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
Owners live in Sedona Az.
Gaetano Frankel purchased this house in 1977
The location was a family retreat for many years. Now my wife and I continue to vacation here with our family.
The natural beautiful setting, A Relaxing and remote location. Friendly Mayan people and surroundings. Pristine beaches.
We stayed here with a group of friends, 3 couples total and this place was perfect! This is truly off the beaten path with amazing views and a beautiful beach right out your doorstep. We hardly saw anyone while we were there and you can walk miles either direction on the beach without seeing anyone and with uninterrupted views of the Caribbean. There is lots of privacy and the rooms are very comfortable, all have an ocean view. We went in April which was perfect weather and the open air vibe of the place made it very comfortable day and night. Located in the Sian Ka'an biosphere it really is off the grid with solar power and no TV, internet, etc but still has comfortable modern conveniences like running water, hot showers and full kitchens. We did some day excursions to Tulum to see the ruins, a cenote, and ate at a couple of the restaurants on the hotel strip on the way to the house, but we spent most of our time at the house relaxing on the beach and playing cards, reading, swimming, etc. Bringing a vehicle is necessary to stay here and it takes about 45 minutes to trek into town but the remoteness is what lends Caphe Ha its charm. As to be expected in the middle of the biosphere, there is wildlife but it stays outside the rooms for the most part. I recommend bringing a flashlight as it gets very dark at night and its necessary to see when walking between buildings but also makes for awesome star gazing. Roberto and Manuela are the caretakers who live on the property and were extremely helpful with anything we needed. And the best part of it all was truly Manuela's amazing cooking. Anyone who does not hire her to cook meals during their stay will sorely regret it as it is the best food we have ever tasted (and that's coming from a bunch of foodies with high standards)! She cooked two main meals a day for us and also helped keep the place clean, so worth it! Overall we left refreshed, well fed, and content. Caphe Ha is the perfect tropical getaway for anyone wanting a relaxing vacation off the beaten path spiced with a little adventure.
We had a wonderful time at Caphe Ha! The house is really off the grid which is just what we wanted. Our 2 teenage kids loved it too. The water is crystal clear...we chased rays around just steps from the property in the water. We swam out at least 2-3 times a day to the coral reef, located a nice swim from the beach. It was amazing! The wildlife was abundant, the coral was wonderful colors, and the water very clear. We BBQ'ed at night and things were very low key. Playing cards at night, reading books, enjoying time together. We took some excursions to Tulum, Chichen Iza,Coba. Loved Coba the most, you rent bikes and ride around the ruins. It was wonderful. We met Guy and Erika one night- they are the nicest people. It was great to make their acquaintance. Also, Manuela's cooking was killer, and Roberto took us out on the boat one evening. Incredible bird watching! WOW! Net, net- we loved every minute of it.
My family and extended family spent two amazing weeks at Caphe Ha. Some of the highlights for us were the sea turtles nesting on the beach, snorkeling on the reef, long walks on the deserted beach, a boat trip to bird island, and lots of peace and quiet. Roberto and Manuela were very helpful. Manuela cooked two meals a day for us and the food was perfect. The house is 'rustic' and far removed from the town down a long 'bumpy' road. (I recommend renting an SUV!) I definitely recommend this property for someone who wants to get away from it all.
If you've ever dreamed of having your own Caribbean beach paradise, off the grid, private and remote--this is the place for you. Under an hour's drive from the civilization of Tulum and into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, the Caphe Ha house is really a whole compound--a private cottage with bedroom, bath, kitchen and living room; a separate two story house with two large bedrooms and baths; and a separate kitchen building with a cathedral thatched roof, big dining areas indoors and outdoors and a huge sitting area. In the area between the buildings and the ocean, there's a lovely yard with plenty of hammocks, palms, chaises and chairs and a gorgeous white sandy beach. We were two couples and we couldn't believe how much space and privacy Caphe Ha afforded us, plus a completely private beach with no neighbors as far as the eye can see. Except for a group of soldiers on patrol one day, we never saw another person on the beach.
The caretakers, Roberto and Manuela, are wonderfully helpful--there when you need them, unseen otherwise. Have Manuela cook a Mayan meal or two for you--she's a terrific cook. And don't miss Roberto's early evening boat trip to an island in the back lagoon where you will see a cornucopia of birds nesting for the night. Up close!
For me, this place was a dream--my own Gilligan's island, but with solar-powered lights, propane-powered stove and refrigerator and plenty of bathrooms and showers indoors and out. Just be sure you buy lots of ice cubes anytime you are in town--ice is precious and you don't want to run out. The one time we ran short, Roberto made the run to Tulum to keep our drinks cold. Roberto also keeps the Caphe Ha beach clean--raking up seaweed and the occasional litter every day. I highly recommend this place and can't wait to go back myself.
We loved our vacation adventure at Rancho Caphe Ha! The pictures and description on this listing are very accurate. The owner is honest and easy to work with, and the caretakers are great. Manuela is a fine cook and keeps the place very clean, while Roberto keeps the grounds tidy and beautiful. This place is beautiful, private, remote, and rustic. The beds are very comfortable; the sheets and towels are soft, clean, and smell great. The kitchen is basic, though fully functional. It is a place to go if you are looking for "off the grid" relaxation; an opportunity to connect with nature, yourself, and who you are with. It is the perfect antidote to a busy, stressful, hyperactive life. Not a soul walked by on the beach the entire week we were there! In fact, we walked down the beach every day and never saw another person. There is a beautiful coral reef, teeming with tropical fish, just a 5 minute walk down the beach, and a short swim out. For a little evening entertainment we brought an iPod with portable (rechargeable battery) speakers, and a laptop to watch movies. The road getting down to Rancho Caphe Ha is challenging (rent a 4WD), but we did see a road grader in operation on our way home - it had gotten from the Sian Ka'an entrance arch all the way to the public beach near the reserve tower/nature center in just few days. We had a fabulous time at Rancho Caphe Ha - thank you Guy!
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.