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Stephanie Pappas

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish

Private Retreat Cabin & Garden in Tulum - 5 min. from Beaches, Walk to Avenue

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Tulum Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

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 and Mexican neighbors. The gorgeous Tulum beaches are just a 5 minute drive away, or 1/2 hour bike ride. Casa Pastel will have the real life sounds and sights of a town, not a contrived resort - so don't expect silence most of the time here! 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 free WIFI and two bikes you can rent for $5 per day.

Newly added is a front screened in porch so you can relax in the garden with fresh breezes day or night.

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

Casa Pastel was built in 2002 by Stephanie Pappas, a yoga teacher, author, and massage therapist from NJ.

The bedroom is a cabin with thatched roof on a large 10m x 30m enclosed property all to your self. 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).

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, mango 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 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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Stephanie Pappas (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Stephanie Pappas

The owner of Casa Pastel, Stephanie Pappas, is a published author of yoga books and a yoga teacher/trainer for 23 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 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 hour level training with the Yoga Alliance. Stephanie has certified over 200 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 is also a massage therapist, interfaith minister, belly dance teacher, aspiring web designer and ESL teacher. Stephanie is available to lead workshops and trainings.

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

Stephanie Pappas purchased this cottage 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 cottage 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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based on 24 traveler reviews

Private Retreat Cabin & Garden in Tulum - 5 min. from Beaches, Walk to Avenue
average rating of 4.875 based on 27 reviews

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: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 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: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 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: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 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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Acworth, GA

Great rental in Tulum

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Casa Pastel December 2nd-8th, 2015. The casa was the perfect home base for our week in Tulum. Stephanie was so helpful in answering all of my questions, and she sent us a lot of very helpful information prior to our arrival (maps, directions, restaurant recommendations, etc.), and Manuel takes great care in the upkeep of the property. We enjoyed being "in town", and not at the touristy hotels at the beach. The neighborhood is safe, and the locals are very friendly. We loved the little fruit and veggie shop around the corner, and stopped there almost daily (they also sell super fresh, delicious tortillas!). I enjoyed cooking in the outdoor kitchen, and eating dinner outside by candlelight. We spent most of our time at Casa Pastel sitting outside, hanging out with the kitties, and listening to the sounds of the neighborhood. The casa is located in a good spot, where it was easy to get to everything (we did have a rental car) - grocery stores, the beach, restaurants, and activities (we visited the ruins at Tulum, Muyil, and Ek Balam, and also Cenote Cristal, and took a day trip to Valladolid). If you're looking for a five-star resort, this isn't the place for you. But if you are looking to really experience Tulum, and want a nice, clean, affordable place to call home, Casa Pastel is the perfect spot. We will definitely stay here again if we are ever back in Tulum.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great start to the new year to receive notice of your beautiful review today! It brings us great joy to share our place, and hear about your wonderful vacation experience at Casa Pastel. I could feel the experience from the detail and eloquence of your words. We welcome kind, conscientious, and open-minded people like you anytime. Thank you so much. Appreciative travelers like you bring peace and understanding to the world.
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Denver, Colorado

Authentic & Inviting Tulum Casita

  • 5 of 5

The casita is like a little oasis in the craziness of Tulum proper. The outdoor living experience is fantastic - you'll want to start cooking outside at home after a stay here! Stephanie and Manuel were wonderful, responsive hosts. And, Diego Kitty & friends kept the place lively and feeling like home. I was sorry to have left after so short of a stay, but, thrilled we had the opportunity to enjoy this little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic & Intimate Tulum Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Casa Pastel. We are so grateful to Stephanie for being such an informative and responsive host, and Manuel for being available with his handy and helpful assistance during our stay. The casa is a very well built and maintained traditional home with a beautiful thatched roof and lots of outdoor living space (kitchen, eating area) shaded and enhanced by lovely trees and flowers and plants. It is a private respite from what can be a tourist-heavy Tulum experience downtown and in the hotel/restaurant strip lining the beach. We were grateful to come home to a unique and vibrant neighborhood alive with local kids of all ages playing, families eating together and working, fruit stands, music, and the sweetest kitty, Diego. We loved going to sleep and waking up to the sounds of our neighborhood. We rented a car and took full advantage of it, spending our days traveling to different cenotes, beaches, ruins, exploring towns along the riviera, and enjoying the restaurant variety. My boyfriend was on crutches so the car was necessary, otherwise we would have been fine getting to downtown Tulum using the Casa Pastel bikes. The beach was about 3-4km away and definitely bikeable. That said I did feel thankful for the car on the hotter days. Stephanie gave us great recommendations for tours and secret day adventures, and I know we could have very happily spent another week or two at Casa Pastel without a dull moment. We truly recommend staying here - and at such a reasonable price we are not sure you can find better.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Tulum Cottage Rental Rates

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Low Season
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

With a home rental, cancellations result in great loss of revenue for the home owner as reservations are turned down. This is not a hotel where rooms can be filled last minute.
Refund policy: No refund given if cancellation happens within one week prior to arrival. 50% refund if cancellation happens 45 days prior. 75% refund if cancel 2 months prior to arrival. Full refund with 2 months notice.

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Tulum Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 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 ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
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. A friendly outdoor kitty to greet you named Sylvester.

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