete silence. There is a quiet time at the camp, maybe 10 or 11 pm? so fortunately it didn’t last too long.

a few more things about Serenity Camp…

Early check in/luggage storage:

As with most places early check in isn’t really available since the tents have to be cleaned but they do offer luggage storage so I just relaxed in the outdoor spaces until it was time to check in.

Parking (free self parking):

They have a large parking lot with plenty of free parking at the private entrance to the resort.

Bugs:

I brought bug spray, but I never used it. I mean you are in the jungle so I would be prepared but I didn’t see any bugs.

the spa:

You can get more information on the body treatments and other types of spa treatments in the spa treatment room on the resort website.

outdoor swimming pool / plunge pool

Honestly, I didn’t use the outdoor pool on my visit. I stuck my toes in, and it seemed pretty chilly in January. I came for the beach anyway! There are some comfortable seating areas around the pool though, and there are often fires in the fire pits which makes it a nice place to sit, relax and visit in the evening. Pool hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

guests (who is this stay suited for?)

This stay is suited for families (family tents available), a romantic getaway for couples, a relaxing retreat for solo travelers, and group trips (girls trips, guys trips.) Children are welcome at Serenity, but I didn’t see any during my stay.

check-in / check-out

check-in time: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
check-out time: 6:00 AM -12:00 PM
contact the property about after-hours check-in)

Early check in/luggage storage:
As with most places, early check in isn’t really available since the tents have to be cleaned but they do offer luggage storage, so I just relaxed in the outdoor spaces until check-in time.

recreational amenities

  • game room

additional amenities:

  • fire extinguisher
  • dry cleaning
  • complimentary toiletries
  • concierge services
  • security system
  • first aid kit
  • smoke detectors
  • laundry services

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The weather

I chose this resort because of its location. The entire hotel is located right in the middle of the jungle, and I was thrilled about that!

Quintana Roo is a tropical rainforest zone. As you might expect of a jungle location, it rained a lot, but just for a bit. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my trip was relaxing on my bed, glass door fully opened, listening to gentle rain tapping out one of my favorite tunes on the bright green jungle flora!

If you’re worried about the rain ruining your fun, don’t. Brief rain showers don’t last long and it’s a great chance to relax!

Hurricane season in Mexico is from May through November, with most storms developing between July and October.

The weather was almost perfect during my stay in the month of January. I never really got hot and despite the daily rain showers humidity didn’t seem to be an issue. In general daytimes temps averaged 81 degrees f, nights 65 degrees f. Honestly, I think this time of year was perfect and the resort really wasn’t all that crowded.

Location and Getting to Serenity Camp

Serenity Authentic Glamping Tulum hotel is located in Xpu Há which is a bay, village, and resort area in the municipality of Quintana Roo state, on the Mayan Riviera in southeastern Mexico. It is 34 km from Playa del Carmen, and 93 km from Cancún. about 1 to 1.5 hours’ drive south of the Cancun airport, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. If you have a car google maps will take you right to the resort.

Address: Carretera Federal KM 308, lote 6, 77734 Xpu Ha, Q.R., Mexico

nearest airports:

  • Playa del Carmen: (Aeropuerto de Playa del Carmen) (26 km)
  • Cancun International Airport (79 km)
  • Tulum: (Aeropuerto Internacional de Tulum) (82 km)

roundtrip Airport Shuttle service

I used a private airport transfer. It costs a little more BUT they transport you directly to your resort. You can save a little money by booking shared transport which has to stop and let others out along the way making your trip potentially much longer.

How to book the best airport shuttle service:

There are many companies that perform this service but not all of them have glowing reviews. Here are some tips to help you book a reliable airport shuttle.

I used Mayaland (booked through booking.com airport taxi booking, which gave me the best rate) and USA Transfers (booked direct), both of which have stellar Google reviews. For around $80 each way I had the entire van to myself. NOTE OF CAUTION WHEN USING BOOKING. COM. They booked me with Mayaland airport to the resort but when I tried to book my return transport, they offered me some company that has very bad google reviews. Do a little research on the company before you finalize with them.

Resort Airport Shuttle

The resort offers an airport shuttle from Cancun airport, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum, additional charges apply. Reservations must be made at the time of booking (cash deposit.) 

airport shuttle fee ( From Cancun Airport to Serenity Tulum (prices per person, one way):

  • $110.00 USD (one person)
  • $55.00 USD (two people)
  • $37.00 USD (3 people)
  • $28.00 USD (4 people)

Getting around once you’re there

If you don’t have a car there are serval options for getting around the area; join group tours, take the bus, or do like I did and take Taxis. To plan bus travel see the Rome2Rio website.

Adult’s Only All-Inclusive Resort

If you’re looking to add a little all-inclusive action to your trip, you’re in luck because there’s a pretty darn good adult’s only all-inclusive next door! I did 4 nights at Catalonia Royal Tulum and another 4 at Serenity. It really is the perfect balance! You can read my full review of Catalonia Resort here. Catalonia Royal Tulum all- inclusive resort, Mexico: a complete and honest guest review.

area attractions

There are an array of activities and attractions within a few minutes’ drive of the resort. Here are some of the best:

  • Chikin Ha (4.7 km) Cenote Chikin Ha is an open cenote, characterized by its crystal-clear turquoise waters, fascinating underwater caves, and lush vegetation.
  • Akumal Beach: Serenity is within a 15-minute drive of Akumal Beach, where you can swim with sea turtles! I have a complete guide on how to swim with the sea turtles in Akumal Bay
  • Xplor Theme Park: This amazing adrenaline park is a must! We drove ATVs through jungle trails, kayaked inside of caves, went zip lining, had tasty fruity drinks at the juice bar, enjoyed a buffet lunch, explored cave systems filled with cobalt blue waters and more! (19 km)
  • Kantun Chi Cenote Park: Another day I made the trip to Ecopark Kantun Chi or mangrove forests, sapphire blue water, and unspoiled habitat! (3 km from the resort)
  • Cenote Cristalino: This natural pool with clear water, lots of fish, and a cave, is a popular swimming & snorkeling spot. (2.5 km from the resort)
  • Playa del Carmen Archeological Site (27 km)
  • Nightlife: Looking for a night out? The Playa del Carmen entertainment district is about 30 minutes by car. Most of the nightlife in Playa Del Carmen is concentrated along Quinta Avenida (referred to as 5th Ave, or La Quinta).
  • Golf: Pop on over to Puerto Aventuras Golf Club, a 9-hole par 36 course with soft Bermuda grass. The course is surrounded by tropical trees and Caribbean fauna. This facility also has tennis courts. (6 km from the resort)
  • Tulum Mexico: Famous Tulum is just 42 km down the road. There you’ll find a hip city vibe, as well as well-preserved Mayan ruins perched on a rocky cliff above the white sand beach and turquoise sea.
  • tours: There are tons of tour companies that offer hotel pick up service. On offer such as snorkeling, many Mayan Ruins, horseback riding, adrenalin parks, whale shark and sea turtle encounters and more! Explore your options on Get Your Guide here!

Speak Spanish?

Want to learn a little Spanish before your trip? These are my favorite options for learning a language for travel:

Google Translate (I have an entire article on how to use it)
Duolingo (free and fun!)
Pimsleur Language Courses (not cheap but highly effective)
Lingopie (let’s you watch your television programs with Spanish subtitles!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need cash and is there an ATM available onsite?

There is not an ATM at the resort, it is recommended that you obtain cash for tips and small purchases at the beach club or the small store at the beach club before arriving at the resort. Hotel incidental charges can be applied to your credit card at check-out time.) The nearest ATM is at Puerto Aventuras (5 km.) I recommend stopping at the ATM at the airport upon arrival in Mexico.

Does the resort provide beach towels?

No, you will need to bring your own towels.

Does the resort accept pets?

No, pets allowed.

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This post was originally posted on We’re Not in Kansas anymore. You can read the article in its entirety at: https://www.werenotinkansasanymore.com/serenity-eco-luxury-tent-glamping-mexico/

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9 Comments

  1. This is amazing! As soon as I read the title I knew this was going to be the kind of place we like to stay at. Thanks for sharing more about it. If we are ever in the area, we’ll definitely try to stay here.

    1. Every time I review the article on Serenity Luxury Glamping Resort I want to go back! It is truly one of the best hidden gems in the Cancun area and I love the opportunity to escape the crowds!

    1. My first time glamping and I am hooked! The great outdoors with air conditioning! who wouldn’t live it! Serenity Luxury Glamping Resort near Tulum was such a great place for a first time glamping experience. I can’t imagine a better Glamping experience! best wishes -Angie, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

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