We've stayed at Villa La Bella two years in a row and would not even consider staying anywhere else on the island. My wife and I swore we would go to a different place every time we went to Mexico and for the first three years we managed to do that. But on the third trip we found and fell in love with Villa La Bella and Isla Mujeres. This is the perfect place for adventurous, romance seeking couples. The first thing you notice is the painstaking attention to detail that owners Ashley and Curtis have put in to their place. Everywhere you look you see Mayan sculptures that were actually made by the owner, Curtis. As well as gorgeous sea shells, various and sundry marine paraphernalia and all of this overlooking one of the best views of the Caribbean on the island. The ambiance is worth the price of admission alone and the well stocked bar is a great place to sit and enjoy the afternoon breeze. Be sure to ask the owner's for a list of local restaurants...La Bruja tacos are absolutely phenomenal.
One thing everyone seems to agree on is the phenomenal breakfasts served up by Curtis and Luis. You're treated with absolutely delicious meals of fruits, pastries, egg and spinach quiche and french toast. Each day was more tasty than the previous and we were constantly surprised and pleased each morning. Please don't ask for custom made breakfasts...what they make is what you get but I promise you won't be disappointed. They are something not to be missed and on Monday when breakfast is not available, check out the Mango Cafe down the street. The food and staff are especially amazing but make sure you know the hours before planning on eating there.
Isla Mujeres is an exciting and very safe place to spend your vacation. You need to be a little independent to stay there so don't expect all-inclusive luxury hotels, all you can eat buffets and shuttle service. Villa La Bella is located pretty much in the exact middle of a 5 mile long island so you're looking at a 35 minute walk to downtown or around 40 minutes to Punta Sur. If you're not a hiker there are taxis that circle the island around the clock so getting to where you need to be is very simple. The ferry that you'll most likely come over on runs every 30 minutes so if you're going back over to Cancun you'll find a taxi driver right outside the gates.
Villa La Bella's rooms are just as beautifully decorated as the exterior with beach themes and very impressive sea-shell shower heads and enclosures. My wife and I both agree that we hesitate to mention how wonderful this place is for fear of it getting too popular and not being able to get a room. But at the same time, I have to admit that if a place can make you feel the way this did it's a crime not to let other people know. I would 100% recommend Villa La Bella for independent couples (no children allowed) who want a romantic getaway and have a broad sense of adventure.
I also want to mention is how wonderful and hard working the staff is at VLB. Luis, Francisco, Ernesto and Vicente are so amazing and nice; they keep the grounds immaculate and bring out what seems to be an endless supply of SOL, Tequila and sangrita -no complaints there! There's something very magical about the location of this place that makes you completely at ease, happy and content to never leave. We started planning our return before we even left and are counting down the days until we can get back. Curtis and Ashley have something very special to offer in both location and friendliness; as Ashley says, "Just another day in paradise". We now feel a deep affinity with Isla Mujeres and have even started making plans to move there down the road. The mental grip this place has on you is hard to shake and I promise it will haunt you for months after your visit.
- 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