Need to know
60, including 20 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Staff uniforms are made by craftspeople in Oaxaca, if you’re taken with them, the same craftspeople make the sarong in your room, and you can buy it for a little extra. WiFi is patchy on the island, but the higher up you are in your suite the better it appears to work.
Staff wear masks and face shields and guests are requested to do so in public areas. And some activities may be restricted in the kids' playroom during this time.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa, gym, kids’ club, bikes to borrow, free WiFi. In rooms: Nespresso machine, tea-making kit, minibar, beach bag and sunhat, air-conditioning and free bottled water. Guests staying in the Honeymoon Suite and above will get a free yoga class and some suites come with free gym entry too.
Our favourite rooms
Being ethical has never looked so romantic as it does in these palapa-thatched villas. Choose a suite or loft room for a heady combination of view, terrace and a beach-in-reach setting. Local artisans are responsible for the interiors’ uniquely Mayan take on rustic chic: woven hangings, earthenware vases, hollowed-out gourds and raffia baskets shout out to native talents. Family tribes staying here should book one of the lofts where a twin bedroom is set in the eaves.
The hotel’s outdoor pool is lined with twinkling black tiles and glitters like a disco ball. An effect enhanced by the water cascading over its infinity edge and – after dark – the ceiling of stars up above. Loungers are laid out around the sides, kept shady by shaggy parasols, and ice-cool drinks can be brought over. Smalls learning to swim can do so safely here with some parental guidance; there’s Roman steps and shallow ledges to launch off.
Holbox has an undeniable neo-hippie feel, and the hotel’s spa follows suit; its two treatment rooms are all set for holistic treatments with all-natural products. They’re carried out from 6am to 10pm and must be booked in advance – and if dreamy design hits your sweet spot, you’ll love the touches here (a knotted-rope feature wall, honeycomb tiling…). The gym follows the hotel’s all-natural look, but with added treadmills, fixed bikes, weights and more state-of-the-art equipment. Personal trainers and pilates practitioners can put you through your paces, and yoga classes are held at sunset.
Not all the nature here is majestic – bring mozzie repellent to keep sundowners itch-free. If you’ll be staying over Carnival or Day of the Dead (or another excellent reason to party), pack face paint, glitter, masks, sequined bikinis, ostrich-feather hats and the like – as sartorial a spectacle as you dare.
The public areas are mostly made of sand, but ground floor rooms have plenty of floorspace.
Very welcome, there’s a charming kids’ club and the beach and pool are safe for wee paddlers. Babysitting is MXN50 an hour (for a minimum of four hours); must be booked four days in advance.
This is a hotel that clearly ‘hearts’ the Earth. Its planet-loving ways include a solar farm for a self-sufficient kitchen, ditched plastics, a water-treatment plant and carbon-offsetting tree-growing schemes. Plus, the owner’s dedicated to showcasing handicrafts from across the Yucatán and supporting local makers.