La Vita e Bella is a simple cabanas hotel in Tulum with a hard to match combination of location, food and value for money.  Some of the cabanas are on the seafront, while the other are located around a thatched roof and sandy floor restaurant.

The cabanas are far from luxurious, but they are comfortable and clean.  The ones on the beachfront have a terrace and amazing beach view.   It is owned by Italians, but most of the service people are from around the Yucatan Peninsula.  The Italian owners made sure the restaurant serves good food.  The wood oven pizza is great, as is the fresh seafood, try Camarones al Ajillo (shrimp with a sauce of guajillo mild chili and lots of garlic).

La Vita e Bella is located at Carretera Tulum Ruinas Boca Paila, kilometro 1, very near the Tulum ruins (check the image gallery for a map).  Rates offer real value: start at $110 ($170 for beachfront).

You can make a reservation by mail at, check their website or call (USA/Canada) 305 831 4970.