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Reviewed 11 May 2007

My husband & I have stayed at VLB on many occasions and have had
nothing but the best hospitality!! Ashley & Curtis are 2 of the best people
we have EVER met. The staff is extremely helpful and just want to make
sure we have everything we ever needed. Ashley saved me by letting me
use her aloe for my sunburn...OUCH!!! VLB is nothing but the BEST!! Their
home is the most spectacular place we have ever been. We will always
recomment VLB to all of our friends..I miss Ashley & Curtis already and
we just got home last night.

Stayed: April 2007
2  Thank ashandtodd
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Reviewed 30 April 2007

We have just returned from a great stay on Isla Mujeres at Villa Las Brisas and we couldn't be more relaxed or positive about our experience. I agree that VLB isn't for everyone, but the owners Curtis and Ashley make that very clear from the beginning of the booking process. If you are looking for a place to party and hang from the rafters, VLB is not for you. Instead, if you enjoy feeling like a very welcome guest in someone's home and prefer to not stay in an eco-monster hotel, I think you would be more than happy at this beautiful and tranquil villa.
The service and food, as well as the atmosphere, were all exceptional. We found everyone from the owners to bartenders to maids to be helpful but not overly intrusive or eager. Curtis and Ashley don't advertise this B&B as luxurious, but it really is...just be clear about what you are looking for before you book.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank chgBologna
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Reviewed 28 April 2007

Just returned from Isla and Villa Las Brisas ~ Absolutely the best, most relaxing vacation ever! Wonderful beaches, food, etc. and staying at Villa Las Brisas was the best choose ever...The owners are wonderful hosts and great references for restaurants, tequilla, etc. The rooms are immaculate, the views spectacular and the morning breakfast fabulous. Highly recommend for anyone who simply wants to chill out!

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2007

Just HAD to respond to the couple who found VLB "expensive and intrusive," because I couldn't have felt more differently during either of my two stays (the first of which I hope to be a long line).

First of all, that reviewer continuously referred to VLB as a "hotel." It's NOT a hotel, it's a bed & breakfast. B&Bs are decidedly NOT hotels -- they're the anti-hotel, meant for people who desire a more homey atmosphere, a bit of warmth that emanates from ordinary people sharing their homes, as opposed to the cold sterility of a hotel whose rooms are like all others.

The first time I stayed at VLB was in May 2005, when my sister and I met there to share some bonding time without the kids after our mom had died. Innkeepers Ashley and Curtis, aware of why we were there, couldn't have been more kind, compassionate and solicitous of our comfort, both physically and emotionally. Our stay was a truly restful and healing interlude in a time of great pain, and it wasn't just the heaven of Isla Mujeres -- it was the magic of Villa Las Brisas.

Not only were we pleased that our hosts quietly and discreetly requested that other guests "play nice" while in the common areas around the pool (knowing that sound travels clearly and more loudly over water), we also greatly appreciated their efforts to help us navigate our first trip to Mexico. We were very grateful for their tips on which places to eat and shop, where to find the best bargains, and what to eat and not to.

At no time did we feel that the Blogins were engaged in some "tiresome sales pitches for certain local restaurants" or that they were "obvious co-players in profit sharing schemes." Instead, we realized it for the valuable advice it was from two ex-pat Americans who understand how difficult it is to get around and not get ripped off or make yourself sick in a place where you don't know the language. And we found that we WERE treated extra well when the natives learned where we were staying. It wasn't because of some cynical co-conspiracy, but because the Blogins treat their help and their neighbors well, and are consequently liked and treated well in return, which extends to their guests.

I was happy to see that on our more recent visit in March 2007 that VLB had put together a room guide. Even after staying there before, we found the information helpful both for our stay at the B&B and our excursions outside on the island. Interesting that the previous reviewer seems to take umbrage at the request that guests not bring dogs or cats onto the grounds.

Perhaps they either think such a thing is okay (would you just bring your animals to the home of someone you've never met before?), or don't understand that on Isla, stray, feral critters are a common sight and often come by the VLB fenced-in area. People are commonly tempted to invite them in, but VLB already has its own resident critters who deserve to have their territory respected. It's just for their comfort and safety, not because there's some sort of Nazi-like enforcement going on. Those policies protect everyone at VLB, including the guests!

Both times we stayed there, we had fabulous food that was well-presented and thoughtfully prepared -- way more than what we usually expect (and we are veteran B&B'ers). We met and made friends with nice, interesting people who were also guests, and I believe that kind of cherished interaction is directly encouraged by the friendly atmosphere at VLB.

I can't help but feel these reviewers simply don't understand or appreciate what's great about the whole B&B experience, and arrived at VLB with unrealistic expectations. I can't strongly enough disagree with their cynical, negative views of this wonderful place and the incredibly nice, caring and attentive people who run it.

I hope no one makes a decision based on this truly off-the-mark review. You'll be missing out on a wee piece of heaven. But then again, that's okay -- that'll leave more for those of us who truly appreciate it!

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank PAWildheart
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Reviewed 24 April 2007

Villa Las Brisas on Isla Mujeres

We have stayed at this beautiful gem on the island, three times now - we actually stopped by three years ago when it was being built, met the owner - Curtis, a laid back Californian and promised to return.

We did just that a few months later and met his wife Ashley, who is just a delight - together they make this little piece of heaven all that much more enjoyable.

Located a $1 cab ride from downtown ferry terminal and right on a rocky bluff with the most beautiful views of the Carribean.

We fly into Cancun from LA on non stop Alaska Air which takes about 4 hours, take a 30 minute cab ride to the ferry terminal and then the $3 ferry trip - which is about 20 minutes.

It is all very easy, and seamless - the cabs are waiting for you outside the airport and take you right to the terminal. Everyone speaks English or at least Spanglish!

One year we returned to see the turtles swim on to the small beach infront of Las Brisas and lay their eggs - Isla Mujeres is one of the few places that protects the turtles, and also has a turtle farm which you can visit.

Isla Mujeres is not like Cancun - not a party town at all - although there are fun little bars in town with music and energetic and fun waiters!

Villa Las Brisas is very cute - and has th beautiful views of the ocean from every room.

Curtis is a bit of a master at breakfast - we have never seen such beautifully crafted and delicious breakfasts as these anywhere we have stayed - even in 5 star hotels!

The Palapa rooms are wonderful and romantic - with king sized beds that hang from the beams, and palapa roofs - and have that great view of the ocean and pool!

We noticed and asked about a sign on the front door - that says 'adults only' and discovered to our delight that they do not accept guests with small children - their philosophy is that this intimate 9 room B&B is designed for people seeking peaceful relaxing vacations. Thank you!

They are always adding something new and upgrading, and the last time we were there - in Novermber of 2006 - they had just installed a hot tub - and we got to try it out for the first time!

Curtis and Ashley are the most humble and gracious hosts - and know just about everything on the island . They have introduced us to a the best eateries on the island:

They suggested a cute Cuban Place called El Varadero - that sits on the inlet to the marina and serves great food and mohito's - we would never have found this fun little place as it sits well back from the road and through a boat yard!

Casa O's is more upscale, dressy - owned by a husband and wife team from USA - Tom and Lynn - and how delightful they were - so welcoming - we felt like long lost relatives returning home! Great food and service and a wonderful view of the ocean!

Sergio's Bar is located right on the beach just a short walk from bustling downtown and is one huge palapa with the warm waters lapping up on the sand!

There is also a fantastic taco stand - near the baseball park - where you can get the best 50c fish taco's and $1 beers. This is the local place to eat - so you get to meet the local islanders here!

Zama is located on the south side of the island and you can spend all day there - on their private white sand beach, and three pools - just for ordering drinks or food from the bar - we stayed there all one day - it was so incredibly peaceful and such a beautiful day - with views of Cancun in the distance!

We rented a golf cart for a few days - Ashley called the downtown rental guy who promptly delivered our chariot - we had a blast just cruising around the island - there are so many interesting places to stop and see - shell markets, turtle farms, swim with the sharks, ride the rope slide, the marina, downtown, south point, and if you are adveturous - sailfish fishing!

Downtown is touristy - but fun - and the sunsets are gorgeous! Have a margarita at anyone of the small restuarants and bars and watch the fishermen mending their nets as the sun sets - how unbelievably romantic.

We cannot say enough about how friendly and helpful Curtis and Ashley have been to us over the years - they make us feel so welcome.

There a quite a few Americans that live on the island and a few more that have vacation homes - all seem to stop by to say high and all are very friendly.

One evening we met their American neighbours at the bar, who were down vacationing from the cold of Chicago, and we all got talking and laughing so much so that they invited us all out fishing on their 60' boat the next morning - and we caught our first sailfish - catch and release of course!

We travel world wide - for business and pleasure - and this is without question one of our fvaorite places to stay - we can highly recommend Villa Las Brisas and all that the island has to offer - you will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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