Following a long travel day, Villa la Bella was an oasis for us. As we passed through the wooden gates into the bright stucco outdoor living room, all the travel stress of the day melted away. Ashley and Curtis, the owners of this exquisite boutique hotel located in Isla Mujeres overlooking the Caribbean Sea, are as charming and gracious a host as one could as for. You cannot help but smile when surrounded by the eclectic and colorful property.
Our room, one of three poolside bungalows, was spacious and clean. Although it was located literally steps from the fresh water pool, our privacy was not compromised by location. The décor of the room had a definitive Mexican flair – bright colored accent wall, wooden headboard and a fabulously creative bathroom. Our shower was an actual conch shell – so unique!
Each morning, the best coffee in the world is set out early as Curtis busily works in the kitchen preparing a delectable breakfast. The property consists of 6 rooms (3 poolside bungalows, 2 palapa suites and the honeymoon bungalow), and it seems to stay fully booked! As the twelve guests slowly gather in the dining area near the pool, Ashley is buzzing about with her signature red hibiscus flowers for the ladies. Just as the coffee began to take effect, breakfast was served. Over the oohs and ahhs of breakfast, the guests are provided a perfect opportunity to share daily plans or get recommendations from others before parting ways. As soon as you decide to go to Isla Mujeres, be sure to check with Villa la Bella to make your reservation!
Since Villa la Bella is located mid island about 2.5 miles from both Playa Norte and Punta Sur, a golf cart is nice to have for island exploration. Our daily jaunts took us for a beach day at the exquisite Playa Norte (one of the best beaches in the world according to Travel and Leisure), over to explore the Mayan Ruins at Punta Sur (the ruins are not much but the views are breathtaking!), a lunchtime visit to the Soggy Peso based on a recommendation from fellow Villa la Bella guests, and hunting for sea glass along the Caribbean Sea.
Following whatever our days activities were, everyone gathered back at Villa la Bella for a delicious cocktail – Pina Coladas are outstanding; Cadillac Margaritas are potent; and Frozen Mojitos are just what the doctor ordered! Sitting on the swinging bar stools, we enjoyed cocktails as we discussed dinner plans and recommendations. For such a small island, there are a plethora of spectacular dining options. I don’t know about you, but I sure could grow accustomed to this island life on Isla Mujeres.