I stayed for a week at the Mawimbi in an upstairs room with king bed and balcony-the octopus room, our first visit to Holbox. Our friend had the flamingo room downstairs with a queen bed and not view. Mawimbi and holbox were lovely. Clean, comfortable mattress (I've slept on many very hard ones in Mexico), spacious porch with hammock, clothes line, writing desk and chairs and 2 chairs to relax in. The tap water is safe enough for tooth brushing and taking pills, and they have purified water and cups available too. The breakfast included in the price of the room was delicious: fresh fruit,( mango, banana, papaya, orange, pineapple) with or without yogurt and a basket of toast with butter and homemade fruit jam, and juice and coffee or tea. For an extra 5 or 6.00 U.S. you could get an omelette or other egg dish. There are only 11 rooms at the Mawimbi and it feels cozy and intimate. The guys at the bar learn who you are and you can just run a tab during your stay and wander up to the bar/restaurant from your chair or hammock and order beverages whenever you please. The restaurant at the hotel had good food. We ate the fish tartare (like serviche, yummy), guacomole, and cheese quesadilas. All were tasty. The mango juice is amazing with or without liquor. The beach is mostly white sand with a fair amount of shells. The water was warm and swimmable. The only down side was a foot wide wall of seaweed that had washed up against the shore and you had to walk through. The Hotel next door offers yoga, massage and wind-kite classes if you want to be more active and also has a beach front bar/restaurant for variety. Do NOT MISS a short walk down the beach, away from town, the "Slow Food" restaurant. It looks like a dive, but has great margeritas and amazing grilled fish caught fresh that day and served with a variety of preperations. We also like Pollo Mago, a inexpenisve restaurant in town mostly frequented by locals. Check out their mole sauce. From the Mawimbi you can walk to town in 10 minutes and buy groceries, liquor, crafts and food. It feels less like a tourist trap and more like a real town. The island has both an elementary and middle school and the middle school is right across from the hotel. In the morning we would watch the kids in their uniforms heading in and one day I got to hear the school orchestra practice. There were a few downpours as this is the rainy season, but nothing that ruined our stay. Sometimes just overnight or for a few hours it would rain. Mostly hot with afternoon breezes and lovely to lie out and read in. My favorite were the mattresses and pillows on the beach suspended by ropes so you could nap and sway in the breeze. Also boat trip to swim with whale sharks was great as was trip to see flamingos. Island tour was o.k. but two stops were boring, bird island and the overdeveloped mangrove swimming hole. I'd skip that one. All in all, the transfers arranged by Mawimbi went great. The man was there at cancun airport with our names on a placard. The van was large and had A/C. We stopped en route for snacks and drinks. The 2 hour drive to the ferry takes you through many small villages. At the ferry, your van driver takes you to the boat and they load your luggage. Its a 20 minute ride and you can stay downstairs inside on the boat or go to the top deck for the view. At the dock, a taxi/golf cart, the main form of transport in Holbox, will meet you with your name on a sign. The only tricky bit was 3 big ladies and 3 big suitcases were a tight squeeze. Also, driving through puddles to the hotel was a little messy, but its just 5 minutes. I can not WAIT to return. This place has the perfect combo of not too built up and touristy, but still comfortable with nice ammenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mawimbi is a small charming tropical "hotelito" with only 10 rooms, built in the middle of a lush tropical garden located in the beautiful white beach of Holbox Island in Mexico Hotel facilities includes 2,500 square meters (8200 feet) of beach with wood sunbeds, hammocks and swing beds. This palm shaded beachfront oasis lies just beyond the outskirts of Holbox town, only two blocks distant. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Holbox Island
- Holbox Island Hotel Mawimbi