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“A warm welcome and a relaxing stay”
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La Selva Mariposa
Ranked #1 of 90 Tulum B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

My husband and I stayed at La Selva Mariposa for three days of our honeymoon, and we had an excellent experience. We were nervous about traveling to Mexico amid all the bad media, but we were so happy we decided to go. We felt entirely safe and healthy during our whole trip (except for one mild case of turista my husband got in Isla Mujeres). When we arrived at La Selva Mariposa the rain was pouring, but both Moe and Lou were there with umbrellas to help us with our luggage. Their hospitality was indeed excellent throughout our stay. As others have already noted, the breakfasts were delicious and their recommendations were spot on. We had a great time visiting the Coba ruins even though it was raining, and Moe's recommendations for Tulum beach clubs and dinner at Cesiak in the S'ian Khan biosphere made our trip quite memorable. I would recommend renting a car in order to get around easily in this area. You will not be disappointed if you stay at La Selva Mariposa!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2009

My husband and I stayed at La Selva Mariposa a week ago. This was our second trip to this magical hideaway in the jungle. As always, Moe and Lou were the consumate hosts, feeding us wonderful breakfasts and a wealth of knowledge about the area. There is no need to worry about travel in this area. We have been to Tulum many times and the atomosphere is as peaceful as ever. Please don't allow the hysteria that seems to be pervading the media to stop you from enjoying this idyllic hideaway.
Not only will you be missing the sunshine, the song of the birds and the incredible beaches, but a chance to see a true Mayan community close to La Selva Mariposa.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2009

After five nights at one of the resorts on the beach in Tulum, my husband and I spent two nights in room #2 of La Selva Mariposa as part of our honeymoon. It was, by far, one of the most thoughtfully designed and well-run b&b's we've been to (and we live in New England....the land of b&b's!). The hosts are gracious, the meals are bountiful and tasty, the rooms are delightfully designed and well-kept, and oh, the grounds! It is truly a hidden paradise, with meandering paths, lush jungle greenery and cool pools with waterfalls that Lou, one of the two owners, carved right out of the resident coral and limestone.

It's a 15 minute ride to the beaches of Tulum, a 10 minute ride to downtown Tulum (where you can find ATMs and restaurants), and a 20 minute ride to the ruins of Coba. Great location. Can't wait to return or send friends...

Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

La Selva Mariposa is almost a destination on it's own. Moe and Lou were wonderful hosts. They have created a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. The rooms were individually designed and furnished with great care. We had a hammock on the front porch and a nice cooling off pool with a waterfall just to the side. At night we fell asleep to the sounds of the waterfall. The breakfasts we were served were the nicest meals we had during our vacation. Having such a relaxing place to return to each day made this vacation relaxing and rejuvinating.

For anyone concerned about safety, I can honestly say that I felt safer on my vacation to Tulum than I do in my own town in the U.S. We walked the beach at night, bicycled through the villages and walked through town at night. Don't let the news scare you. Tulum is far from the drug wars and street crime. My experience is that Tulum is very safe.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

We spent 6 great days at La Selva Mariposa in Macario Gomez, Quintana Roo, Mexico. LSM's location between the beaches of Tulum and the fascinating ruins of Coba offers a unique opportunity to stay in the jungle of the Yucatan in the care of two wonderful hosts, Moe and Lou. We have stayed in nice B & B's before, but we can say without hesitation that LSM is so stunning in its design and decor that it stands in a class all alone. The rooms (we stayed in 2 different ones) and the accompanying cenote-style pools employ natural features from the jungle environment and Mayan themes. Moe and Lou cook up a delicious breakfast with fresh baked pastries, egg dishes and the best of fresh fruit. They are also warm and interesting people (relocated from Colorado) who offer a wealth of knowledge about everything from the ruins and Mayan culture to the vagaries of property ownership in this part of Mexico.
To anyone concerned about traveling to Mexico during the "drug war": this part of Mexico is quiet and safe. We were comfortable and relaxed everywhere we went. Tulum is still a slow-moving place. But get there soon, because more and more people are finding out about this area and larger development is going to come. LSM would be a refuge in any case. We recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2009

This certainly has to be the most beautiful, romantic escape from the crowds along the Riviera Maya in all of Mexico! Moe and Lou have created an absolute tropical paradise here. From the charming hosts, to the delectable gourmet breakfasts and the helpful advice about where to go and what to do - this place is absolutely PERFECT! If you thrive on crowds and nightlife - skip this quiet and amazingly beautiful spot. If you abhor crowds, noise, people pushing you to buy, buy, buy - and seek quiet, romantic solitude with extremely friendly and charming hosts and guests like you - you cannot go wrong with La Selva Mariposa. Close enough to everything, yet worlds away from the annoyances of the crowded tourist traps, La Selva Mariposa is truly a GARDEN OF EDEN!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2009

My fiancee and I returned a few weeks ago from La Selva Mariposa. What an amazing place Moe and Lou have carved out here in the jungle near the village of Macario Gomez. Getting here is super easy, it's a straight shot to Tulum, take a right at the Coba road and 12 miles later turn into the jungle! We loved the fact that we were away from the more touristy beach scene so that we felt like we were actually in a foreign country. However, we were still only a fifteen minute drive to the Caribbean. La Selva Mariposa is also really close to the Coba ruins and more cenotes than you can count! Oh, and if you don't eat at least a couple of meals from the local "taco guy" you are missing out!!

the attention to detail and love that they put into this place is resplendent throughout the property - from the gardens to the waterfall pools to the well stocked fridge in the eating area. Moe and Lou were incredibly accomodating hosts - Lou even went so far as to drive some other guests the 2 hours back to the Tulum airport when their ride never showed. Truly great place.

On another note, I'd like to say that the Yucatan is a perfectly safe place to travel. All of the drug violence that plagues Mexico at the moment is about 1500 miles away near the US/Mexico border. Basically, not coming here for safety reasons right now is like telling someone not to go to Orlando because of the violence in Detroit!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: km 20 Tulum-Coba Carretera | Macario Gomez, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
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 90 B&Bs / Inns in Tulum
Price Range: £66 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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