Exploring an Abandoned Beach Resort in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

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In its heyday, the Club Maeva Tulum (formerly Robinsons Club Tulum) was an idyllic getaway in paradise; a long sweep of white sandy beach on one end, lush pristine jungle on the other. The numerous online reviews and forum discussions from regular frequenters of the resort capture a vivid picture of day in the life at Club Maeva Tulum – hours lounging beside the expansive pool, turtle sightings on the uncrowded beach, and outstanding food and drink despite its all-inclusive status.

Main Building, Club Maeva Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Club Maeva Tulum Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hotel Club Maeva -- panoramio photo by Dragonheart

The only complaint appeared to be regarding the beds – seems the firmness of the mattresses didn’t quite suit the taste of a few.  And although there were 300 rooms, they didn’t give out those ungodly neon wristbands – the family atmosphere the resort cultivated meant that they just seemed to know who was staying there and who wasn’t.

Hurricane Emily in July 2005 changed all that. Hurricane Wilma in October of the same year dealt the resort its final blow.

deserted main building and pool -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 195

deserted main building -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 197The resort now lies in ruins. Glass and debris are strewn across the site. Anything even remotely useful has been looted.black and white abandoned building -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 179Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 182broken first aid kit -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 185scary bathroom -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 187Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 193garbage in hotel pool -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 199Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 204deserted kids play room -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 207broken door and glass -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 210Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 211Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 215broken glass -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 216deserted hotel -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 218Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 223broken electrical breaker box -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 224overgrown pathway -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico227deserted Deli -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 233crumbling ceiling, ceiling caving in -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 237-001jungle growth in hotel -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 238broken fountain -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 241deserted loading dock -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 252debris scattered in hotel -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 257deserted employee lounge -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 258black and white debris and junk -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 259After the hurricanes, the property was sold to the Palace Group. According to forums on Tripadvisor, they are in a dispute with the Mexican government over the land. Seems there is an underground cenote below the resort, so in the government’s eyes it is protected ground. The Palace Group still owns the buildings though. I guess that’s some consolation.black and white bathroom in ruins -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 326outside jacuzzi -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 330

outside pizza oven -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 171deserted bar and restaurant -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 177deserted restaurant -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico178Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico212-001Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico259-001Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 274-002deserted theatre -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 267-002Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 280Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 294

Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Tulum, Xpulha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 347

coati skeleton -- Abandoned Beach Resort, Club Maeva Tulum, Xpuha, Riviera Maya, Mexico 304-004

It’s an eerie feeling being in an abandoned resort. Almost as eerie as being in an unabandoned one.

Special thanks to David Barnard from www.texaspepper.net for use of the Club Maeva Tulum before photos.

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