Al Cielo is a boutique hotel that is off the beaten path about 20 minutes north of Tulum, Mexico and about 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Al Cielo is an intimate hotel that sits on Xpu-Ha Beach on the tranquil turquoise Rivera Maya. This tiny, exclusive hotel regularly tops lists of the best beach hotels in the world, and it’s easy to see why.
With just four rooms that seem at first glance as though they were rustic huts built for a movie set, Al Cielo is about as intimate as a hotel gets. The four rooms are named for the elements: Air, Water, Fire and Earth. Each has a king-sized bed, a private terrace and a hammock. But the real attraction is the beach, which lies about five steps beneath your terrace. That’ right, simply step down off your private terrace and onto the soft, powdery sand. The gorgeous teal water is about 90 steps from your villa, you couldn’t ask for a more beachside hotel than that.