My wife and I stayed at Ixchel Beach Hotel unit 410 (a beachfront unit in the Phase II building) for 2 nights in early December as a stop on our honeymoon along the Riviera Maya. We loved the Ixchel, and if we go back to Isla Mujeres we would defintely stay here again. Per the advice from others on tripadvisor, we booked it through vrbo.com, which turned out to be a very good decision. It appeared to me that all the units that were available through vrbo were rented by 2 agents. One of them, Rod Dixon, got back to me very quickly and was responsive and patient as I asked him a thousand questions for only a 2 night stay. After I booked he continued to answer questions and send me helpful tips (pay the $3 to go out onto the rocks at Punta Sur and make sure to have the tixnchix fish at the tixnchix restaurant for lunch on Playa Lancheros were 2 of the best). The main benefit of using vrbo is you can pick which unit you want to stay in an see pics of it - the folks through the main Ixchel reservation email address were not helpful at all. Some more details:
The unit was huge, nicely decorated and clean. Both buildings are situated perpendicular to the ocean, so only the end units are full oceanfront. But the buildings are also at angles, so all the rooms look like they have a very good view. Being an end unit, our balcony was enormous, and wrapped around most of the unit, with sliding doors from the living room and bedroom. The view was amazing and was worth the trip to Isla on its own.
The beach was small in comparison to most along the mainland, but it was probably big compared to most places on the island. They were in the process of reclaiming it while we were there, and there were large sandbags there. No seaweed. The water was a beautiful green, pretty calm, and the water was shallow for long way out making it a great place to swim.
I had never been to Isla (or the Riviera Maya) before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The beach was a little more cramped than I expected, but the water more than made up for it. The town was also pretty cool, and probably smaller than I expected. The merchants were pretty vocal, but I think in a nicer way than in Playa del Carmen. The people were really nice, its hard to put yor finger on it, but they seemed a little more laid-back or genuine than most areas on the mainland (at least in our short trip)...If you go, think about Casa Rolandi (the one out of town at the villa Rolandi hotel) for dinner..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among the best hotels in Isla Mujeres, visit Ixchel Beach Hotel, a two wing, two phase condotel complex with 117 rooms in Isla Mujeres. East Wing (Phase One) with 48 rooms, 5 stories and opened in June 2006; West Wing (Phase Two) with 69 rooms, 6 stories and opened in August 2007. Both properties (see Accomodation Remark below) are designed in Mexican casual and modern stylish buildings located at the beautiful North Beach on the colorful island of Isla Mujeres (Women Island).Ixchel for the Mayans was the Goddess of love, fertility and the moon. Walking a few steps from downtown of this friendly island and facing the most beautiful white sand & powder touch beaches of Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean, our Isla Mujeres hotel offers warm personable service in an upscale, intimate island experience perfect for families and romantics.If you want a great escape to a Isla Mujeres hotel, our hotel is ideal for the relaxing weekend getaway or a romantic honeymoon retreat. Treat yourself to all of the luxury that our Ixchel Hotel in Isla Mujeres has to offer and enjoy the surrounding areas, activities and beauty.Premier in Isla Mujeres hotels, the Ixchel Beach Hotel offers luxurious amenities, outstanding service and a tranquil atmosphere to completely relax and enjoy your Mexican vacation. You won't find a more beautiful or more convenient location to soak in the sun and experience this amazing island of Isla Mujeres.If you are looking among hotels in Isla Mujeres, look no further than the Ixchel Beach Hotel. You won't be disappointed. You, the guest, are our number one priority and your comfort and enjoyment during your vacations in Mexico and lodging experience are our primary concern. We will do everything we can to make your stay nothing short of spectacular. ... more less
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