Warning: Viewing these photos may cause you to:
• From time to time would uncontrollably say “Oooohhh” or “Aaaahhh” or “Darn it, let me book this trip already!!” (This was my experience when I saw some of the pictures posted at this forum prior to booking our trip on May 6 – 10 of 2011)
• Pawn your Rolex watch and catch the earliest flight to CUN then swim over to Isla! (Don’t forget your sunscreen and get the highest number you can find. Hubby and I found out the hard way! OUCH!!)
• Hand in your resignation then sign-up for early retirement! (Hubby and I are seriously contemplating)
• *drool* (I still am…)
• Have an anxiety attack! (You’re next trip to Isla can’t get here soon enough)
Now here’s my short review:
My hubby and I took a short trip to Isla in May 2011. After going through a brutal winter in Chicago, we were ready for some fun in the sun the good old fashioned way…layout, eat, drink, sleep (repeat as many times as needed...lol). It must have been fate as I could not explain how I landed on this forum. It didn’t take long for me to decide that Isla is the place. Once we got on the ferry to Isla, we knew right away that there was something different about this trip; there was a sense of calm and uniqueness. Not to take away anything from Playa del Carmen and Cabo which we’ve been to and also enjoyed, but Isla takes the cake! Isla quickly became our favorite relaxation destination. We love the vibe of Isla; the people, the food, the sight, the smell (especially of fresh fried fish while walking along restaurants on Medina Ave) and did I mention, the BEACH?...OH YES!
We were pleased with our stay at Privilege. The hotel offered a clean room, super comfy bed and a beautiful view of the beach and the pool area. Breakfast dictates the day for us, and so it was enjoyed every day at Privilege. We did not opt for the all-inclusive because there were too many restaurants just a few steps away from the hotel. We crossed the street to Jax several times to shoot pool and to watch our beloved Bulls take on “some” team (sorry I forgot what team it was they devoured). Bally Hoo ranked as our fave eating spot on Isla. It defined the true meaning of Isla living; eating above water, watching the fishermen sail in and gazing at the sun as it touches the horizon.
We rented a golf cart for a day to explore the island. The viewing area at Garaffon Park was breathtaking! Perhaps on our next visit, we will consider an all-inclusive all-day pass experience to this park. We stopped at the Floating Island and had a privilege to meet Richie aka Rico Suave (that’s how he introduced himself to us), the genius behind the creation. Not to be missed, Punta Sur…spectacular! Equally fascinating as Playa Norte but of opposite personality…the water was rough. We stopped at Villa la Bella for “The World’s Best Pina Colada”! It was freshly made, thick and topped with coconut shavings (writing this review makes me wanna pawn my Timex!). Ashley kindly gave us a tour of the property and allowed me to take as much photos as I want. My fave room was the Palapa Room, the bed was hoisted from the ceiling. Last stop was finally at Soggy Peso to partake at the Sunday BBQ party. I’m going to take some heat for saying this but…Soggy Peso was my least favorite experience on Isla. Not to say it was bad, it didn’t quite click to me but am still glad we got to see it.
The funniest and most memorable thing that happened to us (or to my hubby) was on the second day of our vacay, many of the male vendors and locals started calling my hubby “Pacquiao” (Filipino Boxer). I guess my hubby somewhat resembles Pacquiao. While walking down Hidalgo, we’d often hear someone yell, “Pacquiao, come in my store...buy something!”….OMG, hilarious!! Being a fan of Pacquiao, my hubby loved every minute of it! :)
Overall, this vacation was an Ace! There were some snags along the way but we didn’t allow any of that to ruin a good thing.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the posters and contributors of this forum. You guys are a huge factor to the success of our vacation. Now if y’all excuse me as I plan my next trip…….