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... we went to the beach and adopted 'sarong life' for the next few days, seriously there are no good shops around and all we have is winter clothes!
The beaches at Isla Mujeres are beautiful like Cancun, we also found a cool beach bar with rope swing seats for a drink.
The vibe at the hostel is pretty good, beach bar, hammocks, and live music.
The following morning we rented a golf cart and ...
... to mess with my intestines. Of course, there was no better option than Applebee's!! With a two for one deal on all alcoholic beverages, I was sold. A delicious burger, ten mozzarella sticks, some Heineken, and a fresh hot white chocolate brownie to finish. It's safe to say I was extremely satisfied. I returned to the hostel and played some guitar for my new friends at their request, and sang in front of people for the first time. It was a lot of fun. I forgot to mention the ...
... after swimming lots in the clearest waters and getting some beachside massages (in a luxurious tent on the sand , metres from the shoreline) we ordered cervezas and guacamole at a unique beachside bar where everyone sits on swings instead of barstools! There are some very cool places here!
The highlight for this island was that we SWAM WITH WHALE SHARKS!!!
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... the women sunbathing out front were bad, boy was I surprised! Here are a few people for image reference... old school Jon Daly, UFC fighter Tank Abbot, Butter Bean the boxer, Bam Margera's dad Phil, and so on....lol. Now imagine any of those men in a bikini made for a 115lb woman. Exactly! I left too....hahaha. And no I "DID NOT" take any photos! lol
I enjoyed the emptiness of the beach. It was very peaceful. I found an old hotel that was damaged by ...
... were fast, so you had to fight to keep up. If you looked closely, you could see little cleaner fish underneath that ate all the growth from the whale and cleaned out its gills. After the whale sharks, since our hotel Avalon has the best beach, we went there to swim in the water. The water is absolutely perfect! It is just as clear as Cook Islands water except without a ton of reefs and rocks, just ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ixchel Beach Hotel Isla Mujeres
This was our fourth visit to the island, and this was the best place we have stayed so far. I will not be looking to stay anywhere else the next time we go. And although we had to switch rooms after our first day, due to the "owner" arriving, we were just as satified with our second room. We went from the ground floor to the third floor with a balcony. Both were beautiful, clean, spotless, with huge sliding glass doorwalls. They were nicely decorated with artwork and furnished very modern compared to other hotels we've stayed at in Mexico. They had seashells scattered about, just as you probably would if you lived by the ocean. It was just such a cute touch. The rooms were also furnished with a coffee pot, dishes, stove, refriderator, microwave and a toaster. p.s. the microwave buttons were in Spanish, a little tricky for me. They also provided bottled water in the room so you didn't to be nervous about using the faucet. There was construction going on next door, though you hardly noticed it, it will be nice when it is finished. Oh yeah, and they did play LOUD music our first night there (Saturday), but that was the only night. I guess there is some type of feud with the bar next door. The desk did provide earplugs! We loved sitting at the pool or on the beach and being waited on. The staff at this hotel are top notch. Food delivered on the beach or at the pool, drinks, water, whatever you wanted, they were always coming by and checking on us. The beach is also somewhat private, they actually have someone there watching so only guests can use the chairs and umbrellas. We never had to wait for a place on the beach, unlike some other places we have stayed. Lastly, I could go on and on, but the location is great. Town is just down the street, golf cart rental, cabs abound, if you don't feel like walking. As a matter of fact we took a couple home from the bar down the street, Jax's, lots of fun, great staff there too. I guess we had a little too much fun.... All in all, it's a GREAT place to stay, plenty of places to eat, drink and relax, lots of things to see and do, it's sadly all a distant memory now that I'm back home.
Also great for children!
Staying at Ixchel is wonderful with children! The beach is great for kids, they can go out around a hundred yards before you have to worry about the water level. The service is wonderful and I always felt safe because the security was very vigilant about keeping people who are not at Ixchel off the property. It is a beautiful place to wake up in the morning and go out on the terrace and have a glass of juice and enjoy the view of the beautiful blue water against the white sand. The apartment that we stayed in was large enough to even have some romantic moments. The place is so tastefully decorated that it didn't feel like a hotel at all. Over all I loved our time at Ixchel!
Ixchel is magic
Isla Mujeres is a delightful corner of Mexico a million miles away from Americanised Cancun but only 25mins by ferry. This hotel is the best on the island and is situated on the best beach (north) pure white sand, turquoise sea and totally safe for non swimmers. It is within 5 mins of small shops, loads of restaurants and the ferry terminal, if you want to explore further (the island is only 4 miles long) then hire a golf cart and do the tour. If you need a fix of the bright lights then the Cancun ferry runs ever half hour and the airport is 30 mins from the ferry terminal. A magic location and beautiful hotel.
We went to the Ixchel Beach Hotel in June 2006 with our 2 children aged 4 and 7.
It's our last night at the Ixchel and I will share some of our thoughts...This was our first time in Isla Mujeres, loved the Island, and will definitely come back. The beach at the hotel was beautiful, and all we could have hoped for. Water crystal clear and blue. Within walking distance to plenty of restaurants and all the touristy shopping. I concur with the last reviewer as far as the fact that there are hawkers everywhere, but they really didn't bother us, if you either just ignore them, or say no thanks, then they are usually very nice, and leave you alone. I guess that we got less tolerant as the week went on, but that just meant not responding to them. The hotel was nice, new and very clean. We will not stay here again, but mostly because we stumbled upon a wonderful privately owned place to stay, with many more amenities for less money. We booked a "standard room". Our room was very basic, the lighting was terrible, no bedside lamp, just a weird overhead light, no coffee maker, no view, no balcony. (the rooms are all privately owned so amenities may differ) Would really not recommend the standard rooms, and if price is a big consideration, it would be fairly expensive to get a suite. The advantage was that it was new, and not in the middle of town, and the staff is very nice and helpful. There is no restaurant in the hotel, and if you get lunch out by the pool they actually go a couple of doors over and get it from the "Sunset Grill". There is also a continental breakfast served out by the pool. The hotel next door (another section of the Ixchel) is under construction, and there is some noise from that, if you try to be at the pool while they are working it's noisy, but no problem on the beach. (By the way the pool is small, and not really an "Infinity Pool" which I consider to be one that gives the impression it goes right into the ocean) There is not as yet a real "road to the hotel", (it's down a unpaved street) and at first I was kind of taken aback, but it's no big deal. The noise from Chimeros which has been discussed at length in other reviews was not that bad, we were in a 07 unit (one back from the beach) and with earplugs provided by the front desk had no trouble sleeping. It was Saturday night only. Overall, I would say that this is a nice new property, and if you can afford the suite, it's fine. Lobby and amenities comparable to a Hampton Inn or one of the Marriott courtyard type hotels.
Nice and clean but it is a bad note to start out unhappy. Our first room did not have a balcony, the only ocean view would be to mash our face against the window by the bed and look sideways to glimpse the ocean, so we opted to pay for an upgrade to a one bedroom suite after the first night when it became available. I highly recommend that, because the standard ocean view rooms do not have a balcony nor an ocean view due to the construction of a 5 story building that is part of Ixchel propertys expansion. We were happy after moving to the upgrade, we paid the difference, of +40 US Dollars a day, it was well worth it . We were escecially happy to get a one bedroom suite on the bottom floor so that we could sit outside our room near the bar and pool to watch people go by as well as watch the workers on the new building . Many ladies on the beach are topless. My husband certainly did not complain about that. The golf carts are 55 US dollars a day, ours was prearranged thru the hotel but never showed up. Overall the location is good for the Norte Beach area. It was windy on our trip , we chartered a deepsea fishing charter and caught a sailfish and dorado. This was our second time to Isla, we usually prefer to go to smaller places such as Akumal .This hotel was nice and clean and safe and available, since we booked it on short notice and many hotels had no vacancys at that time.
Just got back from 2 days at the Ixchel Beach Hotel...We originally got to Isla Mujeres and headed to El Carcacol which is also nice (especially if your on a budge at $40/night).
Beautiful hotel! I was just there this January 07. So excited to be there! But for $200 a night there was neither a chair nor a refrigerator. After persistent requests, we were finally granted a refrigerator and a chair.
We were looking for a reasonably priced vacation with genuine Mexican atmosphere and a decent beach. We found all of that in and around the Ixchel Beach Hotel on Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres. The Hotel was upscale in decor, albeit austere (no dressers or shelves for clothing). The room service only covered housekeeping towels and sheets and that was in the mid-afternoon. Overall, I'd say the service was excellent, the amenities lovely, the beach was kept clean and offered chaise lounges, umbrellas and towels for hotel guest only. Very few vendors approached us (I did find a very nice shell necklace for 8 pesos). Only criticism was the lack of dressers, disco music blasting on Playa Norte adjacent to the hotel on Friday night (get a southern room if there on a Friday) and the noise of the construction going on during the day - which can barely be heard when on the beach. Unheated swimming pool is small and shallow, but very clean and pretty. One can run a tab at the snack bar and the Mojitos are great! Using this hotel as a base to venture to Ciudad Cancun, Hotel Zone or other nearby destinations is great. I would return again for the great beach and comfortable rooms and excellent service (thank you Andrea). Don't be afraid to venture into the smaller more casual stores for souvenirs and food, but stay within 5 blocks if walking. Prices are low, variety is abundant and quality is high on this island. If going to the bullfight with children on a Wednesday, leave in the middle or before the finale. Captain Hook Pirate Dinner Show is worth finding on Playa Linda - take a cab from Playa Tortugas. Wonderful stay overall. Looking forward to a return visit in the fall.
My family and I just came back from Isla Mujeres, and we stayed at Ixchel Beach Hotel.
We loved our stay there, the staff were very friendly, our room was beautiful and had a great view, the location was perfect, great beach and 3 minutes away from downtown.
The Snack Bar was great, we loved the Margaritas and the Mojitos...
We will stay again.