I just returned from this wonderful resort on June 22nd with my wife and my 5 yr old son. The hotel is beautiful and the staff went out of their way to make sure our every need was taken care of. My wife and I have been Palace Premier members since 2000 so we know what to expect when we visit a Palace Resort. I have to say for the most part we were not disappointed. We stayed for a week and would have stayed longer if we could.
I have read some of the other reviews and would like to expound on them. First off the beach is very nice with plenty of places to sit. The one negative about the beach is that there is quite a bit of sea weed that washes up on the sand. The same thing happens at Moon Palace as well. The seaweed freaked my 5 yr old out at first, but after a couple of days he was ok with it. If you like to snorkel it is a great area to do it. The surf is small and easy to swim around in.
The music others have mentioned is pretty accurate. During the day it is not too bad because it adds to the Mexican beach experience, but at night it gets pretty loud starting at 7pm and doesn't let up until around 10:30pm. Some nights it went quite a bit later until around midnight. At 7pm the boat my son called "the party boat" arrived and it all started. On a couple of nights, after my son went to sleep my wife and I went up to the top floor and watched the show ourselves. It is a perfect birds eye view. Usually by the end of the day we were so tired from playing, we crashed hard and slept through it. I would reccomend requesting a room over by the pool. On that side of the hotel I could barely hear the music, but once you went to the other side of the hotel it was pretty loud. Unfortunately our room was on the music side. We could have moved to another room, but we were too lazy to move everything.
The other Palace Resort guest coming to visit each day was not too bad. Yes, it did take away from the small resort feel and yes they did come in every day at 9am and fill their plates, but we always had a place on the beach and plenty to eat (not so good for my diet). I admit I did feel a little disguntled each morning when they arrived (my wife reminded me of this each time), but by 2pm they were gone and we had the beach to ourselves. There were only about 35 full time guest at the hotel, so after the tours, we litterally had it to ourselves.
My son had a grat time and the staff treated him like a king. The activities specialist Lio (short for Abrulio) and Julio were great. After a couple of days my son was tired of the sun so we let him go to the kid zone. He played video games and card games with Lio. The guys treated him so well, which gave my wife and I a little adult time relaxing on the beach and going into
I bought a cheap fishing pole at a store called Bahia (in the town) and fished off the pier in front of the beach. The waiters supplied me with fresh shrimp and scallops to use as bait and it worked great. I don't know if they were supposed to do it, but at Palace Resorts they don't like saying no to guest. My wife my son and I all enjoyed catching the tropical fish just off the pier. The resort said they may buy some poles and include fishing off the pier as a future activity. They said we were the first ones to do this since they opened the resort. We are happy to be innovators. LOL. I gave my pole to Julio when we left the resort to thank him for everything.
On a couple of days we took a taxi over to the north beach which was just incredible. Beautiful beach and wonderful water. It cost $5 to take a taxi, but well worth it. You can rent two beach chairs and a umbrella for $15 a day which is also well worth the price.
The ferry to get the the island was not bad. On the way to the resort it was a little warm but we went up to the top deck and looked at the beautiful water and felt the nice breeze. The ferry on the way back had air condition which was very nice.
Overall we had a great week. Isla Mujeres does still have that old Mexcio feel. I would definitly reccomend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What better location for this small haven than at a small island once a sanctuary to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine? Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) with its scenic views, tranquil beaches, marine parks, and sculptured cliffs, is nature at its best. Small and luxurious, this all-inclusive couples only resort is sure to guarantee a private and relaxed stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isla Mujeres Palace Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Palace Hotel Isla Mujeres