I feel guilty for posting a Mini vacation report, but do have a couple of new thoughts to share to the forum.
We stayed at Villa Rolandi Thursday- Sunday. Had some miscommunication at the airport as to who was picking us up (I didn't get my name on the sign with the driver to identify himself - boo.) A van delivered us to Playa Linda where we waited an hour for the Cocoon to pick us up. It got MUCH better after that. 25 minute ride to Isla to be dropped off at Hotel's private Dock. We were greeted by the famous "Victor", a lovely young man who explained the overall lay of the land to us, with mimosas. What he didn't tell us was the dining options. We could not check in until 3:00. Looking for dining options, we ate at Casa Rolandi for lunch. It was VERY expensive and not really our kind of lunch food. After the fact, we found that we could have eaten from the pool menu with a lot of good choices.
The junior suite was perfect. I don't believe anyone has talked about how cool the bathroom is! The shower is a enclosed mutli-showerhead steam bath. I took tremendous silly joy messing with my husband when he took a shower. The controls for steam are on the outside of the shower room... He would take a shower and suddenly steam would roll into the stall with him. The bed is hard, and short - I'm 5' 7 and my feet hung off the bottom. . My huge complaint - no top sheet. Only a fluffy duvet that was HOT at night.
Our meals- Da Luisa...Beautiful patio over looking the option. Grilled Lobster and Grilled tuna. Unfortunately - there was NO one there besides us. Not tooexpensive - $70 US with drinks
Sunset Grill - LOVELY - saw the best Sunset ever. Sat on the beach and watched the evening roll in. My husband claimed best grilled fish he's ever had. We had a stupid tourist moment. Had the guard at the parking lot call a cab for us - If we would have walked into the heart of town, which we discovered the NEXT night - cabs are plentiful. Dinner also around $70
The best find for dinner - Olivia's ... On a little side street in the center of town. Entrees are $10 - $15 and fabulous. Two seatings 6:30 and 8:30 and reservations are highly recommended. Service and food - outstanding!
The biggest new thing we found...the snorkeling at Isla is UNBELIEVABLE. We're pretty much snorkeled every island in the caribean (including Caymans, T & C, and St. Martin) Pablo was our guide. We took a 5 minute boat ride from our hotel, off the coast of Isla. We drift snorkeled along a wall and saw lots of fish, including a school of 8 baraccuda. Got back in the boat, motored another 5 minute to the lighthouse area and jumped into a virtual fishbowl. I never seen as many fish on our travels. Angel Fish, sargeant majors, grouper, parrot fish, squid,(and two holy cow are they big barracuda) . Mexico is making a concerted effort to rebuild the reefs. There are beehive structures sunk at the bottom of the 15-20 ft sea to bring the fish back. Boy does it work!
We had a wonderful long weekend at Villa Rolandi - Beach was small, but pretty, staff was friendly, beers were cold!