All about La Via Laktea


Nature is the star at La Vía Laktea, luxury beachfront cabañas, Tulum, Mexico

La Vía Laktea, the Milky Way, consists of eight over-sized luxury cabañas on secluded Punta Piedra beach, about two hours south of the Cancun airport by car. A short drive from the world-famous Mayan ruins of Tulum, this boutique hotel nestles between the jungle and the Caribbean among dense palms and verdant tropical foliage right where the Sian Ka’an Biological Reserve begins. It is one of a few guest facilities on the almost undeveloped southern tip of the Rivieria Maya.

The solidly-constructed cabanas are roofed in traditional palm thatch. The elegantly simple furniture and fittings were made by local carpenters using wood from community-managed forests. Bathrooms are decorated with traditional Mexican tile, with hand-crafted porcelain wash basins. Each high-ceilinged ocean front room has its own ample balcony or terrace. Paintings by major Mexican artists from the collection of the owner, a Mexico City art dealer, hang on the walls.

Nature is the main event at La Vía Laktea. Sandy paths wind through the green light of the palm trees to a broad expanse of powder-white sand facing the turquoise Caribbean. Striped canvas umbrellas shade locally-made wooden lounges. Sian Ka’an means “Where the sky is born” in Maya. At night, the stars appear in immense numbers unencumbered by urban light, and you really do feel as if you have the best seats in the house on the Milky Way itself. During their nesting season, giant marine turtles lay their eggs at night all along Punta Piedra beach, protected by environmental agency patrols.

“The sound of the sea encompasses every moment of the day,” Cancun photographer Anita Brown wrote while documenting La Via Laktea. “I feel as though I’ve come home.”

“Beautiful,” popular blogger Libby Spencer commented . “This is probably my favorite place in the world. I had the same feeling as soon as I walked on that beach — that I had come home.”

Fascinating shops and eating places are found within walking distance of La Vía Laktea. Massage, Yoga, meditation, and other healing and relaxing activities are offered by local practitioners at nearby spas and awareness centers. You can also swim in a cenote, dive or fish with expert guides, visit the Tulum and Cobá ruins, and see crocodiles, toucans, flocks of parrots and other wildlife while kayaking through the Sian Ka’an Biological Reserve, 1.3 million acres of primeval tropical forest and wetlands established in 1986 as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program.

Fluent English spoken.

La Vía Laktea (The Milky Way)
Luxury Beach Cabañas, Tulum, Riviera Maya

Hosts: Bambu Kessler & Roberto Alvarenga
Carretera Tulum–Boca Paila Km 9.5, Tulum, Q. Roo, México
Tel: [52-984] 807-4341 & 113-6050 § [52 555] 105-5551