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La Selva Mariposa
Ranked #1 of 89 Tulum B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 26, 2008

We stayed the entire week at La Selva Mariposa and couldn't wait to come back to the relaxation and gorgeous setting each afternoon after a day of activities. Actually, our last day we cut our activity short so we could return to the B&B to relax and swim in the pools! La Selva was centrally located for everything we did -- ruins, beach, cenotes, biosphere reserve. Our stay was incredible and we would recommend it to anyone. The accommodations and food were excellent, the grounds were beautiful, and hosts Moe & Lou couldn't have been more helpful on everything. We spent a lot of time in the hammocks and in the private pools -- what fun we had! If you want privacy, relaxation and peace -- we highly recommend La Selva Mariposa.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2008

Moe and Lou have the perfect getaway if you want to enjoy peace and beauty in the same place. Their Bed and Breakfast is kept clean, cozy and very welcoming. Walking around you will see how much thought was put into the construction and tasteful decoration of the Casitas, making their place very unique and classy. We were in the lap of luxury!
It's very nice to get back there after a day exploring the area. And the night sky is phenomenal. We don't remember seeing that many stars for a long time.
In the morning a beautiful setting welcomes you for a yummy breakfast to be enjoyed at your own pace.
With all this care and pampering, we left feeling like coming back soon to enjoy more of our hosts company and their interesting stories at the paradisaic La Selva Mariposa.
Thanks for creating a great memory,
Mark and Elisa

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2008

This bed and breakfast is a hidden mini-pardise with the benefits of a private resort. Hidden in the jungle 10 minutes from downtown Tulum, we relaxed in our casita listening to the bustling yet soothing sounds of the jungle and our private waterfalls. The breakfasts were delicious and the hosts, Moe and Lou, were very amiable and made the trip more than worthwhile. I recommend La Selva Mariposa to anyone that wants to relax and re-connect with themselves and nature. Thanks!

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed January 6, 2008

We recently spent 8 nights at La Selva Mariposa with hosts, Moe and Lou, and have marvellous things to say about our experience. This bed and breakfast resembles one of those beautiful places you would find in a 'home and garden' magazine, topped by generous hosts who serve delicious, healthy breakfasts.

We were the first guests in their new 'guest house.' The bedroom has an enormous and comfortable bed and there is a living room which can be converted into twin beds.

The design of the newest suite is creative, letting in light from every angle, and full of tasteful and warm touches, including soft colours and interesting Mayan art. Outside two sets of patio doors is a beautifully landscaped rock garden and pool, complete with a waterfall and a place to eat breakfast. Their whole property is a lush jungle. Lou's talent for design is exceptional.

Moe has put together binders with helpful descriptions and brochures. Even more than reading about places, it was the personal touch that made all the difference. Both Moe and Lou have good suggestions about restaurants and places to see, tuning into each guest's preferences. We also enjoyed a tasty dinner and New Year's cocktail they prepared.

At the end of each day, Moe and Lou were interested to find out how things had gone and happy to hear about any new discoveries or updates. They also paved the way for guests to meet and share tips with one another.

Their location, just 15 minutes by car from Tulum, puts them in a central spot for easily accessing Mayan ruin sites in Coba, Muyil and Tulum and not too far from Ek Balam or Chichen Iza. They are close to Aktun Chen with its fascinating cave of stalactites and stalagmites and zoo with monkeys and toucans. Tulum itself has small hotels, cabanas and restaurants along the white, soft sandy beach.

We should also mention that there are three gentle dogs who love as much attention as you wish to shower on them.

We felt spoiled by our experience with Moe and Lou at La Selva Mariposa and will highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2007

After many visits to the Riviera Maya, we decided to leave the beach and discover another side of that beautiful area of Mexico.
Our visit to La Selva Marisposa was wonderful. It is located only 15 miles from the beautiful beaches of Tulum, on the road to the Coba Ruins. La Selva is an intimate Bed and Breakfast in the mayan jungle (selva). The owners and hosts, Lou and Moe have created an enchanting escape from the rest of the world. Beautiful waterfalls, and pools designed like ancient cenotes provide a peaceful and calming effect. The room was beautiful, and I enjoyed the Guatemalan textiles, and open air shower. We chose th have dinner there, and had a wonderful meal served high in the jungle tree tops. Very romantic! Breakfast was outstanding. We were treated to a tour of the property, and loved seeing many fruit trees, pineapples, avocados, orchids, and a huge array of palms.

We were so happy that we decided to go off the beaten trail, and experience "la selva".

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2007

We are about to make our reservations for the upcoming Christmas Holidays and I cannot prevent myself from remebering again our wonderful holidays last year in the Yucantan province: Among some of the best memories is our stay at La Selva Mariposa. The two-bedroom house designed and built by the truly charming owners, Mary and Luis, is absolutely astonishing: a masterpiece of art reuniting anthropology and modern architecture, at its best. Every single detail in the two rooms and bathrooms, deck, patio and cenote-pool, waterfalls and garden bungalow is incredibly well thought through, and amazing. The overwhelming impression is that it is a house made by and for people truly appreciating nature's beauty and natural elements: the construction materials are all both basic and beautiful, the sound of water-fall or rain is everywhere, the breeze in the palm trees caresses you under your shower, birds keep whispering mysterious, enchanting songs from dawn to dusk, shadows and sun-rays play gently on the greens of the amazingly lush garden. This house could have been one for Adam and Eve.

We were with our two teen boys (17 and 14) and they loved it as well: no need for computers or video games here, and they cearly got that the surrounding was the entertainment!

On top of eveything, the breakfast was absolutely excellent, as in a 5-star hotel, and served with incredible discretion and kindness. Mary and Luis take time for you, keep smiling, are inspiring, and create a charming, happy, and loving atmosphere. We are visiting another region this year but I truly hope I will return one day, or may be this was just a first peek into paradise.
Veronique

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed October 18, 2007

In planning our honeymoon, we knew we wanted a place that was nice, central to many historical and cultural sites, and where we could relax. We saw the great reviews about La Selva Mariposa and then found out first hand that it is as good and even better than can be conveyed in these reviews. We only wish we had longer to follow all the excellent travel advice and tips we recieved from Moe and Lou. They even made sure we had bug spray (ours was confiscated at the airport), sunscreen, and towels to visit the numerous 'cenotes' nearby. We stayed for three nights and each morning they provided a different but wonderful breakfast. One morning we set out early to visit Chichen Itza and they packed a breakfast for us to take with us. We especially loved the unique french toast that Lou made for us our last morning there. At nights, it was wonderful to fall asleep to the jungle sounds and the sound of the cascading water fall. It was a great trip and we look forward to making it back.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: km 20 Tulum-Coba Carretera | Macario Gomez, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center 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 89 B&Bs / Inns in Tulum
Price Range: $87 - $207 (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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