Holbox is a low-key, relaxing place, and the lovely Holbox Apartments perfectly matches the atmosphere of the island. The spacious upstairs apartment was exactly as advertised--the photos are accurate. Gorgeous view from the large terrace, which is partially covered with a high palapa roof & includes loungers for sunbathing and hammock for siestas. The sunsets from this vantage point are the best on the island!
We slept well on the king-sized bed under 2 ceiling fans, and were quite comfortable. I loved the huge, step-in shower, and took several cool rinses daily, as the temps were in the upper 90s. The upper deck catches the constant cool ocean breezes. Spacious closets, sitting area, kitchen table for eating & a mini-fridge that kept our drinks icy cold. We ate out every meal, but it was nice to have a coffee maker, sink, some dishes & a big dispenser of drinking water.
The new caretakers, Adla and Matthias are wonderful--answering all our questions, making recommendations, assisting with the wifi, and checking on us regularly to ensure we had everything we could possibly need. They were warm & welcoming, helpful yet unobtrusive. Having stayed in similar accommodations in the Virgin Islands and Bermuda, we know well that the balance between having privacy but service can be hard to find.
The apartment faces a large sandy courtyard with small palms, a couple of hammocks and chairs, where I enjoyed many mornings and afternoons in a little shade. Beyond is an outer courtyard with 2 palapas & wooden loungers, and beyond that a shelly beach. Unfortunately, there was quite a lot of seaweed awash, but this did not deter us from the water. Daily we strolled down the beach to the nearby small hotels where small fishing boats docked on the beach, but we much preferred our own beach for its privacy.
The location is ideal--just on the edge of town, which is only a few blocks square, so that you can easily walk to restaurants, cafes, and small markets, and just far enough from the small beach hotels that you feel you have your own private island. For the price, Holbox Apartments is an outstanding value. We've traveled a lot in the Caribbean, a lot in the Yucatan, and other parts of the world, always staying in apartments. For location, privacy, hospitality, and amenities, Holbox Apartments is definitely a top pick.
P.S. We did not encounter the raging mosquitos we had heard about. Coming from Alabama, we found far fewer here than in our own back yard! Do take repellent, though. I'm sure this varies by time of year, and they're certainly out at dusk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEACH GUESTHOUSE HOLBOX APARTMENTS and SUITES is a wonderfull private Mexican Beach questhouse,located on a private beach,on the quiet part of the island,into 3 minutes walking distance from Holbox village.The house is divided in two BEACH FRONT Apartments,* in one of it lives the owners* , on the groundfloor and two beautyfull OCEAN VIEW suites on the first floor.The aparment has 2 seperate sleeping rooms garden-and ocean view.,A fully equiped kitchen,with cooking facilities,fridge stove . The OCEAN VIEW suites have a wide private balcony with,,hammock and amazing oceanviews with spectacular sunsets.The OCEANVIEW suites have a fridge,coffeemaker,but no cooking facilities and a kingsize bed. The BEACHFRONT apartmenthas one bathroom as well as the suites have private bathroom, in room safe,purified water On the private beach there are sunshade palappas with wooden loungers and hammocks. The owners will advice you with pleasure about all available tours on and around the island. Mexican or French breakfast included.On site staff ,no minimum stay requiredOne of the highests rankings on ,Holbox island!PERSONAL ATTENTION, Service to provide you with the best advices about restaurants ,tours and TRANSFERS, arranged by ourselves from Cancun Airport,hotel to and from Holbox ... more less
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