Halfway through the road from Tulum to Coba, you will find this rustic but stylish bed and breakfast surrounded by the impressively dense vegetation of the jungle. A region known for its stunning beaches, make of La Selva Mariposa an unconventional kind of retreat, and there is where its true value resides. An original and authentic option, for those looking to explore new and interesting places.
With only 6 rooms, La Selva Mariposa managed to create unique personalities for each of the casitas scattered here and there into the jungle. The décor is rustic and Mayan-inspired, with lots of wood and stone elements, just like you’d expect from a bed and breakfast in the middle of the jungle. All rooms include air conditioning, hammock and terrace.
The hotel offers special packages when booking more than one room. For example, if you book the Cenote room plus the Buena Vista, you’ll get a preferential rate.
All bathrooms come with stone walls that give them a rough look, but that’s part of the successful ambiance re-created by La Selva Mariposa. Most suites include an outdoor part of the bathroom, usually the shower. Bathroom sinks come in Mexican style, can be hand-painted, or on polished-concrete countertop. One of the suites enjoys a rooftop Jacuzzi.
One of the casitas works as the lobby, which is actually just a place reserved for checking-in and out, with little else of interest.
There is not a public area swimming pool at La Selva Mariposa, although each suite enjoys access to a pool shared with another room. All pools have a cenote-like feeling and a very natural vibe.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some people may find a bit weird to share a pool with another suite, as the atmosphere is quite intimate. If you’d like a bit more privacy, try booking the Honeymoon suite which includes a private pool.
A small room with stone walls and thatched-palapa roof works as the actual Spa of La Selva Mariposa. Equipped with a massages bed and a diversity of treatments available, including a Mayan clay massage and an Aztec crystal massage among many others.
A palapa in the middle of the whole labyrinth of casitas, pathways, and streams, plays the role of restaurant, but is more just like a friendly dining/living room on a very cool, laid-back setting. The food served is based on natural ingredients and a definite Mexican style, a very homemade feeling.
Besides fresh juices and excellent coffee in the mornings, and maybe a beer or a simple cocktail in the evening, there are not many drinking options here. However, if you order the 5-course romantic dinner, you’ll get a bottle of wine with it.
A 2-hour drive from Cancun International Airport makes mandatory a taxi, private transfer or renting a car. The last option seems the most alluring, unless you don’t plan to leave the hotel during the length of your stay, as there is very little to do in the nearby area.
Rancho La Cachimba (3-minute walk) is the typical Mexican restaurant by the highway serving traditional Mexican dishes in a very casual atmosphere. Cetli (14-minute drive) is a quaint place perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner in nearby Tulum.
Damajuan Mezcaleria (20-minute drive) is located on the outskirts of Tulum and is famous for its artisanal Mezcal, great music and a rooftop terrace. Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar (20-minute drive) is all about Mojitos and tapas. It has big shared tables so it’s easy to make new friends.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Because, for a change, it’s away from the beach and because it’s different from everything else. We like the fact that the jungle can be felt at every step and those alluring swimming pools. We also love the poolside terraces and the natural design of the whole place.