My husband and I stayed with another couple at Casa las Tortugas July 9-16. This was our second stay. I’m happy to say that not only were all of things we loved about this place still there, but they managed to add a few more.
Our transfer to and from went as seamlessly as last year. Somehow on our way back we ended up on a private transfer instead of the ferry, which was fantastic. We got to enjoy unencumbered views of the lagoon, and it was a little faster.
We stayed in one of the new pool view rooms, Azucar. It had two balconies, and from both we could see the ocean (private sunset view = heaven). It also had a king-sized bed and a rain shower head. The ceiling fan and AC kept us cool at night, even in the sweltering July heat. It was adjacent to the restaurant, and one of the balconies faced the bar next door. One night they had a live band in the restaurant, which we could hear a little of from our room (sort of like our own serenade). The bar next door had a live band several nights, and although we could hear it, it was faint. The AC and fan produced enough white noise to block most of it out. The only exception was our last night, there was a reggae party on the beach that was pretty loud and went on until the early morning hours. My husband went to sleep with no problems; I ended up digging out my earplugs. I also wasn’t feeling very well that night so was having a hard time sleeping anyway - that could have been a contributing factor. Even still, once I popped in the earplugs I was fine. We woke up to the sound of the birds every morning, and with all the palm trees just outside the room had a tropical treehouse feel to it. We loved it.
The new pool is beautiful, and was great to take a dip in at the end of the day when the beach got a little windy and chilly. The beach was just as amazing as last year.
Breakfast was an improvement from last year. Every day you had your choice between sweet or salty (savory). Sweet varied between homemade banana bread and crepes, and salty was usually eggs of some sort. It always included fruit, coffee, fresh juice, and homemade jam. The helpings were substantial, and my husband and I usually ordered one of each and shared, which made for a hardy breakfast every day.
The service was just as warm and friendly as we remembered. It’s such an intimate hotel that you end up feeling like you’re staying with friends who are incredibly generous and want to do everything for you. Julie at the restaurant was fun and charming. She spent some extra time with us, and we loved hanging out with her. Also, Carolina at the front desk went out of her way to make sure we were always taken care of. She gave us hugs as we left.
We decided to use the hotel’s whale shark tour again, and we had a great time. This year we had better luck finding the sharks and we had some really memorable swims. Our expert boat driver was Edwin, and our expert swimming guide was Tomate. We also had an English-speaking guide, Gabo, who was fantastic. He’s so knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife; we felt like we were getting an education. After swimming with whale sharks, we went to the river and mangroves, which should be on your must-do list for Holbox. It’s one of the most amazing places I’ve been to. A special note about the whale shark staff: one of our friends got miserably sea sick on the tour. They were so sweet about taking care of her; they treated her like she was their family. We all remain grateful to them for their kindness.
We took advantage of the new spa; my husband and I got a couple’s massage. The spa is right off of the pool area, and is open air. We were worried that it would be too noisy, but it wasn’t at all. They have soft music, and there’s a fountain at the pool that also helps with noise of people playing in the pool. When you add in the birds, it all blends together into this tropical relaxation soundtrack; it works really well. We also had a thunderstorm during our massage, which was a nice bonus. I had Lupita for my massage, and she was wonderful. She has one of those true nurturing personalities, which shines through in the massage.
Another reviewer made some comments about the price of amenities, and I thought I’d share my view as well. I think the value of what you get at Tortugas is impressive. It’s what brought us back for the second year in a row. This is not an all-inclusive, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect to pay for things like drinks and yoga. Their prices are reasonable, and they have specials for both during the week (you do get a free welcome drink). Every day we were there they had happy hour with 2 for 1 beers and free food. I also didn’t expect them to supply me with drinking water all week (they give you two bottles when you check in), and there’s a mini-super about a block away that sells a giant jug of water for 20 pesos. (You can also get beer there for 10-15 pesos; we brought a soft cooler with us and had beers on the beach from the mini-super most days.) I think the cost of yoga class is $10 US, and the spa prices were reasonable too – we paid $180 US for a 90 minute couples massage. The restaurant prices are in keeping with comparable places in town – it’s a little more than some, a little less than others. We do our best to make sure our travel money goes as far as it can, and we think that money goes pretty far at this hotel.
Tortugas is one of those places you keep in your back pocket and bring out again and again. I can’t wait until our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront boutique hotel, run by Italian family. 21 charming new rooms, Spa, Yoga center,Kiteboard school, Beach club and organic restaurant. The design influence of Francesca and her mother Greta is evident in the hotel’s 21 romantic rooms and suites, from the carefully sourced antiques and local artisan-made colonial-style furniture to the fine linens and contemporary twist on traditional Mexican fabrics. It’s a ‘bohemian-chic’ feel that fits perfectly with the relaxed ambiance of the resort. Add in roomy double-loungers and palapa daybeds on the beach – as well as a spacious new pool – and you have the perfect formula for lusciously lazy days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Las Tortugas - Petit Beach Hotel Holbox Island
- Casa Las Tortugas - Petit Beach Hotel And Spa
- Hotelito Casa Las Tortugas Hotel