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“Capt Dale's for a family”
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Cabanas La Luna
Ranked #10 of 98 Hotels in Tulum
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

Capt Dale's is currently my fave room in Tulum. For our family of four, it is perfect with the king bed downstairs and two queens up in the loft. We have a 10 yr span between our kids with differing bed times and Capt Dale's set-up made going to bed early/late, etc easy.

The front porch is huge and an extension of living space with a large table and chairs Two hammocks tied to the posts and two palm trees remain intact with the decking built around them. An ice chest stays out here - they will provide ice for $3/day.

Just down the steps is the beach. We could let our 5 yr old go down to the beach and keep an easy eye on him from the porch. There is also another hammock directly on the beach in front of Capt Dale's where I had my cup of tea every afternoon (made in the communal kitchen). Beach was never crowded; enough beach beds for all guests.

There are 3 shelves for clothes near the backdoor. Also a small bent tree branch as open closet to hang clothing. Smaller shelves behind the king bed for flash lights, etc. A water cooler for filling bottles. And two smaller tables for stuff (you always have stuff!!). A bonus was the full length mirror by the front door.

The bathroom has double sinks with plenty of counter space. Wooden hooks at each sink, plus more hooks behind the door (the door is solid wood and closes completely - sometimes a challenge in Tulum!). Shower had good pressure for Tulum; hot water came and went, but in all fairness, I never asked to have it fixed since it really didn't bother anyone. Toilet had the usual lidded wastebasket. Bath towel and beach towel for each person was provided.

Ceiling fan (directly above bed) was sufficient downstairs to sleep along with the front door open all night. Upstairs, there are floor fans for each bed and they worked perfectly. None of us used the mosquito netting as the breeze kept them away.

Electricity worked fine at night. They do ask you to conserve, which is typical since it is solar and wind. Fans worked all night long. Light switches were in all the right places - including in the loft. We also were able to charge camera, phone w/o any issues.

The ladder to the loft is a bit steep; small kids may have problems with it. At the head of each bed is a large bench for placing personal items (like a flashlight for late night bathroom trips so you don't have to turn on bright lights). There is also a pouf/cushion for sitting.

La Luna will make breakfast and dinner for you. They have a set menu of items each day and you need to make your request the day before. Breakfast was $10 and alternated between eggs dishes and granola/yogurt; also included juice and coffee. Dinners are $20 for a 3 course. We didn't take advantage of this because there was not much the kids wanted, but it's a great option for a couple.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

I just want to say we had a great time in casbanas la luna.
It is a realy nice and layback place with lots of hamocks and a realy nice beach. if you are lucky you might even see giant turtles at nighttime laying there eggs.
Free booked us a trip to cenotes, a sweetwatercave only to see in Mexico, a must see for everyone.
We want to to thank Free, Loes and the crew for the woderfull holiday and keep up the good work.

We will be back for sure,

With kind regards,

Demian

  • Stayed: July 2008
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1  Thank catarina87
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Reviewed August 9, 2008

We just got back from a 2 week stay in Tulum. We stayed at the lovely La Luna for the second part of our trip and we actually had our wedding there. La Luna was the perfect place for a wedding. The beaches and cabanas were beautiful, private, and clean. We were well taken care of in every way. We had our trip to La Luna planned before we decided to have our wedding there. However once we asked the owners if we could have our wedding there they were more than happy to make our wedding day as perfect as they could! You would think that it would have been difficult to plan a wedding in a foreign country (photographer, cake, food, music, etc…) but it wasn’t at all. It was so simple that my friends were getting nervous for me because it seemed too good to be true. Well it wasn’t too good to be true. It was a perfect wedding thanks to the staff at La Luna. Fries, Loes, Rodrigo, and everyone else made sure everything happened at the exact time it was supposed to happen. Our friends and family stayed at La Luna for the wedding and loved their stay as well. I have been in many weddings in the states and something always seems to go wrong and everyone is always stressed. Not at La Luna! Not one thing went wrong and EVERYTHING was picture perfect!

We stayed in the Christopher Columbus cabana. This particular cabana has an amazing view of the beach and it gets a great breeze at night. We used our mosquito net every night but I can’t remember having one mosquito in our room the entire time. Outside near the street (away from the beach) and in the community kitchen area you would definitely need to wear Repel or Deep Woods Off but this is the case everywhere during this time of the year.

Since our family was in Tulum for our wedding, we wanted to show them as much of the Yucatan as possible the next day. We are not normally the “tour company” type of travelers, often heading out to discover on our own. We wanted to choose a company based in Tulum, operated by responsible and knowledgeable local guides. We wanted our tour to be authentic and fun for everyone in our group. We were not disappointed. Our guide, Vanessa, was informative, fun, and flexible. We toured Coba and Punta Laguna, where we were fortunate enough to see baby spider monkeys that were born just two weeks prior. Our family was amazed with the entire trip, and felt very fortunate that Vanessa and Manzano’s provided us with such a wonderful experience!

It is about a $6 cab ride into town (a couple miles) where you can eat, drink, and shop! There were a few times from La Luna that we just walked up and down the beach to find a place to eat and have a few drinks. There are hidden gems everywhere! If you do go downtown to eat you must try Diaz Taco’s, Don Cafeto, El Caribe, and El Mariachi. We tried to eat at as many places as we could and those were our favorites!

Each day that we are home, we miss La Luna and the wonderful staff. We sent them pictures from our wedding and they sent us the pictures they had taken as well. We were all made to feel like part of the La Luna family. La Luna is definitely a home away from home. The only problem is that we can hardly wait to go back to our La Luna home!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank moonyoze
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

We hesitently decided to go to Mexico for a last minute get-away and found what looked like a cute boutique hotel in a place called Tulum Mexico........We found this on VRBO (Vacation rentals by owner).......The booking process was very quick and efficient, management provided all the information/directions we would need to drive from Cancun to Tulum (about a 2 hour direct drive on surprisingly good roads; watch the speed bumps though!!!)......Upon reaching Tulum the directions stated to turn left.......we drove to a frontage road along the beach and were literally swept away by the incredible beauty of the place......there were dozens of little private cabannas, villa's, cute little restaurant's, local shops etc......It was de-void of the hi-rise Vegas style overdevelopment of Cancun which was soooooooo refreshing. We finally found our selected cabana's La Luna.....(watch out, you will pass it if you blink)....there is just a little wooden half moon sign.....The owners should paint is blue or yellow or something to help with locating it.....we passed it almost every day. After we parked the car and got out, we were greated w/ a warm welcome and shown our cabana.....My jaw dropped when I saw the reality of what we had booked....We had this little cute romantic cabana (think Robinson Curuse) w/ the misquito net bed, a cute little bathroom literally 20 feet from the blue waters of the Mexican Carribean ocean.....Our thatched hut roof created a covered patio w/ a private little table to sit and eat/read whatever.......The location could not have been more perfect, it's very simple but what more would you need....We have found Nirvana!!! During the course of the week......I found myself walking along the beach for HOURS.......white sand, blue waters, maybe seeing 3 or 4 people........You can walk in the protected waters/beaches of the biosphere which is even more isolated.....At night we went for several walks as well.....I have never felt so safe in a foreign place.......We even slept w/ our cabana doors wide open letting the refreshing sea breeze into our room..........I even felt safe enough to sleep out on the sun beds that La Luna provides..........!!! One night we even saw a female sea turtle laying her eggs on the beach!! La Luna is just getting their own restaurant set up, so they don't have a real kitchen yet. They did provide our first meal......it was ok, however you can find better for cheaper all around you........Go into town and you can get even better deals on food etc.....We are definately going back!!! We met so many wonderful people and the natural environment is Phonemonal!!! Highly recommend to those who want something a little low key and organic as this is not the razzle dazzle resort style of travel...........

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2008

Best kept secret in Mexico, what a place to relax, this is a vacation. Sun & fun, what great personnel. Free and his crew are awsome. Free is a dynamic host, want to relax or party he knows how to create a good time, you won't want to go home.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Tiboron
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

Moon Palace this is not, which is exactly why we chose La Luna for a family beach getaway. We had a fabulous week in Capt. Dale's Quarters enjoying the adventure and peacefulness of La Luna. Other than the optional breakfast which was outstanding every day, you need to be completely self sufficient at La Luna. That worked great for our family of 5 (kids age 13,11,2) as we spent most of the daylight hours on the beach, in the water and in the hammocks. At night, we would read books, play cards and watch a movie together in the big bed as the surf pounded outside. Awesome.

The beach was gorgeous, cleaned daily and the sunbeds and hammocks were perfect. Most of the week the staff nearly outnumbered the guests, with Free, Loes, Rodrigio, Elvia and the guys available for advice and to assist, but never in the way.

We even were visited the last night by a mama turtle, who laid her eggs right by the edge of the deck while we slept. Pictures of the tracks told the tale in the morning, and Free quickly setup a teepee of sticks to protect the spot.

Capt. Dale's was a unique outdoor cabana and perfectly suited for a family. Loes even brought in a new porta-crib for our toddler with it''s own net. Elvia kept Capt. Dale's immaculately clean daily, with comfortable towels, linens and beds. The bath was big, with a shower and hot water. Perhaps the best feature was the big deck with chairs, table and hammock looking out over the Caribbean. Doors locked, screens and windows worked great and we felt really comfortable and safe.

Sitting on the deck was like watching one long Corona commercial that ended every day at dark. There are several small sets of stairs to deal with in and around the cabana and a stair/ladder to the loft, but never any issues for us.

Ocean breeze kept us comfortable at night and we had virtually zero mosquitos in or near the cabana. Inland a hundred yards or so it was substantially warmer and you needed spray. Never needed to use the mosquito nets over our beds.

Electricity from the windmill and panels was plentyful but respectfully conserved. Daily ice and coolers worked fine for the drinks and snacks that we procured almost daily from San Franciso in Tulum. We rented a car from the airport in Cancun, which was convenient but certainly not necessary.

Dinners were delicious and plentyful at beach restaurants both north and south of La Luna. Simply walk the beach to some of our favorites: Hemingway's (unbelievable fresh fish), Posada Margarita (fresh pasta and great wine), La Zebra (Sunday nite BBQ and dancing), Ana Y Jose's (lunch and steaks/seafood for dinner) and Zamas for a quick meal breakfast lunch and dinner. Prices vary so do your homework, but we never had a bad meal on the beach and never got the least bit sick all week.

Overall, Cabanas La Luna and the beach south of Tulum was an extrodinary adventure for us and one that we will repeat. This style of vacation and this destination is not for everyone, but if you desire an unplugged adventure and a complete 'escape' , La Luna may be just what the doctor ordered.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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9  Thank MO-Pepto-Bismo
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Reviewed June 4, 2008

I hardly know where to start with this review because neither words nor photos can adequately describe the La Luna experience we had last week. We stayed in the Captain Dales cabana which has a king bed on the first floor and two queens upstairs -- we were there alone for a few days, then another couple (friend of ours) joined us. The cabana is spacious, simple, yet luxurious for this type of accommodation -- full electricity 24-hours, plenty of hot water, bottled water in the room, large sunken bathroom with two sinks. The cabana has its own very large private porch with a table and chairs for 4, a double hammock and a single hammock. It is a lot brighter than some of the other cabanas at La Luna (we saw most of them) because it has windows on 3 1/2 sides of the cabana.

We had virtually no problem with mosquitos -- in fact, we never closed the mosquito netting the whole time we were there. Going to sleep to the sound of the wind and ocean was indescribable.

It was nice to have access to the shared outdoor kitchen area and wifi access too. Not having a restaurant on premises was great for us -- we loved going to Ana y Joses (just two properties down the beach) to eat close by and having an excuse to go even farther afield. La Luna provides a cooler outside of each cabana to keep beverages and any snacks you might have and they provide daily ice for a small additional charge.

This is the very best part of the beach in my opinion and the beach chairs/beds/umbrellas are so great to just lie and relax in all day.

We looked all along the beach while in Tulum and didn't see a single place that we would have chosen over La Luna...we hope to return sometime...SOON. :-)

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Carr. Tulum - Boca Paila km. 6.5 | Quintana Roo, Tulum 77789, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Tulum
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range: $195 - $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel like Robinson Crusoe, Christopher Columbus or Captain Dale on a tropical shore with everything you need to feel the magic of life: fresh air, blue skies, turquoise water, fresh local dishes, friendly people and a lot of sun. Come to magical La Luna and enjoy a fairy tale come true! ... more   less 
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