Beach in 'Perfect Shape' Reports La Via Laktea, Luxury Cabañas, Tulum, Mexico

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Summer storms did not affect the beach at La Via Laktea, a boutique hotel with eight over-sized luxury units on secluded Punta Piedra beach, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Two hours by car from Cancun airport, La Via Laktea is a short distance from the famed Mayan ruins of Tulum, and the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, 1.3 protected million acres of primeval wetlands and tropical forest.

Punta Piedra beach, Tulum, is in perfect shape despite summer storms, reports Bambu Kessler, host of La Via Laktea ocean-front cabañas. "We had to touch up the thatch on our roofs and balconies," she says, "and fix a few leaks, but we have been open for business all along. Most important, our beautiful beach, coconut palms and tropical foliage look as great as ever."

La Via Laktea, the Milky Way, consists of eight over-sized luxury cabañas on secluded Punta Piedra beach, about two hours south of the Cancun airport by car. A short drive from the world-famous Mayan ruins of Tulum, this boutique hotel nestles between the jungle and the Caribbean among dense palms and verdant tropical foliage right where the Sian Ka'an Biological Reserve begins. It is one of a few guest facilities on the almost undeveloped southern tip of the Rivieria Maya.

The solidly-constructed cabanas are roofed in traditional palm thatch. The elegantly simple furniture and fittings were made by local carpenters using wood from community-managed forests. Bathrooms are decorated with traditional Mexican tile, with hand-crafted porcelain wash basins. Each high-ceilinged ocean front room has its own ample balcony or terrace. Paintings by major Mexican artists from the collection of the owner, a Mexico City art dealer, hang on the walls.

Nature is the main event at La Via Laktea. Sandy paths wind through the green light of the palm trees to a broad expanse of powder-white sand facing the turquoise Caribbean. Striped canvas umbrellas shade locally-made wooden lounges. Sian Ka'an means "Where the sky is born" in Maya. At night, the stars appear in immense numbers unencumbered by urban light, and you really do feel as if you have the best seats in the house on the Milky Way itself. During their nesting season, giant marine turtles lay their eggs at night all along Punta Piedra beach, protected by environmental agency patrols.

Fascinating shops and eating places are found within walking distance of La Via Laktea. Massage, Yoga, meditation, and other healing and relaxing activities are offered at nearby spas and awareness centers. You can also swim in a cenote, dive or fish with expert guides, visit the Tulum and Cobá ruins, and see crocodiles, toucans, flocks of parrots and other wildlife while kayaking through the Sian Ka'an Biological Reserve, 1.3 million acres of primeval tropical forest and wetlands established in 1986 as part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program.

Fluent English spoken.

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