Dubbed the new Tulum by InStyle magazine, Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) is a small fishermen village located just two hours drive and ferry ride from Cancun and retains its rustic style surrounded by unspoiled and secluded beaches, sandy streets where golf carts replace cars, and a surprising mix of influences and culture. The population is approximately 2,000 with a mix of expats and locals who are descendant from Mayan, Spanish and Cuban settlers. The island is part of the ecological reserve of 'Yum Balam', which covers 154,000 square kilometers of protected areas where unique species reside including hawksbill turtles, pink flamingos, terns, white pelicans, iguanas and horseshoe crabs.
Tucked a few barefeet away from the town center of chic boutiques, fine dining restaurants, art galleries and live entertainment, lies CasaSandra - a charming 18-suite oceanfront Bohemian retreat offering crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, thatched daybeds, shady palms, with the best restaurant on-island according to The New York Times.
This charming getaway makes it so simple to disconnect yet the connections I have made here on this island speaks volumes. My friend and CasaSandra owner Sandra Perez is a painter, poet, Latin Grammy Award-winner and muse to famed Cuban musician Pablo Milanes. She built CasaSandra as an artist's retreat.
Each room is individually appointed with original artwork with by her and other Cuban artists such as Roberto Fabelo and Noel Morera and is appointed with a mix of handmade Mexican furniture and Cuban antiques, decor and furnishings creating a luxe but laid back atmosphere true to the island vibe. The hotel offers massage, yoga and Reiki creating an ideal environment to relax and recharge.
CasaSandra's signature restaurant Esencia offers a delightful mix of local and fresh-caught fish specialities, Cuban favorites and Asian-inspired dishes. Every Saturday, the hotel hosts "Noche Cubana" where guest and locals come together over drinks and live music around the hotel's garden pool.
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