Galopina Casa Silvestre

  • Location: Countryside
    Well kept secret cenotes: 33km (40 mins by car)
    Beautiful Mérida: 39km(50 mins by car)
    Izamal: 55 km (50 mins by car)
    Maya Ruins Mayapan - Uxmal: 25min and 1h 20 mins by car
  • Cancun Airport (CUN): 295km (3hs 30 mins by car)
    Merida Airport (MID): 55km (50 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

If the purpose is to rest, discover deep Mexico and at the same time be close to the archaeological and cultural attractions, cenotes and emblematic towns of the Yucatan, then Galopina is the ideal place to be.

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An introduction to Galopina Casa Silvestre

What is the story behind Galopina Casa Silvestre, what was your inspiration to create it?

I am from Mexico but was working in Paris with my partner Guillaume. We had two children and were turning 40 and looking to do something else with our lives. I love design and dreamed of having something like this, either in France or Mexico. 

My sister-in-law and I went to Portugal for a holiday and stayed in a very nice hotel that inspired me — I knew then that I wanted to do this with my life. A year later, we came back to Mexico and started from scratch. 

I am from the Pacific coast of Mexico but we decided to create this project in Yucatan because the type of tourists that visit the area suited the concept we had. Yucatan is en vogue — it has culture, nature, good food and is a very secure place.

We had to have a lot of patience, as we didn’t know anything about hotels. It’s been an adventure but it’s now doing very well. 

Galopine is our last name and I said to Guillaume that if we had a third child, it would be a girl called Galopina. Instead, we had a “baby house”, our third child, and it is female because women are the ones who take care of people.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Galopina Casa Silvestre?

When we arrived, we interviewed many Mexican architects and decided to work with the local firm Taco, which is young and well-known. They love what they do, know the local workers and understand the land here, which can be difficult to construct on as there is very little soil. 

We wanted to retain elements of traditional Yucatecan architecture, such as having no closed windows to ensure good ventilation. But we also wanted a more modern design, so guests felt as though they were in a Mexican house without it being kitsch. Almost all of the materials we used came from Yucatan and the workers were all local — this was important to us. 

I love design and did all of the interiors. Almost all of the furniture came from flea markets or was purchased second-hand. Some pieces were in very bad condition but we had them refurbished. 

Many guests say that Galopina Casa Silvestre is the best place they stayed during their trip. For me, this is unbelievable because I think we keep things very simple. We treat people like family and want them to feel as though they are at home. It’s comfortable and surrounded by nature. It’s not a place to rush around from one place to the next. It’s a place to stop.

I’m proud to say that Galopina Casa Silvestre is not a hotel — it’s a casa soul. People are happy here and I really enjoy it. 

To you personally, what is so special about Galopina Casa Silvestre?

Normally in Mexico, if you come as a tourist, you will never see the owner of a hotel. At Galopina Casa Silvestre, Guillaume and I were not only very involved in the design of the property but we are also heavily involved in its day-to-day operations. For example, people will sometimes see me cooking or Guillaume will be serving the dinners or making some cocktails. 

Galopina Casa Silvestre is not just a business for us but a life project. We don’t have a Plan B. We invested everything here and had to make it work! We really love what we do and people feel that. The feedback we get from guests is that they felt special while staying with us. That’s the difference.

Galopina Casa Silvestre
Pool area
Pool area
Terrace
Bar
Lounge
Kitchen
Brekfast area
Brekfast area
Terrace
Jabin
Jabin
Jabin
Jabin
Jabin
Toh
Toh
Toh
Toh
Toh
Ciricote
Ciricote
Ciricote
Ciricote
Yuya
Yuya
Yuya
Yuya
Yuya
Chel
Chel
Chel
Chel
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Galopina Casa Silvestre
Galopina Casa Silvestre

Galopina Casa Silvestre rooms & rates

The house is in the middle of a seven-hectare property. When we were scouting the land, we discovered a small hill in the middle, which was divided by a path that connected the village to a nearby hacienda. The architect was adamant that the house needed to be here. So the house adapted itself to the land and the history of the place. 

For me, it was important that when people arrived, they couldn’t see everything at once. I wanted them to discover the house, little by little. So when you park your car, you don’t immediately see the house. You have to walk along a nature path and first, you see the door and the front of the house. When you enter the house, you are in the living and dining room. Everything is open to nature but with windows and mosquito nets.

Back outside, you walk past the swimming pool and up a hill before crossing a small bridge that leads to the other side of the house. This is where the rooms are. We have two rooms on the upper side and three located down the hill. Each of the rooms offers a different experience. In the rooms on the upper side, you can see the blue sky and trees. The rooms down the hill are nestled in the garden — it offers total immersion in nature.

Now, we are creating walking paths around the house so guests can explore and we have a place for meditation that’s very calm. Aside from our two fireplaces, we are also establishing a fruit and vegetable garden. 

  • Jabin for 2 people / 35 m²
    3900 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    The stay in Jabin is a spacious room that offers you the experience to immerse in nature. Sleep and wake up to a view of the endemic Yucatecan vegetation.

    Amenities:
    – King size bed
    – Double sinks
    – Safe deposit box
    – Air conditioner
    – Private terrace
    – Minibar
    – Hammock
    – High speed Wifi
    – Breakfast included

  • Toh for 2 people / 35 m²
    3900 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    Your stay in Toh will offer you an immersion into nature. Sleeping and waking up to an endemic Yucatecan view. Sleep and wake up to a view of the endemic Yucatecan vegetation.

    Amenities:
    – King size bed
    – Double sinks
    – Safe deposit box
    – Air conditioner
    – Private terrace
    – Minibar
    – Hammock
    – High speed Wifi
    – Breakfast included

  • Ciricote for 2 people / 45 m²
    4400 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    Your stay in Ciricote will offer you an immersion into nature. Sleeping and waking up to an endemic Yucatecan view. Sleep and wake up to a view of the endemic Yucatecan vegetation.

    Amenities:
    – King size bed
    – Double sinks
    – Safe deposit box
    – Air conditioner
    – Private terrace
    – Minibar
    – Hammock
    – High speed Wifi
    – Breakfast included

  • Yuya for 2 people / 35 m²
    3900 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    Higher, clear view of the tree tops, Yuya invites you to a restful stay under the Yucatecan sky.

    Amenities:
    – King size bed
    – Double sinks
    – Safe deposit box
    – Air conditioner
    – Private terrace
    – Minibar
    – High speed Wifi
    – Breakfast included

  • Chel for 2 people / 35 m²
    3900 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    Higher clear view of the tree tops, Chel invites you to a restful stay under the Yucatecan sky.

    Amenities:
    – King size bed
    – Double sinks
    – Safe deposit box
    – Air conditioner
    – Private terrace
    – Minibar
    – High speed Wifi
    – Breakfast included

Included in the rates
Rates include a deliciously fresh and healthy generous breakfast and room cleaning.
Optional extras
Available on request: snacks, cocktails, dinner, and massages.
Children & Extra beds
Due to the characteristics of our hotel, we can only welcome children aged 12 years and over.
Minimum stay
1 - 2 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Business / Remote work facilities
  • Safe box
  • Laundry service
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Breakfast is included in the rates and includes fresh orange juice, coffee and seasonal fruit, plus the guest’s choice of French toast, avocado toast or omelette. At night, we offer a three-course dinner that’s usually fish or vegetarian/vegan. If guests really want meat, we can also serve it. A lot of the food in Mexico is very heavy, so people appreciate the healthy salads and fresh fish that we serve. Beers and wines are available and we have an honesty bar. 

In addition, we have yoga mats for guests to use in each of the rooms and we are starting to offer a massage service. Guests just need to request the day before or in the morning.

In Mexico, you usually have to buy drinking water in plastic bottles, which we don’t like. So we have filtered water for guests to drink and bottles that they can refill. We also use refillable shampoos and soaps to reduce our plastic waste. 

Things to do in Yucatán & Seyé

  • Art / Culture
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking

People usually come to Yucatan because of the cenotes as they are really unique. I’d also recommend visiting Mayas ruins Uxmal/Mayapan and some of the nearby villages and exploring Merida, which was mentioned by Conde Nast as one of the top places to visit this year. From here, the coast is around an hour away but it’s not something our guests usually do. 

The location of Galopina Casa Silvestre

We are located within the Reserva Estatal Geohidrológica Anillo de Cenotes, around 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Merida.

Most people either have hotels in Merida or on the north side of the city where the beaches are. When we decided to do our project on the other side, people didn’t understand. But it’s calmer and now they are realising that we are very well located because we are near the cenotes and en route to two of the most important towns in Yucatan. We’re also not far from the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen-Itza. So it’s a great place to discover the region. 

The closest town is Acanceh, which is around seven minutes’ drive from Galopina Casa Silvestre and has a pharmacy and a restaurant. Around five minutes away is a typical Yucatan restaurant where I can help guests make reservations.

It’s best to rent a car to get around. If you’re just coming to relax and don’t want to move around too much, we have a driver who can pick guests up from the airport. 

When is the best time to visit Yucatán?

In Yucatan, we have two main seasons:

The dry season is from November to April and the rainy season is from May to October. From November to February, temperatures are cooler so it is known to be the best season and there are more people. March and April are calmer and you can visit the city without lots of tourists but it is hot. 

But my favorite season is the rainy season, cause all the vegetation is recovering and growing so fast. It is a very tropical part of the year and it usually only rains some hours in the afternoon.