The La Semilla brand story is, at its core, a love story. The owners met many years ago while working in hospitality in New York City and it was love at first sight. From the beginning of their relationship, they dreamed of owning a hotel one day — a little property near the water.
During the couple’s journeys around the world together, they would always file away details they admired of places they visited: souvenirs, photographs, and journals filled with notes. Many years after leaving New York. She, being Mexican herself, developed a strong desire to return home and without much trouble convinced her couple to move their growing family to Riviera Maya. They both continued working in hotels after the move until one day they knew the time had come to take a risk and begin to fulfill their dreams of becoming hoteliers themselves.
Then, in 2013, their dreams came to fruition with the opening on Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen. The Hotel is a magical place filled with the love and care the couple put into running it. It is not uncommon for the owner to be found during breakfast connecting with guests, engaging in lively discussions about local culture or helping plan itinerates. The property soon became a refuge for stylish travellers looking for a personal and romantic jumping-off-point for relaxing and exploring the Yucatan Peninsula.
They quickly began brainstorming ways to better serve their independent guests while offering something completely unique and private. The result? Villa La Semilla, a secret villa quietly nestled on the beach at Soliman Bay. Soliman Bay offers “off-the-radar,” pristine beaches near Tulum and a place that the couple hold dear to their hearts. It is a place where one can completely disconnect from the daily routine and reconnect with nature and loved ones. The Villa offers a complimentary experience to Hotel La Semilla where guests can relish in the privacy of an exclusive home. The home is rented to one family or group at a time and guests can choose to rent the villa partially or in it's entirety, utilizing all 5 rooms.
Our brand is rooted in the values that it’s owner’s hold dear to their hearts. The Spanish word Semilla means seed. This word has been a powerful north star in guiding the vision and values of the brand. A seed is something that you nurture and love — it blossoms right before your eyes into something extraordinary yet unbelievably simple. We believe in simple beauty and simple pleasures, respect for all living creatures and the quiet brilliance of nature. With us, we hope that guests recognize the seed within each of them and the power to cultivate the extraordinary. We encourage the slow approach to life where quiet moments with nature allow you to disconnect with the busy, fast-paced world and reconnect with the earth, each other, and yourself.
We collaborate with the Amigos de Sian Ka´an Organization, one of the most respected Mexican conservation, sustainable development, and educational institutions.
Situated between the lush, green mangrove jungle and a secluded beach of Soliman Bay, Villa La Semilla has been created to live harmoniously with nature and guests can savor a unique experience with the support and service that is synonymous with the La Semilla brand. The property boasts a private stretch of beachfront with spectacular views of the bay that you can enjoy from any one of the terraces adjacent to each bedroom. There are also two tiered rooftop terraces, one of which has a pool, for sunbathing by day and stargazing in the evening. The first floor living area has been created in an open-concept style with spacious kitchen, dining and living space that reveals a private garden veranda with infinity pool. This modern, rustic home has been created to evoke privacy, luxury and nature and is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of Mexico.
As you walk upstairs, five uniquely designed suites greet you. Each suite features it’s own, bathroom, king-size bed and private terrace with ocean view. A master suite on the third floor with private pool and panoramic views.
The kitchen, dining table and living area are an open concept, where families can enjoy quality time, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that offer views of the brilliant jungle which envelopes the Villa.
There is a terrace located off the living area, which services as your personal garden with pool, sunning areas and direct, access to a private stretch of beach.
Continuing upward, you will reach the rooftop terrace. This is a place with awe inspiring 360° views of the bay and the mangrove jungle. It is a spot where you can admire the sky full of stars in the evening or relax in sun drenched chaise lounges during the day.
To insure that guests feel taken care of, the Villa includes maintenance and housekeeping services in the form of a sweet couple that lives in a separate home at the entrance of the property. They are available 24 hours to assist in anything you may need. The home is cleaned daily.
Included in your stay, we offer Chef Services for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please contact us for more information.
(Food and beverages not included).
We lend support in creating customized itinerates to help you get the most out of your stay with us. From Mayan Ruin tours, to spa treatments, to private yoga classes—our bespoke concierge service is available to create the most memorable and individual vacation experience.
If needed, we can arrange transportation services for guests and highly recommend renting a car for easy of discovering all that the area has to offer.
Soliman Bay sits just north of Tulum village. The area surrounding Soliman Bay is a secluded, beachfront community made up of private villas and vacation homes with virtually no commercial development. In this tucked away strip of beach, you will find Villa La Semilla hidden between the bay and the mangrove jungle.
As Riviera Maya is developing rapidly, Soliman Bay remains a quiet retreat where you can admire the nearly virgin landscape in an environment that has been consciously protected from the ware and tear of development.
Although you feel a million miles away at Villa La Semilla, the truth is Soliman Bay is just a short distance (15 minutes by car) from the village of Tulum and 1.5 hours from Cancun Airport. If you are interested in exploring the area, there is much to discover. Tulum is known for it’s wonderful restaurants and nightlife but one is never short of experiences in Riviera Maya with the breathtaking Mayan Ruins, endless pristine beaches, lush jungles and chic boutiques all within reach.
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