This Yucatán Hotel Looks a Lot Like Paradise

And Swimming to Your Room Is a Definite Option

By Eric Twardzik ·

Ah, spring break in Cancún.

This is… the complete and polar opposite of that.

Unless you had some kind of intimate property on a tiny Yucatán island back in college... 

Like Punta Caliza, a new 12-room oasis on a car-free Mexican island where you'll wade through a pool connecting every room, now open and booking.

You'll be staying on Isla Holbox, a tiny island just north of the Yucatán Peninsula. It looks less like a family-owned hotel and more like Mexico's representative at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture (plot twist: it's both of those things).

Imagine waking up in a thatched-roof building made of white limestone and red cedar, built with the same techniques the Mayans used to make pyramids (the Mayans didn't have photos, but we do). You can then begin your day in any number of ways. But you'll probably start with a swim, because the lake-like swimming pool comes up to the door of each room, like a mini, Mexican version of Venice.

After a patio breakfast, you may feel the urge to see some sand. Excellent urge, because a beach featuring a private area reserved for hotel guests sits just a 328-foot walk away.  

Some things are just worth measuring.

Eric Twardzik

Eric Twardzik is often misidentified as a Dane. Embroidered pants and green Chartreuse are the two things that get him out of bed every morning.

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