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Sal Si Puedes has a restaurant, bar, a garden and private beach area in Tintipan Island. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also have a sea view. Full English/Irish and American breakfast options are available every morning at Sal Si Puedes. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Tintipan Island, like snorkelling. The nearest airport is Corozal Airport, 92 km from Sal Si Puedes.
Pros: I really enjoyed the service provided by the staff and owner. An absolutely wonderful place for a couple to visit in the off season. Had the whole place to ourselves.
Pros: Very exclusive, beautiful decorated, well taken care off bounty Island place for ultimate relaxation. Enough soft beachbeds and hammocks for all guests (max 10 in total!). Beautiful shares balcony with superb view. Staff is friendly and even came to look for us when our kayak island round trip took quite long because of the waves and one kayak that filled up with water. Very good food (even better than on Island Mucura) at fair prices. We loved the langoustines. Great housecocktail. And you can use the included kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelmasks. At the other end of their beatiful wooden boardwalk to the boatdeck you can swim with glitering plankton at night. So don’t book a tour elsewhere!
Cons: A bit expensive but it was worth it.
Pros: We are so lucky to have come across this beautiful gem in Tintipan Island. It was our sweet home for 3 nights and 4 days and we wished it was longer. The house we stayed at was comfortable in all aspects, quiet, fresh, private and suited for our likes and needs. Piedad was super servicial at all times.We specially enjoyed the food cooked for us by Catalina and Mary, who have a special touch when it comes to cuisine. Thanks to Robert and Dairo, our stay was comfortable and our needs were met. We enjoyed kayaking and paddleboarding which was at our request, from early morning until afternoon. The house has its own private beach and you can have your meals by the sea. You breath nature and peace. I wish everyone got to enjoy this beautiful place surrounded by beauty and outstanding views.
Cons: Everything was marvelous!
Pros: Other than the bed being uncomfortable, everything else was great.
Cons: The bed was uncomfortable
Pros: A dream place for a few relaxing days to escape from busy and noisy city life
Cons: Be prepared for Moskitos!
Pros: It was wonderful there. The staff was super nice and the food awesome! The only critique that i have is for the manager: She was quite harsh to the staff.. The rest was perfect!
Pros: the location. Is very exclusive and the main bedroom is very confortable
Cons: not many options to eat. The food is good but the menu is limited and there are no options near the property to have lunch or dinner.
Cons: All I would suggest to have a great time is to make sure you pack bug repellent. Bugs are not but at dawn and dusk for a hour or so then disappear. The staff was great, place was clean, and the relaxation was ultimate!!! Definitely will go back if I have the chance!
Pros: Just everything. Location, owner, staff, tranquility, food. Everything. Probably the best break in my and my wife’s lives.
Cons: Sandflies. But wind helps. And the staff gives oil which helps too.
Pros: Piedad and her staff were wonderful; made us feel like we were visiting friends in their fabulous tropical retreat. We stayed in the deluxe room, which was very large, very comfortable, and had a balcony and a private roof top deck for sunning. There was a second, very comfortable, shaded, shared deck looking over the sea. This inn had been a family vacation home, before it was an inn and restored by the owner. She is an artist and a craftsman. The tile work and other artistic details are beautiful. The added free activities were a real bonus: (guided) kayaking, use (and instruction!) of a stand-up paddle board, and snorkeling with photo-plankton. The photo-plankton was absolutely amazing; if you have seen it in other places and were not impressed, try it here!! Also beautiful moon or night stars if the moon is not bright (very clear sky) I was happy to see the Milky Way before the moon rose. Plenty of lounge chairs in shade or sun on the pretty beach. Try the Sal Si Puedes cocktail; delicious!
Cons: Inconsistent internet might be a problem for some; it was not for us. It is well worth that minor inconvenience to be so "away from it all"
Pros: The location is great, but remote with boat access only . Very nice for a get-away from city life and stress. The owner had very nice decor and decorations . We were the only people renting in this 3-5 room place. The food was prepared well and to our liking . Breakfast was included All in all it was great but may be a bit pricy considering rates at other places nearby No internet can be an issue for some Recommended
Cons: No internet
When you stay at Hotel Isla Palma Playa Y Ecohabs in Isla Palma, you'll be on the beach and within a 5-minute drive of Islote De Santa Cruz.
Pros: The palm trees were nice, is the only positive thing I could find.
Cons: The pictures in the ads are super misleading. This resort is amazingly disgusting. The water doesn't work in the room. The toilet was leaking sewage from the base, and shower was a garbage can with water in it and a bowl for scooping the water out. They left 5 gallon carboy of water to use so the toilet would flush. The bathroom is off the side of the building, and the floor is asphalt shingles. The mattress springs came through the bed, and were mattress sagged. The floors are wood, and filthy. Not even swept. When we arrived, we realized that we were in trouble, but our shuttle boat had left, and we were stuck. Total tourist trap. I have traveled to 41 countries, and this was the worst ever. Run away. Stop looking at this place. I wish I could post my pictures here. I will see if I can add them to trip advisor. Also, the restaurant only has coke, water, and a fruit punch to drink. Nothing else was available. It was awful.
When you stay at Hotel Isla Mucura in Isla Mucura, you'll be on the waterfront and minutes from Playa Isla Mucura and Punta Faro West Dock. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. A ferry terminal shuttle is available for a surcharge.
Pros: The beach! that is the only good thing in all this place. Accommodations could have been great as well, if only the staff had taken the time to listen to our needs, which were not rocket science. Since we had the sofa turned into a bed (which they knew), one would think providing sheets and pillows was basic
Cons: The staff!!! Not a single staff member in this entire hotel was any good. Receptionists who tried to up-charge us when we were checking out, servers at the restaurant who would simply ignore us, cash register to pay who would cause us a problem to pay EVERY SINGLE meal. Their service is terrible!!!!! So bad, to the point that it did ruin the days of vacation we spent there
Cons: Lack of fresh water , tolerance not flush or over flowing
Pros: The place is amazing, you just feel in a desert island, private beach, amazing clear water, hamacs, activities..
Cons: I didn't like the "resort" style of this hostel, you can't eat when you want and what you want, also a time schedule for shower, i think it's kind of sad that you have to always be careful at the time in a place that is suppose to be all about disconnexion and relaxation.. Also be aware that there is no wifi or services (3G) over there!
Pros: Despite the fact that the staff was a little disorganized it is a beautiful place with fantastic beach and nature. I really enjoyed staying here.
Pros: The location is obviously gorgeous, but that says more about the island than the hotel. I really liked a staff member named Barbara
Cons: The dorms were not worth how expensive they were. First of all, there was a black cat that would sneak in the dorms daily and sleep on the beds and pillows, and when I told staff they would remove the cat but did nothing to patch up the hole it kept climbing thru. Many people are allergic to cats and I don’t want to sleep on a pillow a random cat laid on all day! I understand limiting water usage, but there was sometimes not even water to wash your hands after using the bathrooms in the dorms. Given the current health outbreak of CORVIRUS, this was a concern. Also, only one of the showers really worked, the other came out like a slight drizzle. Nowhere to rinse your feet off after the beach either, so if you went outside the times the showers were working, you are out of luck. It was also weird that the dorm walls were all screens, so anyone can peer into the dorms and see what you have in there, which is a problem because they only have one key to lock the door that they instruct you to leave right next to the door. No lockers either. Not safe nor any privacy The food was expensive and underwhelming. As a solo female traveler, I felt uncomfortable when multiple male hotel workers hit on me, asked for my number and called me “boring” when I declined their offers to walk alone on the beach with them at night or go party in the Pueblo. Very unprofessional. Also, for the expensive price I would expect having a water filter or water jug for guests, especially with environmental concerns. Instead they only sell small water bottles for 5k. I ended up going into the Pueblo and buying a gallon of water I could refill my water bottle with for economic and environmental benefit.
Pros: The environment is just a paradise!
Cons: It really seems the staff of the restaurant is managed by teenagers not aware at all of the basics. Eg: you have drinks included in the buffet and you need to ask for it plenty of times and you get it finally when you have finished to eat. They also forget things very easily. Quality of the food is also very low compared to what you pay and what they could offer knowing they have plenty of good fish’s.
Pros: The guy who ran the activities - Cristian - was great. He lead dance classes, morning stretching and much more - they were all lots of fun
Cons: Pretty much everything The admin process is horrendous. They harass you with emails saying if you don’t pay before arrival at the island they will cancel your booking. And the only way to pay (unless you are Colombian) is via PayPal with a 10% charge. Plus you can only pay on PayPal in USD, which they then convert using a terrible exchange rate so you end up paying even more. It’s insane. Plus when we got to the island the pre payment policy was not enforced and people were just paying at check out. Meaning we had paid considerably more but had not needed to- complete con! The admin hell doesn’t end there, they are so poorly organised the check put took nearly 2 hours!!! I’ve literally never seen anything like it! The food is lacklustre to say the least and vastly overpriced and the service is terrible. At breakfast it took over 30 minutes to get coffee despite asking 3 times. One night we ordered ceviche only for them to come back to us 45 minutes later to say they didn’t have any, which meant we had to reorder something else and wait another 40 minutes for that. In addition our room had a giant rat. Appreciate that we were on an island and small critters are part of the deal. But this rat basically visited us every night, on the final night we just slept with the light on to keep it out. The hotel is also massively confused, on the one hand it acts (and charges ) like a luxury hotel, on the other it acts like a party hostel with dorms and awful music played through terrible speakers which reverberates across the island until 2 am, regardless if anyone is actually at the bar Basically this hotel is very expensive by Colombian standards and truly awful in terms of quality of accommodation and service by Colombian standards. We travelled Colombia for 8 weeks and this was by far the most expensive place we stayed and it was by FAR the worst, every other accommodation experience we had was great.
With a stay at Mucura Club Hotel in Isla Mucura, you'll be minutes from Punta Faro East Dock and Playa Isla Mucura.
Pros: Food and staff
Cons: Cold water shower
Pros: - super friendly Maria working at the reception. Always so helpful and nice and solved any issues efficiently. - thumbs up to the kitchen staff. All my meals were included and I was expecting to be boring and plain. NOT AT ALL! Different choices every day and each meal came with 3 courses (wowzer) and they were simply soooooo tasty. Yum yum! - Great price ratio. If you are a backpacker you might be tempted to book the hostel/resort next door, but people who I met staying there said the food there was expensive and uninspiring. With the meals they ended up paying the same but only for a hammock while I had a private room with air-con. Múcura Club is definitely a better choice.
Cons: - the (small) beach area could be set up in a more attractive way, but you can always go to the hostel/resort right next door to use their facilities for free.
Pros: Suited us very well. Lovely reception staff. Would highly recommend the sea-view suite that we booked - spacious room with great balcony and splendid views. Excellent fish lunches. Tranquil and relaxing. We did the snorkeling and plankton excursions and both were good fun.
Cons: Great place but might not suit everyone. Not luxurious but of a good three-star standard. Small beach (but with good shade and lovely clear water) - its a shame that there aren't steps into the sea from the jetty as this would be great for swimming. It helps if you have a bit of Spanish to help with food choices etc.
Pros: The staff at Mucura Club Hotel is amazing. They were all very attentionate and welcoming. They even upgraded us to a better room (cabaña). The view is absolutely stunning and the food was delicious, thanks to the great cooking skills of Felipe. We loved the relax and silent environment, in comparison to other very noisy hotels on the island, which were putting loud music on the beach. We also really appreciated the beautiful hamacs. Mucura Club Hotel is a perfect place to disconnect and enjoy the nature. We would definitely like to come back!
Cons: The hotel would need to be a bit modernized, especially the bathrooms. The sheets are too thin. But overall, the location is so great that these details are not bothering.
Pros: The location is a dream. The small island gives to the hotel a charming, dreamy and unique experience. The wood docks for walking above the blue crystal water, which connects the rooms to other facilities makes you feel you are in paradise. Private beach, white sand, with chairs from the property to lay down and take nice a sunbath. The staff was absolutely incredible, friendly and super attentive, always smiling at you. The food was also very good, super Colombian and tropical, with fish, rice and patacones. Definitely one of the most beautiful places i've ever visited!
Cons: The fact that you have breakfast, lunch and dinner included is nice, but not having drinks included (like water or sodas) is a bit annoying since you're at the beach all day so you'll definitely be thirsty. Access to drinking water only if you buy bottles at the bar - we had already bottles and asked to the staff to fill but they said they are not allowed, only if you buy. The island is super clean, and the hotel is truly concerned about keeping the environment free from litter. One suggestion would be to find a way to provide water to the customers without using plastic bottles.
Pros: The manager and other staff were very friendly and helpful. Snorkeling and other tours were arranged easily for us. The meals were good, and we were very pleased they were willing to cater for us vegetarians. The wooden structures forming the beach club gave a natural feel, and we enjoyed watching the iguanas meandering in the gardens between the cabins.
Cons: Room was rather basic, and had Aircon running most of the time, keeping the room too cold especially at night. Our requests to have it turned off kept getting forgotten. The hotel private beach was very small.
Located in Isla Mucura, Hotel Punta Faro is by the sea and minutes from Playa Isla Mucura and Punta Faro West Dock. A cruise ship terminal shuttle is available for a surcharge.
Pros: Everything, from the moment we took the boat from the pier to arrival to this wonderful jewel in Caribbean! Very private yet cozy facility with an amazing private beach. The crews and staffs of the hotel make it a whole! Love every single person working there, they are always ready to assist and make your stay the most wonderful one. We have to evacuate due to COVID-19 country restriction, it is not easy ops for the hotel, but we felt the hotel has done their outmost effort help all staying there, kudos to their effort.
Pros: The room was great, the staff were lovely, the food was delicious. Definitely recommend!
Pros: +Great staff (very helpfull, they run for you) +Great “Resort” nice beach +Great buffet +Verry clean room We realy enjoyed our 3 nights here. Great island. We as a simple backpacker couple really had to get used to the staff running for you to get drinks etc. The type of other guests comming to this hotel is used to this luxerly. Also the staff is used to these kind of people as they were very supprised but pleased that we started to help them shifting the breakfast location due to a storm Long story short: the type of guests coming to the hotel are not our type of people One night we had a small problem with a blieping volt, but this was solved perfect and quickly.
Cons: The room looks a bit outdated (especially the ceiling).
Pros: The beach is nice.
Cons: The food isn't the best here. The coffee isn't good which is surprisingly sad because it's Colombia and they are known for amazing coffee. The boat ride to get there is 2 hours. A bit too far for my liking. There isn't communication from the rooms to the front desk. So if you need something you need to walk there. Also there is no locks in the rooms. I've had the staff walk into my room twice without knocking. Luckily I was fully clothed. Weird they wouldn't put locks or a latch at least even for when you're in the room. Overall the service wasn't that good. If you needed something even from the beach, you would have to go look for the staff. They weren't walking around asking if you need something.
Cons: nothing could have been better
Pros: Superb location and private. The property is of decent size and varies tours can be undertaken. The room (junior suite with sea view) was excellent. The breakfast, lunch and dinner were all of good quality. The beach is beautiful with beach chairs and service for drinks (which are at acceptable prices). I had an incident with my foot at corals at the beach and was treated well in the well equipped first aid post.
Cons: The bicycle tour was expensive for the delivered service. The complementary site viewing boat tour was well organised but certainly could include a bit more activities.
Pros: The location and the grounds were amazing and beautifully kept. Beverages were reasonably priced. Get
Cons: The room. Despite being a deluxe room there was nothing to warrant the lux title. Breakfast was just ok but no much choice of hot food other than eggs. Went on a snorkelling trip and there was hardly any coral or fish. The current was very strong also. We were not charged for the trip due to the strong currents.