Hotel Villa Rolandi Gourmet & Beach Club, Isla Mujeres
Tel: 52 998 877-0700
Concierge.com's insider take:
The sense of escape begins the minute you board a private yacht at Cancún's Embarcadero Marina and leave behind the lineup of pirate ships and tour boats. Graceful white egrets gaze unperturbed from mangrove perches as your craft slips into Laguna Makax on the sleepy western shore of Isla Mujeres. A porter awaiting your arrival leads the way up a marble staircase to a suite overlooking the sparkling sea. Such a grand entrance is one reason Villa Rolandi has attracted the likes of Tony Blair, who once booked all 20 of the hotel's suites for his family. These are furnished in traditional-chic style, with archways between foyer and bedroom, blue pillows piled on the couches, and padded headboards for comfy reading in bed. Bathrooms have showers with dueling showerheads (six in all) and stereo speakers; a flip of a switch converts the shower into a sauna. King beds, couches, and whirlpool baths on the balconies face the hotel's horizon pool and tiny beach, which can get pretty crowded when all suites are full. The Rolandi family's empire began with Italian cafés, and one of their top chefs rules the range at the Villa.