My husband and I just returned from Isla Mujeres and the spectacular Villa La Bella B & B By the Sea. We had never been to Mexico before and Ashley,our hostess with the mostest, answered every one of my many questions prior to arrival. With Ashley's advice, we arranged our CARM private transport from the airport to the ferry, learned how to purchase ferry tickets to the island, and waited to get pesos at the ATM and exchange them quickly, easily, and economically at the bank across from the ferry at Isla Mujeres. We were prepared for the taxi ride to VLB(60 pesos w/luggage inc.tip) and arrived quickly and easily to start our fabulous vacation! Ashley and Curtis were right there at the coconut decorated front door to meet us and take our bags right up the spiral staircase to our room- the "Honeymoon Suite", which was prepared for us before their 2 PM check-in time and waiting to greet us at 1:30 when we arrived with bright and cheery tropical colors, skylights, 2 patios with fabulous pool and ocean views, a hammock, banquette seating with table and another fabulous ocean view, and complete with a conch shell showerhead in the bathroom. Best of all- no TV or alarm clock! We were on island time now, baby and didn't need anything but the complimentary internet access to let our kids know we had made it to Paradise! We made a beeline straight to the private bar after checking out our room and partook of their fabulous frozen mojitos and pina coladas courtesy of their excellent bar staff. We did not want to leave VLB after our long trip from Omaha, NE, so the bar staff was able to order take-out for us from one of several restaurants that deliver delicious food to their premises. The pool had a beautiful coral rock and shell waterfall cascading into it that is lit up at night. There was plenty of seating near the pool area inc. hammocks and large lounge beds. There is ocean access from VLB to a rocky shoreline where you can collect shells and investigate tidal pools. They do have a bar open to the public separated from the pool and private bar areas by a low wall which the public patrons were not allowed to cross to disturb the guests of the B & B. The bar had swing seating and plenty of tables and loungers so the bar patrons could relax and also sun and enjoy the fabulous ocean view. We were never bothered by the bar patrons and enjoyed making friends with the other guests of VLB. So much so, we are all making plans for a return visit together in 2 years! There are only 5 other rooms for the 18 and older set at VLB and Ashley and Curtis maintain absolute quiet hours between 11 PM and 8:30 AM, so we all got a tranquil night's sleep and only woke up to the birds. There was some traffic noise, as our room was situated closest to the road up front, but the other rooms are set back further if that is a concern. The bed was firm and extremely comfortable and I slept better than I do at home. Chef Curtis serves up a 3 course gourmet breakfast every morning except Monday. Ashley presented the ladies with a hibiscus flower for their hair every morning and checked to make sure all was well and if we needed anything arranged such as taxis, golf cart rental, excursions or restaurant reservations. She got us rock star seating at Villa Rolandi for Valentine's Day dinner, where we had a fabulous meal and watched the sunset from our table bayside. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay at VLB! We were treated like invited friends in their home, which it truly is as they live upstairs across from the Honeymoon suite and are always available to handle any concern you might have on-site. We visited the North Side in our rented golf cart with the famous and beautiful Playa Norte beach, but with all the hustle and bustle, day trippers from Cancun and party atmosphere on that side of the island in the downtown area, we were happy to return to our laid back and peaceful VLB and had no regrets about staying in the central island Caribbean side of Isla Mujeres. We can't wait to return to VLB by the Sea!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Villa La Bella Hotel Isla Mujeres