Need to know
17, including 10 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $342.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $10.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include daily breakfast, welcome cocktails, and an hour's free bicycle hire.
Simubi Spa offers reiki, massages and reflexology just off the beach. Keep an eye out for Bernardo, the friendly local raccoon who wanders the resort every so often to check up on things.
At the hotel
Spa, art gallery, reading room, board games, bicycles to rent, free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: radio, free bottled water, herbal bath products. In-room spa treatments can be arranged.
Our favourite rooms
Suite 12 is especially private at the end of the resort, and has its own hammock for afternoon naps. It’s often called the Honeymoon Suite because of its secluded spot overlooking the ocean. Room 1 in the main house was owner Sandra’s bedroom before she converted the property. It has sweeping ocean views and a private twine-woven balcony. Take a look at your shower head: many are fashioned from conch shells that were collected along the beach.
The heated outdoor pool is shaded by palms and surrounded by sun loungers. The sea’s on the doorstep, too, and day-beds, palapas and loungers are available on the North Beach.
No need to bring extra shoes here. The locals pad around barefoot, and it usually takes less than an hour before guests opt to do the same. Bring an underwater camera to catch whale sharks and the brightly coloured fish that swim around the mangroves. There are only three ATMs on the island, and they frequently run out of pesos, so bring plenty of cash with you.
Check the tidal forecasts before booking: occasional changes in currents send heaps of seaweed onto Casa Sandra’s adjacent beach, which can make for iffy beach conditions (and fishy fragrances).
The remote location and low-key style make this hotel best suited to adults.