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
Myself and my husband recently spent 3 wonderful days at Casa Sandra. It is one of the original hotels on the island. The staff are very helpful. The rooms are of average size and very charming. The beds are extremely comfortable and the air con is very effective.
What makes Casa Sandra and Isla Holbox is it’s people. They are extremely friendly - I have to call out Frederico in particular. He’s outstanding!
The WiFi is very weak but this island is a place to relax and leave behind those tech habits that we struggle to do without these days.
We really hope to return some day soon. F&F
Ser CasaSandra is a lovely small hotel along the beach.If you can tear yourself away from the pool or beach, it's a pleasant walk into town.
Our room was large, very comfortable, and quiet. Staff, including the concierge Federico, Hebert, and the waitstaff at breakfast, were friendly and helpful. We encountered only one surly waitperson and this was in great contrast to how pleasant everyone else was. Breakfast was generous. My only quibble is that there was an extra charge for espresso, cappuccino, or iced coffee. This seems like nickel and diming at a place of this caliber.
Enjoy an unforgettable experience in this wonderful Paradise Island with beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters, where the warmth of the people transmit the best environment. Casa Sandra is simply amazing. Book Suite 12 which is especially private at the end of the resort, and has its own hammock for afternoon naps.
Hotel CasaSandra offers absolutely fabulous service and attention to detail. The lovely quiet location and the stunning beach complete the idillic picture. We would visit again in a heart beat (and hope to one day)!
What a gorgeous property on a very special island. We were always so happy to come back after time away exploring. It really is the nicest hotel on Holbox; just the right recipe. Less than 20 rooms. Big enough to have anything you could ask for, but small enough to receive individual attention compounded with seclusion. The hotel has a very prime spot on the main beach, a short walk or bike from the town center. The beach is clean; the private beach club is just beautiful. We volleyed between excursions and exploration (one being a delightful boat trip arranged through the concierge, another renting a golf cart), the beach, and the hotel pool. I feel that you get what you pay for- seriously outstanding gourmet food and cocktails...Casasandra is not cheap, but how could it be for with standards this high?
Our garden level room was large, with strong A/C- needed when temps hover at 90 F- a huge bathroom with a tub, and two porch areas with hammocks and seating.
Gripes: terrible wifi, lack of water pressure in our room- this was partially addressed after we mentioned it- no minibar, no follow-up when I asked to book a massage, some staff more accommodating than others, iguanas everywhere (watch where you step).
Despite my minor complaints, we will be back again. I would like to book a second floor/ocean view next time.