We just returned from a two-family trip to Holbox Island (booked last October), and after some research (what little we could find), we decided to stay at Villas Delfines. There were a few glitches, but we enjoyed it immensely. Given the relative scarcity of reviews, I wlil be expansive:
1. The setting. The location is wonderful -- about 1km from town and right on the beach. The landscaping is lovely and the whole place has a relaxed, intimate feel. As with everywhere on the island, the mosquitos emerge in droves between 5-7pm, so be prepared.
2. Management. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. However, the hotel turned out to be overbooked when we arrived, so our family was transferred for two nights to the neighboring, more upscale Paraiso del Mar (see separate review). We did not mind this, but other guests in the same position were unhappy.
3. Rooms. The rooms are all thatched-roof cabanas neatly tucked away throughout the property, giving the illusion that the place is much smaller than it really is. Most of the cabanas face the pool or the beach, and all have porches with hammocks. There is no air conditioning, but we found that the breezes and ceiling fan kept us cool. Our mattresses were ok. The beds had mosquito netting, which you need.
The eco-friendly bathroom (composting, no flushing) worked surprisingly well. If your room is malodorous, you should insist on being moved because that should not be a problem. (Our fellow travellers did encounter this, and were fine when given a new cabana.) The shower head is a conch shell with holes for the water to flow- don't expect much heat or pressure, but it's fine for a short period.
4. Food. The restaurant is a nice, screened in room (key for keeping out mosquitos). Breakfast was included, and was perfectly adequate, but service was erratic -- quick on some days and incredibly slow on others. The best meal was on Saturday night when the hotel grilled fish, lobster, chicken and steak on an outdoor barbecue. Don't miss it! There are some very good restaurants in town, including a wonderful Italian place (Pelicanos) right off the square.
5. Clientele. Another reviewer complained about the number of children. There were, in fact, a lot of kids staying at the property. We had four girls between us, so we were happy to be in a child-friendly place. A significant number of guests were from Europe, including France and Germany.
6. Things to do. Not much- come here to relax and unwind. The beach is outstanding for birdwatching and shelling. The surf is very gentle and there is sandbar almost immediately off the shore, which makes this a wonderful place for children to play.
We hired a golf cart for a day and explored, which was fun, and went out in kayaks and a motor boat as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Villas Delfines, framed by the tranquil turquoise Caribbean waters and fine sands of Isla Holbox. During its construction style and respect for the Caribbean environment and energy optimization thought the installation of solar panels to heat water as well as an innovative composting toilets, thus contributing to environmental conservation. ... more less
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