After reading “Embarking on the Mariposa Trail” by one of the owners, Mari Pintkowski (aka Moe), we decided that we’d spend a few nights at La Selva Mariposa (LSM) in Macario Gomez during our next trip to the Mayan Riviera. We are glad we did and will be back!
We picked up a car rental in Playa del Carmen so we’d have a car. The directions from Moe and Lou (her other half) were detailed and very easy to follow. Highway was great, too. We stopped in Akumal on the way (and ran into friends!). After pulling into the gate at LSM we were greeted by the resident dogs (Molly, Zoey, and Rose) and staff (Julio) – Moe and Lou had ran to town but were back before we unpacked.
We stayed in Suite 3 (of 4) and happened to be the only guests during our stay – making us feel quite spoiled. Our room had plenty of room, an outdoor shower (what a view!), a comfy bed, a coffee maker, a small library (we loved reading “Yank in the Yucatan”), a CD player (with an eclectic mix of music) and a mini fridge stocked with cold beverages. There was a pool just steps from the door. We woke each morning to the sounds of tropical birds and the waterfall outside our room.
Our hosts were gracious – giving us a tour of the beautiful grounds and asking about our preference for breakfast the next morning (and was even happy to accommodate our EARLY request for a pot of coffee). Lou is quite the handyman. He designed and built much of this property – including the furnishings. The surrounding jungle is laced with sacbe trails and numerous waterfalls and streams that lead from the suites to the comidor (dining area), the steamroom, and the massage area. There’s even a rooftop garden where they are growing fresh vegetables and fruit to serve their guests.
Breakfasts were delicious! First, Lou brought out warm banana chocolate chip muffins. Fresh fruit, cereal, and coffee were served in El Comedor next. Then, Moe brought out what she calls “stacks”: crispy tortilla topped with eggs, cheese, bacon, avocado, fruit and ???. Another morning we had Lou’s French toast with the usual fruit, cereal, etc.
At Moe’s suggestion (and with her maps/directions and a “to go” breakfast), we drove to Valladolid for the Market on Sunday morning, and then stopped at the ruins at Coba on the way back. We are so glad we made the trip. What an experience! The market has everything from butchers to bakers, clothing, shoes, produce, flowers, and prepared food vendors. We were a little early, so missed the musicians. Coba was awesome, too. It’s an easy walk (wear sturdy shoes, not flip flops) and there are bikes you can rent. It’s not as well known as Tulum and Chichén Itzá, but it’s worth the visit. Since we don’t do heights, we chose not to climb Nohoch Mul – the highest pyramid in the Yucatan at 138 feet! But, lots of folks did. Once back home we dropped a sock in the driveway, but one of the resident dogs retrieved it for us and took it to Moe & Lou – what good doggies!
We drove to the Tulum beaches a couple of days. Ocho Tulum and El Paraiso were favorite spots. The Tulum beaches are quieter and less busy than the ones around Cancun and Playa del Carmen. You’re also just a few kilometers from the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO World Heritage site that is highly protected.
The last night Phyllis had a massage by candlelight, with the sounds of nearby waterfalls. What a lovely experience!
We had a wonderful time! Lou & Moe are great people. We’ll be back!
- 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