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Villa La Bella
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Reviewed 29 January 2008

An incredibly relaxing beachside B&B! Great breakfast, good conversation, wonderful hospitality, and amazing views.

And no kids!

We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank travelroberto
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Reviewed 20 January 2008

VLB was absolutely amazing! From the hammocks to the swinging bed under the palapa, this place is a must stay. Curtis and Ashley are very accomodating and helpful with things to do around the island. The place is centrally located to both sides of the island. Curtis' breakfasts are wonderful and they have the best pina coladas i have ever had! The views are second to none. Overall A+++++++++


Brooks and Maria

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank austinislaman
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

Wow! Where to start...
From the moment we entered the front gate we knew we found a little piece of Heaven on earth. They call it a bed & breakfast - well because that is what it is... I have been to B&B's in the States before and would not really compare it to be anywhere near the same experience. You will feel as if you are staying at a private little resort. The sounds you will experience when you lay your head on the pillow at night will lul you to sleep. The stars are too numerous to even begin to count. The all night breezes allow you to have every window and door open all night long - no bugs. Never needed the ac - don't find that too often in Mexico . It is absolutely amazing!! Breakfast... the only word that comes to mind is scrumptous! Kudos - Curtis!! Corona and Pina's were awesome! Can you say brainfreeze...The views - at any time of day or night are absolutely breathtaking! Photos do not even come close to justifying their reality. The pool and hot tub are very nice to relax in and were always spotless. The grounds were very well kept and nicely decorated with little surprises peeking out all around. The beach is a great place to go shell hunting - make sure you bring some water shoes that stay on your feet - no flip flops ladies. While we were there the water was rough so no swimming/snorkeling from here - but we didn't care / we were mesmerized by the waves. All of the rooms are very nice with all of the ammenities of home and then some. We rented a golf cart for a day and had so much fun just driving around exploring the Island. Curtis & Ashley gave great recommendations for shopping, lunch and dinner - all of our meals the entire stay were fabulous. Shopping downtown was very nice with very little pressure - unlike the Playa Del Carmen experience we are so used to. I left my Oakley's in a little swimsuit shop (best suits-best prices) and found that when we returned from dinner they had brought them back to VLB. Tell Vicki Thanks! Ashley. You won't find that service very often. :-) Isla Mujeres is one of the most beautiful places to visit. We have been to Mexico six times and love to see different places, but will definitely be finding ourselves returning to this little piece of Heaven on earth!! Words cannot express how grateful we are to Curtis & Ashley for opening up their home to us and making us feel like family. Muchas Gracias! Hasta pronto...

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank wannabeinmexico
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Reviewed 25 November 2007

Just got back from Villa La Bella for a Thanksgiving getaway for 3 nights. I had seen a article in a magazine about a year ago about Isla Mujures, and the article recommended this little gem to stay. I have to agree with other reviews the place was spotless and cute with alot of personal touches. We stayed in a upstairs palapa suite, which had a cathedral grass roof and cool wood shutters and a hanging king size bed. The room , the palapa suite, had no a/c which I thought would be perfect for me but was alittle concerned for my hot blooded boyfriend, but once we arrived we saw that the villa is located on the windy side of the island and the cool breeze coming in through the windows and blowing the open air grass roof was nothing less than heaven. The other 4 rooms do have a/c. If I were to go back I would pick the ocean front palapa suite, it had solid windows with nothing but ocean to look at. My boyfriend was mesmerized by the hanging bed, and devised for many hours how he could duplicate it when we got home. The rooms have no tv's or phones so this is a place for serious R & R . I have been to many caribbean hotels that were beachside and the water calm, this was my first time staying somewhere where there was no beach but perched on a bluff with waves crashing in, The view from the rooms and the noise of the ocean and the breeze were unbeatable!! Bring some decent shoes and you can hike down the bluff explore a tunnel, and find tons of big shells and coral. There is a book in the room that lists everything you need to know about Villa La Bella and Isla Mujeres and their personal recommendations for food , fun , transportation, etc. The property had awesome sun beds with pillows to lay around, read, or lounge on . The bar was cute with one side of it having swings for seats and yes the pina coladas were stellar with little shaved coconut on top ! The taxi's were cheap to any other side of the island, but we got a golf cart which let us explore everything on our own which we preferred. Curtis and Ashley were fabulous hosts , they aim to please , and Curtis does have quite a talent in the kitchen, his breakfast was creative and tasty . All and all this place is ideal for a laid back romantic vacation where you have instant american friends , thanks to Curtis and Ashley, to guide you to all the hot spots. If you are looking for a young party crowd this would disappoint you. If you want to stay beachfront you should consider the other side of the island, where its sandy beaches and less breeze. Casa O's had great views for dinner and sunset . Villa Rolandi was the best food we ate which was also waterfront but more upscale. Baseball Taco's were really good too as a local eaterie, and they were only $1 a taco, located about 2 blocks from Villa La Bella. The locals on the island were very friendly .

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank planetkris
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Reviewed 24 November 2007

Returned a few weeks ago from a terrific six-night stay at Villa la Bella. When we arrived, we were thrilled to find that the place looks even better in person than it does on the website—loads of little touches and attention to detail throughout the grounds and in the rooms.

We logged a few hours reading in the hammocks, more in the pool and even more at the outdoor bar. For such a compact property, we certainly found plenty to keep us occupied and if I have a complaint, it's that we felt so at home that we were almost reluctant to venture off-site. When we did, owners Curtis and Ashley (and new bartender Carlos) were full of good suggestions. Upon check-in we received a helpful binder that included information on several of the owners' favorite spots on the island. When we wanted to go out someplace special for my birthday dinner, Ashley made the reservations at Casa O's and even double-checked to make sure that we'd get a great table in time for sunset.

VLB is a five-minute walk from the island’s renowned “baseball tacos”—after several nights’ experimentation, our favorites were the pollo and the chorizo (yum!). The shore below the b&b, while unsuitable for sunbathing, is perfect for beachcombing and shell-gathering. If you're looking for long stretches of white-sand beach or raging nightlife, look elsewhere. But if you want to relax in a welcoming, lovingly cared-for home, look no further.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank brikka
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