The Reality in Cancun

Mexico Boutique Hotels are open and ready for business

By: Dawna Robertson

In the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, a survey of the Yucatan area’s Mexico Boutique Hotels focuses on positive energy to the region. The group’s four properties offer an update on their operational status.

Casa de los Suenos, Isla Mujeres
While Wilma visited its neighboring shores, Isla Mujeres sustained little serious damage. This less-than-five-mile island is some 20 minutes from Cancun by boat.

Casa de los Suenos manager, Eric Jafet, said, “We repaired the boat dock and took advantage of the time to do some other repairs and actually improved some details to the rooms. We retain the same staff of employees that we’ve had for years, so the service continues at the ultimate level of luxury.”

Secreto, Isla Mujeres
Since the nine-room hotel was closed for renovations during the hurricane, there was little damage aside from broken glass. In the completed renovations, each room was extended to create a junior suite with three additional rooms (ready in spring 2006). A spa, gym and 20-meter pool provide further services. Based on designs from the Far East, the pool features a four-sided Infinity edge that floats above the deck.

Xaloc, Isla Mujeres
Owner/Manager Juan Felix Sanchez remarked, “The Hotel Xaloc on Isla Holbox only suffered minor damage because its owner is an architect and the hotel was constructed very well. Please be advised that the hotel does have a beach, but due to an elevation in the ocean it is slightly smaller than before. It is still in great condition and enjoyable.”

Ana Y Jose, Tulum
Located some 120 km from Cancun, Tulum sustained no damage from Hurricane Wilma. In fact, it received some of the displaced sand resulting in an even better beach. An outside restaurant, temazcal hut, spa, pool area and palapa-protected chaise lounges on the beach offer a variety of locations for experiencing paradise.

Puerto Vallarta-based Mexico Boutique Hotels is the only company of its kind exclusively dedicated to offering boutique-category lodging in Mexico under a qualification system. Its 38 intimate hotels are situated in over 20 Mexican destinations.