We discovered this little gem and its owner Isabel a number of years ago when I first convinced D to join me on the island. At that time, I had stayed in various neighbourhoods on Isla but never the airport strip. Knowing that D would equally enjoy Centro and the Colonias for his morning walks and time of exploration, while I could be perfectly content just gazing at the turquoise sea and the crashing waves, I happened upon Luna d’ Miel. Fast forward to this, my tenth visit to Isla, we were once again embraced by Isabel and her sparkling clean, pristine apartments with a very special bonus.
We had expected to wheel our cases into our favourite room which we had secured the year prior before we returned home. But Isabel stopped us and asked us if we would prefer another option. An apartment had been built for her personal use right on site but she explained to us that she prefers to rent it to her visitors. Our answer was a resounding grateful-YES! Here’s why:
The combination living and dining room (there is a round glass dining room table just to the bottom left of where this photo ends) was fashioned from the former front lobby of the hotel. This was taken just before our guests arrived to watch the Canada’s gold medal victory in the Olympics. We spent many late afternoons enjoying a glass of wine in this glass encased room.
Sister #3, D and I had lots of room to cook together in the airy and efficient kitchen where I remembered the front hotel desk of the hotel to be. The kitchen is equipped with fridge, mic, coffee maker and everything that you might need to make simple meals. We were preparing to host the birthday celebration of The Frenchman (more details of the party to follow).
We were able to sit 10 for an el fresco dinner but not without the help of Isabel who brought in tables, chairs, table cloths and twinkle lights. She is so hospitable and generous with us, having done the same thing the year prior when we hosted another birthday party for Sister #2 and her twin brother.
There were no other guests staying in the hotel the evening of our dinner party, so we set up on the cement terrace for appetizers before dinner.
But back to that original tour.
The brand new bathroom had an enormous walk in shower and lots of space and storage.
The bedroom boasted another seating area, king sized bedroom, overhead ceiling fan, separate (from the one in the living room) remote AC, wardrobe and direct access to a shaded pergola and the plunge pool.
Here’s the primary reason, we love Luna d’Miel in the first place. It is one of those special places on the island where you can watch both the sunrise and sunset. We were awake at the time pictured just above, each and every morning, just before the sun began to rise. We would have brewed our coffee in advance, and we would sit quietly in these white chairs and watch the sky come alive.
We could sit and gaze at the blues of the sea, with the breeze in our faces,
or swing in the hammock (we brought our own from home and hung it ourselves) forever and a day. Some afternoons we would venture to North Beach but in all honesty, we couldn’t think of a reason to leave.
This tree did not provide quite as extensive a natural umbrella when we first started staying at Luna d’Miel. It has grown and its canopy has expanded since then. As visitors to the island know, the traffic on the airport strip is non-stop. We got used to the traffic noise and gladly endured it to perch in the setting sun and watch the world go by.
This is the view of the Bay of Cancun right from the living room window of the suite.
The sun sets above the palms and over the bay.
We actually enjoyed a rainy day, perfectly dry inside but enjoying the falling rain through the floor to ceiling windows.
But the very best thing about staying at Luna d’Miel this season was that the rest of our family was just two doors away. J1 would bring our Grandbaby over as soon as she was awake in the morning, knowing that we would be waiting for her. He would return to their casa to rest and perhaps sleep some more and we would spend a wonderful hour or so with the joy of our life.
Luna d’Miel and Isla Mujeres is our paradise but somehow the Wee One made it that much more glorious with just a giggle, two-toothed smile or gaping-mouthed smooch.
Kath’s quote: “The littlest footprints make the biggest impressions on our hearts”. -Unknown
Sunrise from Luna D’ Miel-not one but TWO hearts! For us, love was all around.
Love-that is all.