When simply opening the front door unleashes icy blasts that cut straight to the bone, it’s time to head south. Don’t stop until you reach Casa Sandra, an intimate island getaway just a quick jaunt from the Riviera Maya, where you can sink your toes into the sand and swing for hours in a hammock. Don’t even think about bringing your coat.
Style Barefoot and bohemian
Setting Fantasy island
Why this week? It’s the coldest January in ages and we couldn’t have dreamed up somewhere warmer and more sun-soaked than Casa Sandra’s beachfront paradise. There, crashing waves set the soundtrack for relaxed barefoot days by the palm-fringed pool. As if basking in the sun wasn’t enough of an incentive, we’ve also got a seriously tempting winter offer for you: 35 per cent off room rates!
Our favourite bits Set on secluded Isla Holbox, a sandy and serene island just off Mexico’s Riviera Maya, this artist’s house-turned-hotel promises a textbook beach vacation of hammock-swinging luxury in a setting so laid-back that sunset cocktails are de rigueur and shoes are practically verboten. Airy rooms with colourful hammocks and twine-woven balconies look out on the brilliant blue of the Caribbean Sea. And don’t even get us started on the restaurant, where Cuban and Mexican seafood dishes spice up beach views and warm ocean breezes.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: ‘People talk about “getting away from it all”, but it’s rare that you find somewhere that makes you forget what “it all” even was in the first place. The cluster of bright beach cottages on the car-free Caribbean island of Isla Holbox is the result of artist Sandra Pérez’s search for serenity and inspiration. Staying here, you’ll agree she found them – and then some. Slip on your sunhat, kick off your shoes and wander barefoot along the shores, just a quick splash from whale sharks, the behemoths of the ocean.’ Read more about Casa Sandra.