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“Beach paradise !”
Review of La Via Laktea

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La Via Laktea
Ranked #78 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Beach paradise !”
Reviewed March 6, 2011

Truely great beachview cabana. My wife and I stayed for a week and had a wonderfull time. Top floor ocean view was perfect especially from the hammocks on the giant balcony. The owners were very helpful. Don't expect 5-star all inclusive luxury. When basics on a great location is what you are looking for this is the place to be!

  • Stayed February 2011
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new york
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Reviewed February 20, 2011

My boyfriend and I spent 10 days in Tulum and because of the busy season, no place was able to accommodate our 10 day stay in its entirety so we were forced to try just about every hotel on the beach. This was certainly a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to stay at the wonderful la via Laktea. The beach at the la Via Laktea was magnificent and the room was equally beautiful. Unlike many of the other hotels in Tulum, the owners (really nice husband and wife duo) allow their guests to bring outside food into their rooms-- this can really come in handy when you want to make yourself a snack without spending a fortune at the over-priced restaurants at every other hotel on the beach. It was especially wonderful to stay at La Via Laktea because the owners were very helpful when it came to recommending reasonable restaurants/ places to go, yet were completely respectful of our privacy. If you are looking for a romantic and private beach experience, this is definitely the place to go!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

We were originally booked into the jungle room for one week but after we viewed the room, we upgraded to a lower level, beachfront. The second story, jungle room had a palapa roof and yet did not have a mosquito net over the bed. We have stayed in rooms with a palapa before but there has always been a mosquito net. The palapa roof had lots of holes in it so lots of bugs could get in. It was a very windy night, which is not uncommon in Tulum, so we were very glad we moved. The beachfront room was quite a bit more money so we shortened our stay to five days. The room was very nice, large and spacious, with a good solid ceiling. The maids kept it spotless too. The location on Tulum beach could not have been better. The waves are not quite as big this far down the beach and not very many people either. Awesome beach! We would have liked a lock box in the room. It really takes the stress off. They offered to put our valuables in their house safe but we didn't fancy having to ask for our laptop every time we needed it. As it was we put our valuables in a suitcase and locked that with a lock we had brought with us. The lock on the door is a bit feeble too. It could easily be opened with a pen knife. A good deadbolt would have made us feel better. Tulum beach has an undercurrent of petty thievery and a lock box and deadbolt would really help with the relaxation factor. We didn't eat breakfast here but instead had a cooler with our own yogurt and fruit. We also walked up to Om for meals. Better food in town but Om is pretty good. We find the prices for hotels and food on Tulum beach to be really expensive so we expect excellence for the price. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. It was our fourth time there in five years and we were not as impressed as in previous years. Feels like a bit of a rip off, and not very authentic. But it does have a great beach for long walks........

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

There are many hotels on Tulum Beach, some closer to the little center other after the security check point. This is very close to Sian Kaan gate so pretty far in but this is exactly what we were looking for; a quiet peace of Paradise. The rooms and the beds are so comfortable, the beach and the water so unbelievably clean white and turquoise. The hotel is unpretentious, welcoming, spacious, comfortable, private and beautifully decorated. No restaurant but a nice continental breakfast ... a restaurant would be pointless as there are several restaurants in the adjacent small hotels .... Next time in Tulum this is where we will go again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

Such a great place to be - most beautiful beach and nice people! The cabanas are spacious and clean. The staff was very friendly and always ready to help. La Via Laktea is an insider tipp for people who appreciate a particular kind of vacation - far away from mass tourism. No matter if you're on your own and just want to relax or if you want to spend some romantic holidays with your boy-/girlfriend. La Via Laktea will cast a spell on you anyway - at the latest when you lie in your hammock at night and watch the stars - you will see that the name captures the spirit of the programme. Highly recommended!

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

My husband and I stayed at La Via from 12/26-12/31. We ended up here based on random luck ww had waited until the last minute to book a hotel between christmas and new years and it was the first out of 30 we emailed that had availabiliy the entire time and did not cost more than 200 a night. We weren't sure what to expect but all my emails we responded to promptly. I paid in full online via paypal and we were able to get a nice upper jungle view room doe 135 a night. The owners speak great english and are there everyday and fairly available. The room has a big comfrotable bed and a batheroom and shower which we thought worked fine. This isn't the ritz but is totally clean and spacious. We had a big balcony with a hammock and there was electricity turned on from 5p-11p each night. They brought a large bottle of water and cleaned our room each day. There is a scooter on the porperty which you can rent which is probably a great way to explore a little although we did not use it. We did borrow their bokes one day but they are not the best bikes for long distances which is probably why they are free. Last but not least the beach is super awesome. I have been to alot of beaches and this one is by far the best. It stretches on for miles. You can lay on a beach chair they provide for free and the sand is white and the water is warm. It is basically next door to BE tulum and they charge $500 pluis a night for the same beach just better rooms. The only thing i would warn is there is no restaurant on site. They do serve breakfast for a small fee which is toast and a fruit parfait and coffee fine for a day or two but not for a week strait. We eventually ventured out in the morning and ate at BE tulum which was delicous and not too expensive like 300 pesos for two people. For lunch and dinner you are on your own although there are tons of restaurants close by. Most of them are in the surrounding hotels and we ate at a bunch most of which did take credit cards. La Via is a great B&B palapa on a quite part of beach a quick cab ride from town. The rooms are a great value and their location is wonderful.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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washington dc
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

I traveled with my husband and 10 year old daughter for a short trip from Washington DC. La Via Laktea was exactly what we were looking for. I had originally tried to stay at a more well know hotel closer to the center of Tulum Beach town upon the recommendation of several people...I am so happy that there was no reservation available because we would not have enjoyed it!
We visited the hotel for breakfast one morning on a walk to the Tulum Ruins and found piped in music, a buffet breakfast and an atmosphere similar to what you would find in many hotels all over the world. La Via Laktea is one of a kind if you really want to get away in paradise.
What we liked about La Via Laktea-
Isolated, pristine beauty, comfort of bed and room, warm salt water shower, hammocks, rooms situated with beach view, ocean breeze and sounds of waves.
It felt like you were staying in a good friends palapa and not at all resorty which is much more appealing to me and my family. It is in walking distance to Sian Kaan, restaurants and endless beautiful beach. It is in driving distance to endless fascinating natural and ecological sights.
The owner Bambu and the staff were warm, kind and helpful. She also made outstanding coffee and a great breakfast in the morning.
It is always difficult to know what you will find as a result of internet research...this surpassed expectation! I have already told many friends about the experience and look forward to returning!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Property: La Via Laktea
Address: Tulum, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Ranked #78 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Number of rooms: 7
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