by Whitney Rife
Step off the airplane and meet Privilege’s private transportation, then experience the turquoise waters by riding the 20-minute ferry to Privilege Aluxes in Isla Mujeres, Island of Women. Room styles range from double rooms to platinum suites with private swimming pools. Families can choose room-only rates or all-inclusive rates, which include all meals, snacks and room service. Three restaurants, one on the beach, serve a variety of cuisines, including Oriental and Mexican. Kids will love the expansive beach and two swimming pools overlooking the sea. Isla Mujeres offers a variety of Mexican culture and water sports, such as snorkeling and diving. Take the family to the nearby Garrafon Park — a reef on the southern part of the island — or the Turtle Farm.
Our Editor Loves
- Two pools
- Three restaurants
- Area attractions
Prettiest blue waters I've ever seen and can see straight to the bottom virtually seaweed, shell and rock free. Can walk to the buoy and be neck deep or less. Went in october and plenty of loungers. It's all about the food, right? (not really but that's why we did all inclusive) 1st they should state Sabor is under construction and only restaurant option outside of Beach club is Satay (book the day before) We did not enjoy Satay. Sushi and maki were bland, steak was weird texture possibly boiled, but we found one of 4 desserts tried to be really good with chocolate mousse I believe. We heard chicken fried rice was good but I don't usually eat that and didn't try. Rice noodles and shrimp tempura were good. They have 24 hour room service included in all inclusive. Beach club/room service: The penne was awful but the salads were good. Guac was usually good and salsa (they didn't always have available and would bring different ingredients in salads depending on what was available). Breakfast and dinner had lots of pastries some pretty good. Enjoyed tuna salad and creme brulee alot. Red snapper was good when they had menu dinner option as well as chocolate dessert. Made to order meat for dinner and eggs for breakfast but no spices. They had cool performances for dinner but no schedule that we were aware of - fire/bubble performers, saxophonist, violinist and guitarist. They actually drank the beer from the mini fridge the 1st day (LOL) instead of stocking it so we had to ask. Included mini vodka, bourbon and whisky bottles, I believe (I didn't drink but friends mostly chose the pina colodas). Nice toiletries including toothbrush, shower cap, bath salts, shoe shine and makeup/q-tip/emery board. The 3 person room was lovely and huge (burner tops but no pans/dishes and 2 coffee mugs, glasses, umbrellas, and robes but I'm sure we could ask for more if we cared) on 2nd floor (they call it the 1st floor) but the 5th floor 2 person room smelled of mildew.nWe left the door open and turned off air which made it go away but Karaoke bar noise traveled up late into the night. The bed was comfortable so we didn't mind. Next to cemetary but that didn't bother us. It's pretty in a way with bright colors. We didn't use the jacuzzi or pool much though swim up bar was nice but ocean was so much nicer. The staff was of course wonderful and made us want to tip them but we didn't bring much money to do so since we spent all our money to go. LOL.
We didn't use spa because they offered massages on beach for $30/hour and they were good in hut houses. Somewhat intimate on beach removing bras but after they start rubbing they rub your cares away. We booked snorkel trip for $45 with fish and boat ride but could have booked cheaper elsewhere just wanted to make sure who we went with was environmentally conscious. It had 3 swim outs including underwater museum with awesome English speaking guide (the person that picked us up mostly spoke Spanish and between our minimal spanish and his minimal English, we were able to follow). We rented a golf cart from ppe's but wish we asked for a fast one 1250 pesos for 24 hours vs 1000 for 1 day (closed 7 pm) which was 60-70$ USD through hotel. Checked out south point which was beautiful and Case de los suenos SW allows free (refundable deposit closes 5 pm) water activities (snorkel, paddle board and large blow up float jump off as well as pool) with 300 pesos meal per person. Food was massive and good (burger, plantain, guac, apple walnut salad). Somebody recommended Mango cafe but we had all inclusive and didn't get to try. Lola Valentinos had good guac plantain appetizer and steak tacos were ok but vegan burger and cactus tacos were weird. Usually 30 to 40$ USD for 2 person meal on island. We also went to turtle conservation/hatchery. Don't buy the food they are all overfed but fun to see for 30 pesos or $3 american. We only went south one day with only 5 mile island mostly lounged on beach and most of island is cliffs so if you want a beach you have to stay on north/northwest side of island. We didn't find salsa or Mexican dancing on island. Mostly reggae/alternative funny enough. We were offered pot on multiple occasion but no creepy men or overt gestures. Everyone on the island seemed fairly friendly, fun and polite. Laid back feel. We really enjoyed.
Travel to Ultramar ferry 600 pesos round trip (maybe 25 minutes from airport) with car service offered through Yurinn and we walked to hotel no problem (7 min north on sidewalk along beach). Ferry doesn't leave until 6 am so we had to spend the night in cancun to catch our flight. The hotel was gracious when we switched from 2 to 3 person room (2 separate reservations) and let us keep our bracelets for all you can eat that day and kept our bags up front for us.
by cecelia c
This was my third visit to this property; unfortunately, it was a bit disappointing. The management has changed hands, and things have changed, and they are in the middle of renovations.
The staff, however, is as wonderful as ever. Ofelia, the on-site manager, is ever present in the lobby and goes out of her way to help. The regular staff is cheerful, friendly and helpful--Ricardo, Diane and Leandri are outstanding. The cleaning staff is also outstanding. The people are the plus of this property.
The elevators, however, were a major problem. They sometimes didn't arrive, and on at least two occasions, the doors had to be opened from the outside to let someone out. I think this is due to the disruptions of the reno, but it was a serious problem for many, and something to consider if you have mobility issues. Next week the lobby renovations start, so this will be happening for a while.
The food was the other disappointment. In past years the a la carte menu changed, so there was always fresh choice. We stayed for ten days this year, and by the end had trouble finding anything interesting we hadn't already eaten. The beach buffets also had the same things every day, although there were Mexican theme nights with some additions. Breakfasts were great! Variety, fresh fruit, the omelet bar moved out to the beach buffet.
As others have said, the property itself is lovely. The towers are low and small, everything is close together so there are no long hikes, the beach is beautiful and the people are wonderful.