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“In Love with Villa La Bella!”
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Villa La Bella
Ranked #1 of 38 Isla Mujeres B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Manhattan, NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“In Love with Villa La Bella!”
Reviewed July 9, 2008

We just returned from an amazing visit to Villa La Bella - we loved it! It is a beautifully maintained, tranquil property on the enchanting Isla Mujeres. It is impossible not to fall in love with the place immediately - it is the ideal peaceful retreat. Curtis and Ashley have done an amazing job with their B & B and clearly love what they do! Their lifestyle is very inspiring as I really believe that their sole intention is to ensure their guests have a fun, relaxing stay in their lovely home.
There are a few different lodging options, so you should consider what is important to you before deciding on your room. The palapas are open air and very unique while the poolside rooms are a bit smaller but have AC. We didn't see the honeymoon suite but heard from the couple staying there that it is beautiful. All of the unique decorating touches are amazing - lots of mosaic, bright colors and accents from the sea. We love the adults only policy which made for a very quiet, romantic and relaxing stay. Oh, and how could I forget the margaritas - delicious!
Curtis and Ashley gave us so many great recommendations for things to do. We definitely recommend Casa O's for a delicious dinner in a peaceful atmosphere. The Cuban place also has an amazing atmosphere with the most delicious mojitos. We also spent an amazing afternoon in a gorgeous beach club on the quiet southern part of the island.
If you are looking for a relaxing, laid back vacation, this is the place for you. My only complaint is that our visit was too short. We will definitely be back in the future for a longer visit.
Thanks Curtis and Ashley!
Kirsten and Ryan Matyjasik

  • Liked — Peaceful atmosphere
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2008

I don’t know what else I can say that hasn’t already been said about Villa La Bella…

My beautiful wife and I spent the first four days of our trip at in the honeymoon suite. The amazing thing is that we were alone the entire time (exception of the first night; what’s up Arkeys?) at the B&B. Having the entire place to ourselves was truly an amazing experience!! Peaceful and quiet and it was exactly what we were looking for.

Each morning Curtis cooked the most amazing breakfast I ever had. His cooking was FAR better than anything we ate later on our trip at a luxury resort down in Cancun.

Both Curtis and Ashley are two of the nicest people we have ever come across. It was a blessing that we drove by last year on a golf cart and spotted the world famous sign “Beer so cold it will make your teeth hurt” or as the locals say it “Cerveza Fria”.

I wouldn’t bother reading any of the reviews that don’t give this place 5 stars. Those people are obviously taking crazy pills!!

Thanks again to the both of you for such a memorable experience. Please keep a cold beer in the fridge for us and two seats open. We WILL be back shortly!!

Cheers,
Ryan & Lisa
Seattle, WA

  • Liked — EVERYTHING!!!!
  • Disliked — Our trip ended :-(
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2008

We have a young child, but we appreciated this adults-only B&B; it might be the quietest place in Mexico! It was the perfect relaxing break form our everyday life! We had a/c but the ocean is so close, we turned the ceiling fan on and slept to the sound of waves crashing into the rocks and cliffs below. The drinks were very great and we could literally step out of our room into the pool. My only complaint was that Curtis only cooked me desayuno; I would have eaten three squares from this man's kitchen! This B&B is well-cared for and so are the guests. We will be back next year and any time we can!

  • Liked — Atmosphere: intimate and relaxing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank mrsfayetteville
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Cranston Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2008

We spotted this Bed & Breakfast hotel on our first trip to Isla Mujeres driving by on an "island tour" in a golf cart - it's located on the East side of the island where the ocean breezes never stop. The sign "Beer so cold it'll make your teeth hurt" gave us a laugh. We didn't stop at that time but the following year linked to the hotel via islamuerjes.net website. As soon as we saw the property, we remembered our island tour and contacted Ashley and Curtis directly to book. We stayed for 3 nights, along with another couple, at the beginning of a planned dive vacation to Cozumel. We were greeted by Ashley and Curtis upon arrival with a cold margarita and it took about 30 seconds to feel right at home. After a short tour of the common property areas, we were taken to our rooms. We stayed in the poolside bungalows and found the rooms to be clean, comfortable, and inviting for relaxation. The bathroom was spotless and decorated in a seaside theme - lots of shells and sea glass - very cute and airy. It didn't take long to relax at all. The ocean breezes were so wonderful we didn't even use the air conditioning in the room - you could comfortably sleep and listening to the sound of the ocean as you drift off was fantastic. The breakfast served in the morning was masterfully created by Curtis and the presentation of the food was beautiful - and guess what - it tasted even better!
Very nicely done indeed. What we loved about this place was the laid back atmosphere. The great staff was available if you needed them but yet you felt like you were in your own home. After three days, we felt so relaxed as if we had already been away for a week. The ocean front is a short walk and climb down the rocks away - beautiful sunrises! The only suggestion that we have to make this slice of paradise better, would be to have the coffee out earlier in the morning (we're early risers) or to have available coffee service in the rooms. We decided that we definately would stay in Isla again on the next trip to Cozumel, and we will stay at Villa Bella without a doubt! Thank you Ashley and Curtis for your gracious hospitality. - Heide and Dave Sisson

  • Liked — Views, Ocean Breezes, Intimate relaxing atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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5 Thank hds122483
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Lafayette, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2008

After spending 5 days in Playa, my wife and I went to Isla for the first time. We found Villa La Bella doing research on the internet, and consulting with TripAdvisor. My wife was sold once she learned of the "hanging beds" offered in the palapa suites. We could not have been more pleased with the choice. Ashley and Curtis were the perfect hosts, and their suggestions and assistance made our short stay very enjoyable. We highly recommend requesting one of the upstairs palapa rooms. The bed really was lashed to the rafters of the palapa roof, and gave us the feeling of being on a boat. The tradewinds blowing through made sleeping easy without a/c. The view was fabulous, and the pool very refreshing and relaxing. We only had one regret.....spending only 2 nights at Villa La Bella. We hope to return someday. Thanks so much to Curtis and Ashley and for the directions to ball field tacos....awesome!!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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huntsville
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2008

We were spoiled rotten from the moment we stepped onto the property, with cold towels and frosty drinks in coconut shells. You can tell that Curtis and Ashley really love their home and what they do by the amount of effort and attention to detail that is put into every element of your stay at this six-room bed and breakfast. We felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the time, even if we didn't, which was awesome. When we woke up in the morning (my husband is not a morning or breakfast person, but became one on our honeymoon because of Curtis's breakfasts) we helped ourselves to delicious hot coffee (not Nescafe...or, "no-es-cafe") and one of the morning staff would bring us out some unique local baked goods while we waited on one of Curtis's homemade breakfasts. If you're a foodie, you definitely want to stay at this place for at least a couple of nights, by the way. There is no better way to get ready for the day than sipping coffee I didn't make, eating food I didn't cook, and watching the surf a hundred yards away, listening to Bob Marley.
No kids are allowed at this lodging/bar, and also no groups having more than six people, and no "yahoos"--meaning all that Cancun girls-gone-wild mess will not be seen here. What you will see out on the patio are great scenery and a few relaxed adults sipping some of the best pina coladas on earth out of coconut shells, swinging lazily in swings at the bar or in hammocks, sunbathing or floating in the pool, and also a happy dog and a couple of birds and maybe a cat or two. (We only saw one cat, briefly.) The bar is open to the public, but the pool and hammocks are for guests only. (So you kind of feel like a VIP when you take your drink and climb in a hammock.) There are plenty of other tables, lounge chairs, and swings for everyone, however. The bartenders are some of the coolest guys, and they will come and check on you in the pool or hot tub to see if you'd like another drink, so you don't have to get out.
When you go out for the day your room will be cleaned from top to bottom, every day. We expected that the room would be swept and out bed would be made, but were surprised on our second day, when our clothes that we had left strewn about were folded neatly and organized for us and our towels made into little swans. We felt guilty about leaving the room such a mess that we started pre-bussing our room before the girls came in to clean.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite the first few nights of our stay. It was spacious and beautifully painted and decorated, with two balconies, both overlooking the ocean. You can climb into your comfy bed and fall asleep and then wake up to the sound of the ocean...I have never slept better in my life. If you really want to get spoiled, Ashley will call her friend Tanya, a licensed massage therapist, who will come over and give you a great massage right in your room. For the last two nights of our stay, we slept in one of the bungalow rooms. It was just as cute as the honeymoon suite...still had the conch-shell shower head, safe, fridge, a/c, and comfortable beds, but painted differently and had a huge stone sunset headboard built directly into the wall, and a hand-painted ceramic sink-bowl in the bathroom. It's these little touches that make the experience so memorable.
At Villa la Bella, you're far enough from town to feel isolated, but a cab ride into Centro is only about five minutes. You can catch a cab two blocks away, or walk into la colonia if you don't feel like barhopping and just want to get some good food and drinks.
When it was time to go, we were welcome to keep our luggage in the bodega and hang out in the sitting area and bar, as our flight wasn't leaving till the afternoon. Ashley offered us books and magazines and we were never made to feel rushed. We left Isla Mujeres feeling like we had been houseguests of our friends on the island instead of tourists, with Curtis's travel advice and Ashley's home remedies. We started planning on going back for our anniversary before we had even gotten off the ferry, only this time we're going to stay in the palapa suite (with the bed suspended from the ceiling!).

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank rosietabasco
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Seattle, Washington
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2008

Villa La Bella is a one-of-a-kind gem, set on a pristine locale with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Proprieters, Ashley and Curtis, along with their staff go above and beyond to make sure your welcome is friendly and your stay is comfortable and relaxed, from the moment you are met upon arrival to their final waves as you depart in your taxi.

We stayed in a Contemporary Bungalow in mid-May for $120 and vacationed worry-free with ammeneties such as A/C, ceiling fan, mini fridge, hot shower (with seashell showerhead fixture!), daily maid service, in-room safe, and a gorgeous, round window with wooden shutters to let in the beautiful sunlight and view of the sandy relaxation area -- complete with sunbeds and hammocks-- right outside. The pool was about two steps from our front door and the open-air bar and breakfast area maybe another ten. Not a bad life!

One thing that may appeal to the B & B connoisseurs: all of the decor at Villa La Bella is handmade. From the seashell-inlaid tables in the bar area to the inventive windchimes and array of unique sculptures and statues winking at you from odd corners, you are surrounded by a creative world of truly original design that evokes a cozy and inviting feel amid the already utopian setting.

Another nice factor about Villa La Bella is that there are quiet hours from around 11:00 PM until about 8:00 AM. This ensures that your late evening and sleep hours are serene and uninterrupted. Arriving home after dinner, it's a luxury to relax in one of the swings at the bar and indulge in the sound of waves as you enjoy a nightcap before retiring to your room. It's definitely a place to get some beautiful rest.

Our stay was all-in-all too short, but next time will certainly be longer. Kudos to Ashley & Curtis and their staff!

P.S. The Pina Coladas are outstanding!

  • Liked — The overall vibe is: relaxation. Very little noise or disturbance and a helpful, knowledgeable and friendly staff.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa La Bella
Address: Carretera Perimetral Al Garrafon | Smz. 004, Mza. 091, L. 003, SL. 2, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico (Formerly "Villa Las Brisas")
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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