Stayed at the Selva Mariposa for seven nights. While certainly not a beach front vacation spot, it is in a very safe and convenient spot only 15 mins from the most beautiful beaches of Tulum and half-way along the road to other must-see tourist locations in the area like the Coba ruins and Valladolid.
What you go to the Selva Mariposa for are clean, distinctive accommodations full of Mexican heart and soul and all within the spa-like tranquility of the idyllic and walled-in jungle setting that has been so carefully cultivated by hosts/owners Louis and Maureen (Lou and Moe). At the Selva each morning we had plates of fresh fruit to greet us, delicious Guanabana juice, hot coffee, cereal/granola/yogurt, and whatever baked or otherwise carefully prepared brunch-y delight that Moe and Lou had prepared that day (think banana whole-grain pancakes, fabulous cinnamon pecan French toast, all sorts of imaginative egg dishes, etc). And the hospitality and care that Moe and Lou put into every meal extends out far past the breakfast table and frankly into every aspect of your comfort while you're with them. Think lazy sunset hot tub sessions in the jungle canopy and eucalyptus steams in their specially designed pyramid sauna?
My wife, daughter and I all were so happy to come home each day after an adventure up a Mayan pyramid, down a dramatic cenote, or sunning on the fabulous Tulum beaches. And when I say fabulous beaches, I mean truly fabulous. Lou and Moe have very comprehensive guides they've developed over the years to many spots in and around Tulum that might be of interest to their guests, but it's the beaches in Tulum that really bring the people who have discovered this place back, year after year. Veering to the left as you get down the main Tulum beach access road, and just slightly passed the Mezzanine hotel/restaurant, you'll find a public access beach with water that is fresh but oh-so-easy to get into, thousands of metres of bright white, talcum powder-like sand that never gets too hot, and some but never-too-many interesting local and European travelers (they don't call it the Mayan Riviera for nothing) for daytime company.
If I had any complaints it would be that the crystal clear cenote-like pools outside the various units were just a little too cool to get into, but then again our family doesn't have any potential Polar Bear Club types and have a hard time with the Cape Cod Atlantic even at the end of August. So many may find these waters refreshing and just right.
All in all a great place to stay in and around Tulum and with hosts who were simply the best we have ever been cared for by. The 2013 Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Award was most certainly deserved here. Thanks again Moe and Lou!
- 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 six beautifully decorated air-conditioned rooms, one family suite w/kitchen, 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