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
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!
- Also Known As:
- Villa Dolce Vita - Soliman Bay Hotel Soliman Bay
- Villa Dolce Vita - Soliman Bay Mexico