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Today we put back on our walking boots and took our backpacks to the water-taxi in order to go back to the mainland. See ya Belize, Hola Mexico. We already have a good few stamps on our passports. The bus was a few hours late, which made our arrival in Tulum quite late. We had to change bus in Chetumal. Marine and Adrien who were supposed to stop …
23rd April - 4th May (+10th May, 11th May, 17th May) Days 85 - 96 (+ days 102, 103, 109) Mexico - Yucatan Peninsula Mexico formed our base from which to explore both Cuba and Belize so our time here was fragmented across a period of about a month; I have separated Cuba and Belize out for the purposes of this blog. After flying from Washington, …
... sound of the jungle on one side and the Caribbean sea on the other. We spent 2 and half weeks waking up to the sound of screaming jungle birds and what we thought was rain until we discovered the campsite was in fact built on top of an underground civilization of big blue crabs, the rain sound actually being their pincers clicking away as they ate the soil.
During our stay we spent most our time in the crystal clear sea or on the white beaches and ...
... it was great to have my pack carried for me to a little backstreet hotel (loose term) where we were to stay. I was exhausted frlm the the trip and it was a quick unpack and off to dinner. Tulum town is a transit town and the beaches and ruins well away a few kms bikeride to the coast. No matter the town had quite a few restaurants . It's hot here and our little room has a barely useful pedestal fan. Still it is a sweet little run home where the lady, Dora,runs a few rooms ...
... of turquoise water. Conveniently cut steps means it is easily accessible, and seeing as it is cold, freshwater, the only thing to do is to jump straight in. The pool is apparently over 50m deep and we shared it with some fish, so I didn't stay in too long. It was more fun to repeatedly climb the ledge and jump in.
During our visit, we were offered a shot of Mayan alcohol. Most people on my bus seemed reluctant, so I took the first shot. They ...
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We loved our stay in La Vita e Bella despite an upsetting encounter on the first day.
Nous avons terminé notre séjour dans la péninsule du Yucatan par Tulum. Nous nous sommes balladés sur la plage en partant du site de Tulum à la recherche d'une cabana pour 4 personnes (nous étions avec nos deux enfants). La Vita e Bella est un bel ensemble de cabana. Nous avons obtenu une cabana un peu en retrait de la plage, construite sur pilotis avec vue sur la mer et sur la campagne. La chambre était sobre mais très belle avec ses deux grands lits avec moustiquaires et sa salle de bain extérieure (vous prenez votre douche face à la mer). Le prix n'était pas excessif : 65 euros pour 4. Du côté restauration, c'était très cher ; mis à part les pizzas excellentes, à 4 c'était impossible d'y prendre tous les repas. Au niveau de l'accueil, hôtesse charmante mais le reste direction et personnel inexistant. C'est un superbe souvenir.
I would like to clear up some of the misconceptions regarding this hotel. I found our stay at La Vita e Bella to be exactly what my husband and I were looking for in terms of a relaxing, tropical vacation. We wanted to be on the best strip of beach in the Riviera Maya. We wanted a self-contained cabana. Hammock required. Restaurant and bar on premesis. And most importantly to be left alone. I think people need to remember that traveling outside of the U.S. is much different than traveling within. This property is Italian owned and operated, and I found the staff to be gracious and respectful of our privacy, while many have considered this "lack-luster" service. Time in the Caribbean is perceived much differently than it is in the U.S., and the resources for solving problems quickly are not always available. I give this staff much credit for creating an environment that is welcoming and easygoing, yet secure. While staying at La Vita e Bella, my husband and I scoured the Boca Paila in search of a hotel that might compare and did not find one. We had friends staying at the Copal and Zahra properties who had experienced an overbooking that placed them in a sweatlodge of a room with no plumbing. They also encountered rude service with no remorse for their dilemma, and no attempt at compensating them for the inconveniences and a bummer of a vacation. The only issue with La Vita e Bella was the fact that they did not accept credit cards for deposit, therefore a costly wire transfer or snail mail was the only way to get the deposit to them. However the highlights included; a shower with a floor to ceiling window that faces the ocean, your own 1/2 acre of privacy, an empty beach for sunrise walks, an intoxicating ocean breeze that screams "siesta!", and excellent seafood pasta with the best Mojitos. I do believe that La Vita e Bella is not for everyone, and frankly I am glad because this means I shouldn't have a problem getting my favorite cabana!
I just love this place, I have been coming there for the past 2 years and I am in my way there this Ocotber '05. "La vita e bella" is for people that is not looking for those expensive hotels where employees are there to kiss your feet and treat you like a goddess (for the money you pay). This is a good quality place but simple. The beach you have in front of the cabaņas is worth anything. As for the food, certainly, not the best italian food in town, but good. I will recommend with no doubt.
I have known this wonderful small Hotel for many years, and have been able to follow its growth and direction. Unfortunately having stayed there recently I must say that with making the Hotel much larger the quality of service has gone down tremendously. It seems the (very unfriendly) manager and Restaurant staff are more concerned about making dollars then providing a quality service. Breakfast was without Espresso (as offered on the menu), the toast was rock hard, and when one asked about it, the waiter reacted in a unfriendly and unprofessional manner. It hasn´t been like this - years ago I counted this Hotel as a top notch choice for Tulum Beach hotels - but today there are many better options with first class service at reasonable price (this Hotel is way overpriced considering the level of service).
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights of R& R away from our toddler. Our first real getaway since having a baby almost two years ago. What a perfect place to unwind and enjoy your travel partner. The beach is absolutely beautiful--poweder white sand and water crystal clear. The beach was just steps from our cabana. After having a look around the area, we both felt we were staying at the best place.
We wanted a quiet hut/cabana on the beach, and that's what we got. The wind is strong though, thank goodness, because it really cools you off at night. Once off the beach it's quite hot. As for the room itself, it was pretty basic and the water pressure out of the shower was little more than a dribble. Also, there's electricity only from six at night to 11, something we enjoyed actually. The help wasn't always helpful. In fact, when we asked for two extra beach towels, the woman behind the desk actually said, "No, you can't have them." They gave us a small bottle of water in our room. If we wanted another one, we had to pay for it.
We were in Tulum for a total of 6 nights, 2 in Zahra, 2 in El Paraiso (cabana) and 2 here at La Vita e Bella.
In November stayed 2 nights in Tulum in La Vita e Bella. The cabanas and the beach are beautiful and we thought we were in heaven! Unfortunately this feeling lasted 4 hours (until the check-inn time) because the Italian manager was everything but customer friendly. He failed to inform us about a broken water pipe, let us wait for 4 hours and then sent us to hotel Piedra Escondida (although they were not informed about us coming, the staff was very friendly and the restaurant is great!). The next day, we returned to La Vita e Bella to go, as promised by the manager, to our room. Again this was not possible and we were sent off by taxi to find a hotel ourselves. We stayed in Cabanas Tulum (also friendly staff and a very large, beautiful beach).
Heaven on earth! Tulum is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the La Vita e Bella cabanas just might be the best value in Tulum. Walk out your cabana door onto the porch with a hammock and a spectacular view of pale green, crystal clear, warm Caribbean water. Walk down the so soft, sugar white sand through lush tropical plants surrounding your cabana and take the 25 or so steps down to the water for a swim. On the way back notice the beautiful topless girls meandering by! Sitting on a stool outside amid lush beauty you turn around and notice the waiter coming with 2 perfectly delicious margaritas for you and your companion.