Just got back from a wonderful vacation at a magical place on Holbox(Holbosch) Island, Mexico. This is "The Place" to go when you are looking for a place to simply relax and spend time with someone you love. It is an un-complicated place where simplicity and natural beauty surrounds you everywhere. It gives you a feeling of privacy and quiet that is missing in our lives and relationships.
The guests were a nice mix of newlyweds,young couples and families and older couples. There were people from many countries (Germany, Netherlands,England,Hungary, USA, Mexico,Russia, Denmark and Canada).
The hotel is arranged so that you always have the feeling that your privacy is of primary concern. Staff is always there when you need service but they let you have a lot of room in your space. From the Groundskeepers to the front desk smiles and Holas were abundant.
The Food was excellent every day even though it was Buffet at every meal the choices were varied and all tasty. Hot dogs and Burgers and fries were available in between meals as well. Draft beer was limited to Corona and Corona Dark and the mixed drinks were all very good and popular with everyone. We found the Chef at the grill would cook up anything we wanted on the to order grill. Fresh Fish was available at every meal as was beef and chicken. Nothing but raves from other guests as well.
Rooms were comfortable. First night we stayed on Third floor and asked to be moved to first floor which made it easier than climbing three stories on a small spiral staircase. We recommend the bottom floor or the second floor as the rooms are larger and you have a porch and hammock. If you have trouble climbing stairs it will be wise to insist on a ground floor room as we will next year.
We didn't sign on any tours but other guests really liked the combo fishing and island tours the best. They will also cook your catch at the hotel for you.
We rented an ATV for a couple of hours at about $9.00 per hour (Gas incl.) but another guest rented one for a week (in Town) that was considerably cheaper than an hourly rate from the hotel. The walk to downtown took about 10 minutes so you really don't need an ATV unless you just want to go exploring.
We visited all the other hotels on the island so we could compare and Villas Paraisio Del Mar was by far the winner on the beauty scale!
We recommend the All Inclusive Option especially if you are going to stay close to the property. Food is quite expensive a la carte as well as drinks.
Beach was beautiful. You can go very far out in shallow clear water with a sandy bottom. We wore wading shoes as there is about two feet of shells and coral that gather where the waves break. Sea grass was abundant after cool front passed but after a day it cleared up. They don't remove the grass so don't expect a Cancun resort beach where shells and weeds are removed from sight.
We booked our entire package from Bookit.com and were pleased with all aspects of our trip. Our transfers were taken care of with Best Day. We were taken by a new comfortable VW Van from the airport to the Ferry. Our driver,Alfredo, had an excellent command of the English language and he was full of information about all the small villages and sites along the two hour drive to the ferry. He accompanied us on the ferry and with us on the golf cart ride to the lobby. We were picked up right on time on the morning of our departure and the return trip was equally as pleasant.
If you want a private,beautiful,place to step away and back in time you will love this place. If you liked to stay at Ceiba Del Mar prior to it's demise in Puerto Morelos this is the best substitute we have found to date. It is not a stuffy 5 star mega resort but rather a 3-4 star gem that will leave you at peace and charm you in the simple pleasures missing in our busy every day lives.
Life Is Good! Thanks To all at Villas Paraisio Del Mar!
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- Also Known As:
- Villas Paraiso Del Mar Hotel Holbox Island
- Hotel Paraiso Del Mar
- Paraiso Del Mar Hotel