My wife and I came here for four days after spending a week in Cancun. If you have never been to Isla Holbox but have been to Isla Mujeres – Holbox is like how Mujeres was 30 years ago….small island community, in which the roads aren’t paved, men fish during the day and sell their catch at their restaurant at night, and some people come for vacation and never leave.
Hotel Mawimbi is a small jewel of a boutique hotel located right on the beach, a few minutes stroll from the center of town, with its own restaurant / bar, under a dozen rooms nestled in a grove of palm trees, service by people who care, and the owners live right on the property. This is more like a vacation home than a hotel. The rooms are well decorated and the beds are surprisingly comfortable. The restaurant / bar is the hub of the hotel where meals are served either under the palm trees or in the open air structure. You are eating with your host, and often times, you will see what fresh fish they bring in from a day of fishing. Hint – try the Tamarind Margarita, simply awesome.
What to do? You can do everything from doing absolutely nothing except for lounging in a hammock or a bed on the beach to taking a five mile hike up the beach, rent a golf cart to tour the island (that will take up two hours or less), take a kayak tour on the Rio and see the flamingos, fish, dive, drink and eat. Really, you can be as active or inactive as you want.
There is “spotty” Wi-Fi at the hotel, no phones, no TV’s…..but you come here to relax, not to be on the phone, internet or watching CNN….so leave the world behind.
Now for a couple of draw backs – there is a beach front bar two properties down, and they will play techno music on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are not into dancing until 2 am and want to go to bed early….bring ear plugs. The mosquitos --- small and plentiful when the sun goes down until after sunrise so bring your favorite bug repellant.
Now how to get to Isla Holbox – We opted for the transportation arranged by Hotel Mawimbi. The door to door service picked us up from our hotel in Cancun, brought us to the ferry, and then an Isla Holbox taxi (golf cart) took us to Hotel Mawimbi. Very efficient and worry free as we spoke with some other guests who drove themselves and either got lost from Cancun to Isla Holbox or simply left their rental car at the ferry landing at the mainland.
So if you are looking for a hotel in paradise that will look after you, spend the days on the beach or in the water, and eat great food with travelers from across the globe, then I would highly recommend Hotel Mawimbi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mawimbi is a small-charming and tropical Hotel located on the beach of Holbox Island, where you will find an unforgettable atmosphere and you can spend very special moments relaxing on the big beach.This palm shaded beach front oasis lies just beyond the outskirts of Holbox town. Mawimbi has been created paying particular attention to details and showing due respect to Nature’s Harmony of colors and shapes. It has been carefully built and decorated using products and techniques of the ancient Mayan culture. The curtains, bedclothes and pillows are made of antique Guatemalan ponchos, while the bathrooms are decorated with colored Mexican ceramics. Likewise, the tables and chairs have been carved and crafted from local trunks, as well as the entire hotel building, the bar and beach area.All of it surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Holbox Island
- Holbox Island Hotel Mawimbi