Hotel Nueva Vida de Ramiro is everything that other reviewers have said about it, both good and bad. My wife and I stayed seven nights during the last week of this past February and had nothing but good experiences. It was one of the most memorable trips that we have taken. We stayed in their Caribbean Bungalow Nave Inquieta (#8). The bungalow is basic and simple, but clean and beautiful, and very quiet and private. The hotel and restaurant staff was attentive and friendly.
The beach in front of the hotel is soft white sand, and during our stay it was never crowded. The same wide beach continues at least a couple of miles to the north, and dozens of miles to the south. February weather was a mix of sunny and cloudy days, with heavy rain one night and through the next morning. Temperature was in the high 70's to low 80's, and in the low 60's at night. The constant breeze from the beach was somewhat chilly, but when the sun was shining, it was great weather for lying on the beach. Water temperature was a little cold, adequate for swimming, but I only got completely wet on just one day. There were no mosquitoes, and only a few other bugs, and no need for the insect repellent that we brought.
Reservations were not difficult to make, but it did take a few days. I inquired about availability by e-mail, got an answer the next evening, paid immediately with PayPal, and received a confirmation from the hotel the following evening.
Casa Banana is a great restaurant. There are several restaurants in the area, and many within easy walking distance along the beach. The continental breakfast (juice, coffee or tea, fruit, and bread) at Casa Banana is included in the room price. The do offer more, for a fee, but we found it was all that was needed for our vacation activity level. Both lunch and dinner menus offered excellent selections. Lunch with beer, served on our porch was a great treat.
Other great restaurants that we visited for dinner are: La Zebra, for grilled seafood dishes, a five minute walk to the south; Um Tulum, for thin crust pizza, about a ten minute walk to the south; Casa Violeta, with an Italian menu, adjacent to Um Tulum, and Cetli, located in the town of Tulum. We had lunch one day at Playa Kin-Ha, about a twenty minute walk north of the hotel, and at Trece Lunas Coffee House, a short drive north, across the road from La Posadas del Sol hotel. I am sure there are many more excellent restaurants, all worth a visit, but we just did not have time for all of them. Dinner prices are high, about seventy to one hundred US dollars for dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, but the quality that we experienced was well worth it. Those who have expressed disappointment, may have been expecting a “piled high plate-full” of buffet food, rather than the moderate portions of tasteful and exquisitely prepared offerings. A ten percent tip (sometimes included on a line that says “tax”) is usually, but not always, included on the check. As a father of three daughters that have worked as waitresses, I always bump it up to twenty percent if I am pleased with the food and the service.
Three worthwhile expeditions are a trips to the Tulum Ruins, the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and the town of Tulum. The Tulum Ruins are about five miles north. By automobile or taxi, travel all the way to the north end of the beach road, and walk the last quarter mile. That allows one to bypass the big tour bus parking lot and tourist traps. If you take a taxi there, you will find a dozen of them to take you home. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, a sparsely developed area, larger than the state of Rhode Island, starts about a mile south of the hotel. We enjoyed the Centra Ecologico Sian Ka'an (CESiaK) Sunset Birdwatching Tour. The tour included pickup and return from and to the hotel. They can be found on the internet and their tour is well worth its cost. The town of Tulum is a tourist town, with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and services. It’s about a fifteen minute drive from the hotel, and a little far to walk unless you’re up for a long hike.
Other information for the first time traveler: Most all establishments accept the Mexican Peso and the US Dollar. Some accept the Pound and the Euro. If you pay with US Dollars, the conversion rate used at restaurants and shops may not be very good. ATMs can be found at the Cancun airport terminal, and in the town of Tulum. Getting cash in Pesos with a VISA bank card was safe and secure, with a fair exchange rate and small service fee. Credit card acceptance was not so great in town and in the hotel zone. Nueva Vida accepts credit cards, but adds a seven percent fee. Bottled water is necessary for drinking water everywhere. The 7-Eleven, in Tulum, where you turn left off the highway 307 to the beach road, is where you can stock up on water before you get to the beach. Two gallons will be plenty. We rented a small car from Alamo at the Cancun airport, with reservations made over the internet, and had no problems. The cost was about the same as taxi service for the week, but it was well worth it for the greater freedom of travel. Before you leave the airport, find out if your departure flight will leave from terminal 2 or 3, as the shuttle bus transfer between them can take up to thirty minutes.
Noise at the beach is the only negative comment that I have. The beach road has many severe speed bumps. Vehicles must slow to almost a stop to cross them, and then accelerate after passing. The noise from accelerating trucks is very noticeable in the extreme quiet of the early morning. Sunday night is salsa dance night at the La Zebra restaurant. Late in the evening, after we went to bed, their music was so loud it woke us up, and it continued for much too long.
Our vacation was great, and we look forward to a return.
- Also Known As:
- Nueva Vida De Ramiro Hotel Tulum
- Nueva Vida De Ramiro Tulum