From luxury eco-lodges and beachfront villas to funky hostels and hammocks on the sand – figure out where to stay in Isla Holbox with this accommodation guide to suit all budgets.
With turquoise water, beautiful beaches, and plenty to see and do, Mexico is one of my top recommendations for a relaxing holiday.
However, as more and more tourists head there each year, it’s becoming harder to find special spots away from the crowds. My top tip? Slow down the pace and spend a few days on the island of Holbox – a fun and bohemian destination, which hasn’t lost its charm.
If you’re wondering how to get to Isla Holbox, be sure to check out my travel tips, as well as reading my enormous Isla Holbox travel guide, which is packed full of the best things to do, places to visit and restaurant suggestions.
Isla Holbox (pronounced holbosh / holbash) is car-free (although there are golf carts and bikes to get around), and wifi speeds are pretty slow. As a result, it’s an ideal spot for a digital detox – leave the laptop behind and spend your days sipping cocktails on the beach or exploring the nature reserve. Yum Balam is home to abundant birdlife, including vibrant pink flamingos and pelicans. Dolphins, turtles, and even whale sharks regularly visit the waters around the island.
To ensure you make the most of your stay, it’s worth doing a little research before on where to stay in Isla Holbox. Although the island is somewhat sleepy compared to the popular destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, there’s no shortage of Holbox hotels and accommodation options to suit every budget.
Happily, I’ve done the hard work for you! If you’re finding it tricky to decide where to stay in Isla Holbox, use this handy hotel review guide and hopefully you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your trip.
Where To Stay in Isla Holbox
Luxury Hotels in Isla Holbox
There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Holbox, but at Casa Sandra, Cuban artist Sandra Pérez Lozano has created a rare jewel, crammed to the brim with unique, eye-catching works of art.
Each piece of furniture and decoration is carefully sourced from local Yucatan artists and most are made from natural materials. This gives the hotel a rustic feel, but don’t worry – Casa Sandra certainly doesn’t scrimp on luxury.
Along with a wonderful spa, you’ll find spacious, luxurious bedrooms. The hotel’s restaurant, Esencia, offers Mexican-Cuban fusion food, and includes plenty of seafood sourced from the island’s waters. Also don’t miss the regular yoga and pilates sessions on the beach in front of the hotel. While it works for friends and families, I think this is the one of the best hotels in Holbox for couples seeking a romantic break.
READ MORE: Isla Holbox Travel Guide
Casa Las Tortugas
*Please note, this hotel has sadly experienced a devastating fire in November 2022, so please check their website for updates.*
Casa Las Tortugas is one of the most popular hotels in Holbox, and one I’ve had recommended by plenty of people! The beautiful boutique hotel sits on the beach, just a stone’s throw from the island’s main square. It offers the best of both worlds – you’re close to the main action on Holbox Island, whilst still feeling like you’ve got your own private slice of paradise.
Rooms are comfortable and the chic design of the hotel cleverly repurposes driftwood and local materials to create an elegant hippie-chic vibe. One of the big attractions is the restaurant, which serves up fabulous seafood and local delicacies.
The luxury eco-resort of Villas Flamingos is located in the heart of the Yum Balam Reserve, and is regarded as one of the best luxury hotels in Holbox. It’s the ideal place to reconnect with nature without sacrificing your comfort.
It’s designed to have as little impact on the natural environment as possible, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery without damaging the island’s precious ecosystem.
The beach is secluded and set away from the main populated areas, so this is the ideal place to come for a taste of nature and some peace and quiet. Each room is decorated individually in a bohemian style, with bright mosaic tiles and handcrafted wooden embellishments. best hotels in Holbox.
Las Nubes de Holbox
On an island crammed with brightly decorated hotels and vibrant murals, the minimalist design of Las Nubes de Holbox is surprising. The hotel features simple, whitewashed, thatched buildings in traditional styles, with comfort at the heart.
You’ll find lush interiors, a luxurious spa, and everything else you’d expect from one of the most popular luxury hotels in Holbox. Although the design may be minimalist, the natural beauty of Holbox speaks for itself, and is best appreciated from the romantic terrace in the hotel restaurant.
Mid-Range Hotels in Isla Holbox
Hotel Punta Caliza
From the outside, Punta Caliza Hotel resembles many of the luxury boutique hotels that litter the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. However, take a step inside and you’ll soon see that this hotel is one-of-a-kind.
Designed by a group of award-winning young architects, the entire structure is inspired by traditional Mayan construction techniques, using red cedar bark and lime to create gorgeous stucco effects.
The highlight has to be the water-filled ‘patio’ in the central courtyard. This is an eco-friendly hotel run by a small family – as such, you’ll receive a warm welcome, personalised service, and plenty of insider tips for your time on Isla Holbox.
This 3-star hotel is just a stone’s throw from the beach and has everything you need to enjoy your stay on Holbox, without breaking the bank. Rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, and the outdoor pool makes a refreshing change from the sea on hot days.
This is also a great option for families, with plenty of activities for little ones and well-priced family rooms. It’s definitely one of the best mid range options on the island.
Self-Catered Accommodation in Isla Holbox
Some of my favourite places to stay on the island are cute Airbnbs, villas and apartments. If you’re on a budget, would like the option of self-catering your trip, or you’re travelling as a family or a big group, you might find an Airbnbs suits your needs better. You can claim £35 / $45 off your first trip by clicking here.
Casa HM Villa del Mar
This is one of those dream houses that needs to be seen to be believed! It’s chic and luxurious, with minimalist décor. It sleeps up to seven people across three bedrooms, so would be perfect for a group or family trip.
It has a large terrace, swimming pool and hot tub – what more could you need on holiday! Plus, this villa is in a great location, moments from the beach. There’s an option to book a chef to prep some of your meals too, if cooking feels like too much of a hassle on your holiday!
Baläo Beach Club Tower
How about this for some unique accommodation on the island. This adorable treehouse-style apartment makes an incredible escape from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the island. It’s right up in the palm trees, feels lovely and private, and is moments from the beach.
There’s a shared pool too, for those moments when you want to cool off. If you’re looking for a memorable and romantic place to stay on the island, this is it!
Why Knot Cool
This colourful guest house has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four people, making it perfect for couples or families. I love how quirky it looks, with colourful designs all around.
There’s a shared pool on site too, as well as it being a short walk to a quiet part of the main stretch of beach. Lots of people rave about the welcome from the owner, so this is somewhere you’re guaranteed to be well looked after!
This 6-bedroom villa on Isla Holbox can sleep 16 people, making it perfect for a group holiday on the island. The house is immaculate inside, with lots of space to spread out and socialise. Outside you’ll find a pool and terrace area.
It’s also in a great location, under 100 steps to the beach, where you’ll find private chairs and palapas just for house guests. It’s a short walk into town too, for when you fancy going out for dinner or grabbing an ice cream. This is one of the best rated Airbnbs on Holbox, but it does get booked up, so book well in advance.
The ultimate villa for a large group in Isla Holbox, Casa Mariposa sleeps up to 20 people. It has a private beach area, outdoor pool and plenty of areas for socialising and relaxing.
Interiors are quirky, with murals and pops of colour dotted throughout the villa. Reviews are excellent, with many booking this house for special occasions, like wedding parties, 40th birthdays etc. If you’re looking for a huge beach house in Holbox, this is another option.
Budget Hotels in Isla Holbox
Tribu Hostel is one of the best places to stay in Isla Holbox for backpackers. Designed by travellers, for travellers, this cheap hostel is perfectly thought out to meet the needs of backpackers and budget travellers. You’ll find a variety of vibrant dorm rooms, singles and doubles, all at reasonable prices.
However, the real draw of this hotel is its wonderful bar, where it’s easy to meet people, and share a beer while enjoying live music and swapping travel tales. If you’re a creative type, you can even grab a paintbrush and add to the murals that adorn the walls.
Still deciding where to stay in Isla Holbox? Search using this handy map of the island and see where takes your fancy!
Hopefully this guide has given you plenty of ideas for where to stay in Isla Holbox. For the top things to do in Isla Holbox, check out my comprehensive travel guide! Let me know where you end up.
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