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
Ive already been 2 times this year and planning on a third. SHHH don't tell anyone, this is a very special place!!! I feel like Casa Sandra is my second home. I can't say enough good things about the service, ambiance, staff, and laid back luxury. First class place.
Wonderful staff, beautiful location, sparkling clean, in a relaxed, quiet setting. There are many thoughtful details that set this place apart. Recommended for a romantic getaway or if you want to relax and recharge.
Not sure which pleased us more---the beauty of the island or the kindness and attention to detail of Ser Casasandra's staff. From the moment we were greeted the 2 Casasandra drinks (which were so unbelievably good we had several more during our stay), we knew had found paradise.
Our time at Ser Casasandra was absolutely soulful and beautiful! Huge shout out to Yaimi for organizing our visit, Antonio and Edgar for being such gracious hosts, and Jesus for taking care of us with the most delicious food. Your team welcomed us, embraced us, and also graced us with privacy---that is a delicate balance but each of them did it absolutely perfectly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you---we WILL return soon!