Where to stay
Casa Las Tortugas
The whitewashed first-floor, beach-view suites are the ones to book; in-house Mandarina restaurant and sushi bar is superb and Luuma, next door, is the island’s hottest spot for tapas. Doubles from AED 734; 005298-4875 2129, holboxcasalastortugas.com
Manager Cuauhtémoc Muñoz’s passion for the island is amazing. The villa is pared-down and laid-back yet very slick. The secret pool is a great
extra. Doubles from AED 859; 0052-99-8800 0119, puntacaliza.com
Ultra-personalised service from artist-owner Sandra Pérez Lozano and front-of-house Antonio Llinas makes a stay here rather special. There’s a brilliantly positioned beach bar, top-notch food (yucca salad with lobster)
and morning yoga. Doubles from AED 1,054; 0052-99-8120 7061, casasandra.com
Audley Travel ( 0044-199-383 8670, audleytravel.com) offers tailor-made trips to Mexico, including one night in Cancún and six nights on Isla Holbox
staying at Punta Caliza, Ser CasaSandra and Casa Las Tortugas, with excursions such as snorkelling and whale watching. Emirates ( emirates.
com) flies from Dubai to Cancún via New York’s JFK; from Cancún, it’s a twohour drive to Chiquilá, where a 30-minute ferry ride gets you to Isla Holbox.