We just returned from a week at this lovely all inclusive on Holbox. (8/3- 8/10/13)
Would definitely return.
Rooms: We were informed on arrival that there was no record of our coming to the hotel on that date 8/3/13. However, we were quickly given room 102. A very nice room with a rather small balcony, but close (relatively speaking, all rooms a very close to everything at the resort - beach to lobby). After a few days in room 102, our ac broke. We were quickly moved to room 107. This was a larger room with seating area, larger balcony, hammock, and no neighbors above us. It appeared to be the same junior room price, bit just a much better room. Great for us, and much improved ac.
The rooms and entire grounds are meticulous. We found the beds, pillows, and linens to be very comfortable. Not to mention, the extra touches of fresh flowers and towel sculptures on our bed and bathroom floors each day.
Food: excellent! Especially for an all inclusive with one restaurant, we were in a similar resort (bel air collection in Cancun in March 2013). We had planned to venture out for a dinner or two, but never did. The service at the restaurant and on the beach was impeccable. Perhaps a little business like at times, but eventually warmed up as the days went on. Besides, I'm really not there to make friends. I just expect the service to be good. And, it was. There could have been a few more ceviche offerings, like daily, as this is a very popular dish on this fishing island.
Every meal, including breakfast, offered items cooked to order. The French toast is not to be missed.
Beach: Striking! Seemed to be ever changing depending on the weather, but never disappointing. Lots of mosquitos, but only at times. Easily kept at bay by Bull Frog and Deep Woods Off insect repellant. Iguanas around, dogs playing in the ocean (which were a pleasure to watch, but never a nuisance), and a raccoon on the beach at night sometimes.
Yes, the stars on the beach at night are truly something to behold. Especially, if you live in a city.
The town: we loved it there. Would ride the bicycles everywhere in the mornings.
Btw. The hotel bicycles are one thing that could be vastly improved. They were rideable, but check before leaving. Sometimes tires grossly under inflated. Also, if you get going too fast, the rusty bike chain would come off leaving you in a bind (unless you know how to get it back on again, leaving your hands greasy).
Again, as a complete dog lover, there were lots of seemingly happy dogs around town. They hang out in store front or home doorways, walk with their owners etc. no leashes, just business as usual for all. We only saw one cat during our visit. When we asked a waiter about the lack of feline presence, he told us that there were only 4 (known to him, at least) cat owners on the island.
Tours: didn't do whale shark due to the lengthy time, choppy water to get there, and confirmation of such by other visitors. They did say it was impressive. We went on the 3 island, 3 hour tour, and loved it. The flamingos are beautiful, as is the water.
Would definitely pay extra for private transport to ferry from airport.
We used Eduardo's company mentioned in previous reviews. Our driver, Charlito(spelling) left something to be desired. On the way to Holbox in a giant SUV- very nice- he was happy to stop etc. but, he drove like a mad man. He was also in such a hurry to deposit us a the ferry, he could not be bothered with a "thank you" for the 25.00/20% tip we gave him. On the way back, in a 4 door chevy of some sort, he brought his ample sized girlfriend. The two had a lovely chatty conversation in the front seats, as we frequently requested extra air conditioning to the back. This was necessary because he and girlfriend were comfy up in the front seats with girlfriends healthy girth blocking the majority of air getting to the back. Again, he drove like a mad man, passing cars abruptly on the two lane road, etc. No offers to stop etc. Oh well...
Ferry ride is nice, and easy. Lots of golf cart taxies await you for trip to the hotel. Front desk arranged prompt taxi service for our departure the night prior to leaving.
And, a very unexpected pleasure from the hotel, was our departure box breakfast/lunch. We were leaving before breakfast. To our surprise, the night shift person at the desk handed us a big bag when we returned the keys. Inside we found sandwiches, water bottles, and fruit. How nice! We hadn't requested it. A very special touch. Definitely left us with a good impression.
Hope to return to this great hotel on Holbox in the future. I'd really stay just about anywhere on the island. Very nice,
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