Day 52 trip report:
We've spent over 500 days on Isla over a 7 year period. We obviously love the island or would have never gone back. 7 years ago there was no Privilege Aluxes or Palace and the Ixchel was under construction. There were many snowbirds and expats that would spend 2-6 months on Isla. Over the years prices have escalated so that many of these long term visitors have gone elsewhere. Instead Isla seems to be turning into a place for day trippers and 1 week all inclusives. I don't see this trend changing and find it a shame.
Anyway, we had a great time as usual and met up with many Isla friends.
The downside was being constantly harassed by vendors, massage practitioners and even some outright beggars which we've never seen before. For a day or week trip one can put up with almost anything but when you're staying 2-3 months it gets really old.
Perhaps it's the 7 year itch but I don't think we'll be back to Isla for at least a few years. Mexico used to be a really cheap holiday but not any more. There's always Thailand, Hawaii, NZ or Europe etc.
Don't let this post dissuade you from going to Isla as it truly has as great beaches as anywhere.
It's just changing as every place seems to do and now it's time for us to move on.
Hasta Luego Isla :)