I am another one of those people that probably research WAY too much...alas, I came upon all of the reviews for Nueva after having booked another location in Tulum. I cancelled that reservation and booked the Pasion Marina cabana #7 for May 5-9. Needless to say I am very happy I made the change. We were wonderfully greeted and shown to our cabana which had a great view of the ocean and was nestled in palm trees that gave it a sense of privacy without impeding the views. The staff was extraordinary. Muriella was amazing and so passionate about making our stay memorable, coming up with an excursion idea when another had fallen through. She set us up with an amazing driver, Martine, who took just the two of us snorkeling in the empty Sac Actun Cenotes, teaching us about the area and sharing his passion that he shared with his friends exploring newly found cenotes. We met a wonderful woman who owned the little convenience store just down the road, good friends with Muriella, who greeted us every day with a smile and, if we were lucky, bags of ice, giving us big hugs when we departed. Roger and Roberto(hoping I got his name correct) went above and beyond with their service and great memories continued when we were set up with Tiberio, another driver who is good friends with Roberto, who took us to Coba and eventually up to Puerto Juarez, sharing so much of his life with us and joining us for conchanita YUM!!!!) at a roadside stand coming back from Coba (at his recommendation).
The grounds of Nueva Vida are absolute heaven as you walk up the paths to your cabana, watching the little sand crabs scurry to safety as you make your way through the lush grounds. We did not see into any of the other cabanas but it would be hard to choose a bad one on the beach. The rooms were amply sized and the shower, though salty-to be expected in this eco friendly zone, was always hot for as long as you needed. As far as the no a/c...I am not sure how hot it ends up getting but the breeze was amazing...keep the doors open at your own risk...We had zero problems with insects at all and never felt in danger, especially with the ever present security on site.
The restaurant across the street was great for breakfast and the dinner we had was one of our best. La Zebra is right next door for beachfront dining, definitely try the hamburger and the short ribs were amazing!!
I would absolutely recommend NVR for those looking for striking beaches, genuine staff, and an overall beautiful vacation. We could definitely see this as a place to visit every year as there was so much more we wanted to do but didn't in the time we had. We even received small wooden turtles as we checked out which will always bring a smile to our faces and a present reminder of this experience.
(As a side note, I know some people inquire as to the "gay friendliness" of Tulum. I can say that as a gay couple we NEVER felt anything but comfortable at NVR, or anywhere for that matter, the entire stay. We were never looked down upon or treated with anything but respect by the Tulum community. I would recommend this to anyone with reservations. Do not expect bass thumping night life if that is your thing...head to Cancun for that.)
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