Many places to stay have a few nice details that make them seem special. So much attention is paid to myriad details at La Selva Mariposa that it stands out. Mari and Lou are very helpful in giving suggestions for activities when asked. They know the area well and were able to provide us information about specific people to ask for whose expertise made our experiences outstanding.
This is a quiet place with ample opportunities for relaxation. A small, refreshing cenote was right outside our door. A waterfall in the garden outside the unit effectively masks highway sounds at night. Birds awakened us every morning.
One of the best things about the location near a small village (Marcario Gomez) is that by bus, rental car or taxis, it is easy to get to ruins, the beach, nearby cenotes, and other sites. There is much to see and do in the area. Even after spending 10 days there, we didn't begin to exhaust the possibilities. We could also walk for 3-4 minutes into the village and enjoy local food (excellent tacos!).
The decor--with fresh flowers, tasteful and original works of art, local Mayan artifacts, colorful fabrics--is lovely. Mattresses are very comfortable, and our bed had excellent lighting for reading at night. I loved the shower exposed to the sky in Unit 3, but if that's not your preference, other units have enclosed showers. The units are kept very clean.
Breakfasts were incredible; the term "goumet" doesn't do them justice: 5-7 kinds of fresh fruit each day, several flavors of local homemade yogurt, cereal, juices, and a wonderful hot dish--often with several fresh condiments--each day. Homemade breads often accompanied the main dish. Mari is a spectacular cook who uses local, fresh ingredients.
Landscaping around the units and on the grounds is beautiful. We enjoyed walking on paths in the "jungle" area of the grounds. Although it was too hot to contemplate the steam bath when we were there, I look forward to using it another time. I did enjoy a Mayan bath (wonderful flowers in the water) provided at treetop height. The overall feeling of staying here for me was of being in a small corner of paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Selva Mariposa is an intimate B&B situated only 15 min. By car from the shores of Tulum's gleaming waters of the Caribbean and less than 30 minutes from many Mayan ruins and cenotes. Our three beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms and one luxury suite with decks, cascading waterfalls, cenote style plunge pools, heated roof top jacuzzi, illuminated jungle paths and gourmet breakfast will leave you feeling that you have arrived in paradise. Each golden day of your vacation will simply blend into the next. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Selva Mariposa Hotel Tulum