Where to stay

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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

Punta Cal­iza

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

Ser CasaSan­dra

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

GET­TING THERE

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.

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