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 he 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 owners 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 with all the amenities of a boutique hotel.
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.
Hotel La Semilla is a nine-room bed and breakfast with a laid-back atmosphere. The organic forms and simple design reflect a sense of Mexican history, heritage, style and simplicity inspired by the Rough Lux movement. We define Rough Lux as embracing the imperfection created by the wear and tear of time. Our design is dedicated to the authentic and the unpretentious, reversing the past from the youthful perspective of the present.
Our garden terrace is filled with palm trees, vegetation and happy little black birds that take baths in our fountain. Among the foliage you can find a grand Copal tree. The Mayan people valued highly the Copal tree and its resin as sacred incense. This incense was used in all their mystical ceremonies and sacred rituals and we believe the presence of this sacred tree gives a unique energy to our garden. In this lush green setting, you can find a quiet shaded place to enjoy a morning coffee.
With its open kitchen concept our “Cocina” sets the stage for a relaxing breakfast experience focusing on healthy and balanced food. In order for you to feel like your are at a friend’s house we have carefully placed coffee tables, sofas and comfy chairs through our breakfast bar to create the ideal place to mingle in a home-style living environment.
Breakfast served daily from 7.30am – 10.30am.
For the perfect place to unwind, look no further than our rooftop terrace. You’ll discover amazing views of the jungle and Caribbean ocean. This lovely, laid-back, quiet space is for hotel guests only and promises long hours of sunbathing or a stimulating shower experience to cool off after a long day of exploring or playing at the beach.
Hotel La Semilla is located on Calle 38, just one block from the pristine Caribbean ocean. Our neighborhood boasts artisan boutiques featuring local designers and the best authentic restaurants while still being surrounded by cenotes, a Mayan ruin and the lush jungle.
Beach access: all guests can enjoy private beach access with our neighboring resort. Upon availability. There you can enjoy towel service, various restaurants and availability. Food and beverage spend included in access fee.
Custom Itineraries: In order to discover the numerous treasures of the Riviera Maya, Hotel La Semilla has put together a MUST DO ACTIVITIES Portfolio. We will assist you in customizing your Riviera Maya vacation personally based on your preferences. Beyond that, we lend support in organizing tailor-made experiences from private spa treatments to outdoor yoga instruction — our bespoke service is available to meet all your needs. All you have to do is ask.
We are happy to welcome small groups for intimate gatherings to our Hotel and Villa. Whether a private wedding or exclusive launch, La Semilla serves as the perfect space to inspire and compliment any type of alternative event. Our space is limited, with a max. capacity of 40 guests; however, with a little creativity, our design-focused venues serve as a magical location for truly connecting with invitees to create beautiful memories. For more information, please contact us.
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