My wife, 5 month old son, and I spent 10 days in the beach house at Playa Gaviota in January 2011. The house is right on a nice semi-private beach, it’s spacious, has a well equipped kitchen, and is adequately furnished with a dining room table, small sofa, chair, coffee table, a double and single bed both up in the loft bedroom, dresser. Roughly half of the windows have screens, there is local TV, and a small safe. The house is fairly clean but the cushions on the furniture feel dirty to the touch and most are ripped, stained, and/or have cigarette burns on at least one side. The shower has decent pressure and the house has its own hot water tank. The sink in the bathroom has only cold water as the cold line splits and serves both hot and cold taps. The grout and mortar decay throughout the house provided many cracks and gaps which harboured ant colonies, cockroaches, etc, and allowed mosquitoes and noseeums easy access. At certain times of day there would be ant trails going right through the living room. We killed a few cockroaches every day and woke up every morning to fresh mosquito and noseeum bites.
The beach gets great afternoon sun and beautiful sunset views over Cancun. There is also a freshwater shower outside in front of the beach house to cool off or rinse the salt water. However the water is very shallow and the bottom is mostly covered in sea grass. It’s not a great place for swimming and snorkelling.
My wife and I have travelled all over Mexico staying in all manner of hotel, apartment, or B&B. Playa Gaviota, despite its beautiful beach, will stand out as most poorly kept and buggiest property we have ever encountered. After 10 days we decided to go elsewhere and had no trouble finding better, cleaner, and cheaper accommodations on the island. Vicki at Lost Oasis was very professional and courteous, as always, and refunded the remainder of our scheduled stay. Jose Luis, the ‘Property Manager’ was very friendly, polite, and is moderately fluent in English. His son Vladimir is also very friendly, less fluent in English. Vladimir lives on the property. We rarely saw him but he did immediately bring us a fresh jug of water upon request. The maid was nice and did a decent job cleaning everything except the shower which she did not clean even once in our 10 day stay. We did get clean sheets and towels every day.
Overall the property is functional and suitable for the right people. It’s unlikely that we would ever return but with some improvements and the right management it could be quite nice.
- Also Known As:
- Playa Gaviota Hotel Isla Mujeres