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La Selva Mariposa
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

The environment Moe and Lou have created on this property sank me immediately into a state of deep serenity. The sound of birds and flowing water, the tasteful decorations that blend perfectly into the jungle background, Moe and Lou's warmth -- and exhaustive knowledge of the region -- combine to make this a true VACATION. I felt as if I was on my mother's couch, except in a tropical paradise, I felt so taken care of. I am not exaggerating at all when I say I slept for 12 hours the first night, which is not something I have ever been able to do, anywhere. The breakfasts are also delicious, and we had memorable conversations with the other guests as well as with Moe and Lou. While it is a 20-minute drive to the beach, I didn't even mind it; I actually found it more relaxing at LSM than on the beach itself, where we stayed later on the same trip. Also, the little restaurant across the street makes DELICIOUS Enchiladas Verdes.

Thanks, Mo and Lou! We hope to be back.

Room Tip: Our room, #1, was a little less private than some of the others because of its position, but still a gorgeous setting.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2013

Thanks for mentioning the delicious food from Chachimba Restaurant, in walking distance from here and the incredible 12 hour sleep you had. Obviously, we can not do anything about being located 20 min. from the beach, but our location is perfect for going in both directions...Coba. Valladolid, Chichen Itza.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Based on a recommendation from a friend, we spent 3 nights at La Selva Mariposa. It was a beautiful, quiet setting - perfect for relaxing. The owners, Mari & Lou, were very welcoming and friendly. Their attention to detail is amazing. They provided so much useful information on sites to visit, restaurants, etc. If you told them you were planning to go to Coba that day, they played a slideshow of pictures of the ruins and provided useful information on how to get there, where to eat, etc. So helpful. The breakfasts Mari and Lou made were delicious. One morning we had pancakes with bananas grown right on their property! And you should try Lou's famous margarita. It was delicious.

We stayed in suite #1 which was lovely. Very clean and comfortable. My husband was happy they had an AC unit in the room since he gets very hot while sleeping. But I would have been fine with the ceiling fan and windows open. They provided beach towels and mats, bug spray, flashlights. The soap and shampoo they provided are from the local honey place located down the street from the hotel. There was also a stocked mini fridge (complimentary) and coffee maker in the room. There was a fresh water jug in the room and water bottles for you to fill up for the day. They also provide a claw grabber thing to pick up bugs which was useful since we found a few jungle bugs in the room.

The property itself was absolutely beautiful. You really felt like you were in a jungle paradise. We relaxed in the pool, reading area, and the steam room. The steam room was an awesome feature.

It was easy to visit places from the hotel. It was a quick trip to Coba, Chichen Itza, Valladolid....Like other reviewers said, the hotel is located in a small town, so there are not a ton of restaurants in the immediate area, but there is a great one right across the main road. And there are good charcoal chicken places close by as well. And if you want a greater selection of restaurants, Tulum is a quick drive.

Going to La Selva Mariposa felt more like visiting family than staying at a hotel. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back if we visit Tulum again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2013

This is a first. Thank you so much. We can see that you wrote this amazing review BEFORE you even unpacked your bags or hurried back to work. You mentioned so many things that I wanted to thank you for that have not been mentioned like the slide show at breakfast and the pix stick. We do our best to keep the jungle bugs from entering your quarters, but it is difficult with the open showers that guests adore and the pix sticks are a gentle want to put them outside in a friendlier environment. We look forward to your return visit to LSM.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We extended our stay here because we felt so relaxed and delighted by the whole place - the amazing attention to architectural detail, delicious breakfasts and welcoming hosts Mari and Lou have made this a must to go back next year..hate to say this because I would love to keep it a secret! A welcome respite from the bustle of Tulum..and easy to get back and forth to beaches, grocery, ruins. Don't miss the wonderful Mayan honey bee place nearby. I agree with what "love-hotel-livin" said about feeling a bit lost dinner wise as there isn't anything much nearby but we figured that out pretty quickly thanks to the abundant breakfast they serve, a substantial late lunch we would find at beach or ruins, and then snacks from either of the two grocery stores in town. Thanks for sharing your creativity and energy with the world and us, Mari and Lou, you have created a very inspiring place.
Ellen and Glenn

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2013

We love it when we can extend a stay, especially to such a gracious and fun couple. You are not too far away for a second visit. We will delight in that day. Thanks for taking the time to write such an incredible review.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

I have been hesitant to visit Mexico. But, after our daughter went to La Selva Mariposa with her husband and raved about it, we decided to give Mexico a try So, we decided to get away from winter for a week at the end of February. We were picked up from the airport by Moe and used their car for the week. We met friends there and had a wonderful time. We drove to various ruins, the beaches and swam in cenotes. We ate great food. Mari and Lou have an abundance of resources to direct us to places we wanted to visit and restaurants in the area. Our room was lovely with a very creative shower. The resort is a beautiful gem: gorgeous grounds with flowers, waterfalls, porches, and hammocks. We took advantage of the spa with relaxing massages and they prepared a fantastic dinner our last night. We are recommending it to family and friends. It is not a place for children, but a romantic and fun adult get-away.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing your experiences with other Trip Advisor travelers. I like that you mentioned the safety issue that so many people worry about these days traveling in Mexico. It is a beautiful country and this part, which is focused on tourism, is very safe. Thanks for telling everyone how great our Masseuse, Ariana, is. We feel so lucky to have her come to LSM to offer treatments to our guests. Thanks for coming and for telling others about the wonderful experience you had at our little oasis in the Mayan jungle.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent 4 nights here while exploring Coba, Muyil, cenotes, and Tulum. We found the place welcoming and our hosts Mari and Lou very knowledgable about the area even providing printed booklets with ideas and directions for dining, exploring, beach ideas, mayan sites, and cenotes. They also prepared a lovely dinner for us for my partner's birthday. They have a coffee bar for early risers which was very welcomed. We used their gas grill one night after buying groceries in Tulum which has a large super market. I look forward to their plans to expand their communal kitchen options!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank elizabeth c
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selvamariposa, Owner at La Selva Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

thanks so much for the review. It is much appreciated. We do have plans to expand the dining area, but more for a more comfortable place to gather for a card game or to watch a movie on your laptop.

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