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"Caphe Ha"The Original Ocean Front Private Villa in Tulum

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

CAPHE HA meaning 'Two Waters' in ( 'Mayan') is situated on six lush acres in the Sian Ka'an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This intimate private hideaway is surrounded by the Caribbean sea and the Boca Paila Lagoon. Ideally located by bird island, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. Caphe Ha was the first Eco Lodge 'Bed and Breakfast' in Sian Ka'an. Built and designed by original owners Jeff and Guy Frankel in 1979. The house has four separate buildings. A large thatched roofed 'Palapa' for living, cooking and dining. A two bedroom two story main house and a romantic guest house. Breathtaking views of the ocean from all points of the property. Modern and Rustic Mayan wood and natural stone buildings make for a quaint setting on a secluded private beach.

CAPHE HA has accommodated many scientist, naturalist, birdwatchers, snorkelers, family and friends for over three decades. Activities include: Exploring undeveloped Mayan Temples, Nature walks, Turtle hatching's, Wildlife viewing, Sea kayaking, Fishing, Tours discovering the ancient Mayan waterways and lagoons. Hiking and beach combing on miles of remote beaches and tropical jungle trails.

The house is fully furnished and maintained by caretakers Roberto and Manuela, who have been with us for over twenty three years. House keeping and general needs are provided by the staff.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: How Far are you from the Can Cun Airport?

A : It is best to allow three and a half hours of driving time from the airport to the beach house.

Q How is the dirt road inside the Sian Kan Park?

A: The road condition varies depending on the weather.and time of year. They do grade the road once year after the rainy season in September. The distance from the entrance of the park to the property is 19 Km.( Around 8 miles) The driving time varies from twenty minutes to forty-five min when in good condition and over an hour if in poor condition. You do not need 4Wheel drive but a good high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Q: What do we need to bring?

A: The house is fully furnished ,beach towels, linens, beach chairs and hammocks are supplied. The kitchen is stock with many food item like salt, pepper, spices, Etc. Dining plates, bowls, glass where and cooking utensils are supplied. Drinking water is supplied also.

Q: Do you supply drinking water

A: Yes , We supply reverse osmosis purified water to drink.

Q: Is there electricity,water and lights?

A: Yes we have lights and power 24 hours a day. All bathing water is from our wells. All the Villas inside Nature Park are off the city grid, so power is supplied by solar panels. Please use conservation and use lights and water sparingly. It is a passive 12 volt system so hair dryers and microwave ovens and are not compatible. We do have a inverter in the kitchen Palapa that you can use to recharge your Phones and and electronics.

The Sian Kan Biosphere has one of the lowest EMF ( Electro Magnetic Fields) in th area. It is a fact that being far away from the electric lines and cell towers increases relaxation.

Q: What is the beach like?

A: We have remote white sandy beaches that go for miles in each direction. The house is located on a calm bay that is protected by the second longest coral reef in the world. You can swim right in front of the house. There are coral heads just 20 meters from the shore and depending on weather and ocean conditions snorkeling is great. There is a shallow and calm area for small children to swim a short 5 min walk to the point.

Q: Can we have meals prepared and a house keeper?

A Yes, We have house keeping and cooks. We have a Mayan cook that is an additional charge per day. (Please inquire about meals plans and cost) The meals are wonderful homemade dishes made with fresh fish and produce from local markets.

The house has light house keeping included.

Q: Are there many mosquitoes and bugs?

A You are in the topics so yes there are seasonal times where mosquitoes and insect prevalent.although there are many months when there are none. The front side of the house always has a ocean breeze,this keeps away most insects away. If you go back into the lagoon side and during sunset you will need bug repellent.

Q: Does the staff live on the property?

A Yes The house keeper and caretaker live on one side of the six acre property. They are available 24 hours a day if there is anything you need help with.

Q: How do we arrange for tours?

A: Roberto the care taker can make arrangements for tours with the guides and boats of the area. Most tours leave from the house and do excursions inside the biosphere from the lagoon side. Tour include bird watching, manatees. sea turtles ,swimming in the fresh water estuaries, Mayan ruins. and more. There are also Kayaks tours, fishing and snorkeling.

Q: How do we tip the staff?

A Thank you for asking. Tips are customary in Mexico for all helpers and services. Our caretakers can be paid with either USD or Pesos. Just as in the USA 15 to 20 percent of you bill is appreciated.

Q: Are there any Restaurants or night life nearby?

A: No. Once you are inside the Nature park all is quite. There are many bustling locations to dine and beach clubs in the Tourist area of Tulum Beach, 8 miles from the the property.

Q: Are there hiking trails around the area?

A: No official trails but miles of remote beaches to comb and explore.

Q: I heard there is often plastics and debris along the beach. Is your beach cleaned?

A: We keep our beach clean in front of the house and property. We also have a sandy lined coconut grove for swimming and sunbathing. The rest of the coast along biosphere is untouched. Yes there is seaweed, plastics, driftwood and many other natural and manmade items that do wash up on the beach.

Q: Is the area safe for young children and teens?

A: Yes ,very safe. Always keep watch of your young ones around the water. We have owned the beach house for over forty years and all of our children and grand children have grown up vacationing there. There are no dangerous animals ,snakes or people to harm you. We feel very safe at the beach house and all along the Mayan coast. The Mayans are one of the most friendly and kind people.

Q: What is the weather like in Tulum?

A: The Caribbean is a ever changing . There is a rainy season from September through October.( Hurricane Season) A dry season April and May. The hot months are July and August. There is always a trade wind that comes off the ocean year around. A The beach house faces the ocean to catch the sea breeze. Ocean storms can occur at any time as well as periods of calm smooth seas. Very hard to predict the temperament of the magical Caribbean sea.

Keywords: Beach House, Guest House, Casita. Villa, Retreat, Lodge, Oceanfront, Bed and Breakfast, Inn

More Details

Owner
Gaetano Frankel
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Gaetano Frankel

Owners live in Sedona Az.

Gaetano Frankel purchased this villa in 1977

Why Gaetano Frankel chose Tulum

The location was a family retreat for many years. Now my wife and I continue to vacation here with our family.

What makes this villa unique

The natural beautiful setting, A Relaxing and remote location. Friendly Mayan people and surroundings. Pristine beaches.

Amenities

Tulum Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Our cancelation policy: First payment/Deposit is non refundable. Second Payment is refunadable up to 60 days prior to arrival.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Frequently Asked Questions; Q: How Far are you from the Can Cun Airport? A : It is best to allow three and a half hours of driving time from the airport to the beach house. Q How is the dirt road inside the Sian Kan Park? A: The road condition varies depending on the weather.and time of year. They do grade the road once year after the rainy season in September. The distance from the entrance of the park to the property is 19 Km.( Around 8 miles) The driving time varies from twenty minutes to forty-five min when in good condition and over an hour if in poor condition. You do not need 4Wheel drive but a good high clearance vehicle is recommended. Q: What do we need to bring? A: The house is fully furnished ,beach towels, linens, beach chairs and hammocks are supplied. The kitchen is stock with many food item like salt, pepper, spices, Etc. Dining plates, bowls, glass where and cooking utensils are supplied. Drinking water is supplied also. Q: Do you supply drinking water A: Yes

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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"Caphe Ha"The Original Ocean Front Private Villa in Tulum
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
5

Fabulous retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Memorably beautiful spot on this planet. The grounds are stunning. The beach and waves were just amazing. Snorkeling was fun. Tide pooling was exciting. Iguanas, crabs, sea urchins, manta ray among what we saw. Beds were comfy for 7. But futon and couches would sleep at least 2 more. The outdoor showers were my favorite. Breezes were lovely. Mosquitoes were a non issue until the last day. Mandela's cooking was just delicious. In seven days of her breakfast and dinners we never had the same meal twice. And she accommodated many food restrictions and allergies. We heeded the owner's advice that in light of the worse than usual road conditions we shouldn't plan to leave. He wasn't kidding. We brought groceries for lunch and dessert and beverages. But not having to worry about the water quality and food safety the entire week was a dream, purified drinking water was abundant. Showers were hot.

Roberto arranged two excursions for us. They were pricey but nice. And they picked us up a few feet from the property, no driving involved.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing but hot

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at Caphe Ha this July for vacation... the place is beautiful but a few things you should know before staying. The house and grounds are beautiful but it's about a 40-45 minute drive from Tulum and it's a rough ride, lots of pot holes, etc. So if your plans are to visit in and around Tulum you may want to stay closer... the rooms at Caphe Ha are nice with outdoor showers and nice bedding.. our only issue was the heat, there is not AC which is common. The beach is nice but littered with trash and glass so be careful walking up or down. Roberto clears the local entrance to the beach but be careful straying up or down due to the debris. Manuela did our cooking and was wonderful, sweet and an excellent cook. Her friend Maria helps and is a pleasure. All in all a very nice place but quite a ways from town on a bumpy road... late summer it may be best to find accommodations with AC and closer to town.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jeff Thank you for your nice comments regarding your stay at Caphe Ha beach house . We feel it was unfortunante that we received three stars because of the weather and the summer conditions in the Caribbean. The house is Eco friendly and does not use AC but it is designed to receive ocean breezes through out all of the rooms and property. Most hotels and private homes in the Tulum beach area are off the grid and generate their own power from solar or wind. We have guest from all over the world who know this and specifically come to the area to enjoy that special quality of being surrounded by the natural elements. Hopefully over time the magical side of your vacation experience will be more memorable and the little discomforts will seem distant. Our private beach is well maintained and cleaned by Roberto every morning. The other 273 miles of undeveloped beaches have natural and inorganic debris .This reference to not being able to walk on the beach is incorrect. A critique could be better directed towards bringing education and needed conservation of our oceans. How we could be more responsible by using biodegradable containers. By prohibiting debris from being thrown over by cruse ships .. Volunteer groups are helping every year with clean up and it has been a constant effort to maintain the coastal areas. Warm regards from all of us. Manuela, Roberto, Guy, Erika, Javier and Maria and all little critters and dogs.
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5

Best Vacation EVER!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures from the website are stunning, but they truly don't do this place justice. This was by far the best vacation we've ever had. The entire property oozed beauty and comfort in a relaxed, non-pretentious vibe. The waters are bluer and warmer than what seems possible. And even though we went just after the storms and the humidity was 85%, we stayed cool and relaxed with the ocean breeze. We loved walking the beach with the 3 lovable dogs on the property, but most of all we'll all miss Manuela and Roberto and their family. Each morning, Roberto came and raked the seaweed off our beach, and Manuela fed us like we were kings. Seriously....if you're even considering not hiring Manuela you should rethink it. I consider myself a pretty good cook, so I was worried that I would regret using her. She is amazing!!!!! All her meals were authentic, fresh, and lots of it! This was the first vacation that me as MOM could truly relax and enjoy myself along with the rest of the family. And no dishes! This vacation was soul restorative and we'll definitely be back. Thank you, Guy for sharing your little slice of paradise with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely, Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

It's an awesome place away from all the crowds from Tulum which we just loved. We weren't sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised about the location, the place (property) and and staff (Manuela, Maria and Roberto) were attentive, polite and those ladies are awesome cooks!!!

We saw perhaps 5 people at the most on the long beach, most were locals fishing or enjoying the weather. There's a bit of trash on the beach but we're familiar with areas and were expecting some of that. The house is steps from the beach, we had a small piece of paradise all to ourselves. The entire place was really clean and well maintained, a delight to wake-up every morning to the sound of waves and birds. There was some delay in email responses from the owner on cooking costs and how it worked (he sent out answers to our questions the morning we were traveling to Cancun and didn't see email until the next day). We were considering Manuela to cook for our family, and not sure how or the cost of it. So we stopped to shop for groceries in Tulum...that was a mistake because if she cooks she does all the grocery shopping for you...so we bought unnecessary items. After chatting with Manuela, we opted for her to cook for us during all 7 days - NO REGRETS, she's an awesome, awesome cook!!! Every morning and evening was a delight to see the presentation, eat the delicious food! Maria was so pleasant, a professional serving us and always with a smile. Let them cook for us was the best idea - they cook, clean all the dishes and even make margaritas!! You can enjoy your paradise even more so without the hassles of cooking or cleaning.

We highly recommend Caphe Ha to everyone, and we will be back!!

Thank you,

Morris Family

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Stay at Caphe Ha

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Caphe Ha during our stay in the Tulum area. The drive to the house is about 25 minutes from the edge of the Tulum hotel zone as stated in some other reviews. It is a beautiful property on the beach secluded in the jungle. The caretakers were great hosts and we looked forward to Manuela’s fantastic Mexican meals. Our kids were up early each morning to run around with the dogs on the beach. We took a few day trips to local sites such as ruins or boating trips which could be an hour or more of driving but it is worth it to come back to enjoy a huge dinner on the porch facing the beach. Would highly recommend Caphe Ha as an alternative to staying in a typical hotel or vacation home.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Paradise found! Hands down the prettiest beach we saw while on our trip and it was ours to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

Once you drive into the sian kaan biosphere, you drive for 25 minutes and you arrive at the most beautiful beach and house. I felt the home was part of nature, the showers had natural elements built in, you truly feel you are living in the trees! You are under the coconut trees, laying in the hammocks, sitting by the water, taking it all in, then you turn around and see the house and you can't believe this is all your to enjoy. Manuelas cooking was amazing! The best meals we had in Mexico for sure! Roberto knew the nicest fishermen to take my husband and sons fishing, then took us all out to the reef to snorkel. That night Manuela cooked up the fish for us, seriously the most amazing mango cream fish dish that we all went crazy over! My kids would get their flashlights and explore at night finding so many hermit crabs walking all around the house, truly you are a part of the jungle here. Then to sleep in the screened in master bedrooom with the breeze, it's like you are sleeping right on the beach. We ventured out one day to explore a bit, but couldn't wait to get back and get away from the crowds that were everywhere in town! Guy was so nice, and helped with anything we needed! It is a little bit of a drive, but if you are looking to have your own place, off grid, at the most beautiful spot in nature, then this is for you. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Can Cun
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Xamach
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Cozumel
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
32
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Xamach
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Ocean
Car: necessary

We are located in the heart of the Sian Kan Preserve. Boat tours are available through the ancient Mayan water ways and into the Boca Paila lagoon. See the nesting pink Ibises on bird Island, Mayan ruins, manatees in fresh water Blue Holes. World Class Fly fishing. Snorkel or scuba on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Bird and wildlife observation.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
One Time cleaning fee $250 + Tax

We look forward having you as our guest at the Caphe Ha beach house in the Sian Kan nature park of Tulum.
To confirm your reservation we require a 50% non refundable payment in the form of a despot. Balance is due in the form of a second payment 30 days before arrival. if you need cancel your reservation please do so 30 days prior to your arrival. First payment deposits are non refundable. We also cannot refund deposits due to bad weather or road conditions. Thank you
Warm Regards
Guy and Erika

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund