Our party of 2 couples stayed at the Isla Mujeres Palace 11-18 March 2014. It is a small adults- only resort, having only 62 rooms and featuring only one restaurant. It is not blessed with a lot of lush tropical vegetation like other Mexican resorts, but does have a beautiful soft, white sand beach and a nice pool, both equipped with plenty of chaises. You do not need to go the either venue early to reserve one! The rooms are very nice, spacious and with lots of nice features, a big, flat screen TV, a jetted tube, and a mini-bar fully stocked with liquor dispensers, 4 brands of beer, Coke, Pepsie and plenty of water. We were welcomed with a bottle of Merlot, and found that you could order full bottles any of the stocked wines from room service. There is only one restaurant, which is buffet-style at breakfast and lunch, but entirely al-la-carte at dinner. To add variety to the nightly meals, the restaurant offers two separate menus nightly to choose from, and vary them from night-to-night. The choices were Mexican, Italian, International and Caribbean, with the Italian actually 2 different menus. We really liked this feature, plus the fact that you did not have to make reservations. We sampled all the choices, and all were excellent. The wines offered were French and quite good. The tropical drinks were well made and tasty. Food preparation and service (our favorite waitress was Wilma) were excellent. While the sand area of the beach rivaled any that we have seen on the mainland, the water is really not suitable for swimming or bathing. The sand strip is very narrow, and gives way to rock and seaweed. There are beach clubs on either side of the Palace which have customers ferried over from the mainland on "party boats". During the day, they usually start arriving around 10:00 AM, and repeat every couple of hours. The club on the north side stays open until the wee hours with loud music, which could be annoying at the peak of spring break. It never really bothered any of us. One of the neat features of vacationing on Isla is the Island itself. We highly recommend that you rent a golf cart for a day and explore the island, which will probably only take you 3-4 hours, and then eat lunch one of the very casual beach front seafood restaurants (our favorite was Mininos), and spend the rest of the day at the beautiful beach at Playa Norte. The cart will cost you $50 USD for a full day, and while the rental companies will give you a map, I recommend that you go on-line and buy one from the Map Chick. Her maps provide a wonderful commentary about the sights, the restaurants and night life. I think that one of the the highlights of our trip was visiting the superb beach called Playa Norte. We previously thought that the Maroma beaches on the Mayan Riviera were the best in Mexico, but Playa Norte is a close contender! Acres of soft, rock-free sand, crystal clear water, gentle waves, perfect for bathing and swimming. There is a lot of boating activity on the west side of the beach, mostly fishing boats, but the north side is peaceful without any annoying personal watercraft.
A few housekeeping notes: I recommend that you arrange transportation from the airport to the ferry through the resort, they use Best Day travel and they are courteous and helpful; the ferry ride from Cancun to Isla costs $11.50 USD per person, the cab from the terminal to the Palace is $5-8 USD (always find out from the driver in advance), a a cab from the Palace to the Playa is also $5-8 USD; if you are there on a Sunday and wish to attend church, there is a Catholic church within walking distance right outside the entrance to the resort; and lastly, the resort also runs a free boat service from the Palace to the lagoon behind RIU hotel in the Cancun hotel district which leaves at 9:00AM daily. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation at the Palace, and highly recommend it!
- 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