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

Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • House2600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

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.

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


Gaetano Frankel

Member Since 2009
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Feb 26, 2018
About Gaetano Frankel

Owners live in Sedona Az.

Gaetano Frankel purchased this House in 1977

Why Gaetano Frankel chose Tulum Municipality

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

What makes this House unique

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


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 3 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Beach View
                Ocean views from all points of the five acre property.
              • Beachfront
                We are located right on the water. A private white sandy beach with shaded Coconut palms. Miles of remote beaches and lagoons.
              • Ocean View
                Private bedrooms and baths with vistas to the aqua blue waters.
              • Oceanfront
              • Resort
                Tulum Beach is 30 min from the Villa. Hotel, Spas and restaurants are abundant.
              • Rural
                'Two Waters Villa' 'Caphe Ha' is nestled in the Sian Kan Nature Preserve. Birds wildlife and lush tropical vegetation surrounds the property.
              • Waterfront
                The beautiful Caribbean sea is out your front door. Cool ocean breezes stirs the heart and refreshes the soul.


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                      • Catering available


                          • Internet
                            We do offer Internet service.
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Living Room
                          • Parking
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Telephone
                          • Towels Provided


                              • Catering Available
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove


                                  • Dining
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 8 people


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Boat
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Gazebo
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • alternative lifestyle

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Chauffeur
                                              • Private Chef
                                              • Staff


                                                  • 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

                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • paragliding
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • surf fishing
                                                              • surfing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                16 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Fabulous retreat!

                                                                Mira K.

                                                                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.

                                                                Relaxing but hot

                                                                Jeff A.

                                                                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.

                                                                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.

                                                                Best Vacation EVER!!!!

                                                                Jody H.Eugene

                                                                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.

                                                                Lovely, Lovely Place

                                                                Mayra G.

                                                                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

                                                                Great Stay at Caphe Ha

                                                                Shawn F.

                                                                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.

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

                                                                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!


                                                                Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico

                                                                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.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                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

                                                                16 Reviews
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