Ixchel Penthouse #709 West Tower
As you round the corner from the seventh floor elevator, the sight of the amazing blue shades of the ocean against the cream colored walls and open walkway of Ixchel Condos West is one to take your breath away. Situated at the far end of the complex is Penthouse 709. A striking condo with an ocean view to match. You can hardly wait for the sunset to have one of many romantic dinners on the patio.
Outside your front door sea shells greet you as you enter this beautiful condominium. As you enter, the well appointed kitchen greets you with granite counter tops, a deep sink with cleaning (supplies under the counter), full sized fridge, four burner flat electric stove top, coffeepot, five gallon water cooler, microwave, and a portable outdoor grill. Ample storage space for your island grocery purchases and plenty of space to spread out to cook your desired meals. Provided for your stay by the hosts, you will find all the cooking utensils, dish, glass and flatware you need. In their thoughtfulness there is a portable Igloo cooler for you to use down by the seashore. The sliding glass window in the kitchen gave us a glimpse of the patio and that glorious ocean view. Beyond the kitchen is a lovely and quite comfortable dining room with seating for four. Lift your eyes and you are in the pleasing living area in warm island tones, complete with a chaise lounge, couch/futon combination, coffee table with candles, remote control flat screen TV, DVD player and IPOD docking station. There is a separate AC control panel for the living room and on in the Master Suite. There was plenty of light to read by at night with the two overhead lights with attached ceiling fans, two side tables with lamps. A nice selection of books and movies were made available for us to use.
The Maser Suite has a large dresser, two comfortable chairs, large closet with hangers and an easy to use safe to store your travel documents and funds. The king sized bed with fluffy pillows and a memory foam mattress sent you to dreamland in an instant. Another flat screen TV and DVD player round out the suite. The bathroom has a lovely separate tiled shower with an excellent supply of hot water, shower caddy with shampoo, conditioner and soaps for your use, commode and towel rack. The separate sink area also has a wall caddy (greatly appreciated) to store your toiletries. Also available were soaps, tissues, blow dryer and towel rings. To the right of the kitchen and dining area is a tasteful half bath with a mirror that covers the entire wall above the sink and commode. The handy towel ring and complimentary soaps were welcomed in this second bath.
Abundant crystal clear windows throughout the casa to catch that perfect view. For your convenience the condo has blackout curtains behind the white drapes. The sliding glass door in the living room and the glass door from the bedroom lead to exquisite views of and from the patio. As you step out onto the beige tiled patio, you are in awe by the sight of North Beach, with it's soft white sand and ocean beyond that has so many shades of blue within it you will spend hours trying to affix all the colors in your mind. On the beach are lounge chairs and umbrellas of yellow, blue and red, sunbathers and the occasional vendors add to this delightful view. Guests of this hotel have use of the blue umbrellas, lounge chairs and beach towels on the beach.
From the viewpoint of our 18 year old son, "This place is awesome". He was more than happy to stay in and read in comfort, lounge in the hot tub, spend time at the pool or watch the "hotties" from the patio. There was no problem for him to dine alone at Comono Restaurant downstairs or stroll the island with newfound friends. The futon was more than enough for him to sleep upon with the extra sheets and blanket we requested from Housekeeping. We even let him have one night in the Master Suite to himself. It was hard getting the room back!!
Under the pergola which shade you from the mid-day sun, you will find two very comfortable cushioned deck chairs and ottomans and two lounge chairs, perfect spots to read, lounge or take a short siesta. A coffee table and side table to hold your cocktails, reading materials or entrees which can be passed through from the sliding kitchen window. The various seating areas on the patio can be arranged in any way that suits your needs for the day: A cushioned loveseat and two seat bistro table by the bedroom, great for morning coffee and to watch the sunrises - the aforementioned reclining lounge chairs and cushioned seats & ottomans, perfect to watch the beach activities, sunbathers and sunsets. A comfortable hot tub is ready for use and we take advantage of it during our stay. Nothing beats a private viewing of the sunset with cocktail in hand watching the rising of the moon from this spot. Adjust your position and time of day, you can easily watch the sunrise. From morning to night the hot tub remained refreshing.
From the penthouse patio, a 360 degree view of Isla Mujeres can be seen. From the left, the islands’ southern tip called Sac Baho and the little white lighthouse on the reef can be seen. Closer still is the island’s quaint private cemetery. Let your eyes wander and you will see the island in action on the main streets of Hidago with its blue street lamps and popular eateries. Watch for the red taxi cabs, golf carts and “motos” along Avenue Medina. Look farther and see the skyline of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Throughout the day you can watch car and passenger ferries, sailboats, catamarans, and private yachts that seem to silently skim across the waters. Be it early morning or late evening, watch the island fishermen in their colorful boats return to the docks with their catch of the day. Hear the sound of the pelicans and frigates wings as they soar to what seems to be within an arms reach from where you are standing Move towards the other side of the patio and see more of North Beach, Ixchel’s two heated private swimming pools, non-evasive thatched beach bars and the open Caribbean waters, brightly painted buildings, a few rising above the palms. Close your eyes and smell the sea, capture a trace of roasting meat and coconut tanning oil. Listen to the waves greeting the shore and hear travelers laughing and exclaiming the joys of the surf, sand and sun. Be privy to spectacular sunsets where locals and travelers alike make the pilgrimage to this spot to take part in this wonder of nature. Each sunrise and sunset are different, well worth the short time it seems for them to happen. The views are magnificent from this vantage point at Ixchel 709. I never wanted to leave these spots on the patio. So much of what I love about this island is here.
The Ixchel Staff: Greeted with a smile and a warm welcome, we felt we had our own personal staff 24/7 with Angie and Jabez, who called us by named during our stay. All the information we needed about our condo was given to us in a friendly manner. There was no pressure to use the Maid Service which was available at your choosing, whether daily, once a week or not at all. From guest towels to laundry services, the gymnasium hours, to renting a taxi or golf cart. Angie assisted us with planning a daily excursion to Xel-Ha when the numbers we had were not in service. It wasn't a bother to them to bring extra toilet paper or bottled water or hold the elevator open for you when your hands were full from shopping. It was a hidden delight to see the special "towel creations" they made during our stay. You would think that asking for the hot tub be checked, ordering room service or having a pizza delivered, even setting up a private massage on the patio would be a hindrance... nothing was out of reach for us. When the rains came and I needed to pick up an order, I was given the use of an umbrella for two days, no charge. How unexpected and appreciated. Side note: After two days of welcomed rain on the island, we asked for the hot tub to be replenished. Within an our after our request(we were off having a late lunch), the staff had removed the existing water, cleaned the tub thoroughly and put in fresh water, hosed cleaned the patio area.
We were very impressed and will return as soon as possible.
Ixchel Penthouse #709, is a hidden jewel here on Isla Mujeres, waiting for you to discover the wonders of paradise found.
- 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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