We had a fantastic week on Isla Mujeres Mid-April 2010, and we were very happy to find Villa La Bella. The secluded location on the eastern rocky shore is good, our palapa-roofed room and the rest of the house/hotel is beautiful, but what made our stay really special was the hospitality of Curtis and Ashley (and their staff).
We knew that our stay would not begin ideally, with our arrival after dinner time, hungry and frazzled after a full day of taxi#1 /noisy turboprop plane /long terminal wait/ long cramped jetride /Cancun airport lines /taxi #2 /boat-ride/ 3rd taxi. But Ashley and Curtis greeted us warmly, with guidance on where we could find a great dinner nearby.
The room we stayed in had two walls of wide-shuttered "windows" (my normal definition of windows infers some sort of glass) with incredible view of the ocean, and had a high palm-thatched palapa roof, a couple of giant wooden chairs for lounging (just in case the hammock was occupado by my S.O.) . The natural wood, bright colored walls, tile and shell of the bath area made our room an enjoyable place to hang out. We arrived home one evening just as the first drops of a tropical downpour rained down. We watched the island get hammered with wind and about 2" of rain in about an hour, snug under our palapa roof. Some mist from the storm threaded its way thought the palm fronds and the shutters, and we enjoyed having front-row seats for watching the storm.
The Island pace of Villa La Bella fit our desires perfectly-- wake up with the sun, wander down to the bar for some excellent coffee, stroll along the beach or bluff, in anticipation of an (pick an enthusiastic adjective, I can't decide on one) Curtis-created breakfast extravaganza, something different each morning. We settled into a chips/guac/quesadilla noon snack routine, instead of lunch, for our Island meal plan.
We did quite a bit of walking around the island from our central location, the Colonia neighborhood around VLB has good sidewalks, and is well-lit at night. We walked home from dinner at Veradero, even though we didn't have our headlamps with us and knew only the general direction (approx 3/4 mile). We did most of our walks south along the bluff- once all 2-1/2 miles to Punta Sur. Just a couple of blocks inland (and South) leads to a very nice park along the street with a wide sidewalk that leads most of the way to the western beaches.
We spent a lot of time lounging around the pool area after breakfast, and then would wander to some other part of the island for exploring beaches, bluffs, followed by one of the beach clubs and dinner. I'm glad we didn't rent a golf cart, it's so easy to catch a taxi, in most cases a taxi driver would appear to sense our desire for a ride (max wait, about 30 seconds).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront bed and breakfast with only 6 guest rooms for single or double adult occupancy in a peaceful environment overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Enjoy relaxing in the outdoor fresh-water pool or in the circular lounging pool, read a book or take a siesta in a hammock, fall asleep on one of the pool side beds or cushioned lounge chairs. Enjoy made-from-scratch drinks or "beer so cold it'll make your teeth hurt" at the swing bar open daily until "last call" at 9:30 PM. Free wifi in our unique open-air living room and a library with a great selection of books, games, cards and DVDs. Ocean and pool views from every room. A king sized bed with quality linens ensure a relaxing night's sleep and a private bathroom in each room with real conch shell shower head provides an amazing tropical feel. For comfort and convenience, each room has a ceiling fan, mini fridge, personal safe and daily housekeeping. Bungalows and Honeymoon Suite have AC. Each of the 2 second floor palapa suites have a hanging bed and are cooled naturally by the Caribbean breeze. Delicious complimentary breakfast served oceanside daily from 8:30- 10 AM. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa La Bella Hotel Isla Mujeres