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“What a gem. What terrific people.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Selva Mariposa

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La Selva Mariposa
Ranked #1 of 80 Tulum B&B and Inns
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
“What a gem. What terrific people.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

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!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Thank you. What a gem your family was to cater to! You have said it all. We are truly appreciative of families like yours who come to Tulum to spend your days along the mystic shores and yet you chose to stay in the Mayan jungle 20 min. away. We can offer you something different than the 50 plus little hotels along the beach. We treasure what we have developed with the help of our Mayan neighbors and of course , Mother Nature. There are so many things to discover within our stone walls and we are pleased that you took the time to check each thing out. Thanks for your well thought out comments, and we hope you will return.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

I've stayed at many tropical ecolodges over the years but Moe and Lou have gone a step further and the results are there---myriad species of butterflies and birds. I added to my bird list with a black headed trogon and turquoise browed mot-mot. The accomodations and hospitality were first rate. Moe greeted us as if we were life long friends and Lou shared his extensive knowledge of the trees and plants that made our stay both educational and rewarding. The breakfasts were substantial and the waterfall outside our room with adjacent plunge pool were refreshing and sleep inducing. The 12 mile drive to the beaches in Tulum took just 15 minutues as there were few topes and no villages to drive through. Although we didn't need it, their car rental service is a big plus and a unique amenity that I have never seen offered. Our hosts extensive and unbridled opinions of the area helped us in trip planning and we wish we had stayed more than the three days we did.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Hello, Thanks for writing a review so quickly and thoughtfully after your long travels in Mexico. We truly appreciate it. Glad you mentioned how easy the drive to the beach is, but if you are going farther south on the beach road you will have to add another 15 or more minutes as it is quite congested at this time of the year. We love sharing information about the plants and trees on our property that were planted with much love and care...Everything here has a story.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed with Lou and Moe a few weeks ago. After a great time on the beach, the jungle was a nice quiet end to our trip to Tulum.

Moe happened to be out by the beach, so she picked us up (free of charge) and brought us out to La Selva, even allowing us a while to stop at the grocery store on the way. She showed us around the small pueblo, Macario Gomez (Sp?) where the B&B is located, pointing out a few great spots to eat. When we got to La Selva, she gave us some fantastic cookies and showed us to our room, which was extremely clean and comfortable. The Shower was the best part! They have excellent water pressure and nice hot water. I took a long shower every day, while peeking out to the jungle above the stunning, hand-built shower enclosure.

Breakfast each morning was fantastic, and plentiful. Moe and Lou were so knowledgeable and did a great job encouraging us to go to Coba to see the ruins (I was nervous about grabbing a cab at the street). Btw, Coba is a MUST. They did a wonderful job providing information about the area and helping us navigate back to Cancun.

* I would encourage guests to warm up to Lou. He definitely has a "Tell-it-like-it-is" nature. But I didn't find him cranky, as other reviewers have stated. Rather I would say he is much like the people of his generation I encounter in New England, with a slightly abrasive outer skin, but a warm heart.

All-in-all, a fantastic place with the best amenities we found in Tulum! If you want a quiet refuge to relax and rejuvenate in, La Selva is a great choice.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Your review reminds me of my style of writing, so inclusive. How wonderful to get travelers who take the time to share so many details with those who may come in the future. We truly appreciate your candor and hope you return. There are so many places yet to explore so close to La Selva Mariposa, if you have a car or are comfortable with the wait and uncertainty of public transportation. But, that is all part of the adventure you experienced.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

La Selva was a great find, it's a little oasis of beauty and serenity. We were so happy to be staying away from the main tourist accommodation along Tulum beach which over the New Year period is extremely busy.
There is a nice little BYO restaurant that has opened just a few minutes walk away and a more than acceptable roadside cantina across the road, so if after a long day out you don't want to go into town you have these options available.
Mari & Lou are very hands on hosts and are passionate about making their place a great place to stay. They offer a wealth of knowledge about the area and its attractions which makes a visit to La Selva a great experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
We are grateful for your lovely review. It really warms our hearts to have guests visit from places so far away take the time to write a review. We appreciate this more than you will ever know. We love the stimulation of talking to guests from all over the world, and one day we hope to travel to your country. The restaurant down the road that you mentioned is called Los Piratas and it is thriving thanks to guests like you.
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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at La Selva Mariposa for a week last October, and we hope to stay there again someday soon! Our hosts were knowledgeable about the surrounding areas and gave us great suggestions on what we should see and do while we were there. (They also made us the most amazing meals!) The rooms and surrounding gardens were beautiful. There was such attention to detail. We loved relaxing in the hammock on the porch outside our room and swimming in the cenote we shared with the room next to ours (which just happened to be occupied by my sister and brother -in - law). The grounds of this property were both fascinating and beautiful. I could have spent a whole day just exploring them. We wanted a more "authentic Mexican experience" (as opposed to the typical resort experience), and we got it! As I said earlier, we will definitely be going back again!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Thank you, thank you and thanks again. It was fun to have two couples, family and friends, sharing the pool next to suite #2 and #3. You did have your privacy and were close enough to spend some quality time together. Thanks for mentioning all the things you enjoyed. You will have to come back, as we finished the dining room and added a second floor jacuzzi. We enjoy planting new gardens and adding special touches and love it when guests notice the detail. We will be finishing the cenote waterfall this year if all goes as planned. Thanks again, and come on back.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

If it were possible, we would have rated LSM 4.5, rather than 4. We hope TripAdvisor one day will adjust its ratings to allow travelers to be more precise. We had a great time on our stay despite the unforeseen extension of the rainy season. The grounds were a beautiful oasis in the jungle and the more you see of the actual jungle, the more you realize how special and challenging to maintain the cultivated areas are. This inland B&B is a nice counterpart to a beach resort; if you have the time, as we did, do both. You will savor the contrasts. We enjoyed the gourmet breakfasts al fresco immensely, including the opportunity to talk to pleasant people from around the country and world. We love to cook and entertain, so we appreciate the effort that goes into meals like these… Guests are provided with many “extras” that help to make their stay more enjoyable. We made good use of beach bags and beach mats, as well as flashlights, an umbrella, cd’s, etc. – all provided free of charge. While we didn’t use the “cenote” beside our room, we enjoyed sitting beside it and the other water features nearby and relaxing to the sounds of moving water. Also, we liked having the three friendly resident dogs come to greet us from time to time as we were taking walks throughout the grounds.

The location was about halfway between the beach and the ruins of Coba, so you could do things on both ends and still be away from the hustle bustle. We enjoyed the hot tub, which was relaxing after a busy day. B&Bs generally are stocked with guides to local sights and activities, and La Selva Mariposa is no exception. In this case, though, the guidebooks have been prepared by the proprietor herself, making them exceptionally valuable. Mari’s guidebooks helped us to navigate trips to Coba, Muyil and Tulum’s north beaches without a hitch, and we used LSM’s bikes for an enjoyable day of shopping in Macario Gomez and another village nearby. This stay was more memorable than some vacations we’ve taken because Macario Gomez is small and lends itself to person-to-person encounters. We quickly struck up acquaintances with the owners of the two main local restaurants and had good meals and good times at both. They are both within walking distance and reasonably priced. Rancho Cachimba is more like “mama food” and Los Piratas is chef-prepared. We also really liked Mari’s suggestion of Kinich, a restaurant on the southern outskirts of Tulum that specializes in Mayan food – it was beautiful, had great food, reasonable prices and wonderful service.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 19 January 2014
We could not have asked for a more complimentary review, and in our eyes it was definitely a 5!
You included so many things that would be helpful to future travelers looking for a little retreat that would give them a different viewpoint of travel in the Riviera Maya. Thank you again for your eloquent review.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at La Selva Mariposa in mid December for a couple of days. Unbelievable that the two owners built this beautiful, peaceful place with their own two hands! You can see the love everywhere you look! It was easy to relax amongst the amazing gardens, and walking the property you could see something new at every turn. The breakfasts we had were so fresh, healthy, and delicious, and the small local places they suggested we eat at for lunch and dinner were fantastic! The locals greeted us like we were old friends! I shopped one morning at the local markets and found the prices very good and it was fun to negotiate just a little! Our stay wasn't long enough to do everything we wanted to but that definitely gives us the excuse to go back and stay longer!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this review, 19 January 2014
Thanks for your review. I agree your visit was not long enough, but the good thing about that is you will come back, we hope. Glad you mentioned shopping on the Coba Road. It is such a fun activity in this part of Mx. and the prices along the road are the best in the area. Until next time, abrazos.
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Property: La Selva Mariposa
Address: km 20 Tulum-Coba Carretera | Macario Gomez, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Tulum
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Number of rooms: 6
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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