WOW! I just got back from a beautiful vacation with my family to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We stayed at Hotel La Joya. A few words that come to mind when describing La Joya- Unique, Charming, and One-of-a-Kind. My wife and I discovered this gem a year ago when we took a day trip over to the island from Cancun. We agreed that our next Mexico trip we would come over to this laid-back little island of Isla Mujeres and stay at Hotel La Joya.
The Hotel is location on the southern end of the island away from the more populated downtown/porte area of the North. I recommend renting a golf cart once you arrive to the island by ferry. There are many places close to the porte to rent a golf cart, which the going rate is $50 a day.
I take my hat-off to Erik the hotel manager and his staff for going the extra yard in making our stay so special! On one occasion, he made arrangements with Chef Juan to grill-up our "catch" from our deep sea fishing trip. Much to my surprise, we came back to the hotel with 40+ lbs. of Tuna, Wahoo, and Mackerel. Juan ended up grilling fish steaks out on the grill next to the pool for everybody at the hotel that wanted to join us. Wow, what a experience! The staff makes you feel welcome and part of their family.
One day we wanted to stay and relax at the hotel. We took the cart to Chedraui the grocery store to buy beer, margaritas in a can, and snacks. We loaded up a styrofoam cooler and headed down the hotel steps to their little private beach. The hotel has kayaks at your disposal, but don't forget the lifejacket! There's a nice coral reef close to the shore that stretches south a ways where you can find a variety of beautiful fish. I do recommend that you buy water shoes before your trip to protect your feet from rocks, sea urchins, and broken glass along the beach.
If you are looking for a different experience other than your typical 4 to 5-star all-inclusive sit on the beach and do nothing resort, this is the spot for you. We have stayed at many fancy resorts in the past, but in my opinion La Joya rates right up there at the top and will always have a special place in my heart! The island is very safe and the people there go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I can't wait to go back.................
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is the perfect place to escape from the world. We have 12 rooms all with spectacular views of the crystal clear blue waters that lie just steps below the hotel leading to our secluded beach. Each room is uniquely decorated and has a private terrace with a hammock where you can waste the afternoon away. Take advantage of our free breakfast and WiFi throughout the hotel. ... more less
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