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Playa Selva
Ranked #7 of 116 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Moscow, Russia
1 review
“nice stay”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Remarkable place, fantastic beach. Very friendly personnel always ready to help. The kitchen is very convenient for a breakfast. The room is big and clean (we had on the second floor overlooking the sea). Absence of restaurant doesn't disturb. Joanna gave us recommendations about local restaurants and helped to organize interesting trips by a taxi. Feeling that you are visiting good friends . Thanks.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Utterly in love with this place. Gorgeous compound, sumptuous beach. Playa Selva is located at the quieter end of Tulum. Very peaceful. Moving around is quite easy – bike or walk. Plenty of cabs wandering around if you need a ride to the Pueblo.

Some nights, we could hear the noise coming from Camping Chavez. Drums, singing, laughing, chanting. It did not bother us though. I thought the noise was soothing and calming. What bothered us was the family with a screaming child in the beach house.

If I could make a suggestion for improvement, it would be for the mattress on the ground floor of Cabana Maya to be replaced (too soft).

I would highly recommend Playa Selva. We will return!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Great beach & comfortable cabanas. Small fleet of bikes for guest use. My favorite part was the common area/kitchen. Each cabana gets their own cooler which is regularly replenished with ice blocks. Cold water & beer on demand! In between binging on not so healthy food in the pueblo, it's nice to have the option of preparing a healthy meal for yourself. We split our time between playa selva & la conchita. Not that conchita was bad, we just felt more at home at playa selva. Great staff & owners!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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north conway
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We spent 3 nights at playa selva and it was wonderful. The location is near the end of the beach road but there are still plenty of places close by to eat or have a drink. We took full advantage of the communal kitchen, it was perfect for us because we like to get up very early and have coffee. They give you a large cooler with a big block of ice for cold foods and a sealed bin for dry goods. There is everything you need to cook a meal in the kitchen and it is accessible at all times. The staff there are very sweet and friendly, the cleaning was impeccable!! When you arrive Mauricio shows you around, he is very nice and has great advice about the area. They also have bikes you can use to check out the beach road which was very handy, also there are boogie boards and even some kayak type floats, the water was pretty wavy when we were there so we didn't get to use them. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. We loved the authentic palapa beach umbrellas which offered nice shade in the heat of the day. The beach in front of playa selva is nice and sandy for swimming and you can walk for a long way in each direction. They have free wifi and there was one outlet in our room. The shower water was a bit salty and slow but not a big deal. Previous reviews have complained about the camping area next door, we found the hippies to be a major source of entertainment on the beach, someone was usually out there dancing around or waving some sort of new age hippie wooden carved sticks that looked cool when you spin them. We heard some soft drumming by day that we liked but not a peep at night. A true gem in Tulum, we will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Brunswick, ME
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Playa Selva is beautiful, clean and safe. The friendly staff is very helpful and the large communal kitchen is well equipped. There are also nice little touches like lit candles in the evening and a lovely bowl of fruit upon arrival.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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san diego
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The staff is wonderful; Manuela & Mauricio are the perfect hosts. We have been coming back twice a year to Playa Selva for the last 2 years and just love it! Our beachfront bungalow is charming. We have been vacationing in Tulum for the last 6 years and have stayed at many hotels but this by far is the best. Very quiet and relaxing

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Tel Aviv
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Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing!
Total relaxation. Perfect location right on the best part of the beach (the most quiet part) across the street from the best restaurants around. Staff and owner were nice and helpful.
There's a kitchen so you can also eat in if you want, make sure you buy groceries on your way over (you won't feel like going back into town after you arrive).
They arranged a great tour at the biosphere reserve which is near and if you plan a day ahead you can get kitesurfing lessons.
Make sure you bring mosquito repellant and Alo Vera in case you get bitten (this a remark for Tulum, not specifically Playa Selva)

Can't wait to go there again. 3 night weren't enough.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Playa Selva
Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila km 8.4 | Apartado Postal 131, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 116 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Playa Selva is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tulum with agarden composed of large trees, surrounded by practically virgin nature.This place has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation.A place to relax, away from the rush and the noise.A place to recharge your energy; alone, with your partner, with friends or with the entire family.A place to practice different sports and leisure activities.A place to let your soul fly free.Playa Selva is located on the Tulum beach; 8 km from the town, 8 km from the Tulum Mayan ruins and 3 km from the extraordinary Sian Ka'an Biosphere Natural Reserve (UNESCO World Heritage). ... more   less 
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