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Villa Dolce Vita - Soliman Bay
Kansas City, Missouri
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“Peaceful Paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

We came here to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We wanted to go to some place that was peaceful and not a lot of people around. This was our 1st vacation with just the two of us in 23 years, so we wanted some “us” time. Villa Dolce Vita was definitely the perfect fit for this!

I had never been out of the US before, so it was a bit intimidating for me, especially after reading about the police there. We had absolutely NO problems with them as we always drove the speed limit and watched our surroundings
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I think we only saw maybe a total of 8 people on the private beach area the entire trip! Gaspar, the grounds keeper and his son kept the area very clean & clear of the sea grass so you could easily walk around the beach barefoot. You can tell they take great pride in keeping the area pristine!

We enjoyed breakfast under the palapa every morning. It was so peaceful to hear the birds and watch the gecko’s running around. I loved waiting to see how Chris and Connie were going serve breakfast to have the table decorated each day. They use local flowers and plants which tied it all together. They were very accommodating with my gluten allergy too. For lunch, we had gone to a local market & bought cheese, meat, chips and goobers and strawberry so we didn't have to eat out twice a day. They have a mini fridge in which we could keep the items that needed to be refrigerated in.

We went to Oscar & Layla’s three times during our 6 days there. LOVED the food there…wonderful fish with mango salsa! We also ate at a couple restaurants in town which were all “open” eating establishments. We used cash or our debit card for everything. Our last night there, they recommended a place called “Loh Ha” that was amazing! It sat right on the beach. The food was great & reasonably priced. The view was awesome too!

We loved having the beach literally out our back door & the pool about 10 steps from the side door! We relaxed beach side reading books & just soaking up the view. The week before we got there, two turtles had laid eggs next to the edge of their vegetation and right next to the hammock area. They were very cautious with the nesting area & corded it off. I hope to see photos of the baby turtles when they hatch!

We went snorkeling with the equipment they had there. We saw a stingray about 10 feet from the shoreline that just swam past us. We went out about a ½ mile from the shore & the water was still only waist deep! It was so neat to be among the reefs. My most favorite part besides watching 2 brief storms roll in was our 2nd night there; we walked all the way down the beach around 10pm in the full moon light. We didn't need a flashlight because it was so bright reflecting off the water. It was so beautiful! We felt like we could reach up & touch it as it was so big.

The only “touristy” thing we did was visit the Tulum ruins and walk around Tulum. It was so beautiful there! Definitely go to the ruins early in the morning as it heats up fast being on the top of the cliff. We didn't go swimming there as we have bad knees and backs & didn't want to trek up the stairwell.

Would I recommend this place to others? DEFINITELY! In fact I’ve already shared it with several people! One of them is a professional Chef who was actually born in Merida, Mexico & is living in Missouri now…he is planning on visiting there in November. He was very impressed with the layout and the peacefulness it has to offer. We'd love to go back there someday!

Room Tip: We had the lower room because of back & knee issues. We loved it! It has a little air condition...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Craryville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

My wife and I just returned from a five day stay at Villa Dolce Vita. It is lovely spot facing East right on the sea. Being early risers, we usually watched the sun rise and the pelicans diving for fish right in front of us. Other birds treated us to morning serenades. I would then enjoy an early skinny dip in the sea. Chris's two course breakfasts were delicious, consisting of local fruits and a hot dish. The air temperature is perfect, low 80s during the day and low 70s at night,
and there is always a refreshing on-shore breeze. After breakfast I would paddle one of their sea kayaks out to the reef, tie up to a buoy and snorkel in the 8-10' of water. Some of the coral formations were so tall I could not swim over them. The fish are abundant & colorful, the water clear and a perfect temperature. Afterward, we would work on our no-line tans on the beach or in one of the hammocks. There is also pool in the courtyard to cool off in.
Connie & Chris were most helpful and a pleasure to talk to. We also enjoyed the company & conversations of the one other couple staying there.
We had a great time and will never forget the experience.
They truly have a spot in paradise.
Andy & Jackie

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Soliman Bay is one of the most beautiful, and best protected bays, between Cancun and Tuluum. Very few people have visited Soliman Bay because all of the beach is private and dotted with privately owned homes and one tiny boutique hotel. When you come to the entrance road to the bay you are met by a security guard who will not let you pass unless you are staying at either the hotel or one of the private homes.

The Villa Dolce Vita is one of these private homes. It's a B&B, clothing optional by the way, run by a husband & wife team. Connie, the husband, and Chris, the wife, have created a lovely sanctuary on the bay for people like us who don't like tan lines.

Here's the layout. There are two rental units. One up stairs. One at ground level. Both have great views of the beach and bay. Each has a separate entrance. In between the house and the units is a large palapa covering a space where a delicious and beautiful breakfast is served every morning at 8:30 A.M. A small dipping pool is located about 15 feet from the dining area. Four lounge chairs are placed around the edges of the pool. Between the pool and the rental units is the path to the beach, about 30 feet away. The beach is made up of very soft sand and is approximately 50 feet wide. The water in the bay is like a warm bath. Two hammocks are stung beneath a palapa on the beach and there are 4 lounge chairs on the beach. Entering the beach in front of the B&B is a little rocky, we wore our reef walkers, but you quickly are in water deep enough to swim. Walking north on the beach there is a nice sandy entrance into the bay.

Chris and Connie provide snorkeling gear, life jackets, and two solo kayaks. The bay is great for paddling around in with little effort as long as you stay clear of the entrance to the bay. If you get too close to the entrance on an out going tide you could find yourself being pulled out into the Caribbean. In most parts of the bay the water is shallow. Several hundred yards from shore we could stand up with our heads above the water. The snorkeling is just okay. Yes, we found some fish. We're just spoiled from swimming in the Hawaiian waters. If this is your first time snorkeling, you'll probably be impressed.

I doubt if we ever saw more than a dozen people on the beach that is about 2 miles long. This is because there's just private homes that sometimes rent out to a group or large family. The hotel at the entrance to the bay is small. We spent an afternoon there having drinks out on the beach. We saw 6 people.

We'd start out each morning doing naked yoga on the beach. Because other rentals on the beach aren't clothing optional you can't walk up and down the beach naked. However, you're perfectly okay to enjoy sunning yourself sans clothes in front of the Villa Dolce Vita.

Our most memorable evening was a walk south on the beach to a palm tree covered area. Here a Mayan family operates an outdoor restaurant. I asked the owner for a menu. He said the menu is in his head. The menu is ceviche, lobster, or fried fish. We ordered fried fish. It was fried in oil heated over an outdoor wood fire. It was the most delicious fish we have ever eaten.

The location is perfect. Tuluum is about 6 miles to the south. So you can have solitude on the beach or drive into Tuluum to enjoy the vibrancy of this Mayan town. Chris and Connie are wonderful hosts and willing to share their story with you as we'll as give advice on what to do and where to eat.

The only thing we missed not having at Villa Dolce Vita was a hot tub. Other than that we found the location, setting, room, bed, breakfast to be perfect.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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kywsttom1961
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here with my wife mid jan 2014 and we had a blast .., Connie is hilarious kept us laughing the whole time along with his wife Chris .. We enjoyed the stories and laughter , it also helped that the other couple who were there that week we awesome too !! So much fun to interact and talk to.. But the pros about this b&b far out weigh any negatives .. Great breakfast great coffee great relaxing au natural on the beach every day and just peace and quiet ..,, Gaspar who took care of things was great and the location was 15 min drive to tulum which had excellent food and restaurants and about 20 min to playa del Carmen to the north .. Tons of good restaurants and shopping .. So over all it's a keeper and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good relaxing beach vacation .. Ps don't worry about the rocks in the water there are areas to get through to swim out , I watched the lady who lives next door walk out through a sandy path and swim out into the bay naked, like a mile out and a mile back !! So I just used her path when I saw that... It was crazy to see her swim all that way and back ..., !! Great time !!! Connie if you ever read this next time you go the states go to Tj Maxx and buy four goose down pillows and get rid of bricks that are on the bed now !! No amount of tequila I drank could make them comfortable enough !! Ps thanks for a wonderful time and a great stay ...

Stayed January 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

My husband and I just got back from a week at Villa Dolce Vita, our second time there, and we had a truly enjoyable vacation. Our first time here was January 2007 and it was one of those places that we said we would be back. We travel to different countries and locations so this was our first trip back to this part of Mexico since then and I wouldn't have stayed anywhere else. The owners, Connie and Chris, are great hosts and Soliman Bay is a wonderful quiet place to get away from it all, especially the tourist crowds! Absolutely beautiful, rest and relaxation, enjoy the sun and beach with no big resorts, no lineups, and no one hassling you trying to sell you anything. Villa Dolce Vita is very private, right on the beach, with lush gardens and ambience you just can't get from a big place. Check out the website http://www.villadolcevita.com. Guests can enjoy relaxing by the private pool, under the palapa or on the beach where there are hammocks and comfy beach chairs. Take the kayaks out into the bay, snorkel from the shore, or go for long beach walks. You can walk a long way in either direction if you are game to make your way over the rocks, make sure you take water socks! You can also book a massage with a local masseuse, she came to the Villa and we had our massages right on the beach, wonderful! The breakfasts prepared and served by your hosts are delicious, something different every day, and enough to tide us over until dinner. There are a number of restaurant choices in nearby Tulum, Connie and Chris will make recommendations, our favorite is Oscar y Lalo on the highway just outside the entrance to Soliman Bay and Don Cafeto in Tulum is a must. There is one restaurant on Soliman Bay, the Sahara Cafe, we ate there twice, a bit pricey (by local standards) but the food and service and ambience were excellent, lots of choice on the menu, and you can walk there. We also went to the supermarket in Tulum to pick up a few snacks and other essentials (beer, wine). When we were here the first time we did quite a bit of sightseeing as you are close to many attractions, this time we did not plan to do very much and never did get around to going to a few of the places I would go back to (such as the ruins at Tulum) because we just did not feel like straying too far from the Villa. You really are best off with renting a car and the only minor complaint is that the wi-fi is a bit patchy but that is not unusual in out of the way places. Highly recommend!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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louisiana, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Dolce Vita from September 5th through the 12th, 2013. The owners Chris and Connie are from the states and were a wealth of information regarding restaurants, beaches, and tours in the area. They rent out a two room casita that is separate from their home and right on the beach! At night the sounds of the surf will lull you to sleep. The sun comes up directly across Soliman Bay affording many spectacular sunrises! Coffee is made fresh early each morning so its a real treat to sit on the beach with a cup and watch the day begin! The bay itself is relatively calm due to a reef that shelters it and affords pretty good snorkeling among the rocky outcrops that you find in the grassy bay. If you get out to the reef the snorkeling is supposed to be really good. I intended to paddle out there one day and check it out but even seven days just didn't seem to be enough time to get all of my to do list accomplished! Each morning Chris would whip up an amazing breakfast! Different every day and so filling we rarely ate anything again until supper. There's a great restaurant, Oscar and Lalo's, right where you turn off the highway to get to the villa and they also operate tours from there. The owner, Virginia, is also American and is a pleasure to deal with! We used her service to book a tour to Coba and highly recommend them! We had rented a car in Cancun which was a great move and really a must for staying on Soliman Bay cause its a mile or so down a dirt road to the villa from the highway. The road is very bumpy so you are forced to go slowly past the other private villas as you head to the highway , but hey, you're on Mexico time now! We wanted this, our second trip to the area of Tulum, to be a more relaxed, exploring kind of vacation and the rental car really gave us that option. Driving in Mexico was really easy and having spoken to several Americans and Europeans who live in the Yucatan, really safe! A lot of the negatives regarding Mexico in the news have nothing to do with this area. Our decision to stay on Soliman bay and especially at the Villa Doce Vita was perfect because it is central to so many great things to do in the area! Playa El Paraiso, an amazingly beautiful beach, along with the town of Tulum and the Mayan ruins of Tulum are a few scant miles in one direction. In the other direction is Xel-Ha park and Akumal Bay which are amazing spots for snorkeling. All within six or seven miles! We never traveled much farther than that in all seven days and never really needed to! The beautiful grounds, quiet beach and secluded tropical setting of the pool at our home base were a strong incentive to go nowhere at all as well! Great place, great food, great hosts, and as the saying goes, "location, location, location!" What more can I say!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

We loved our stay at Villa Dolce Vita, a serene slice of heaven. It was amazing to be able to jump into the beautiful pool surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation with the stunning view of Soliman Bay. Each morning, breakfast under the huge palapa by the pool was superb (just couldn't have been more delicious!) and the table settings very colorful. The walks on the beach were delightful, morning and evening.
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Gaspar and Diego did a super job each day on ground and room maintenance. Room was made up each morning. Gaspar even picked a coconut and we loved the milk and meat from it!
Loved the beer, waters, etc. in the room small refrigerator!
Enjoyed the conversations with the owners Connie and Chris...great tips on restaurants, sightseeing, life experiences, etc. Really made us feel welcome and like being with family.
Great location near Tulum. Many things to see and do and the highway from Cancun to Tulum is excellent...4 lanes. A car is a must unless you plan to spend all your time at the Villa.
Highly recommend Oscar y Lalo Restaurant just a mile away.
Loved the Grand Canote near Tulum where we snorkeled inside and outside the caves.
The Tulum Ruin was outstanding.
We could go on and on but Villa Dolce Vita was an amazing place and we highly recommend this piece of paradise.
Thank you Connie and Chris.
Alan and Kathleen

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Dolce Vita - Soliman Bay
Address: Soliman Bay, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Soliman Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Soliman Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
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