When booking luxury travel, there are several attributes that catapult the 5 stars of fine properties apart. Yes it’s their service and impeccable attention to detail that takes a property experience from a 4 to a 5+, but its also most often exclusivity by the way of seclusion, fine dining and opportunities for exotic and creative adventures!
Zoetry Villa Rolandi located on the private white sandy cove off the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres is such a sparkling jewel. You’ll begin your journey by flying into Cancun and being escorted by private car service to the property’s private yacht, appropriately named “The Cocoon.” There, at the Marina Hacienda del Mar pier; Zoetry Rolandi ’s friendly staff and Captain will take your bags and load them onto their deluxe yacht. You will then travel just a short 25 minutes distance to the island.
The entrance to Zoetry Villa Rolandi is magnificently decorated with stunning and colorful stained glass that you will find as a common theme throughout the property. The translation for “Isla de Mujeres” is “Island of women.” This is because when men came to the island the men living there were working and they only saw women and named the island as such! The most beautiful stained glass is in the front and open courtyard that leads to the check in desks and Cozy Bar and Lounge . The artist created the symbols of fertility in the stained glass decor, that of a womb with flowers sprouting from seemingly inconspicuous fallopian tubes. It is both subtle and for the observant quite delightful.
The famed restaurant “Casa Rolandi” is a landmark, established in 1981. It is an institution to the residents and resort goers alike and what truly sets the property apart as distinctively different. The restaurant serves a high end Swiss-Northern Italian fare. In addition, there is another restaurant Le Mettisage. Both boasting extensive and intensely creative menus. “Casa Rolinda” has a famous brick oven where “Eggs Au Four” are baked with asparagus and cheese for breakfasts alongside a delightful morning menu consisting of fresh fruits and pastries flown in from Paris! All day their famous bread is served from the brick oven with oil and habenaros. In the evenings, the restaurant’s both have stunning sunset over the water views of Cancun. Well into the evening you will appreciate the quiet shore sounds while still being able to enjoy the skyline of the busy Cancun hotel zone. The beach at Zoetry Casa Rolinda is a small and intimate stretch where you will catch a glimpse of a barracuda just below the restaurant’s over water deck and listen to live musicians performing in the restaurants stage for an intimate, romantic foodies dream! Le Mettisage is just a few steps away and boasts an ever changing seven course tasting menu. My favorite is their crab soup where Chef Felipe Vega creates a rich broth made with tomatoes and herbs and tops it with a tostado heaped with fresh crab and her specialty sauces daintily applied. You’ll also find a live musician playing softly as you go through the creative and unique tasting menu.
The rooms, all of 35, each face the ocean and those on the upper floors have an outdoor veranda with jacuzzi making it a beautiful and romantic place to enjoy the sunset over the ocean while soaking in a bubble bath with your loved one. They all are well appointed with a cozy sitting area and decor of the famed stain glass you’ll find throughout. Each afternoon, cheese and fruit plates were delivered alongside sparking water and champagne on ice. With complimentary 24 hour laundry service and three times each day maid service, all you ever need to do is ask and it is immediately delivered. The spa is quite tiny but don’t let that fool you! The staff is well trained in massages and facials and there is a large outdoor Thalasso Therapy pool where you’ll find the benefits of salt for your wellness. Each day, beachside you’ll be treated mid-day to freshly squeezed juices hinted with herbs and a cool towel infused with tonic combined with a scalp massage and cucumber eye treatments. Some day’s there will be additional treats beachside much to your surprise of grilled octopus and fish.
After hours you’ll find peace and quiet. The Cozy Bar with famed Hilario pours drinks and creates special ones for his guests. The resident artist David Perez creates custom designed jewelry for the guests creating a unique piece for them to take away with them a piece of the beauty of this special island. On the Island, there’s plenty to do as well. The residents are serious about protecting the turtles and there’s a hatchery on the Island. The furtherest point where the sun meets the sea each morning is also the sacred place where women would pray for fertility. My dear friend, Native to the Island, Head Concierge and Ambassador for Isla, Alex Vallejos took me out in the wee hours to search for turtles and see the sunrise. On the night of the Blood Moon, with the moonlight over the sea; a mama turtle came up and delivered 124 babies that were whisked away to safety within the hour. Such experiences of a lifetime are made there. Friendships are as well, “Cozy” just ajacent to the lobby is probably the smallest bar I have ever been to and incidentally the only one where I have left having made friends with everyone there! That’s the take away from this place. The impeccable food, the feel of being on your own private island, and of course the friendships and connections that you’ll make. Everyone knows each other by the time you leave!