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“Slice of paradise”
Review of Villa La Bella

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Villa La Bella
Ranked #1 of 37 Isla Mujeres B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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26 reviews
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“Slice of paradise”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Don't hesitate to stay here - Villa la Bella is absolutely gorgeous.

The rooms are spacious, big comfortable bed, a fridge, a huge mirror, decorated well. The bathroom is equally pretty with the best shower of our trip - that comes out of a beautiful big shell! The pool is enormous and deep, and the grounds are so pretty. The owners have thought of everything and take such care in every minor detail. The bar is quiet and pretty with swing seats and great cocktails, and there is absolutely no noise after about 10pm so no concerns if you go to sleep early.

The hosts are delightful - they will go out of their way to give you advice on where to go on the island. The breakfasts are fantastic.

OUR TIPS:
- Don't panic when you arrive at the port. It looks a bit like a mini Cancun, but that's only downtown and Villa la Bella couldn't be further from that sort of atmosphere. Having said that, overall we did prefer Tulum to Isla Mujeres.
- Eat at Mango Cafe for brunch, and Monchos for dinner - both in walking distance.
- We enjoyed Zama Zama beach club for a day, though it's pricey and you have to pay for your beds.
- Walk left out of Villa la Bella for a lovely walk along the coast,

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We visited Villa La Bella a little less than a year ago (Ashley and Curtis - apologies for the delay in writing this!) and we are still talking about how wonderful a vacation spot this is. Honestly, you couldn't ask for more - the rooms are gorgeous, clean, and spacious; the pool is perfect for when you want an easy swim; you're a stones throw from a white sand, turquoise water beach; and the staff and Ashley and Curtis are simply the best hosts you could ask for. On the morning we left for the airport, Ashley and Curtis met us, called us a cab, and even packed us a breakfast to go!

Other bonus points are that Villa La Bella is within walking distance from a variety of delicious and very affordable dining options and for whatever reason, this spot seemed to attract the most wonderful people! Everyone we met at Villa La Bella was enjoyable, we'll traveled, and interesting.

I know we'll be back because there are few spots as relaxing and well run as Villa La Bella.

Room Tip: Palapa 1 directly overlooks the ocean and the pool. The view is strikingly gorgeous -- a pleasure fo...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Could not have found a better place to stay for vacation. My wife and I now understand the " Island Time " meaning now ! Was very relaxing ! Thank you Ashley, Curtis, and the guys and girls that work there for the hospitality. Will be back with friends!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nantucket, MA
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

We have traveled all around the Caribbean, including Costa Rica and Belize in over 30-plus years of traveling, but had never visited Mexico until this year. We were looking for a place to go to unwind from work stress, and remembered reading about this spot in a Caribbean Life magazine years ago. We thought it sounded like it would be a good fit for us and that proved to be true beyond our expectations. From the ferry ride over to Isla with a Mexican guitarist singing Billy Joel's "I Love You Just the Way You Are" in both English and Spanish, we had a feeling it was going to be a memorable experience. What makes this property stand out over all the others is the extremely efficient management. Ashley and Curtis have it absolutely nailed. When they asked at the end of our stay what they could improve upon, we truly could not find one thing to complain about (except possibly the size of the unbelievably delicious gourmet-style breakfasts - they're huge!) Their staff is well-trained and obviously treated well. Of the three bartenders/wait staff, 2 had been with them for over 6 years, and one for 7. The cleaning staff were helpful and responsive to any request. Ashley may look like a sweet little kitten, but she was a tiger when it came to protecting her "cubs". Since there is a bar open to the public which was busy most of the 12 days we stayed, we were thankful for the enforcement of the Villa's sign on the entrance that says, "No yahoos!". The paying guests (or the "house" as Ashley calls it) came first. No one other than guests were allowed in the pool and there was a large area with lounges, beds and hammocks that was off-limits to day-trippers. We witnessed several instances where people were politely asked to move when they violated that policy. Other places we have stayed there were times when you couldn't even find a chair to sit in because people visiting the restaurant/bar were in them. We also loved the island itself. It's such a family-oriented place and everyone is so friendly. We got a kick out of watching an entire family on a moped going about their daily life. Living in a resort area on a small island, we know how customer service affects the success of an establishment. Villa la Bella is a shining example of excellence - es maravilloso!! We'll definitely go back.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great, but felt we had more privacy in the palapa rooms than in the first floor...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

What a beautiful setting and fantastic hosts. The staff and Ashley and Curtis treated us like family and after our 17 day start it was impossible to leave. Ashley was fantastic at arranging outings and Curtis's breakfasts were superb. The scratch margaritas were a perfect way to end a day in the sun!! Will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Billings, MT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We just returned from our first trip to Isla Mujeres with two other couples. One of the couples stayed there a few years back and just raved about the quality of their stay. So we had very high expectations. I will say the stay exceeded our expectations in every way.
The daily breakfasts were out of this world. The owners Curtis and Ashley make the stay feel like you are staying with close friends. The staff is fantastic. Every idea that we were given for activities or meals turned out perfect. I will say the Friday Happy hour was a blast!! The Cadillac Margaritas are delish but deadly. The Piña Coladas are the best ever. We will definite be returning to Villa la Bella!!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

It just gets better ,,, My wife and I just returned from another incredible stay at Ashley and Curtis' beautiful home ,, couldn't have been a better trip, OK, I wish some friends didn't have to leave and our visit didn't go so fast .... We stayed 14 nights in bungaloe 1, stayed in honeymoon suite last time and the room was again perfect for us. Very clean, very comfortable, very quiet. Selena and Wendy do a great job keeping room spotless daily. The rest of the Villa family, Francisco, Luis, Ernesto and Esteban are constantly making sure all is taken care of. Couldn't be around a better group that really seem like family. The 'staff' has been together many years now and it really shows. Bella and peek a boo add to the family feel. Curtis who always seems to be working to make VLB even better, has made some wonderful additions like the waterfall, makes VLB even more relaxing.
As is written many times here Curtis' breakfasts can not be beat. A local bakery product to start, yogurt with different fresh fruit, then Curtis' masterpiece of the day.. am really missing Villa la Bella breakfast... Ashley puts a beautiful flower in each of the ladies hair with her constant beautiful, honest smile. The flower lasts till happy hour begins although you will find out happy hour is all day.. Ashley and Curtis do everything to make sure you are comfortable and their suggestions for activities or dinner are spot on.
We pretty much spend all of our time at the Villa and hate to leave even for the easy trip downtown to dinner or shop. We spent most of our evenings ordering out fantastic inexpensive Mexican food to enjoy in the beautiful setting that is Villa la Bella. Hanging by the pool, watching the waves come in, reading our books and sharing time with the other guests is heaven to us. Ashley and Curtis, their extended family and the friends we have met, some returning, others we really hope to be with again really sets this place way above the normal 'vacation'. We also really like the feeling you get on Isla. Friendly, laid back island where you feel safe and comfortable.
Peace, quiet and beautiful people, THANK YOU so much VLB we can't wait to return !!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa La Bella
Address: Carretera Perimetral Al Garrafon | Smz. 004, Mza. 091, L. 003, SL. 2, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico (Formerly "Villa Las Brisas")
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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