Be limitless for your passion and dedication.
A dream woke us one day. A powerful force for what we were born, so strong that every hour we live, every minute we live, every second we live… keeps us inspired until today. Our dream was sown, a seed that today gives us one of the most gratifying satisfactions of life.
Everyone has passion, and everyone can have a dream but only few have the courage and perseverance to turn dreams into reality. All you can do is believe! Believe that this passion that you have will turn into purpose and that purpose will turn into greatness.
The humility of working with the heart, having faith in what we want to achieve, and flowing with the positive energy that moves us, is the key to enjoy what we are passionate about. The real connection with genuine gratitude puts us in a positive state immediately.
Passion can move a person beyond themselves, without passion life is nothing so we made the decision to work hard and that makes anyone unstoppable, unbreakable.
So, we started with La Semilla and today we have become one of the best boutique hotels in Mexico and the world. Teamwork, excellent service, quality in every detail distinguishes us, we create our own style and of course our passion has made us unique.
Thanks to our customers for trusting us. Our gratitude to Travel+Leisure Mexico for the recognition and we are in debt to life for allowing us to live our dream every day.
Follow your passion and happiness will always remain by your side.
“No one is you and that is your power.” –Vybe Source
Self-love is the first step to any successful relationship and genuine happiness in life. So, today grab your favorite treat, find a cozy spot, and curl up with us as we give you a little seasoned advice on how to put yourself first today and every day. A good way to love and pamper yourself: live La Semilla experience.
Here’s 10 things you can do to begin the self-love process today:
Make positive affirmations.
Reframe your mind to be grateful using positive affirmations. Focus on your amazing talents and the things that make you special person you are.
Take care of yourself.
Taking care of yourself means ensuring you are healthy mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Your body and mind should be treated as temples.
Appreciate the beauty around you! Literally stop and smell the sea, the trees, the flowers. We have everything in our two properties. Sometimes the simple things can make the biggest difference.
Nurture your dreams.
Why deny yourself your dreams? When you nurture your dreams, you enjoy life more. Live life thinking of the future and all the things you’d love to accomplish one day. This fills your life with more purpose and gives you hope. When you nurture your dreams, every moment is filled with joy because you are expressing yourself fully. Include Playa & Soliman Bay in your wish list.
Be thankful for you and the person you are. Feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive, healthy, and on the path for success.
Let go of worry.
Be patient and stop worrying! Many times situations are beyond your control, so surrender the outcome if you know something is out of your hands. Worry and fear will get you nowhere, so relax and let nature take its course.
Have confidence in your abilities and know you are capable of accomplishing anything you put your mind to.
Whatever makes you more spiritual, do it. Whether it’s prayer, meditation, journaling, etc., when you spend time growing spiritually, loving yourself becomes automatic. You become more peaceful, connected, kind, and compassionate.
Be kind with yourself.
When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, you go from being your biggest critic to your biggest supporter. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday and be kind. Understand that perfection is unattainable, so don’t sweat the small stuff!
No one is perfect and the stress of trying to achieve and maintain perfection is not only rough, but it can eat you up. Take the time to focus on all the wonderful, amazing, positive traits that make you special and unique! Take action and create a beautiful life for yourself.
So, as the words best spoken by La Semilla, “Treat yo’self” today. And every day!
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” -Tecumseh
Everyone struggles to stay thankful. It does not always come naturally. It’s much easier to think about all the things we don’t have and dwell on negativity – especially during difficult times. But, there is a solution: gratitude. Being grateful benefits both physical and mental health.
There’s no better place to reveal some simple ways we can practice gratitude and having a positive mindset than Hotel La Semilla & Villa La Semilla.
Be thankful – not just today, but every day!
STAY OPTIMISTIC. How not to be in paradise?
Although our future is uncertain, never lose your hope and always make an effort to see the positive side. Instead of sweating small things and thinking about the negative, you can have peace knowing that even though the sun goes down, it will rise again the next day. Live the experience in any of our two La Semilla properties and let life take its course.
FOCUS ON BLESSINGS
They recognize and appreciate their blessings. We can’t be grateful without being mindful of life’s many benefits and the rich blessings we have been given. There is no “Oh, woe is me” mentality here.
Try It: Try making your own gratitude list! Take some time to jot down some things you are grateful for (these could be long-term or everyday things), and spend some time reflecting.
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GRATITUDE TO NATURE
Like a garden, gratitude requires nurturing and cultivation. All of us have many, many things to be thankful for, beginning with the infinite gifts from nature — the sun that warms us, the food that the earth provides, the water we drink, and our own physical body. We can be grateful for the friends and family who share our joys and challenges, the myriad people who make up our community, and indeed, all living things and existences in the universe.
LIVE WITH PURPOSE
Living with purpose allows us to make the most of our time on earth and bring meaning to our lives – whether this means acting a certain way or doing something for somebody else. Those who live with purpose find meaning in life’s mundane activities and make an effort to press forward and enter relationships that have lasting, meaningful value.
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Everyone at La Semilla would like to take a moment to say how thankful we are for you, and we hope you have a wonderful LIFE!
What are you thankful for?
At Hotel La Semilla, we are always striving to be better and to cultivate deeper relationships with our guests, our community, and the beauty of nature. For us, it is so important to be grounded and hold firm to the beliefs and values that govern our life. In order to maintain these values and put them into practice, it is essential to first foster a strong and unwavering relationship with yourself.
To be at peace with oneself is a powerful tool. It is an instrument which can help you to live your best life and to create an impact on the people that surround you. Self-love is not selfish. In fact, it is essential to creating a rich and meaningful life. It is said that one cannot truly love another until you learn to love yourself. This is a profound truth and a journey that we must all undertake in our lives.
For some, this journey is an easy one. We all hope to give our children and loved ones the tools to see the beauty that lies inside them. Others struggle every day to accept and love themselves unconditionally. In order to mindfully live one’s life, it is important to be present every day. For us, we believe that meditation is a powerful instrument for connecting deeply with our desires, truths, and values. It is through this connection where we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our motivations. From there, we can foster that unconditional love for ourselves and others– facilitating a connection with your higher being.
The practice of meditation is beautifully deceiving. Zen Buddhists teach a method of concentration meditation that simply asks you to sit, breathe, and count. That may sound easy but, in fact, it is quite the opposite. For most beginners, it is quite a daunting task to sit in one position with eyes closed and counting for any period of time. This is especially true in modern society when attention spans are the shortest they have been in our human history. However; it is apparent that now more than ever we should be focusing on trying to take pause and connect with the things that are most important to us. It is a way of aligning our souls with the life we are creating.
When we began the journey to practicing meditation, we started small. Some examples of ways you can incorporate small meditation moments into your day could be spending 5 minutes in the morning to write in a gratuity journey and setting alarms throughout the day which reminds you to take a moment to connect with nature. Doing these small acts are enriching ways to be more present and to pay attention to your inner self. Once you get into a habit of listening to your body, it will be easier to try meditation. We suggesting beginning with just one minute and working up from there. The most important thing is to be conscious of letting go of the constant interior narrative and giving yourself some room to breathe and truly relax.
Taking time to connect with yourself is an incredibly educational experience. Getting to know yourself better and your inner motivations are the first step in self-acceptance and self-love. Once this is achieved, you can experience a beautiful type of abundance in your life by appreciating the small moments and being more available to the ones you hold most dear.
When you come to Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, you will notice that our property is quite different from the stereotypical atmosphere you may have heard about in Playa del Carmen. From the first moment that you step foot onto our property you’ll hear the quiet hum of nature: the melodic chirping of birds, babbling water and the breeze through the trees on our garden terrace. Our guests like to have a certain type of experience in Playa del Carmen, one that is authentic and tranquil—far from the tourist areas that seem to garner more attention than they are worth.
For us, Playa del Carmen is full of subtle beauty and quiet, tucked away corners where you can connect with nature. It is a place with unbelievable beauty and pristine beaches. In this post, we would like to share with you our favorite beaches in Playa del Carmen. We are partial to more secluded areas with local appeal. This means that most of our choices are far from the main strip and don’t have access to beach clubs or restaurants. If you are like us, you won’t mind packing a lunch, grabbing a cozy towel, and journeying beyond the most popular spots. Here are our top 3 recommendations for the quietest beaches in Playa del Carmen.
Calle 38 ( 38th Street)
Located at the end of our street, the beach access at Calle 38 is the perfect place to spend the day. Just a 5-minute walk from Hotel la Semilla, you’ll arrive at the beach to discover a popular yet much less crowded stretch of sand. This beach is still convenient as there are a handful of restaurants near the beach entrance. There is also one boutique resort on the beach where you can rent chairs and an umbrella if desired. This beach is a good option if you want a nice balance between accessibility and tranquility.
If you continue to walk north towards 48th street, you’ll arrive at Coco Reef. This area and beyond are considered the most secluded beaches in Playa del Carmen. While there are no restaurants, beach clubs, or bars you can enjoy this virtually secluded beach in near privacy save for a few locals and fishing boats that pass by. It is also considered one of the best places to snorkel in Playa del Carmen. Important to note, Coco Reef isn’t easily accessible. The best route is to walk along 5th Ave until you reach 48th street and walk onto the beach from there. The beaches just south of this area have become quite eroded due to natural causes over time, which may make it difficult to walk if you are carrying a lot of things.
The beach of Playacar is located within a residential community and is a 10-minute taxi ride from Hotel La Semilla. The beach is well kept by the community management and you’ll find that the sea and surrounding areas are unspoiled. There are clusters of palm trees that line the area offering shade, which is nice as the sun gets extremely hot here in Mexico. We suggest getting to this beach early, as the shaded areas tend to fill up with local residents on the weekends.
Regardless of where you choose to spend your beach day in Playa del Carmen, we encourage you to find the shores that are off the “beaten path.” There are wonderful things to discover and experiences to have if you allow yourself to explore and get wrapped up in the amazing nature that surrounds us.
The sun-baked limestone welcomes the cool breeze that arrives from the electric blue sea in Tulum. The Mayan Ruins that reside in the once great trading port city is now nothing more than an archeological masterpiece. While the ruins at Tulum are a far cry from other sprawling sites like Chichen Itza, the Tulum Ruins offer an equally unique glimpse into the fascinating world of the Mayan people.
The history of Tulum significantly pre-dates that of other better-known cities in the Yucatan Peninsula like Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The Mayans built Tulum as a trade city and the beach port that once existed on the rugged coastline acted as the fourth barrier to this previously walled metropolis. It was the most important trade port in the Mayan world with access to all of Central and South America, trading mostly in jade and turquoise.
The principle structures that remain are divided into two areas of interest: City Square- El Castillo and the Temple of the Descending God. El Castillo is a grand structure that commands your attention. Situated on the bluff’s edge, you will witness glorious views of the sea as you climb upward, nearly 12 meters, to reach the entrance. From there, the panoramic image of the expansive sea will leave you in a trance. Just in front of the El Castillo site is The Temple of the Descending God. This temple is adorned with a figure pointing downward (its namesake)—descending as if into the sea. This figure was a central icon for the Mayans and can be seen on other buildings and small structures on the site. As one of the better-preserved buildings, you will see a three-part mural inside the temple in ascending order that represents important aspects of the Mayan’s belief system. The first lower mural showcases the world of the dead, the middle is the world of the living and the third, top mural, represent the creator and rain gods.
To pass the day at the Tulum Ruins is both curious and inspiring. The impressive views are some of the most unique in the world. For this reason, it is important to understand that this site is the most popular tourist destination in Riviera Maya—welcoming thousands of visitors each day. Most tour groups and buses arrive around 11 am but you can avoid the crowds by heading to the ruins early. By arriving around 8 am (when the site opens) you can witness this amazing historical place in peace and also avoid the midday heat, which is exhausting.
Tickets are inexpensive and once you are inside, you can take a small, family run tram for a mere 20 pesos to save yourself the 15-minute walk to the shore from the site’s entrance. Be sure to bring plenty of water and note that there is a lot of direct sunshine. For a refreshing dip after your exploration, the beaches surrounding the site are splendid, especially after a long morning of touring.
Hotel La Semilla in Playa del Carmen and Villa La Semilla in Soliman Bay, Tulum are two extraordinary boutique properties in Mexico. Hotel La Semilla is a 9-room bed and breakfast, while Villa La Semilla is a beachfront rental home perfect for families and groups. Here you can enjoy the simple beauty of the area in exquisitely designed spaces. We hope to see you soon!
Playa del Carmen is seen as wild escape for party going millennials, while Tulum is positioned as the bohemian mecca for luxe hipsters. However, after living in Riviera Maya for over a decade, what has become evident is that there is more than meets the eye in both of these exciting destinations.
Beyond the Party of Playa
Playa del Carmen is a place where local Mexicans eat, work and live. It is an incredibly vibrant place that has a bad reputation for being a crazy party destination. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Like any popular place, there are crowded areas, tourist traps and a club zone. But if you take the opportunity to step off of the main street, you would discover a town full of culture and diversity. It is a place where locals thrive and business is good. A place that is inclusive and casual. A place where artists paint the streets and can be seen every Thursday showcasing their work during “Art Walk.” This is the town where we live. It is the original hippy destination in Mexico where many young local people fled to live their vegan fueled, yoga-bound lifestyles. There is a pulse here that is not about trends but about real life. On Calle 38, where Hotel La Semilla is located, we are lucky to be positioned on the quiet, more artistic part of town. As you bike farther up the road, you will soon feel miles away from the crowds and “scene.” Along the water, the landscape gets more wild and the streets quiet. You can feel the local pulse where there are a plethora of small restaurants, local shops and beautiful architecture to discover. While, Tulum usually gets all the hype these days for being a wonderfully hip and trendy; it is Playa del Carmen where you can actually interact and experience local life and culture. In Tulum, these worlds stay quiet separate.
Tulum’s Bohemian Paradise
Tulum may need no introduction, as it is the epicenter of the hip, bohemian-luxe movement in Mexico. Practically an institution for Manhattanites, this quaint town has made quite a splash among the cultural elite. Exquisite restaurants and chic artisan boutiques line the dirt road between the Mayan jungle and Caribbean Sea, which is an area known as the “hotel zone” of Tulum. Each night you can experience the mellow buzz of travelers dining by twinkle-light and meandering along this never-ending hotel zone. Artisan coctelerías offer bearded bartenders mixing uncommon flavors to surprise and delight even the most sophisticated connoisseur. The soft hum of mellow Spanish music serves as soundtrack to this wonderful scene and makes one feel that the whole scene is lost in time and space. To be in Tulum is to fall in love with yourself and a wild abandon that fuels the Laissez-faire attitude of business owners and travelers to this place. It is a destination to explore and to be— while revealing a more spiritual (and arguably much cooler) part of you. Nature is an important theme here and the preservation of the flora and fauna is strongly on the minds of every person that calls Tulum home. As exciting as Tulum is as a destination, it’s beauty is intensified by the arguably fleeting nature of it’s greatness. It seems to be a place untouched by major development– but that may not be the case in the future. Now is the time to experience this amazing place and to savor an area that has been built on the backs of true artisan and purveyors of the “slow-living.”
Maximize Your Trip
Each destination delivers a different type of experience with equal value. Tulum is certainly the more popular destination for discerning travelers. To be in Tulum is to be in a different world. It is charming, exciting and completely exotic. One could argue that it doesn’t have a very strong Mexican feeling, as it is a world created by an international community of artisans and visionaries. Regardless, it is truly unique– but, at times, can be quite expensive. Prices are comparable to New York City in most restaurants, hotels and boutiques. That said, there is no other place like it in the world.
Playa del Carmen is somewhat of a paradox. It can be exactly what you expect and it can be something entirely different. Playa is a wonderful destination for travelers who want to dig deeper. Those who want to make an effort to understand Mexico and the people that make it wonderful. You can sit side-by-side with local people eating their cherished, traditional food. You can speak to them about their lives and their experiences. This you cannot find in Tulum in a genuine way as frequently. That said, one cannot deny that the tourist areas of Playa are very touristy. The clubs are very “club-y” and the peddlers on the street are very vocal along the main tourist areas. We encourage you to look elsewhere and make an effort to see the glimpse of Playa that we see and, hopefully, gain an understanding of the locals living here. There is beauty in that.
A truly holistic experience would touch upon these two places. We are lucky to have properties in both locations and have many guests who split their time between Playa del Carmen and Tulum during their vacation. The choice is yours. Travelers looking for help deciding where to go are always welcome to send us a note. We would be happy to help make your decision a little easier (if your time is limited). Either way, Mexico is an unbelievable place filled with wonderful people and extraordinary food. We hope that all guests visiting our fine country takes the time to appreciate this place in a deeper way all the gifts Mexico has to offer which will enrich your mind, spirit and belly.
A very significant moment has arrived. This past weekend, we welcomed our family, friends and community to the unveiling of our next project, Villa La Semilla. This beachfront rental home has been a passion project for us and we are thrilled to finally share the fruits of our labor.
From it’s inception, Villa La Semilla was meant to be a place for connection and inspiration. We hope that families and groups of friends come to our home ready to rekindle a curiosity and love for each other and nature. In the design of the Villa, we personally hand-picked every detail from the spoons in the kitchen, to the window treatments and patterned tiles. We scoured antique shops, auctions and flea markets to create the perfect atmosphere for our guests.
We welcome you to enjoy this first round of photos from the Villa. We are excited to welcome you into our home and hope that you find our space to be exciting, familiar and nurturing. For more photos updated daily, follow us on Instagram.
“…that they are endowed (by their Creator) with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson
This fall, we were fortunate to have two very special guests stay with us at Hotel La Semilla. These guests were exploring Playa del Carmen and countless beautiful spots across Mexico and far beyond. Their transportation of choice was a stylish, 1980’s school bus that they renovated themselves. Why did they do this? All in the pursuit of Happiness…
Expedition Happiness is the brain-child of two very talented individuals: Felix Starck, a young German filmmaker and explorer, and his beautiful girlfriend, Mogi, a talented German singer. Felix stepped into fame with the release of an exquisite film he shot documenting his around-the-world journey by bike. These two artists teamed up to develop the concept for Expedition Happiness and they devised a grand adventure that will become the subject of their next film.
Expedition Happiness marks the culmination of these two artists embarking on an inspiring journey that took them on a trip along the Pan-American Highway. We were fortunate to host these two during the last leg of their trip and have been inspired by their passion and energy to create beauty and spark adventure in those that follow their YouTube channel and various social media platforms.
Felix and Mogi, along with their Bernese mountain dog, Rudi, have boarded this adventure not in protest or as a larger political or social statement, but rather as an act of love and art. We feel inspired by their enthusiasm and the care and honesty in which they share their story. They ask their viewers to receive their experiences as you work a performance—and for us, that is beautifully simple. When you follow their work, there is a sense of wide-eye wonderment and innocence to the discoveries and stories they share. Felix is a wonderful filmmaker and as their journey ended here in Mexico, but the next chapter is only just beginning for the couple. They have raffled off their made-over school bus and returned to Berlin where they are editing the footage of their trip—soon to be released as a film for us all to enjoy. We are excited to see the results.
Food in Mexico is a serious subject. Not only are home grown chefs beginning to garner more and more acclaim each year, but the tradition of Mexican food and it’s significance to the culture is so strong, that UNESCO donned Mexican food as a Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. What is interesting to learn is that most of the Mexican food we commonly associate with Mexico is a byproduct of colonization and other outside influences. Take, for example, flan, ceviche, or churros (all of which are in abundance in Mexico). None of these famous dishes have true origins there. Funny enough, Churros are a descendent of a salty dish from China called Youtiao in which dough is fried and eaten for breakfast.
So what is it about Mexican food that is so important and so beloved? The story begins with the two most important staples in the country, corn and chili peppers. Despite the introduction of wheat and rice over the centuries (and their relative abundance and low cost) corn still remains today the basic building block for all meals in Mexico. This isn’t a surprise, as science points to the idea that corn, in fact, developed over 7000 years ago in central Mexico from a type of wild grass called teosinte. The tradition for corn obviously runs deep in that respect, but a source of pride in Mexico that is even more intense comes from the indigenous chili peppers found here. It is said that Mexicans have access to the widest variety of chili peppers in the world. Evidence of the importance of chili peppers can also be traced back hundreds of years in a quote from Bartolomé de las Casas, a famous 16th century Spanish historian, who observed that without chilies, the indigenous people of Mexico did not think they were eating. In Mexico today, it is clear that chili peppers play an important role in the cuisine.
One’s culinary adventures in Mexico should be focused on the exploration of salsas, and in this case, salsa referrers to any kind of sauce accompanying a meat or vegetable dish. In this part of the world, all traditional salsas contain chilies. The origins of salsa can be traced back to Aztec times where we have proof of its presence at the marketplace (we can also thank those same Aztec people for introducing coco beans to the world). The significance of the chili and sauce can be seen in the fact that dishes in Mexico are often times not categorized by the meat or vegetables the sauces are served with—but rather the sauce itself. The most common types of salsas you can find at almost any authentic Mexican restaurant are as follows: entomatada (in tomato sauce), adobo or adobados, pipians and moles.
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Entomatada: While entomatada is, in fact, the name of a salsa, you can order a dish called entomatada and wont be disappointed. Entomatadas are very similar to enchiladas but have a tomato-based flavor. The dish is prepared with delicate; often times pressured cooked meat of your choosing, cheese and beans. The filling is wrapped inside a lightly fried tortilla and coved in rich entomatada sauce.
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Adobo: The adobo sauce is one of the simplest to make using only ground chilies, vinegar and herbs. Many times this salsa is accompanied by the smokier tasting chili, Chipotle chilies, which is why adobo sauces are often times associated with a stronger woodsy flavoring. The word adobo is also used to describe a meat dish prepared as a stew as can be ordered as such.
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Pipians and Moles: A pipian salsa is a category that falls under the mole sauce umbrella. These types of salsas are distinguished by their use of cumin, anise and cloves and many more herbs. When one thinks of a mole, many times the color is brown due to the use of baking chocolate at the end of the cooking process—however, bare in mind, not all moles use chocolate. The most typical, and delicious way to enjoy a mole is by ordering Mole Poblano which is tender chicken smothered in thick, creamy mole sauce made with a specific type of chili called Poblano.
Keep in mind; no proper meal in Mexico would be complete without an accompanying drink. Of course, our minds immediately think of margaritas and tequila (which both have a strong place in Mexican culture). But it is mezcal and not tequila that really get connoisseurs talking. Mezcal is made in a similar process as tequila and both come from the agave plant. However, while tequila is only distilled from the blue agave, mezcal is “limitless” coming from any variety of agave. Most mezcals are marked by the smoky quality of their flavoring, however, due to the endless agave varieties available; each brand can be quite different (which is why this drink is so exciting). If you’re not one to sip hard liquor over ice, there are also endless cocktails available made with mezcal to introduce you to the flavors.
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