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Private Colorful Retreat Cabin & Garden in Tulum Town, 10-15 min To Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 3,267 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, Jungle Garden, Patio, Porch, Outdoor kitchenette, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

You have the whole property, cabin, patio, porch and jungle garden to yourself! (10 x 30 meters or 3,267 sq. ft)

Casa Pastel is a world of color and and experience of a different way of living. Located in the town of Tulum on a real life residential street among Mayan, Mexican, and American neighbors. The gorgeous Tulum beaches are just a 10-15 minute drive away, or 45 min bike ride. Casa Pastel will have the real life sounds and sights of a town, not a contrived resort - so don't expect total silence!

The bedroom is a cabin with local traditional thatched roof. The colorfully tiled bathroom and kitchenette are placed separate from the bedroom in this garden compound design (like those found in Bali, Indonesia where the owner once lived).

Newly added is a front screened in porch so you can relax in the hammock and enjoy fresh breezes day or night.

Tulum is a lively town! You must be okay with hearing dogs, birds, roosters, children, neighbors, street vendors, and music at various times.

We have WIFI , a safe lock box, and three bikes you may use.

Also, check out recent videos on youtube. Just search Casa Pastel, Tulum, MX.

Casa Pastel was built in 2002 by Stephanie Ann Pappas, a yoga teacher/trainer, author, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and massage therapist from NJ.

Casa Pastel is punctuated by vibrantly tiled walls, floors, bathroom, and patio. The tropical garden was planted over the years by the owner and includes fully grown coconut, and palm trees.

The property was designed for those who prefer to be outdoors in the sun and gardens. The casa has an open air kitchenette, and pretty tiled patio table, and a covered front porch to eat and relax.

Tulum is characterized by its wealth of sunshine, crystal blue Caribbean waters, large white beaches, and balmy breezes. The colorful adobe & mosaic tile decor of Casa Pastel complement the local tropical flora and fauna.

Tulum has an abundant street and night life with cafes and live music filling the air.

Casa Pastel is for those who want to taste an experience of living in the town. A short 5 minute walk to the main avenue takes you to all the food and entertainment you could want. And only a ten minute drive to the ancient mayan ruins of Tulum, Xel-Ha, Muyil. And just a half hour drive to the tallest climbable ruins of Coba.

A local artist and flamenco dancer Manuel Cano the manager will meet you and introduce you to the Casa.

Other local English speaking hosts can answer your questions and offer you massage therapy services at the house.

Keywords: cabana, cabin, palapa, casita, retreat house, bungalow, cottage

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Stephanie Pappas
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 8, 2018

About Stephanie Pappas

The owner of Casa Pastel, Stephanie Pappas, is a published author of yoga books and a yoga teacher/trainer for 26 years. She lived at her place in Mexico for over 8 years in between teaching gigs in the USA. Her yoga books were written at the cabin! She is a cat lover and became one from rescuing cats in Tulum that appeared on her property.

She was born in New York City in 1960 and grew up in central New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College. After graduating from college, she worked for 10 years as a trainer, technical writer, and technician in the telecommunications industry.

Stephanie (a.k.a. Stefani) Ann Pappas has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since 1992.

She is the founder and director of the Devalila Yoga Teacher Training, a registered 200 & 300 hour level trainings with the Yoga Alliance. Stephanie has certified over 300 teachers in North America and holds teacher trainings once a year.

Her yoga books 'Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting' was published in 2006 and 'Yoga at Your Wall' was published in 2009. All her books are available on the internet.

She hopes you enjoy your stay in Tulum, and have an interesting experience living local with your Mayan, Mexican, and American neighbors!

Stephanie Pappas purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Stephanie Pappas chose Tulum

Tulum is amazing. The beaches have an unprecedented beauty. It is great to eat outdoors in a tropical environment and on the beach. There are lots of local artists and musicians. Tulum has a funky-chic, yet mystical quality about it. Many comment on the intense spiritual energy coming from the nearby ruins, mayan influence, and underground waterways/caves.

What makes this cabin unique

Miles and miles of classic caribbean beaches that are largely empty, funky night life and eating outdoors, mystical experiences visiting the mayan ruins, cenotes, and underground caves.

Again, this property is in the town of Tulum on a friendly street. You will experience local liiving, which means you will hear roosters crowing, vendors riding their bikes, and your neighbors playing music or singing now and then!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for being a wonderful host for our stay here Tulum this week.

We truly enjoyed Casa Pastel and the company of Diego kitty and his gang. We have left some nice things on the refrigerator - some local honey, hibiscus flowers and cacao if either yourself or Manuel would enjoy these things.

Once again thank you very much and we will most definitely recommend you as a host in the future.

Warm regards,

Sarafina & Lou
Feb 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Tulum, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3267 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only, no bath tub. Bathroom is set away from the cabin and so you must walk about 10 feet to this private bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1) with mosquito netting, Twin or Single Beds (1) with mosquito netting
  • Books ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Locking closet, 10m x 30m private enclosed property with tropical garden, tile patio table, open air kitchenette, screened in front porch , hot water, hammock.


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Private Colorful Retreat Cabin & Garden in Tulum Town, 10-15 min To Beaches
average rating of 4.888889 based on 30 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Stephanie is a very helpful host, always responsive and eager to make sure that you are having the best time possible! There are lots of things to do in Tulum, it never gets boring. It is not very quiet in the evenings or nights because the neighbors are up late most nights and dogs bark a lot, but if that does not bother you it is a very lovely place to stay! ( maybe ear plugs next time?) My 9 year old son enjoyed playing with the cats a lot too, this was definitely a perk for him. We would come again any time! Thank you Stephanie!

  • Submitted: 5-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my 10 day stay at Stephanie's casita. As others have mentioned, this is a property in a local neighbourhood so you are not surrounded by tourists. The casita is simple but very comfortable and it is so nice to have your very own garden. Other than sleeping I spent all my time outside. Even in a heavy downpour I was able to stay dry sitting at the large palapa table. For me, an added bonus was the resident kitty Diego, along with his mama from next door who always came to hang out with us. Also there was a bike to use, so I was able to bike around town, and also down to the beach.

If you are looking for something off the beaten path and do not need the luxuries of a five star hotel or resort then this is the place for you!

Stephanie and Manuel were both excellent to work with, very friendly and responsive to questions or concerns. I had rented a car, and I actually found that Stephanie's map and directions were spot on. No problem finding the property even though I arrived at night

Stephanie also gave me a list of her favourite restaurants in the area which was very helpful. I would add one to that list: Taqueria Don Honorio. It is about 1.5 blocks east of the Scotiabank. They had the best tacos I've had anywhere. It is family run and super busy with locals and some tourists too. Go in the morning as I think they close at 2pm

Other than the obvious beaches, I would also highly recommend a visit to cenote Labnaha. It is just north on town, and not touristy at all. I had a private guided snorkel tour in these caves and it was the highlight of my trip! Also recommended are the ruins at Muyil about 1/2 hour south of town. Again, this is off the. Eaten path so you can enjoy a less touristy experience. There is a trail at the end of the Ruins that you can take into Sian Ka'an. It is about a 15-20 minute walk on a boardwalk through the jungle to Laguna Muyil. Along the way be sure to climb the lookout tower for a bird's eye view of the area

In all a great stay,and I would most definitely return to Stephanie's casita!

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lauren! What a beautiful review. You made my day. You were an ideal guest- communicative, appreciative, and open to adventure! My house is your house, and so please come back again! I am so glad you mentioned some of the wonderful, natural things to experience in the area. I will try your taco place and definitely add it to the favorite restaurant list. Happy New Year 2017, and thank you very much.
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  • 5 of 5

The property was so beautiful and exactly what we were looking for; quaint, exotic and homely. I really enjoyed staying in a neighborhood that didn't have many expats or tourists and I also loved the cats. It was a little difficult to find at first, maybe because we were walking. We eventually snagged a taxi bc it was raining so hard and he was a bit confused with the drawn map that I had as were we. I would suggest putting the small side streets on the hand drawn map so that it doesn't seem like you take your first left when leaving ADO. The other issue was that I couldn't find trash bags. Those are very small concerns and we had an incredible stay and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: 5-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Casita Kitties Included

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 nights here and loved it. It was so private and we loved all the kitties who visited us. Stephanie was great to work with and gave us all kinds of info. She also answered any e-mail I sent with questions right away. Everyone should be like her :-)

We took a taxi when we arrived but then waked to town after that. It is a great location.

Manual was great. We would definitely stay here again. It is a beautiful place.

The only downfall was the construction on the house next door. Since this was the beginning of our vacation we were in bed early- otherwise it would have been no issue.

  • Submitted: 13-May-2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We welcome open, considerate, and adventurous guests like you any time. I am sorry you had to deal with my neighbors construction. They did not give me any warning, and I was not in Mexico to know about it. Gladfully they shall be done soon!
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Peaceful and colorful cabin for relaxation and fun

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Casa Pastel several times, and each time it gets better and better. Stephanie gives this house a lot of love and attention. This is a great place to get away from it all and unwind. You can easily stay at the Casa and read, relaxi in the hammock, do yoga and dance in the screened in porch, enjoy the tropical plants, and play with the friendly cats, and leave only to walk down the street to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at an open air market to take back home and cook in the outdoor kitchen. If you do feel the need to leave, the beach and ruins can be reached by an nice 30 minute bike ride along an easy paved bike trail or a quick zip in your car or taxi. The house manager Manuel will make sure you are comfortable and any issues that may arise are quickly taking care of. I have stopped looking for other places to travel to and instead keep returning to Casa Pastel where I know I will always feel safe and at home.

  • Submitted: 9-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in great location

  • 5 of 5

Casa pastel is a beautiful and thoughtfully built property and we enjoyed every minute of our week's stay over Christmas 2015. I was worried our young children aged 2 and 3 would get bored but they loved it just as much as we did. My daughter called it our 'jungle house'. The neighbourhood is quiet and friendly (with a great atmosphere during Christmas!) and its about 10 minute walk in to town which was perfect. Stephanie and Manuel couldn't have been more helpful and the whole experience was fantasic. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone but I would say to get the most out of your experience you need a car.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a beautiful review! I am so glad that it so fit the needs of you and your children so perfectly. It was a pleasure to share my homestay with you. Open-minded, global travelers like you who express appreciation for local culture spread harmony in the world. Please come back again. We welcome you anytime!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
tulum ruins
Nearest Point of Interest
beaches of tulum
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Akumal Diving
Nearest Point of Interest
Coba Ruins
Nearest Point of Interest
Pino Suarez Lagoon
Nearest Point of Interest
Muyil Ruins
Nearest Point of Interest
Si'an Kaan Biosphere Reserve Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Punta Allen
Nearest Point of Interest
Posada Yum Kin Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Azafran Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Maya Tulum Yoga Retreat
Car: recommended

Mayan ruins, cenotes - jungle fresh water swim holes, underground caves and cave diving, Sian Kaan reserve, reef diving


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