Activities for Children on Isla Mujeres #1

Every Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Hacienda Mundaca Palapa
(near Isla Mujeres Palace Hotel)
Meg DeClerck, offers a free hour long introductory yoga class for children in Spanish & English.
Fun animal poses and super cute meditation
(where she actually magically gets all these giggly excited kids to close eyes and lie still)
The kids love it and you will love watching it even more.

Meg was certified at the Miami Yogashala in the Ashtanga tradition of Yoga in 2004. The Ashtanga certification process is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive forms of certification available. Meg finds great joy in teaching yoga which she believes has a direct effect on the well~being of the Spirit. She encourages laughter and looseness in her classes and inspires integral lessons that can be applied both on and off the mat. Bring your children along, everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel.

Heavenly Massage

On return to the Island, I always find it takes me a few days, to chill and get myself moving at Island pace, to de~stress and stop walking & talking at 100mph big city style.
Not any more, Maria Luisa's massages are like mainlining zen.
Start your vacation with one of her heavenly massages and your whole body and mind are stripped of all tension, stress, aches and leave you feeling fluid, tranquil and ready to get on with the serious business of fully enjoying your vacation.

During her sessions, Maria Luisa uses a variety of essential oils, eucalyptus, cinnamon & lavender to name but a few, to massage you from scalp to toes and take not just your body but your mind away on a journey from daily stress and worries.

Becky Bohan describes the experience best,

"First Maria Luisa does away with the modesty sheet, so I am totally exposed. (She would use a sheet if I wanted one, but let me tell you, it is fabulous to do without!) Then she puts eucalyptus oil on her hands and holds them under my nose so I can breathe in the strong vapors of this medicinal plant. She rubs my scalp vigorously and then moves to the rest of my body.
For over an hour, Maria Luisa slathers on different oils for various areas of my body and rubs and kneads, vibrates and bends, stretches and pulls. During her massages I almost always have a deep sense of my soul being just a resident in my body. My mind seems to zoom to the outer galaxies and I look back at this little speck of dust called Earth I feel so much love and joy for this home and for the physical form I am inhabiting for such a short time.
Not only do I walk (stagger) away from the massage totally relaxed, the knots rubbed out, the energy points revitalized, and my skin aglow, I also have a sense of profound spiritual wellbeing.
On that little rectangle of a table, my soul experiences a connection to the Infinite."

To book an appointment with Maria Luisa email

Yoga Classes

Whilst on vacation feeling calm and relaxed and with time on your hands to try new things, why not slip in to a yoga class at Hotel Na Balaam on Playa Norte and take your holiday relaxation to a whole new level.
Classes are available daily and at different times throughout the day.
From classes for beginners, ashtanga power vinaysa flow, hatha, kundalini, meditation to classes for kids.
There is something to suit everybody
go to

for more information, class timetable & prices.

El Gran Escape. Ocean Front Villa

As you look across the infinity pool out to the far reaching horizon framing your view of the Caribbean Sea you grasp a true sense of the infinite and your place in it.
Our pool boasts a shallow sunning area and swim up bar with seating for six.
Your hardest decision will be whether to get in the hot tub or possibly retreat for a siesta in one of the four bedrooms three of which have a full view of the sea and surf. After all you may want to rest up for the barbeque you are planning on the luxurious outdoor facilities.
Beautiful Four bedroom property with ocean views and infinity pool. Full kitchen.
All bedrooms have full bathroom with walk~in stone showers.

For more information or to book email

Fancy an Island view 365 days a year?

Beautiful prints, canvasses and fotoflots available to buy and hang on your wall at home.
go to A Piece of Isla On Your Wall Gallery at

Also available 2011 Calendar.
12 stunning seascapes
13.5" x 19"
Gloss or Linen Finish Paper
preview & order online at

Casa Amarilla

This villa, built in 2004, has stunning 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea and Bay of Mujeres. Situated on the highest point on the island, as well as on the only double lot in the South Point, the views of the ever-changing ocean are unparalleled. Featuring traditional Mexican decor, it is the perfect getaway for 4 couples or family group of up to 8. There are 4 identical bedrooms, each with full bath and its own sliding glass doors that open to a shady 85-ft. veranda. Step down from the veranda to the infinity swimming pool, tropical gardens, a giant expanse of grass leading up to the cliff’s edge with unobstructed views of the Mexican Caribbean and the lights of Cancun across the Bay of Mujeres.

The main living area with its 30 ft. ceiling and sunken built-in semi-circular sofa is the perfect place for casual gatherings and fun entertaining. The kitchen joins the open living area, separated by a tiled counter that seats 8. Continue through the sliding glass doors to the outdoor dining area on the veranda, an idyllic and elegant site for a candlelit meal, board games, and celebration at the large wooden table. Arrangements can be made for a personal chef to come cook for you, with endless choices ranging from organic to authentic Mexican breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
This villa has an almost unending choice of spots in which to relax, whether you are lounging in one of 8 chaises by the pool, curled up with a good book in one of 6 hammocks, sunning yourself on the large rooftop sun bed or enjoying beverages at sunset under the rooftop palapa. Located on the southernmost tip of the island, this villa is tranquil, quiet and private.
Daily cleaning service is easily arranged, as well as transportation service to and from the quaint village and first-rate restaurants at the north end of the island. Exquisitely maintained, this fully-staffed home is the perfect venue for an unforgettable tropical vacation!
For more information contact

Mi Secreto. Hair Studio & Spa Services

Anne~Marie Cote has been working her magic on Islanders, and has been many a bride's secret weapon for several years now. She is now opening Mi Secreto in downtown Isla Mujeres.
If you are in town on 14th November 2010, drop in at the opening party from 4~8pm at the RocaMar Hotel.
Mi Secreto offers full salon services, professional airbrushed make up, Pravanna holistic hair care line which melds European artistry, Mayan natural botanicals and innovative American technology.
Waxing services, Manicure & Pedicure using only the finest spa products by OPI.
Restylane treatments and therapy for varicose veins by a nurse with a specialist degree from Canada.

Spray tanning with all the lastest natural products.

Salon hours :
Tuesday 9am til 5pm
Wednesday to Friday 11am til 8pm
Saturdays 10am til 2pm
Closed Sundays.

So everything you need to turn you into a beach goddess and leave you feeling relaxed and beautiful whilst  on vacation.
Gentlemen are also welcome!

more information go to

Olivia Restaurant

Israeli couple Lior Ben-shafrut Zelzer and Yaron Zelzer have introduced their culture and traditional flavors to the enchanting island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico in a wonderful fusion of Moroccan, Greek, Bulgarian and Turkish influenced cuisine. Olivia is a mélange of cultural recipes of the couples parents and grandparents. After living in Isla Mujeres for four years and missing the variety of flavors and home-cooked meals they grew up with in Israel, Lior and Yaron decided to bring some of their home to the island and recreate the recipes their Mothers and Grandmothers handed down to them, which was not a simple task, to say the least.

The result is Olivia, a refreshingly diverse restaurant with a loyal following of both local residents and visitors to Isla Mujeres. Everything served at Olivia is homemade “from scratch” daily. From the delicious selections of freshly baked bread to the unique spices and seasonings used to flavor the freshest produce, fish and meats. Lior and Yaron pay homage to the home cooked food their Mothers and Grandmothers so lovingly brought to the table.

For a relaxed meal with friends, book the Pagoda Table in advance which comfortably seats 10

Homemade parmesan bread- served with butter and marinated olives

Tzaziki - refreshng yogurt, cucumber and mint paste served with parmesan bread

Tabule - chilled couscous salad

Labane - homemade yogurt cheese serviced with pita bread

Greek Tapas - a selection of Greek starters- feta cheese, marinated olives, grilled bell peppers and eggplant salad and tzaziki, served with parmesan bread

Moroccan Tapas - a selection of Moroccan starters- babaganush, tabule, Moroccan carrot salad and matbuha. Served with pita bread

Main Courses
Chicken in Olives - chicken thighs cooked slowly in red wine, tomatoes and green olives with authentic spices, served over couscous

Spanacopita - An authentic Greek bake - layers of phylo dough and a mixture of spinach and feta cheese served with fresh tomato sauce, hard boiled egg and house marinated olives

Albondigas - homemade ground beef meatballs cooked in tomato sauce & served with parmesan bread

Mafrum - potatoes stuffed with ground beef cooked slowly in Moroccan red sauce and served over couscous

Moroccan Style Fish Fillet - spicy, cooked slowly in red sauce with lime, garlic, coriander, chickpeas and olive oil. Served over couscous

Moussaka - a traditional Balkan casserole - layers of ground beef & eggplant baked in creamy parmsan bechamel sauce, served with fresh onion, tomato and coriander salad

Location: Avenue Matamoros between Juarez and Medina

To reserve a table Phone: 998.877.1765 (MX)
or contact Lior via their website


Have dinner or your pool party catered at your villa.

Sonrisas Catering specializes in a casual Island style of entertaining.
Their food is very eclectic combining the freshest seasonal ingredients & international flavors. Their menu includes some unique items that they smoke in-house, two of their most popular are the Isla smoked fish dip & the Dinosaur style pulled pork & coleslaw sandwiches. Their soups, salads, slaws & vegetables highlight the incredible produce the Island has to offer.  Chilled Moroccan carrot soup with a touch of honey & lime transforms the local sweet carrots into a delicious dish.
Sonrisas also bake all their own breads & desserts including baguettes & chocolate tortes.
Focus is on fresh, healthy cuisine that tastes awesome & makes your visit to Isla even better than you expected.

For more information or to book contact

Margaritas at sunset on a boat?

Most people visit Isla & their only experience on the water is the ferry ride over or relaxing on the beach. A  Sunset cruise is an incredible way to watch the sunset on the water while enjoying delicious tapas & cocktails with friends.

These private sunset cruises are hosted aboard the AZ Grand, a 39 foot Venture center console, with triple Mercury Verado engines, an enclosed head (bathroom) & plenty of seating. The sunset cruise is two hours long. Cruise the bay & watch the sunset while listening to your choice of satellite music surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean. It really doesn't get any better than that.
Departure is approximately an hour & a half before sunset & return approximately 1/2 hour after sunset. Usually leaving from Puerto Isla/Villa Vera Resort, but pick-ups from downtown & Villa Rolandi's are also available.
Price is $210 (USD) for up to 8 people
$25 (USD) for each additional person, with a 12 person maximum.
The cruise includes margaritas, beers, water & soft drinks.
Guests must be at least 12 years old or special arrangements must be made prior to the trip.
Tapas platters, pizzas, snacks & sweets are priced based upon order & number of guests.

The AZ Grand is also available for fishing charters in Isla Mujeres, MX. Captain Brad Wareing, with over 25 years of fishing experience, has been fishing here since 1999. Isla is known as the sailfish capital of the world, as well as its great fishing for marlin, mahi mahi (dorado), tuna, wahoo & bottom fishing for grouper, snapper, tile fish, porgy, etc. Fishing on the AZ Grand is an awesome fishing experience in the Caribbean. Drinks and lunch, as well as all bait and tackle are included, maximum of 4 anglers. $810 (USD) per day plus fuel and tip. If you go meat fishing, fresh filets will be available for you to take to your accommodations or you can have Sonrisas Catering do an on-site Grander fish fry. Captain Brad will also vacuum seal & flash freeze your fish, if you want, to take it back home with you.

For more information or to book email me at