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My 3 friends and I stayed at Vida Silvestre for 4 nights in June.
The Villas are pretty stunning architecturally, and they really give you an indoor/outdoor rustic jungle feel. Very unique.
We found the Villa to be very clean and we were happy to have the daily maid service. The kitchen is adequate, though probably not equipped for cooking elaborate meals. There is a nice grill outside for use and Oscar (the maintenance man) was kind enough to help us use it. The wifi was very fast and reliable.
Sonia was very accommodating about being around when we arrived and she gave us a map of Tulum. She was also very responsive to messages during our trip. Oscar was incredibly sweet and helpful.
The main downside to our stay was the heat. The villas are on the jungle side so they do not get the breeze from the ocean, and it was uncomfortably hot. There were no ceiling fans like, but we were given two small floor fans to use (they didn't do too much). If you plan on coming during the summer, don't expect to want to spend much time at the house and if you were like us, you might have a hard time sleeping.
One other issue for our group was beach access. A selling point for us was the promised proximity to the beach, but we found this was not exactly as advertised (they used to have free access at Dos Ceibas, but that has since closed down). Sonia told us we could use the Las Ranitas beach (a few minutes walking down the street), but we were initially turned away, and then told once we straightened things out that we needed to make a minimum purchase of 250 pesos per person to use the umbrellas. Since we were four people, this tacked on a large added cost for our group. We ended up using the public beaches that we farther away the other days.
The location of the Vida Silvestre is pretty far down the highway from town (a 150 peso cab ride) and is not near what seemed to be the center of the action of the restaurants/resorts/bars on the highway. There was not much in walking distance. If you are looking for solitude, it would be perfect, but for a younger group who wants to go out in town or at the other resorts and restaurants on the highway, it was a little isolated. It was always very easy to get a cab, though.
Overall very cool experience and good service, with just a few caveats!
My boyfriend and I stayed in Villa 2 at Vida Silvestre in early June. The property is beautiful, and very well maintained. Beach access is currently offered through Las Ranitas and Be Tulum. I would recommend Las Ranitas for a place to spread out and relax. Sonia was a terrific host, and we will definitely be back to Tulum!
We stayed at Vida Sivestre for 10 nights with our 4 year old daughter and will stay here again the next time we visit Tulum. The grounds are lush and beautifully landscaped, we loved the vibe and the open and thoughtful design of the villas (we both are architects) as well as proximity to the ocean. We had a very comfortable king size bed and amazing view of the coconut palms in the yard from our bed.
This is not a resort and you'll have a lot of privacy in and around your villa.
The entire complex is solar powered, and electricity went out every night in the early AM, so I recommend to bring a flash light.
The pool is relatively small, but great for kids and large enough to cool off comfortably. During out stay, only 2 of the other villas were occupied and we had the pool to ourselves most of the time. There's a few great restaurants in walking distance and it's an easy 12-15 minute drive to town.
Sonia is a fantastic host, she was always available, made great recommendations for restaurants and was very responsive before and during our trip.
this place was incredible. we absolutely loved it!
just a few steps to the beach.. very quiet and off-the-grid. we loved the fact that it felt so disconnected from everything else. private and secluded. we'll be back for sure.
My husband and I spent 5 good days and nights at Vida Silvestre as part of our honeymoon. We arrived a bit early (tired and hungry), but Sonia was able to have our Vila ready within an hour. In the meantime we walked to Las Ranitas Eco Hotel just down the street and fell in love with their beachfront and the beautiful open restaurant. The guacamole, tacos, and fruit drinks at Las Ranitas were great and we ended up hanging out there for a meal and some beach time almost every day of our trip. At Vida Silvestre, our Vila (# 2) was well appointed, clean, and comfortable, with great Wifi access - a nice surprise. The surroundings are private and lush. The only complaint was that due to very high speed wind during our trip the flaps on the windows made a lot of noise and the leaves of nearby palm trees often hit the sides of the house. It was still enjoyable (refreshing at the least) and this was more the nature of the season than a comment about Vida Silvestre. I agree with other reviewers that if you are expecting something like a resort, you might want to look elsewhere. The place is wonderfully private and beautiful, but the windows are screens that let in noises and the water is salty and comes naturally from the beach. If you are into chic but rustic living, then I can recommend Vida Silvestre.
Sonia conserva su lugar impecable, la cabaña está en la selva sobre el camino costero de Tulum en donde encuentras por igual comercios, pequeños hoteles, restaurantes, clubs de playa y pocos accesos públicos a la playa. Cuando llegamos por mala suerte no estaba disponible el espacio en la playa al que tenemos acceso como huéspedes de Sonia por problemas ajenos a ella que espero se solucionen pronto, las Cabañas son estupendas y muy lindas, tienen la particularidad de estar bien separadas del suelo, lo que al estar en la selva nos hizo sentir mejor y más seguros. Al interior de la cabaña es un poco caluroso la arquitectura contempla el que los espacios en plata baja sean abiertos completamente al intemperie quedando protegidos sólo con mosquiteros lo que mejora las cosas. La electricidad es generada por celdas solares por lo que en un lapso de tiempo en la madrugada se suspende la electricidad por lo que los ventiladores dejan de funcionar, si tienes suerte y no te despertó el calor pues no pasa nada, por lo demás fue una experiencia increíble Sonia esta siempre al pendiente de todos los detalles, dejándonos sentir también nuestra privacidad lo que le agradecemos mucho y la piscina y el grill hacen del lugar de Sonia un verdadero paraíso.
We had a fantastic stay at Vida Silvestre... really loved the atmosphere and the houses.
We liked the idea of a eco friendly stay and we didn't regret it :)
Maybe one day we will be back!
Everything went really well. Perfect place and perfect spot !
Unreal experience at Vida Silvestre. Sonia was extremely kind and helpful and Oscar was on point as well. Would definitely recommend.
My husband and I stayed here for a few days after our wedding in Playa del Carmen and really loved it. The property is just as described in the other reviews: about 5 units on an enclosed property on the jungle side, towards the end of the beach road in Tulum. Easy access to a gorgeous beach through Dos Ceibas, where we also had breakfast occasionally. The grounds are well maintained and lit with tiki torches at night. It was quiet and peaceful, pretty much the entire time.
Sonia was an excellent host. She was very polite and accomodating even after we showed up over an hour late to meet her due to some issues we had when leaving PDC. She gave us a map with suggestions for dining and activities, both in the resort area and in town, which was great. There were bikes available for free (just had to give a small deposit) which we used to ride around town for a bit.
If you love nature, the sound of wind blowing through the treetops, and hearing the birds sing in the morning, then this is the place for you. Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Vida Silvestre and would definitely stay here again!