We'll Definitely be Back!
My wife and I stayed with three other couples at Casa Elegante, and the property is definitely top notch. Both pools are fantastic and the rooftop pool offers a 360 degree view of the ocean including a great view of Cancun in the distance. All of the rooms are spacious and well appointed, and the kitchen, living room, and patio to the second private pool provide a great space for partying. The cost of staying here was very reasonable especially when you divide the cost between multiple couples, and you should also realize that everything on the island is very inexpensive! An $8.00-$10.00 drink in the US might cost you $4.00 here, and it probably tastes better! The Mojitos are especially good. Food pricing on the island is also a fraction of the cost, and we didn't run out of excellent restaurants to try every night. Staying here makes clear how much better this is than staying at some all-inclusive resort. I'd estimate that (including food, drinks, and a golf cart rental) it's about 1/2 the price of a couple staying at Sandals, and quite a bit more fun!
The ferry ride to the island was effortless and kinda fun. There was a musician on the top deck to entertain you on your short ride. We then walked a few blocks to pick up our golf cart, and then we were on our way.
Isla Mujeres is a terrific island with very friendly natives. We all went on a private bike/golf cart tour of the island with https://www.facebook.com/CulturaCruisers/ that included points of interests, restaurants, a stop at Isla Brewery, and homes where natives provided us homemade food! Homes of natives on the island are small by our standards, and the weather is hard on the exterior paint, but when you go inside you realize you just don't need much to live there. The concrete houses are relatively cool and inhabitants seem very happy and friendly.
I would highly recommend renting a golf cart and exploring the island for only a couple hundred for the week. It is well worth the cost to have the freedom to go wherever you want, because you'll enjoy exploring.
We also love the Mayan Beach Club on the north end of the beach. The water there is awesome and calm, and the service is excellent! Make sure to check out the binder on the coffee table with all of the fun things you can do! We'll definitely be back!