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#55657 - 02/24/15 07:44 AM WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review
KrisComm Offline




Registered: 08/16/11
Posts: 328
Have you stayed at WorldMark Isla Mujeres? Here's your chance to tell other owners what it's really like. How big is the pool? How hot is the hot tub? What do you wish you had known before you left home?

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#58700 - 02/21/19 05:48 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: MollyW]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
There are taxis or you can rent a golf cart.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58699 - 02/20/19 05:41 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
MollyW Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 2
Once you arrive off ferry what transportation do you take to resort? Thank you!

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#58685 - 02/05/19 06:22 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
KMLn Offline


Registered: 12/26/18
Posts: 2
Loc: Alaska
Where is the best place to rent a golf cart or scooters?


Edited by KMLn (02/05/19 06:40 PM)

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#58669 - 01/23/19 07:12 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: lawduck]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Excellent review.
Yes, the wifi is not consistently strong, but the same can be said of some of our resorts in the US. Great in the bathroom because the router is right outside the bathroom window.
We didn't find the on-site restaurant prices out of line with many other restaurants. Depends which you choose. Was very convenient especially when we had a thunderstorm and we were able to get room service.
Not needing to leave the resort every day (we were there for 2 weeks) the cost of a cart made no sense compared to the cost of getting a taxi when we needed it.
We are returning in a few weeks and I sure want to talk to the desk about water access as we always walked to the store for groceries. Once the food and wine are in the backpack I don't want to also be carrying water as well.

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#58647 - 01/16/19 02:01 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
We were there about a year ago and we could take the bottle down to the office to refill it.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58646 - 01/16/19 01:25 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Does anyone know if the rooms have irons?

I thought I remember seeing one last year, but can't remember for sure.

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#58645 - 01/16/19 01:19 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: lawduck]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
I'm sorry to read that the afternoon margaritas are no longer being served (they were very watered down).
I am not happy about not being able to get water from the lobby!!!!
We are going to be there for 2 weeks again in Feb and having to bring water back from the store will not be fun (we will be walking).

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#58640 - 01/12/19 06:56 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
lawduck Offline


Registered: 02/16/10
Posts: 1
Loc: Vancouver, WA
Our review of Worldmark Isla Mujeres:

We stayed at Worldmark Isla Mujeres for 10 days over Christmas and New Years. The island and the resort are amazing. The resort is very small with only 20 or so units and feels very safe, with a round-the-clock secured entrance.

The location of the resort has pluses and minuses. On the positive side, it is close to the main grocery store (walking distance) and several restaurants (some very close walking distance). It is also in a nice quiet area and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. But, you probably need to rent a (relatively expensive) golf cart for the duration of your visit, as most of the restaurants and attractions are not in easy walking distance. You could get by with taking the relatively cheap taxis, but they are certainly less convenient.

The resort has a really nice pool that was on the cool, but not cold, side. The pool has a swim up bar (that I never saw anyone at) and was never crowded. You can order food from the pool bar (that comes from the restaurant at the adjoining yacht club), which while tasty and convenient is expensive compared to the rest of the food on the island. The pool bar also had a nice cocktail list.

We found the staff at the resort to be very helpful and friendly. There are some really nice touches like someone that goes around and turns on all the porch lights every night (and I assume turns them off in the morning). Although they donít have daily housekeeping (as expected being a timeshare resort), they did ďrefreshĒ our room twice during our stay at no charge (and seemed willing to do it as often as we wanted). The resort abuts the marina, but it seemed that security (for the yacht club) was chasing resort guests from the walkway (at least if they went out on the docks). There are spa services bookable through the resort and done on site, but you can find better and cheaper services elsewhere on the island.

Our room was very nice. It was a studio with a king bed and a drop-down living area with a daybed. It had a bar-sized refrigerator, and they were able to bring us a microwave after we requested it. The room had A/C that worked well, and the bed was more comfortable than any other Worldmark bed I can recall. The rooms all have non-private patios that have a couple of Adirondack-type chairs and a hammock. The entrances to the units are actually through the patio doors. The pool is just steps away from all the rooms. In fact, all the rooms face the pool (on the ground floor and one floor above).

The one negative to our room was that the Wifi signal was very weak and made it almost unusable unless you were sitting right by the door or back in the bathroom. The signal was strong and sufficiently fast on the patio and by the pool. I suspect this issue might have been unique to our unit because we were at the very end of the complex, but I canít say for sure.

The island itself is a special place. It is crammed full of cheap and very good restaurants. We had amazing food everywhere. The beaches at the north end are beautiful, but pretty crowed. At the south end, Punta Sur was beautiful and we had a great time waking on the paths down by the ocean. There are beautiful views on both sides of the island, and we had a wonderful time tooling around in our golf cart and finding places to shop, eat, or put our toes in the (very warm) water.

There were a couple of things that we had read about in other reviews that seem to no longer be the case at the resort. First, we had read about the free afternoon margaritas, but it turns out they no longer do them. Also, they supply you with a jug of drinking water (you can shower and brush your teeth with tap water, but should not drink it), but when it is gone you are on your own to get more. That means you have to make at least one trip to the grocery store to stock up on water (or other beverages of your choice).

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#58629 - 01/06/19 07:20 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: sunshinegirl67]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Sorry that I missed this posting before you left.
I use Happy Shuttle. $86US for return and ferry tickets for the two of us.
Easy, efficient, professional.
In my research, I found them equal to or better than the rest.
Using them again for trip number two this Feb-Mar.

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#58628 - 01/06/19 07:03 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: bthorman]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Thanks for the room number.
We will be there the end of Feb and I will check it out.

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#58602 - 12/20/18 12:54 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
I reserved a Studio Hotel King and we were pleasantly surprised. We did not have a hot tub or 2 levels. We were in room 1410. I saw a kitchen like ours in another room downstairs in the same building. No hot tub there either and only 1 level.

Wonder if the descriptions are off? There was one on the other side of the stairwell from us.
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Beth Thorman
Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58600 - 12/20/18 06:49 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: bthorman]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
There are only 4 1 Bd Deluxes. I get ones like this by booking in the first few minutes after 6 am on the first day we can book. I discovered last year that for Hawaii it must be in the first SECONDS after 6 am.
How was there a kitchen in a studio hotel king???? Which unit number was it? During our few days in one, there was no kitchen.

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#58599 - 12/20/18 06:40 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: gsillian]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Totally agree with your last comment. The cafe next to the church had very good food and a view to die for. We went there 3 times on our last visit and plan on more visits when we return in March.
We walked past Da Luisa last time but now that we know there is a view and good food we will try it out next time. Thanks for letting us know.

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#58562 - 11/14/18 07:20 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: sunshinegirl67]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
We used Everything Isla https://www.everythingislamujeres.com/

It was recommended by the AirBnB that we stayed in after our stay at WM. They arranged everything, we did pay for our own ferry tickets right before boarding. The company that we got the golf cart from was probably more than some, but included all the gas we needed. They also drove us from their store to the ferry when we left.

It was also nice to have a personal concierge to call if we had questions. They also met us at the ferry and gave us a tour of the downtown area before taking us to WM.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58561 - 11/13/18 05:27 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: gsillian]
sunshinegirl67 Offline


Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Upstate NY
Going to Isla Mujeres in 3 weeks...how much should I expect to pay for full transfers. The all inclusive sounded great but the price is a consideration. So excited - just don't want to waste time... Or get ripped off - Any info on a weekly golf cart rental? (only 2 of us). We love to investigate our surroundings...can't wait to see
the sun!!


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#58404 - 07/09/18 07:57 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
gsillian Offline


Registered: 05/26/05
Posts: 1
Loc: Northern California
Ilsa Mujeres June 24 to July 1
I Just return from my trip and had a great time. The resort is small and we were in 1202 a 1 bedroom Deluxe room. Very quiet and private pool area. A few things I would recommended on this Island. First there is a money exchange at the ferry terminal. They seem to give the best exchange rate. While the official rate was 19.4 to 1 US dollar they offered 18.5 to 1. This was better than most restaurants that we went to. Some smaller restaurants like Kash near the resort gave very low exchange rate about 10 to 1. So use Pesos here.
We also had credit cards that did not charge foreign transaction fees. At places that we trusted we did use our cards with no issues. We then received the official exchange rate of 19.4 to 1.
To get the Island if you want hassle free travel, book your ground transportation with www.luxuryvantransportation.com. Michael, the owner, is very professional. He arranged a private SUV to meet us at the airport and took us to the Ferry, tickets for the ferry were handed to us and after we got off the ferry on Ilsa Mujeres there was a taxi waiting for us that knew exactly where we were going. In reverse the taxi picked us up at the assigned time, returned us to ferry and the return trip was exactly as planned. Everything was totally laid out for us. No thinking. No hassle
Luxury Van Transport can also arrange for Golf Carts to be delivered to the resort if you want. Full service.
There is a store in walking distance from the resort that has everything you need. Food, Cloths, precook foods like whole chickens. This is like a small Walmart. They take US dollars and their exchange rate was 18.4 to 1. Credit cards also work for us here.
Restaurants to check out:
Da Luisa for dinner Ė Get the Fish plate. Go upstairs and to back patio where there are about 5 tables overlooking the ocean.
Playa Lancheros Ė Lunch get fish plate for two. Kilo of fish and all the trimmings. It takes about 45 minutes to prepare. While you wait have a drink and play in the ocean.
Amigo downtown Ė Great breakfast and at lunch I had the fish stuffed with shrimp.
Mango Good breakfast but across street and up the steps of the church there is a cafť in the back with patio over looking the ocean. I think they had better breakfast.
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#58268 - 04/11/18 03:19 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
We actually ended up with a kitchen and not a whirlpool tub in the bathroom. We liked that better.
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Beth Thorman
Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58267 - 04/11/18 03:12 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Follow up to my previous.
We ate more times at Kash and the cafe next to the Catholic Church and were never disappointed.
We walked south to eat at Chilito's by Ruben. We walked from the Catholic Church along the lovely walkway south on the eastern side of the island - well worth the effort. The food was good, not great, but they had a very extensive menu so lots to choose from.
When you arrive off of the ferry turn left on the main road and just a few yards ahead you will see the line up for the taxis. The front is reserved for dropping off passengers. 50 pesos to the Resort but don't forget a 10 pesos tip!
We used Happy Shuttle Cancun for the airport transfer and were very pleased - great price & great service. Remember to have them get your ferry tickets. Saves another line up.
Have already booked a return visit for next March.

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#58266 - 04/11/18 02:56 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: bthorman]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Got it on the Wait List.

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#58265 - 04/11/18 02:55 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: bthorman]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
I'm sure those tubs are cool tubs. Our was.

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#58225 - 03/21/18 04:25 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: bkirk]
TerriD Offline


Registered: 02/08/14
Posts: 1
Thanks for your description, we are going for the first time and I'm so excited! Can I ask which tour company you used for the Chichen Itza day tour? I'm looking online but would prefer a recommendation. Many thanks!

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#58204 - 03/12/18 03:38 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: grantw7]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
How did you manage to get the 1 bedroom? 😊. Guess we were lucky to have a kitchen in our studio hotel king, weren't expecting it.
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58201 - 03/10/18 08:20 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: marianddion]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Here is the review I promised:
Just coming to the end of 2 weeks here.
First off the resort was better than expected. The whole staff literally canít do enough for you.
The only thing missing is a beach, just a yacht club so at least there is a waterway next to us.
We stayed in all 3 types of accommodation here so can talk about the pluses and minuses of each.
We spent the first week in a One Bedroom (thanks to the wait list). There are only 4 such units of the 24 units here which is unfortunate as it has almost everything we usually expect in a Worldmark resort (we have been owners for 26 years). Being on 2 floors there was a ton of room. We especially liked the private balcony on the 2nd floor in front of the bedroom. The cooling tub on that belcony was a waste. The large pool is just steps away and to keep the scum off the top meant running the pump which was very noisy so we turned it off after 10 minutes and did not use it.
After a week there we then moved to one of the 3 Compact suites for 2 days. One is on the 2nd floor (we had that one). The other two are on the third floor. The plus of the 3rd floor ones are that you will have a private balcony just like the one bedroom minus the cooling tub. The 2nd floor one is not as private as there are 3 other units sharing the walkway in front, but more private than those on the ground floor where the walkway is shared by everyone at the resort. The compact has a good sized bathroom and an adequate sized bedroom. What is missing is the living room that has a couch and table and chairs. This you will find in the 3rd type which is the majority of the room types- some with king, the others with 2 doubles.
We are now in the 3rd type. We miss the privacy and the larger fridge of the compact. The living room and the extra counter space of this unit is much appreciated though.
The biggest item that we miss not being in the one bedroom is not having a microwave to heat up the coffee (we drink slowly). I partially dealt with that by only making 3 cups at a time in the coffee pot. It just meant having to make coffee twice each morning. Remember there is always coffee at Reception anytime after 6 am. Easy for us as were were always in the closest block to Reception.
A coffee pot and a mini fridge is in all of the 20 non one bedroom units. I got styrofoam bowls and a sharp knife from Reception/Housekeeper as we like to buy fruit from the stores in the area. I would suggest you bring a paring knife with you if you do the same as the knife provided was large. A plus was being able to get all the coffee packets you needed from Housekeeping so we didnít have to buy coffee and sugar during our stay.
We are surprised that other reviews have not mentioned the restauarant run out of the pool bar. The food is very good, the prices reasonable and the guys that work there are very friendly and helpful. Sitting outside to eat is very pleasant. We had a thunderstorm storm last night so it was great to be able to order room service for dinner.
Like all the Worldmark resorts most people here disappear all day so we have only averaged 4 other couples around the pool each day so it is very quiet. There are very few children here as there is nothing for them to do except use the pool. We came for peace and quiet and that is exactly what we got. If you want ďactivityĒ stay away from here and especially stay away from booking a one bedroom because We want it. wink
We have no idea why others keep raving about the Green Verde Restaurant. Yes, it is only just over a block away, but go a block further and you will get better food at a much better price. The building is pink and the sign says KASH. The staff is better and the seating is 100% better. We ate at Verde 3 times before we went to KASH so our review is based on more than one meal.
If you want good food, good prices and a superb view of the water go for a 15 minute walk to the other side of the island. It is a little cafe next to the Catholic Church of Guadalupe. It is right across the street from the Mango Cafe (did not go to Mango as a couple of Americanís who come here often said it was way over priced) up the steps. It closes at 3 so go there for breakfast and/or lunch. Go a half block north of Mango and you will find Mikeís Pizza. Mike is fascinating (he is from New York). We had excellent pizza the first visit and plan to eat one of the many Italian dishes next time. If you go into town you must go the the North Garden restaurant. It is rated #1 because the food is fantastic and costs way less than Verde. It is always packed so be prepared to wait for the food (the drinks are cheap too so no problem). If the resort was closer we would eat there at least once a day. Costs us 70 pesos (tip included) one way into town. About $9 + Canadian (which is us) and about $6 -7 US return. We have also been told to not leave the island until we go to Rubens for a meal. Great food at a great price.
Almost forgot to mention the free Margaritas at 3 pm served between the 3rd and 4th blocks. Not much alcohol in it so saw it more like a free lemonade which is always appreciated when the temperature is around 86 (30C) degrees. Lastly, you canít drink the water so they supply you with a 5 litre jug of water that you refill in Reception at any time.
We have already booked our next 2 vacations here in the one bedroom.
Just returned from shopping at the super market. Took 10 min to get there. Suggest bringing a backpack to carry the alcohol bottles.

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#58191 - 03/08/18 07:54 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
bthorman Offline


Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 176
Loc: San Francisco Area
We're here now, just got in late yesterday. What a lovely surprise! I booked a king hotel suite. Website said mini fridge and whirlpool tub. We have a mini kitchen! No tub, but we'd rather have the kitchen! Boy is this going to cut down on our eating out expenses. We're in 1410 and the others around us don't have anything but a mini fridge. The only weird thing is that there's only a small closet and no dresser or drawers. However there's a place to leave your suitcases open. Works for us!

Update - we've also noticed that another of the units on our level (all seem to be studio kings) has a hottub on their front balcony. This is not the same as the one bedroom. So the configuration of the hotel kings varies quite a bit. We were lucky enough to get a kitchen 🌞.


Edited by bthorman (03/10/18 02:37 AM)
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Resorts visited - Windsor, Solvang, Bass Lake, Kihei, Indio, Angels Camp, Clear Lake, Big Bear, Reno, Coral Baja, La Paloma, San Francisco, and South Shore Lake Tahoe.

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#58185 - 03/05/18 04:58 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: marianddion]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
For Marianddion.
I am just finishing my first week in the King and will be moving to the Compact on Wed.
I plan on taking inside pictures of both. If you are interested in any of them contact me via my own email address: gwilson27@gmail.com
Weather is perfect right now.
I will send you a list of things you will need to bring to survive a non kitchen unit at the end of the week. I loaned my toaster to the couple next door for the week as I don`t use one and they usually have toast every morning.
The unit next door only had a mini fridge and coffee maker.

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#58159 - 02/22/18 01:49 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: marianddion]
grantw7 Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 25
Loc: Squamish, BC, Canada
Arriving there next week. 1st week in the big one and on Mar 7 moving to the smallest. Will let you know what to expect.

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#58152 - 02/21/18 04:02 PM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
marianddion Offline


Registered: 01/29/12
Posts: 6
Has anyone stayed in a Studio Compact Unit?? Is it a King bed? Is there a patio/balcony? and is there a mini refrigerator? Any question answered will be greatly appreciated!! We are traveling Feb 2019 Thank You Thank You

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#57986 - 10/24/17 07:29 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
bkirk Offline


Registered: 10/20/17
Posts: 1
We just returned from staying 7 days at Isla Mujeres and could not have been happier about our stay. We had a group of 7 traveling with us so we booked two Studio Hotel King rooms to accommodate our group. Each room had a King bed that we found to be very comfortable and then a sofa that turns into a full bed. As our three year old was sleeping on the sofa we decided to just leave it as a sofa instead of converting it into a bed. We also had two infants in our room for which the resort was able to provide two port-a-cribs which we were a little surprised about considering that itís a relatively small resort. Each room also had a table with two chairs, a coffee maker, a mini fridge, and a hammock on the patio. The bathroom had a jetted tub but we never used it so I canít say whether it worked or not. We found the room quite spacious even with two port-a-cribs always set up. If we had used the sofa as a bed it probably would have been a little cramped but it was pretty easy to fold up so I donít think it would be an issue for anyone using it as a bed.

The resort grounds were very nice. The pool is huge and we swam in it every day. Iím not sure how full the hotel was when we were there but the pool never got crowded, in fact it was rare when there was anyone else in the pool with us. Since we had three little ones we ended up spending a couple of days just playing in the pool. There is a pool bar that serves drinks and food as well as a restaurant onsite. Neither one are part of the Worldmark resort so you canít charge to your room but they do take credit cards. We never ate at the restaurant but got lunch (chips and pico de gallo, nachos, and a club sandwich) and breakfast (chilaquiles, and scrambled eggs) from the pool bar and everything was very good. The restaurant and pool bar have the same menu and the pool bar food comes from the restaurant so I would expect that the food from the restaurant would be pretty good as well.

We rented a golf cart for our entire stay from Rentadora Joaquin. We talked to 3-4 different rental places once we arrived and ended up getting the best deal from them. There are several rental places near the ferry terminal so if you donít reserve one in advance donít worry too much about it, youíll be able to find one within a very short walk. All of them were willing to negotiate with us but we got the best deal from Joaquin and they also took credit cards, most of the others we talked to did not. The taxi ride from the ferry terminal to the resort is only 50 pesos (~ $2.50) but we liked having the golf cart to explore the island.

On the island we visited the turtle farm which our three year old loved, went to Playa Norte on two different days, went to the ruins at the south end of the Island, and booked a snorkeling trip to the underwater museum through the resort. We also booked a trip to Chichen Itza and a cenote through a third party. The Chichen Itza trip took the whole day but we all agreed it was the highlight of our vacation and well worth it.

Almost every night we went to the northern end of the island to Hidalgo Street for dinner and to walk around. Hidalgo is closed to vehicular traffic and has many restaurants with excellent food and shops with owners willing to negotiate prices with you. We ate dinner at several different restaurants on Hildago but we also ate at the Green Verde (which is easily within walking distance of the resort) and Mango Cafe. Mango Cafe is about mid island, on the Caribbean side, and not really within walking distance of the resort so you would need to take a Taxi or have a golf cart to get there. There is also a food truck that was parked at the ruins at the south end of the island that had amazing food. There are restaurants all over the island that we wanted to try but we never had time. All the food we ate on the island was amazing but our favorite was Mango Cafe (the enchiladas were fantastic) although Chilaquiles from the resort pool bar were a close second.

We arranged round trip transportation from the Airport to Puerto Juarez (Ultramar Ferry) with Discovery Mundo a couple of weeks before our trip and we were able to get it for $64 total for 7 people. They were prompt and courteous and for an extra fee they purchased our ferry tickets for us so we didnít have to worry about that. Would definitely use them again.

Hope this info helps anyone who is thinking about staying at this resort. We honestly felt that 7 days was too long to stay but that may have had more to do with the two infants we were traveling with than the island itself. Without them we may have ventured to more beaches or gone on more excursions. The resort was comfortable, the resort staff were great in trying to accommodate our many requests, and the people of Isla Mujeres were always very friendly.

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#57417 - 01/10/17 12:17 PM Re: Loved it! [Re: DangerBob]
Lee_Ann Offline


Registered: 01/08/17
Posts: 1
Great detail. Thank you!!

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#57197 - 09/11/16 11:55 AM Re: WorldMark Isla Mujeres Resort Review [Re: KrisComm]
lflint4 Offline


Registered: 10/02/12
Posts: 2
Just returned last week and had a fabulous time. We traveled with friends and we each had a 1 bedroom deluxe. The resort is beautiful, well kept and the staff was very helpful. We rented a golf cart for the week and enjoyed having it. The restaurants/food was delicious and we wanted to "try them all" so the golf cart was needed. I thought we would rent bikes and we didn't. Very few people were riding there. Because we ate quite a bit, are athletic and wanted the exercise, when our friends had the golf cart, we walked into town several times. It's about 30 minutes to walk to the edge of downtown (there is a nice wide sidewalk the whole way) and another 20 minutes or so to get to North Beach. Walking allowed us to slow down, see more of the Isla and work off the great food. The grocery store is a 10 minute walk to the south of the resort and a lot of fun to explore. We mostly purchased breakfast food. The also have liquor, sunscreen, everything else you need and they do take credit cards. Don't purchase too much. The restaurant food was so incredible and we ate out most meals so that by the end of the trip, I was sleeping in, skipping breakfast and going straight to lunch. There are several gelato stores in town, which also made for a nice lunch when we just needed a bit of a snack and were saving space for dinner.

We swam with the whale sharks with Ceviche Tours - incredible experience and highly recommended. We wanted to go twice, but the weather did not cooperate and no more tours were going out for the rest of our time there. We ate at many of the restaurants mentioned in other posts - GreenVerde, Mango, El Varadero, Rubens, Soggy Peso and Mininos. Never had a bad meal. We celebrated a birthday while there, purchasing a cake at the grocery store (Chedraui) and taking it to El Veradero early so our friend was surprised. They did an incredible job of creating a special evening for us. Mininos is in town and to the left and several blocks down as you exit the ferry - we ate there multiple times. My suggestion is to share meals so you can eat both lunch and dinner out each day. Meal sharing was perfectly acceptable.

Regarding shopping - I'm de-cluttering and am not one to purchase the many trinkets they rent in Mexico, however, if you are looking for artisan type items to remember your trip, I highly recommend a shop called Aztlan Galeria on Hildago Ave (there are many shops on this street, which is several blocks east of the main street on the west side of the island.) The owner is an artist and has some of her items for sale, the walls are filled with painted wood carvings, unique gift items and no one sitting outside trying to get you to come in - no pressure. Look them up on Facebook and stop by if you want a break from the many shops renting the same tourist trinkets. I purchased a beautiful carving for my patio and my friend purchased a mask.

We also had a massage on the beach ($30 each for two people), rented paddle boards at North Beach and visited the turtle farm - fun and worth the visit.

My best advice is to PLAN ON USING PESOS. Other owners suggested bring US$ in small bills and everyone will accept the $, however, you will get a better value by using pesos. You can bring US$ and exchange them once you get there or go to an ATM machine in town at one of the main banks and get a good exchange rate. Do not use the ATM at the resort unless it is an emergency. The front desk folks advised that the fee is high. During our trip, the bank (HSBC or other main banks in town) had a 17.5 pesos to 1$ exchange rate. Most of the restaurants and shops DO NOT TAKE CREDIT CARDS and used a 14 to 1 exchange rate if we paid with US$. I don't like paying more than I need to. The bank does not charge to exchange dollars for pesos, but did require a passport to complete the transaction. We used the ATM at HSBC and it charged us a $1 (17.5p) fee. I used my credit card to purchase art at a shop that accepted them and got a 18.8 exchange rate from my credit card company (but most places do not accept credit cards). HSBC bank is across the street and to the left as you leave the ferry. There is a safe in your room.

We would definitely come back!! We looked at the smaller units and they would have worked fine for 2 people. We cooked a hot breakfast for the first half of our trip, but could have easily had yogurt and fruit from the grocery store in the mini fridge. The food was so good and inexpensive (most meals were less than $10 for a beautiful grilled fish or seafood dish) that cooking in our unit was not very appealing and we only ate in for breakfast. Towards the end, I was still so full from dinner, that I skipped breakfast in anticipation of lunch smile


Edited by lflint4 (09/11/16 11:57 AM)

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