CasaSandra Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Most rooms have a sunset-facing balcony or terrace, perfect for romance and a sundowner
- Figure-8-shaped pool with double loungers and a small waterfall at one end, with a cool pool bar
- Outstanding food in the Cuban-Mexican restaurant and generous breakfasts served until 11 a.m.
What To Know
- Pristine Isla Holbox is three hours by ferry from Cancún; you’re here for a serene vacation, not to dance ’til dawn
- Not the cheapest option on Holbox; some consider the food overpriced, too
- Small and cozy hotel, best for those seeking R&R beside azure seas
- There is a mandatory dinner charge for guests staying over Thanksgiving ($75 plus 15% service charge per person), Christmas Eve ($75 plus 15% service charge per person), or New Year's Eve ($145 plus 15% service charge per person)
- Free WiFi
CasaSandra’s charismatic owner, music producer and artist Sandra Perez, originally hails from Cuba. She has carefully curated the common areas, guestrooms and suites to showcase Mexican crafts and art. The original artwork is (mostly) for sale. Antiques come from Guadalajara or Cuba; much of the furniture is rattan. At night, common areas are lit with candles and star lights, and pathways are lined with torches. Overall there’s a sophisticated boho vibe, all effortless barefoot style.
Bed and Bath
Rooms and suites are scattered throughout the main building and in casitas on the grounds. All feel spacious, with white walls, palapa roofs and beams, and kingsize beds dressed in 500-thread-count sheets. Each has a westward-facing balcony or terrace with bright hammocks from which to view the sun sinking into the turquoise Caribbean waters. Textiles hand-embroidered by an artist in Mexico City, conch shell showerheads and painted bowl sinks lend a sense of place. Bathrooms have organic bath amenities; book a suite if you’d like a tub.
The gourmet restaurant and terrace sits at the heart of the hotel serving Mexican-Caribbean fare with a big emphasis on fish and seafood (think ceviche, shrimp and lobster tail). Drinks are on offer both here and at the Blue Lounge Pool Bar. Order a mojito and kick back to the cool tunes. Breakfasts are ample, with fruit salad, yogurt, cakes, granola and homemade breads and muffins alongside à la carte items such as huevos rancheros.
In the Area
Holbox’s fine white sands invite relaxation. Swimming, kitesurfing and fishing (both deep sea and fly) are all popular pursuits, but whale sharks are the big draw. Harmless to humans, the huge creatures frequent these waters from May to September, and the brave can swim with these gentle giants. Mangroves and shallow lagoons host a great variety of birdlife, including flamingos, herons, cormorants, pelicans and ospreys. The nearly car-free small town is great for a stroll and small shack eateries such as the seafood-centric Zarabanda and Viva Zapata, which occasionally hosts live local music.
How to Get There
I stayed at this hotel because of an article on Condé Nast about Holbox. They recommended to stay at this hotel or Casa Las Tortugas. I chose Casa Sandra. Got to the hotel with no problems at all. The hotel arranged the transportation from Cancun Airport to Holbox. Got to the Hotel and everybody was really friendly but there was no water because of a problem with the only pump the hotel had. There was no water for 4-5 hours. They “fixed” the pump and the very next morning there was no water again for 6 hours. Again “the only pump” the hotel had broke down. The manager was unavailable at that time. She came back later that day with excuses. A hotel with room prices that high should have had more than one pump just in case of emergency. Having said that, the food at the restaurant was really good. The restaurant staff was very friendly including the chef. The concierge, Antonio, was the very best part of the hotel. The arrangement of my transportation back to Cancun was horrible!!!...nobody was waiting for me at the pier to take me back to the airport. I had to take a Taxi. The hotel charged me $200 for that and I have not been able to get an answer to my emails nor my money back!
The property is a bit overrated and definitely overpriced. The food is OK but the drinks are outrageously expensive. Need to be specially careful with rum. Rooms are nice, bedding is great but many are surrounded by noisy shops and neighbors. It would be a great hotel for 75% of the price.
Don't even look at other places on the island! If you are looking for a perfect place to stay this is it! - we had room 12, best views :)
The beach is clean and lots of places to sit and chill on the beach.
The food is amazing and loved the overall service.
This is a lovely small hotel on this hot, sticky, mosquito infested island. A short 40 peso taxi ride in a converted golf buggy along the undulating sandy streets brings you to this oasis of cool. Both the air conditioning and the artistic atmosphere create the cool here, with brilliant staff and great facilities. But it is pricey: a nice meal for two in the evening (nothing particularly special) was nearly 3000 pesos. But this was eclipsed by the comfortable room, and brilliant situation right on the best part of this silver beach. Don’t go for more than a couple of days, as the heat and mosquitos will make you regret it (we were there in June), but definitely worth a trip to see this mix of hedonists and hippies.
If you are looking for a beautiful and quiet place in Holbox, close to the beach, with a stylish decoration, you must visit Casa Sandra. Impossible not to be surrendered to the story of Sandra, owner of the hotel, a Cuban artist who felt in love with Holbox. The impossible is not to fall in love with this Casa Sandra hotel. All suites are different, but all of them have art works and rustic furniture. Ours had yet a bathroom with a dream bath. The food at the restaurant is excellent as is the bar service on the beach. Great breakfast and very friendly and attentive staff. It is more or less in the middle of the island, so with the free bikes made available by the hotel you can easily see the whole island. On the day of check out it rained a lot and there's no communications in the island. The hotel transport us to the ferry because we could not call a cab. Thank you all for kindness and sympathy.