From the friendly reception to the resident pups frolicking in the sand, Hotel Mawimbi is a warm, wonderful piece of paradise.
The hosts and staff are attentive, the drinks and food are very good and the rooms are simple, but clean and well-maintained. We stayed in the Jr. Suite, which was about the size of a typical US hotel room, which was twice as large as the cabanas with the kitchens. It was nice to have some space to come home to, but if you're ok with a little less space then the cabana or regular rooms will do just fine. Every room comes stocked with a 5 gallon water drum (like on a water cooler) so drinking water is plentiful. Neither of us experienced a single issue with food or water in 9 days on the island.
The hotel is owner-operated, and the owners' pride shows. The staff is friendly and attentive, and they keep the place immaculate. Every morning you walk out to a freshly raked beach, complete with multiple hammocks and extra-wide cushioned beach chairs. The sand in the ocean is so soft it feels like you're walking on flour. The beach has so many collectible shells on it every morning that you'll be amazed.
A really nice bonus was the outdoor bar (the "Bar-quito"), where the hotel serves breakfast, lunch, and happy hour drinks. the breakfast is wonderful. Their tropical drinks are incredible. Beers cost $1.25 US. How can you NOT love it here?
The hotel does not have telephones or televisions in the rooms, which was just fine with us. There is cell coverage on the island, so bring your 3G phone and a SIM card if you want to talk to people back home. The hotel has free WiFi, which was an unexpected bonus (I'm writing this review from the Bar-Quito using the WiFi).
Isla Holbox itself is a sleepy fishing village, and nightlife is limited to eating in one of the many good restaurants, or shopping in the tiny village stores. The restaurant called "Zarabanda" is a real stand-out, and the owner/chef tkaes the orders himself. If you love seafood soup, this place will knock your socks off. Other restaurants about, and two other favorites include a taco stand in the city square that seved up a cochinita pibil taco that was crack-like in its ability to hook me (I went back three times, tacos were $1.10 US), and the ceviches at the restaurant "Edelyn" were great.
Some folks talk about the mosquitos. The mosquitos are no worse than any non-urban location. Bring some bug spray and you'll be just fine. All of the rooms came with mosquito netting over the bed, but we honestly never had to use it. I didn't see one bug in our room all week.
Since we're dog lovers, it was really great to see all of the dogs running around the place (four tiny terriers, who were the coolest little guys in the world.) They only added to our experience. If I was a dog, I'd think Holbox Island was heaven.
We chose to rent a car and drive from Cancun, which took about 3 hours. The roads are very bumpy, and we passed through a number of tiny villages. We then parked our car in the city of Chiquila and took the ferry across to Isla Holbox. We rented a car from Alamo for $50 US for the entire week and the ferry cost $4 US per person, each way. That sure beat the $240 round trip for a taxi or private car.
Bottom line, if you want to sit on one on of the most pristine beaches in the world, sipping fruity drinks, and doing absolutely nothing for a few days, then stay at Posada Mawimbi. If you're looking for Cancun-style nightlife, then this ain't your place. It gets so quiet by 9 PM that you'd think the island was deserted.
We loved it!
- 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