Sitting in the Caribbean Sea between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the island of Cuba lies a seven-kilometre-long Mexican paradise; Isla Mujeres. In addition to boasting exceptional beauty and a spectacular landscape, Isla Mujeres oozes history and heritage. The unspoiled retreat of a mere 12,600 inhabitants was once considered sacred by Mexico’s Mayan civilization and served as the sanctuary for the Mayan Goddess Ixchel, the goddess of fertility, medicine and happiness.
The city of Cancún on the Yucatan Peninsula is a popular holiday destination for those wanting the full Caribbean experience – sea, sun and fun. Cancún boasts miles of ocean-front hotels, such as the large, family-friendly Le Méridien Cancún Resort and Spa – the perfect place to relax and be pampered. Despite Cancún’s paradisiacal surroundings, it really is worth spending a day or two enjoying the breath-taking sights of the pristine Isla Mujeres. Transportation to the island consists of ferries from the Yucatan Peninsula at Puerto Juarez and Gran Puerto, where the fifteen-minute voyage across the vibrant, dancing Caribbean waters is a treat in itself. Alternatively, aircraft are available for private charter from Cancún to the tiny Aerobanana airport on Isla Mujeres, providing sensational views of the Yucatan coastline along the way.
Guests of the island’s exclusive 35-suite Hotel Villa Rolandi Thalasso Gourmet & Spa nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Makaz Lagoon, benefit from a private yacht service courtesy of the hotel transporting guests from northern Cancún to the hotel’s private pier on the lagoon. After an excellent day indulging in the hotel’s exquisite ocean spa treatments, such as the algae and seawater baths, enjoy watching the sunset from your suite’s very own outdoor Jacuzzi with views over Cancún across the satin waters.
Home to some of the Caribbean’s best snorkelling sites, Isla Mujeres offers beauty both on land and under water. Just a ten minute boat ride away lies the Manchones coral reef, exhibiting a vast array of tropical fish and extraordinary corals. In addition, the island prides itself on its extensive turtle farm open to the public, La Tortugranja, dedicated to the protection and breeding of the Caribbean’s unique and critically endangered loggerhead, hawksbill and green sea turtles. Above all, it is the island’s laid-back lifestyle that boosts its popularity amongst serenity-seeking holidaymakers. Transport around the island consists of golf carts and mopeds, both of which can be rented out for the day for a trip to two of Mexico’s finest treasures: Playa del Norte and Playa Sol.
Written by guest blogger Chiara