These return guests were as happy as ever with the experience at Villa la Bella. Curtis and Ashley continue to be the lovely, gracious, attentive, informative hosts that they are. Curtis's breakfasts are a work of visual and culinary art EVERY DAY (except for his day off on Monday - but coffee and Mexican pastries are yummy). We are foodies and we delighted in every tasty bite of his creations. The place continues to be beautiful, relaxing, peaceful and a favorite getaway of ours. The staff is great, too, and have perfected the made from scratch margaritas and pina coladas. We are definitely hoping to return. We stayed for the second time at Palapa Room #1 with the best ocean view, but saw the new sitting area addition in Palapa Room #2 and can definitely work with that as plan B. No AC in the Palapa rooms, but none needed when we were there. Be prepared to be lulled by the ocean sounds everynight.
The other cool thing about the place is that is attracts such nice people. In this second stay of ours we again made friends with great, interesting folks. These are people who tend to have similar tastes in travel adventures as we do and we always gain a few tips for future travels.
Our favorite places to eat on the island this time were: Playa Lancheros (fish cooked tikin chix style), Veradero's (cuban food - awesome seafood, black beans & rice, fried sweet plantains), Olivia's (Mediterranean), Velasquez (complementary guacamole, fried fish), Sergio's for sunset drinks at Playa Norte, Rolandi in town for Pizza, Bally Hoo for Brazilian Fish, Casa O's for sunset dinner, El Pueblito del Cielo across from Garradon del Castillo for lunch and cold beers with a turquoise ocean view. There are some new gelateria's in town, and we just loved them. They use local fruit too to make the yummiest ice creams.
We rented decent bicycles from David's in town, and had a nice snorkling trip with Captain Toni. Don't miss biking around the island and for sure visiting the sculpture garden at the south point. The monkeys at Hacienda Mundaca's simple zoo are great fun. Sunday evening in town is a must to see the local families enjoying their time together after church service.
Ashley and Curtis will give you all these great recommendations, too, but we thought we would share our favorites.
This was our 7th visit to Isla Mujeres, and 2nd stay at Villa la Bella. Both are definitely favorites. Go check it out for yourself.
- 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