Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort & Yacht Club, Mexico
One of our favorite get-to-by-boat hideaways is Puerto Isla Mujeres Resort
& Yacht Club, a stylish but laid-back hideaway on sleepy Isla Mujeres. The
resort is just a quick trip across the bay from the hustle-bustle of Cancun,
and light years away in every other sense. A 30-foot private launch gave us
license to switch at will between the quiet of lazy days and the pulsing beat
of glitzy nightlife.
The trip—from the main dock in the heart of tourist mecca Cancun to the
resort's tony yacht club dock—is just long enough to make the mental
transition. We'd call for the resort's launch and zip across the bay, then up
into a narrow, mangrove-lined channel to Laguna Macax. The noise, the crowds,
the teeming masses were but a memory when we slipped in among yachts hailing
from ports around the world and ambled back to our poolside suite.
Even better, Puerto Isla Mujeres doubled our boating pleasure. Each day, we
summoned the resort's refurbished Liberty launch, a World War II classic, for a
ride across the lagoon to even greater solitude—our palm-shaded chaises at
the private beach club.