Holbox has a fantastic mix of hostels, hotelitos (little hotels) and boutique hotels to suit every budget. The beauty of Holbox is that it’s relatively new on the map in terms of tourism so there hasn’t been an influx of chain hotels yet.
We were in Holbox for 2 weeks which is quite a long time for most travellers on this sleepy island, but we absolutely cherished the time to wind down having just left the buzzy London rat race.
The benefit of being there for so long was also that we checked out most of the places to stay in Holbox. Take a look at my ultimate travel guide: Everything you Need to Know About Isla Holbox for my recommendations of where to stay for all budgets.
Read further for my honest review of the cutest Airbnb cabaña Adam and I stayed in.
Checking into: Cabañas Manati
If you’re looking for places to stay in Holbox Adam and I booked Cabañas Manati through Airbnb. We chose it because we wanted to be close to Holbox town but not in the hub of it. It’s about 5 – 10 minute walk.
There are 4 cabañas on the land each with their own outdoor seats and/or hammocks. Karen, the host, wasn’t able to greet us when we arrived but she was super helpful by email and Whatsapp and we met her a couple of days later.
We particularly loved that the cabaña was just a minute’s walk to Holbox’s local food market. The market is open daily from 8am and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs etc. It has some food stalls also which is a popular breakfast spot for the locals. There’s a small mini market on the road to the right just as you reach the market too.
Cabañas Manati is situated right in front of the Holbox airport landing strip, but don’t let this put you off when weighing it up against other places to stay in Holbox. They’re tiny 4 passenger planes that fly about 3 or 4 times a day so to say it’s not a busy airport is an understatement!
Inside the Cabaña
The main area is a good size and consists of a double bed with mosquito net which we found to be an absolute saviour from the mozzies.
There is a small dining table and 2 chairs, wardrobe, full length mirror and a cabinet (although the door was broken). You can also store your suitcase/backpack under the bed to free up space.
The kitchen area has 2 shelving units, a 2 hob electric stove, small fridge with a freezer compartment, sink, and basic cooking and cutlery essentials. There’s no dried herbs or condiments to cook with apart from pepper and some cooking oil so be prepared to either bring these or buy at the local supermarket.
We did have an incident where Adam got electrocuted from the electric stove! He was trying to cook an omelette at the time which ended up covering him and the kitchen instead! Karen was very apologetic and replaced the stove immediately the next day. As an apology she left a bottle of wine and cafetiere for us to make coffee with which we thought was very nice. Accidents do happen and to be fair to her, she did rectify it very quickly.
The bathroom is a simple no frills shower, sink and toilet. The shower isn’t powerful but it is consistently hot.
Our yellow cabaña was tucked away at the back which meant we had a lot of privacy compared to the other cabañas. Our “garden” was decorated with pretty fairy lights hanging from the trees and had 2 plastic chairs and a table.
We didn’t sit outside our cabaña much purely due to the amount of mozzies around but it was spacious enough to do a workout every morning. Adam would do his workout outside whilst there was enough space inside the cabaña for me to do a workout too. The ceiling is high which helps.
For workout routines shown using this space and tips on how to train when travelling, you should check out TRX Traveller.
Karen offered us 2 bikes for $200 pesos per day which is the same price as hiring from one of the bike rental shops in Holbox town. If you want to use the bike for your whole stay, Karen did mention she’d do us a deal. We were happy walking everywhere in Holbox though. The only time we hired bikes was to go to Punta Mosquito which is at the far end of the hotel strip in Holbox.
Things to Mention
- Each window has wooden slats and is covered with a mosquito mesh and so does the front door.
- There isn’t a code-lock safe in the cabaña but we felt that the island was very safe in general. We would either hide our passports and electronics or take them with us.
- Drinking water – there’s a big blue water container you leave outside the gate of the cabaña when it runs out. The Holbox water guy comes past every couple of days and replaces it. One day we saw the water guy and he charged us $19 pesos but the next time we missed him and we came back to the water replaced for free. Either way, it works out cheaper than buying bottled water and you don’t have to carry it!
- There’s a lot of wildlife noise at night in Holbox. Karen told us not to worry, it’s just the racoons on the island having a party 😉 You will also get the odd gecko creep through the window or door but they’re completely harmless.
- If you’re a light sleeper like myself, I’d recommend bringing some ear plugs for the reason above.
- There’s access to a communal bbq with coal for your use.
We absolutely loved our stay at Cabañas Manati and would recommend it as one of the places to stay in Holbox. If you’d like to stay here too, I’ve added the listing on Airbnb.
Other Places to Stay in Holbox
Want to know more places to stay in Holbox? Read: Everything you Need to Know about Isla Holbox.