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Casa Takywara
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Holbox Island
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Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

After staying in the island for a week and visited other hotels nearby - Casa Takywara had the best beach area and privacy surroundings. The rooms were spacious, beautiful and clean. The decoration fantastic. Nice and fun for kids.
The only thing - it will be nice to have someone available at the hotel all day in case of need. Transportation may be an issue if you don't have a way to communicate with anyone.

Perfect vacation - relax and good food as well!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

My wife and I spent two wonderful weeks in December. The rooms are immaculate, decorated with colorful textiles and have well equipped kitchenettes.The built-in subtly shaded concrete furniture provide a very architecturally organic feel along with the interestingly decorated and appointed bathrooms.

Every morning one is greeted with a colorful sack filled with warm bread or croissants, butter, jam and a Tupperware container of fresh ripe tropical fruit. Enjoying these while sitting on the veranda with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, looking through the beautifully landscaped garden out to the beach with the sound of the waves and birds is a fabulous way to start the day. Casa Takywara is far enough from town to provide a peaceful secluded atmosphere but only a short 10 minute walk away from the restaurants and shops

.The great thing about Holbox is that one can make one's stay as lazy and laid back or adventurous as one will: beach combing, shelling, birding, diving, kite surfing, paddling through the mangroves or reading that long novel you never had time for. Don't miss the small cayman that lives in the garden's pond.

We cannot say enough about the Gladys, Enrique and the housekeeping staff. They are very friendly and willing to go to great lengths to make one's stay as pleasant as possible. We have already planned to return.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

We stayed for almost 3 weeks at Takywara in Feb 2012. This was one of the very best accommodations we've had worldwide, and for being Mexico - the cost is very, very decent.

The rooms are spacious and the kitchenette had everything we needed. Even a blender for those afternoon smoothies:) The bathroom is small but functional. Beds are a bit on the hard side, but spacious. Our 4yr old slept on one of two sofa beds and we were offered a cot for the 2yr old. We also had an extra inflatable bed in the room. There's wifi in the room, but the speed is immensely slow. You cannot download anything exceeding 1-2Mb.

Breakfast is delivered each morning at 8.45 to your door. The bag includes fresh bread, butter, marmalade, fruit and milk for the coffee. Plenty of everything. We stocked up with some extras as eggs and yoghurt. Coffee and tea are refilled daily. The kitchen is good for preparing a simple lunch, but seating is limited. We usually took the lunch with us down to the beach.

Our kids loved the beach which is literary a stone's throw from the room. There's no ocean view from the ground floor rooms, but I never missed it as you're 50 steps away from dipping your toes in the water. We lived on the beach all day. It's very shallow which is great for kids, but less so for adults who wants to go for a swim. You have to walk far our to get above knee depth.

The plaza/village centre is about 10 min walk along the beach. We never missed having a restaurant at the hotel as this kept the place calm, low key and quiet. Fine to take a stroller as the sand is packed hard. are beach bikes with kids seats for rent. Great service however a bit too expensive for a long stay. $10/day/bike.

There is one major drawback and that's the mosquitoes. Not unique to Takywara but a Holbox problem overall. Fortunately Dengue seems to be rare on the island. Bring lots of repellent and plan for staying indoors/close all doors/windows around sunset. It gets a bit better later in the evening, but sitting on the verandah late evenings when the children are asleep is almost impossible without getting all chewed up. We were on the ground floor, and I believe the breeze might make things better on the other floors. Sandflies sometimes hassled us, but not every day.

Another advice for those choosing a room on the ground floor is to take all your belongings into your room at night. We had some things stolen one night, and it's easy for anyone just passing by to grab things as there is no fence in front of the ground floor room.

Things I missed in the room: proper curtains to keep early morning light out, fly swatter,

Gladys & Enrique are excellent hosts who really go out of their way to make sure you're taken care of. We would recommend Casa Takywara to anyone wanting a quiet place to wind down - with or without children.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

We rented Takywara's beach cabana for 6 nights in February. The interior, the lovely porch, the location and the amenities were all top notch. The little house is super-stylish, with lots of pale poured concrete, and great fabrics everywhere. We loved the bathroom with its sunken, shower, semi-open to the sky - like showering outdoors but with the protection and privacy of indoors. The kitchenette had everything we needed, and there were plenty of different places to string the big, blue hammock. Gladys and Enrique were very friendly (ask them about how to reduce your environmental impact on the island: they are very tuned into the ecology of the place). Our cleaning lady, Terri (?) was also friendly and lovely with our young daughter, 3. It is a shame that there's another cabana coming up, next door (different owners) but I doubt this will spoil the beautiful effect of sea, sky and isolation.

Room Tip: Ask for the cabana! A bit more expensive but steps from the ocean: incomparable.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We just got back last night............and were there for a week.Not only is the spot amazing,
rooms quaint and peaceful...........Everyone who works there and run the place,especially Gladys and Enrique are more then accommadating........they will do just about anything to make your stay on their little Island perfect:)Unlike other places on the Island, this one is a bit off the beaten track.but not too far:) You can walk into 'town'. There are bikes to rent on the property and if you want to rent a golf cart.they will set it up easily for you.......Breakfast is amazing ,fruit and delicious home baked breads and marmalade.......We ate dinner at some of the other places or had drinks.......there is NO other place like this one.......We WILL be back! They have done an amazing job!

Room Tip: There are only about 6...........so you can't go wrong:)
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Casa Takywara is a little off of the beaten trail. A nice easy ten minute walk into town. The room had a charm all of its own. All the cooking facilities needed to create your own dining experience. Every morning we had fresh bread and fruits delivered to us. The staff were friendly and went beyond their duties to make our stay pleasant. The decor of the place is like nothing we seen before. Very earthy and natural feeling.
It's a given if we return to Isla Holbox, this is where we would stay again.

Anna and Roger

Room Tip: We upgraded to the penthouse suite at the last moment. It was worth the extra cost to have a 360 de...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

I stayed at Casa Takywara from Dec 22 through Dec 27. I was so excited when I arrived. Casa T was beautiful as it emerged from the palm trees when we drove up in the Golf cart taxi. Settling in was so easy and I was in a hammock in 20 minutes! Town is about 5 minutes away on bikes, which I suggest you rent. The bikes are beach cruisers and are so fun and come with baskets. We bought groceries in town at several grocery stores and a stack of freshly made tortillas for 5 pesos. There are also many good restaurants available. We had pasta, pizza, fish, salad, hamburgers, fajitas, and wonderful Lime soup! This vacation was wonderful. The staff at Casa Takywara are kind, efficient and so friendly. They kept our rooms very clean and made sure we had anything we needed. They arranged transportation at a reasonable rate from Cancun airport to the Ferry and then to the Hotel and back again. Stress free! I want to go back with my children for a family vacation next year. If you want to swim with the whale sharks, book rooms for April through September.There are no whale sharks around in December. There are many tours available and kiteboarding and kayak rentals available. The night life is what you make of it, a mellow dinner and cocktails on the beach or fun dancing to loud music at a club. Locals come out and play bongos and drums outside the restaurants around the town square. Great Christmas trip!

Room Tip: The 2 first floor rooms have a/c that works very well. The left side double room has a view of the g...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Paseo Carey sin numero | Mcpio Lazaro Cardenas, Holbox Island 77310, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Holbox Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Holbox Island
Price Range: $99 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Takywara 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Casa Takywara you will be able to enjoy the nature surrounded by mangroves and native vegetation, in the comfort of an ample and calm space with terraces, hammocks and an incomparable view in front of the sea. Full unforgettable moments of encounter with dolphins, pelicans, flamenco and other species. Our small island belongs to a Protected Natural Area call Yum Balam. We participate in communitarian activities for the environmental education and protection of flora and fauna.Casa Takywara is in a calm beach, near the town, without traffic nor tourist agitation and of great privacy.Starred skies, unique sunsets, encounter of colors between the sky and the sea, to walk barefoot, to breathe pure air, all are rewarding experiences that we invite to you to share in our House.We have created a refuge of rescue, rehabilitation and liberation of fauna located within the town and you can visit it. ... more   less 
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