We stayed at VLB from December 11th to the 13th, 2005 over a month past Wilma. We had heard reports of massive damage, exodus of tourists, hellfire and brimstone... Yes, there are still parts of Isla that are damaged. Yes, there are people out repairing and banging away and generating piles of debris. These are the sights and sounds of progress, if you ask us. Any other place in the world would do the same thing. We LIKE places like this -- it feels like a REAL community versus an isolated all-inclusive.
Curtis greeted us with Pinas and proceeded to show us our room (the honeymoon suite). Get this room if you can! It Rocks! Hammock, lounge chairs on a separate balcony, two thick wooden chairs on the balcony facing the ocean, nice bed, beautiful colors, a conch shell shower head, and the best part - the breeze! No AC nor ceiling fan required. Open your doors and let the breeze do all the work. If I didn't have to eat and use the bathroom on occasion, I would have spent all my time in that hammock!
Curtis was very attentive in getting us our golf cart and suggesting places to eat and hang out and answered every question we asked without delay. We felt very well looked-after.
We wished we had tried to snorkel with Cpt. Tony, but we were slack (that hammock, again!) and we foolishly tried Garaffon, which was closed. So, we ate some ceviche and drank a beer instead. We will return for snorkeling next year. I broke in my gear in the pool!
The breakfasts. My oh my. Smoked Mexican pork-chop for breakfast with fresh fruit and plantains. Next day, Curtis made us a chicken enchilada -- awesome (I forget its real name).
VLB's staff is great as well. Every question or request answered or addressed promptly. Groundskeeper kept the place looking sharp every day and the pool free of any debris.
The best part of our visit was the golf cart - we loved this thing. Puttering around the island up and down back and forth -- we actually had the poor guy from El Sol ride out with some more gas to keep us moving! I didn't mind waiting for him in the waning sunlight, with my back to the ocean and its breeze, watching folks go about getting home for the evening.
We loved the road along the coast down to Punta Sur! That was the best drive of them all. We left it for last and felt like we were discovering something new, especially when we found the Ixel temple. Very cool.
Our last night we were treated to the moon reflecting off the ocean and the incoming waves. Bright enough to take a picture with our camera phone. We are still talking about that image.
Our dream Isla vaca for next year will be a week at VLB, 4-5 days of snorkeling, Curtis' breakfasts, meeting Ashley (we didn't get to tell her how impressed we were!), and the golf cart the entire week (so, it's $60 a day, yes, but it's so worth it). Maybe even a fishing trip and ceviche on-board as it's meant to be!
Don't miss VLB!
- Also Known As:
- Villa La Bella Hotel
- Villa La Bella Hotel Isla Mujeres
- 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