We stayed 4 nights at VF in order to attend a wedding hosted at neighboring hotel Las Nubes. We ate breakfast every day at VF but split up lunches and dinners between VF, Las Nubes and in the town.
**On-site service at VF is extremely attentive and kind. I have rarely experienced such lovely waiters, bar tenders and front desk staff in all my travels. Bravo!
**The rooms are simple but large with sufficient A/C to handle even the hottest days.
**Wi-fi was extremely good from all locations including the room, main house and by the pool; notably this is NOT the case at higher end Las Nubes where guests must sit in the lobby to use wi-fi
**Food and beverage prices are very reasonable, particularly in comparison to neighboring Las Nubes which is extremely overpriced
**The eco-toilets do not present any nuisance, no odor or inconvenience in any form.... they are normal toilets without flushing, you won't even know the difference so we were happy to be more sustainable.
**The ocean views from the pool area are remarkable, extremely lovely.
**The showers are very large with flowing water sufficient to bath two people at once; no bath tub in our room, not that we wanted one anyway.
**Breakfast is included with a few very tasty options (e.g. chilaquiles are delicious) though no standard American oatmeal or dry cereal is available- after a few days I was craving a lighter AM meal.
**They give you two water bottles each day which is a very welcomed nicety.
**You must plan your flight details in/out of Cancun in consideration of the general Holbox Island ferry schedule; we were forced to end our trip one day earlier than expected because of a miscommunication about the ferry time table- confirm the time table with IVAN and no one else (other people provided us with inaccurate information which caused problems for our itinerary).
**The beach at VF is covered in foot-thick seaweed making ocean access a bit "grimy". However, once you transverse the 15 feet of seaweed the water is immaculate. They were building a walkway of sorts over the seaweed while we were there but it was not yet completed by the time we departed.
**Although our room was clean and there were no off-putting odors the pillows inexplicably smelled like ashtrays.
**The menu is missing a basic green salad although it seems trivial to gripe about this given the variety of other good offerings on the menu
**The seaweed build-up on the beach creates a pretty intense sulfur smell if you are downstream from the wind.
**VF is a bit of a hike from town- 25 minutes- which in extreme heat we found to be too intense to endure. Taxis are 50 pesos each way and the VF is glad to call one for you. We wanted seclusion so did not mind the distance but I can foresee how others might not feel the same.
**Bring everything you need with you to the island including sunscreen, toothpaste, magazines etc. There is no toiletry or convenience type of store at VF... if you forget something you may find it in town but even that is a gamble- bring it!
**Change your currency to pesos prior to entering Holbox. There is only one place to do it on the island (which may or may not be open) and the rate wasn't great, but it was better than at the Cancun airport.
**MIND THE FERRY SCHEDULE: I can not stress this enough... if you miss the ferry you do not get to the island; the "9 Hermanos" ferry took about 20 minutes to cross over to the island
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- Also Known As:
- Villas Flamingos Hotel Holbox Island
- Flamingos Hotel Holbox Island