So my new wife and I just returned from a weeklong honeymoon at Villa la Bella and all I can say is WOW!! We had the absolute best time we could have ever hoped to have. Everything from the accommodations, food, atmosphere, weather, company, etc was just perfect. It really was our dream honeymoon come true.
I will briefly describe ‘us’ because Villa La Bella is not for everyone so I think if you have an idea who we are, it may help you determine if this is the place for you:
Nicole is 29, Mike is 42 – Mike acts younger than his age and Nicole older so you could categorize us as a mid-30’s style couple. We are an urban couple who are pretty active and work out regularly but we are certainly not health fanatics. We are not partiers (clubbing days are well behind us) but we regularly go out for good food (we love food and that’s really why we work out – TO EAT!!) and good wine and host occasional dinner parties. The all inclusive oversized mega resorts are the last place we would stay for too many reasons to list here – basically they are just not our style – we are definitely Bed & Breakfast or Boutique hotel types who like to stay off the beaten path and out of the way of the over marketed touristy places. With all that said, Villa La Bella was a perfect match for us. It was quiet and cool; had clean & spacious rooms (we had the honeymoon suite), had incredible food, scenic views, and just the right atmosphere.
The owners, Curtis & Ashley could not have been more fun, welcoming, enjoyable, informative, and attentive (yet not in your face). Curtis is what I would consider a true So Cal native but with an artistic twist. Villa La Bella is wrought with his artistic creativity as it has a kind of eclectic genius to it. He is funny, thoughtful, and seemed to know exactly what we needed and when we needed it. Ashley was pretty much the same. She is about the nicest (& sincere) person you’ll ever meet and she was always making sure we were comfortable and that everything was just right. Both were around just the right amount of time – they definitely did not invade our space or time. The Bar staff, Jimmy & Louis were also great. They were attentive and we always had full drinks when we needed them. The owners & staff made VLB such a comfortable place that we referred to VLB as home during our stay. We literally spent about 80% of our time there because it was so fun and soooo relaxing.
Other reviewers have referred to the amazing breakfast and the Pina Coladas. I will echo those reviews. The breakfast was as good a breakfast as we have ever had. Curtis has combined his artistic nature with his love of food and it all comes together each morning. It’s hard to describe just how good (& unique) the breakfast was – think French toast soufflé and eggs done lasagna style. The Pina Colada’s were better than advertised. Nicole who can drink about ½ a glass of wine had close to 30 Pina’s during the week – they were that good. I promise you will be dreaming of coconut shavings. Another bonus is Curtis’s knowledge of the best food on the island. You’ve read it before but I’ll repeat it – you must go to Baseball Taco’s (you will go most nights I promise) and you must go to the Cuban Place and have the worlds best Mojitos and the best soup (fish soup) you will ever taste in your life.
VLB itself was just perfect. It was off the beaten path (but less than a 3 minute cab ride to downtown & beaches) so it was quiet yet still active. The rooms were clean & colorful, the pool was super comfortable and since no kids are allowed, the pool was very ‘clean’ if you no what I mean – plus Curtis uses some chemical/cleaner that is so good that there is no Chlorine smell at all – very nice! The hammocks & outdoor beds led to several naps a day and we both read a book or 2 each. Plus the late night lightening storms off in the distance were spectacular. Plus VLB attracts guest similar to us so we had great conversations, shared many many laughs, and ended up with some great friends during our stay (Mark & Barbara from SF – you are both awesome!!). Ask Curtis to teach you how to ‘shuck a Coconut’ – it’s an experience.
I could go on and on but the bottom-line is that we had such a great time at VLB that without a doubt we will be back (several times I suspect) and we will refer VLB to many of our friends. If you want a place that’s cool, fun, relaxing, great food, is sun-filled, non-touristy then this is the place. You will be so happy you didn’t stay at place in El Centro or the North Beach area – I guarantee it.
PS – thanks to Emily for referring VLB to us!!!
- 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