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Old 11-22-2012   #46 (permalink)
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Great report & amazing photos! What do you shoot?
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Great report & amazing photos! What do you shoot?


If you mean the actually GOOD photos, those are not mine, we don't have an underwater camera. They are from HERE, I posted that link before. Go to the Gallery, there are some wonderful photos in there.


Our own camera is a cheap little Canon SD something. I am a very lazy photographer. But thanks!
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Thanks for taking the time, Riss. I really enjoyed it.
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I never thanked you for your reply and advice, Maggie! Thank you! Your trip reports are always the best.

I'm about 85% sure we're going to do Isla Mujeres this year and stay at Privilege Aluxes. I found a good deal on Expedia with an AI upgrade of only $35 a day. Well worth it even if we eat out every night.
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Thanks for taking the time, Riss. I really enjoyed it.
you are very welcome! you handsome devil!!

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I never thanked you for your reply and advice, Maggie! Thank you! Your trip reports are always the best.

I'm about 85% sure we're going to do Isla Mujeres this year and stay at Privilege Aluxes. I found a good deal on Expedia with an AI upgrade of only $35 a day. Well worth it even if we eat out every night.
Yes, that is well worth it, I love that you can choose to do the AI for such a great price, at least certain times of the year. And thanks so much.
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Another freaking awesome Rissask trip report!!
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Awesome report!!!! My wife & I are going to be staying Privilege Aluxes in 4 weeks & can't wait. It's even harder to wait now that we've read your trip report. We took your advice in adding the AI to our trip, you can't beat the price. How is the snorkeling right off the beach from the resort? We went to Isla on a day trip two years ago & knew we were gonna go back & stay for a week the next time we vacationed back in the Mayan Riviera. It's -22 right now here in Prince George with beautiful blue skies but we want +30 with blue skies. Thanks again... Rob & Wyna
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Awesome report!!!! My wife & I are going to be staying Privilege Aluxes in 4 weeks & can't wait. It's even harder to wait now that we've read your trip report. We took your advice in adding the AI to our trip, you can't beat the price. How is the snorkeling right off the beach from the resort? We went to Isla on a day trip two years ago & knew we were gonna go back & stay for a week the next time we vacationed back in the Mayan Riviera. It's -22 right now here in Prince George with beautiful blue skies but we want +30 with blue skies. Thanks again... Rob & Wyna

I hope you have a great trip!

I have been reading how busy and packed the island is right now, during high season..I guess regulars have been saying they've never seen the island so crowded as it's been the last couple months. Hopefully by early April it will be quieter....so long as you won't be there over Easter week!

Yes, the AI is definitely well worth getting for the price. Even if all you use it for is breakfasts and lunches and drinks at the beach club.


The only snorkelling from shore on Isla is at Garrafon de Castilla. It is about 40 pesos each entry fee. Decent snorkelling. If you really want better snorkelling, best to do a day snorkel tour with someone like Capitan Tony out to Isla Contoy....he also stops at a reef on the way with good snorkelling.

Just go talk to him at his house/shop once you get to the island...blue house on Calle Matamoros, I think the street is the same one the restaurant Olivia is on, a side street off the main pedestrian street Hidalgo. possibly it is one street over.

I also recommend ordering Mapchick maps of Isla, you have time yet if you don't have them already.

http://www.mapchick.com/isla-mujeres-map/
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I hope you have a great trip!

I have been reading how busy and packed the island is right now, during high season..I guess regulars have been saying they've never seen the island so crowded as it's been the last couple months. Hopefully by early April it will be quieter....so long as you won't be there over Easter week!

Yes, the AI is definitely well worth getting for the price. Even if all you use it for is breakfasts and lunches and drinks at the beach club.


The only snorkelling from shore on Isla is at Garrafon de Castilla. It is about 40 pesos each entry fee. Decent snorkelling. If you really want better snorkelling, best to do a day snorkel tour with someone like Capitan Tony out to Isla Contoy....he also stops at a reef on the way with good snorkelling.

Just go talk to him at his house/shop once you get to the island...blue house on Calle Matamoros, I think the street is the same one the restaurant Olivia is on, a side street off the main pedestrian street Hidalgo. possibly it is one street over.

I also recommend ordering Mapchick maps of Isla, you have time yet if you don't have them already.

http://www.mapchick.com/isla-mujeres-map/

Yep, pretty much what Riss stated about Captain Tony. As far as PA, have fun at El Diablo.
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Great trip report! So we are still trying to figure out where we want to stay on Isla. While we didn't want to do AI. The price is pretty good and the resort looks so nice!
I assume the beach club is included at th AI, correct? What is the dress code for the AI restaurants in the evening?
I see there is a mini bar in each room. What are they normally stocked with or can you make requests?



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the beach club is part of the AI, mini fridge has pop, chips, water & cervesas. you can call room service & have them restocked when you want but they are restocked daily.
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Thanks for the info Schmoopie & J.C!

What about the dress code at dinner time?
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we never did the ala carte restaurant but casual dress in the buffet for dinner was good. everyone we saw there had on nice shorts, dresses, casual shirts. no swim suits. the food was great every time we ate there
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Great trip report! So we are still trying to figure out where we want to stay on Isla. While we didn't want to do AI. The price is pretty good and the resort looks so nice!
I assume the beach club is included at th AI, correct? What is the dress code for the AI restaurants in the evening?
I see there is a mini bar in each room. What are they normally stocked with or can you make requests?



Thanks!
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Yes, the Cafe del Mar beach club restaurant and beach palapa service for drinks and food is included in the AI. It's the main reason we went with the AI - at only $25 per person per day it really was a no-brainer. If it were a lot more than about $40 per day, we might not do the AI.

Cafe del Mar is also open at night until about 11 I think....nice place to listen to the live entertainment and have a couple of drinks, toes in the sand.

In the mini bar all I can really remember is there were Coronitas!

No formal dress code for the dinner buffet- we only had dinner there once and were not overly impressed. We really liked Satay though, we went there twice- and the dress code there....good question! I can't actually remember if they have a 'no open-toed shoes/pants only' requirement for men. It seems to me our guys wore nice shorts there at least one time. Hmmm. I would tell him to pack one pair of long pants and take closed toe shoes just in case? It's nice to have them along in case you need them anyway, you might want to go to another nice dinner while there, Villa Rolandi is very nice.

When we return to Isla this is the place I want to stay, especially if it is a busier time of year, but it's more $$ and more remote, you would want to rent a golf cart for the week to be able to drive to restaurants/town.
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So my husband likes to be very casual on vacation as he is shirt and tie guy for his work. I am sure dress shorts and a nice shirt won't be an issue, but long pants and closed toe shoes would be. Are nice jean shorts allowed?
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