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“An Idyllic week on Island Time at VLB”
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Villa La Bella
Ranked #1 of 39 Isla Mujeres B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 April 2010

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).

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

Villa La Bella was a wonderful place to stay. We were welcomed from the moment we arrived early to the moment we left. All the little touches done to the place really make it a fun and relaxing place to hang out. We were catered to whatever we wished!! We could only stay one night and wish we would have stayed longer!! Breakfast was wonderful and they also have the best coffee on the island!!! Can't wait to go back!!!

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Reviewed 20 April 2010

We've just returned from our third visit to Villa La Bella in three years. As two world-traveled teachers who have covered Asia, Europe, and the Middle East between us, we lack no wanderlust. But we just can't refuse the siren song of the island and of Villa La Bella itself: Curtis and Ashley's consummate hospitality, the pina coladas (!), the tacos at Cachirul, the water at Playa Norte, the guacamole at Ballyhoo, the fish at Velasquez.... While our globetrotting days are by no means over, we're more than happy to find respite and refuge from the school year at this extraordinary B&B on this extraordinary island. Equal parts local adventure and luxurious getaway, VLB will always be on our itinerary.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

We have been coming here for the past four years and wouldn't consider staying anyplace else. I don't know who wrote the previous review but they obviously have never been there. The place is spotless and the breakfasts are delightful !! My complements to the owners !!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2010

My wife and I stayed two nights at Villa La Bella on the way to a longer vacation on the incredible beaches of Tulum. While the superior seascape and slower pace made us happy to have scheduled more time in Tulum, the hospitality shown by Ashley and Curtis will bring us back to their hotel.

Their meticulously landscaped grounds and ocean view would have made any meal a positive experience, but Curtis' skill in the kitchen made Sunday breakfast our first morning unforgettable (perfectly cooked chorizo and fresh island egg lasagna with a fresh fruit garnish). Even better, he sized us up within minutes of our arrival and recommended an off-the-beaten-track, eight-table Cuban restaurant (El Varadero) which - while likely not so attractive to the average vacationing American in search of the "in" restaurants in touristy parts of the island - was spot-on for my wife and I, intermediate Spanish speakers looking to interact with locals and get a true taste of local cuisine (Cuba is less than 100 miles away from this hotel, a sign on the hotel grounds tells guests). Great recommendations, friendly hospitality and cooking aside, what Ashley and Curtis have done with the space is really what makes Villa la Bella special. Whether it's eating breakfast at large, comfortable shaded tables with other guests overlooking the rocky coastline or coming home for drinks at the hotel bar and hanging out in the stylishly-decorated outdoor living room with couches and lanterns and a romantic view of the blue-lit pool and hot tub, this hotel is truly a great place to just hang out and relax. Some may want to be closer to the shops and action of the island's north beach, but a quick, cheap taxi ride means all of that bustle is only 10 minutes away. We walked to the north end on our first morning, an easy hour-long ramble that afforded more time to pop into local shops and get acquainted with how the locals live.

When we left, Ashley and Curtis again displayed their practiced personal touch, dishing out hugs and advice about Tulum as they ushered us into our waiting taxi along with a gracious "We're sorry you're leaving us, but we're really happy for you that you still have a week in Mexico!" As a frequent traveler I can say you should go straight to Villa la Bella if you ever visit Isla, you won't find a better experience or a better way to quickly acclimate to the less-hurried Carribean lifestyle.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa La Bella

Address: Carretera Perimetral Al Garrafon | Smz. 004, Mza. 091, L. 003, SL. 2, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico (Formerly "Villa Las Brisas")
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Mujeres
Price Range: ₹ 7,093 - ₹ 12,573 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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