Posada Mawimbi


Tucked away in a tropical garden by a lush beach, this charming little hotel has only 11 rooms/bungalows with an intimate community feel. It is owned by a lovely couple, amongst the first to open a lodge in the late 90s, when the island was less developed.


It is worth mentioning that most materials used to build the hotel structure, tables and chairs were locally sourced and crafted from local trunks. The tasteful decor includes traditionally woven soft-furnishings, honouring the ancient Mayan craft and culture.


Initially I had reserved a different hotel, as this was fully booked for most of the year (yes, the entire year!). Nonetheless, I called the day before arriving on the island, as I was determined to experience a stay at this posada, just to discover that there had been a last minute cancellation for one of the bungalows: guess it was meant to be!

The beach is one of the highlights, with large wooden sun-beds, hammocks and swinging beds to relax between dips in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Complete with a pagoda set up as massage parlour, it is the ultimate self-indulging spot.


The friendly staff was helpful and accommodating - for example, my partner forgot a new pair of glasses in the bungalow, and housekeeping arranged for these to be shipped over to Europe.

If you are looking for a stylish yet comfortable and laid-back place to stay on Holbox island, this is the spot!