Need to know
18, including one villa.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $303.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $15.00 per room per night on check-in and an additional local city tax of $1.50 per room per night on check-in.
Rates include daily American buffet breakfast, welcome cocktails, dawn yoga sessions (Wednesday to Sunday), crystal therapy lessons (Monday and Tuesday) and use of the glass kayaks (one hour a day).
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
Art gallery, reading room, board games and free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, herbal bath products.
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 outdoor pool is shaded by palms and surrounded by sunloungers. The sea’s on the doorstep, too, and day-beds, palapas and loungers are available on the North Beach.
Be transported by the glorious massages at the hotel's spa, Alma CasaSandra. Choose from a balancing massage with reflexology, classic massages ranging from the soothing to the knot-banishing varieties, hot stone massages and facials. Alternatively, have one in your room for ultimate indulgence.
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 CasaSandra’s adjacent beach, which can make for iffy beach conditions (and fishy fragrances).
Although kids are welcome, the remote location and low-key style make this hotel best suited to adults.