- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Mr. chipmunklove and I stayed at Privileges Aluxes on Isla Mujeres for our honeymoon from Sept 11-Sept 20. We did the all-inclusive package (got a deal where it was only like $5 more a day to do all-inclusive!), and it was definitely worth it, for the drinks if nothing else! They do have some pretty good food though, especially at their beach restaurant and at their fancy Thai restaurant. Plus, room service was included!
Some views from the room:
These were the requests I filled in for our room after reading suggestions on trip advisor: This will be our honeymoon! Please do NOT give us a room close to the school. We would like to be on the highest floor possible and to have an ocean view. If at all possible, a room in building 1 would be great. Non-smoking is a must.
We ended up in building 1 (farthest from the pool, most secluded building) on the 4th floor on the corner looking out over the ocean. It was beautiful and amazing. We also had a hot tub on our private balcony and arrived to find rose petals on the bed, champagne and fruits with chocolate waiting for us:
The people at the hotel were all so nice 🙂 I speak Spanish but DH doesn’t, but pretty much everyone there speaks enough English…the people at the front desk speak it especially well! Some more photos of the resort:
View from the beach restaurant Cafe del Mar:
At the pool (that hut closest to the pool on the left is a swim-up pool bar):
There are also 3 hot tubs around the pool, which we used after we had a couples massage in the hut on the far right (you can get them on the beach too but the hut is air conditioned…it was very humid while we were there!)<3
These iguanas are *EVERYWHERE* on the island! There were a few that hung around the pool, like this guy. No worries, they never actually got in the water!
Here are some photos from around the island:
We went swimming with the whale sharks (that is a whale shark model in the photo above, which was amazing BUT if you get seasick I strongly recommend against it; there is about a 2 hour boat ride out in a small boat that holds like 12 people max. It’s pretty bumpy. I haven’t uploaded any photos from IN the water when we were swimming with them (we use a cheapo regular underwater camera and had the film developed; I haven’t uploaded it to the lappy yet), but here are some photos from the boat:
This is the beach at the north end, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel (there is a beach at the hote too; see photo at the beach restaurant above):
View from one of the many cafes in town (food on the island = DELICIOUS! We had no issues with the water, but we did ask *EVERYWHERE* we went if the water AND the ice was purified):
We rented a golf cart one day and went around the island. Isla Mujeres is so small that a golf cart going maybe 15 mph gets you around the island in about 45 minutes. I suppose you could walk it, but that would be a whole day adventure, and again, it’s humid! Here are some photos from the turtle farm (they hatch sea turtles, wait for them to get big enough and then release them into the sea. It cost like $2 to visit; and some baby turtles hatched while we were there. SO WORTH IT!):
South end of the island:
We also spent 2 days off the island; one going to Chichen Itza (also stopped at a cenote=a natural underground cavern full of fresh water you can swim in) and the other visiting Tulum (also stopped to go zip lining, see another cenote, and swim with sea turtles at Aktun Chun):
And Tulum (this was my favorite place we went…so pretty!):
Oh, also, on the way back from Tulum we stopped at an outdoor restaurant where they owner had a monkey who just kind of wandered around. We got to hold her!
And last but not least, as we were heading home and looking out the window I suddenly realized we were flying right over Isla Mujeres!! So, here is a photo of the ENTIRE island from the plane: