Tequila has been getting a lot of “buzz” lately, and for those true tequila-philes, what better place to learn about this popular spirit but from the motherland: Mexico.

Answering the call is Casa Sandra, a chic 20-suite beachfront retreat in the remote fishing village of Holbox Island just two hours drive and ferry north of Cancun, that is offering a Tequila Tasting Package with their expert Sommelier who hails from Jalisco, where blue agave or maguey originates.

Think crystal blue water, white sand beaches, streets made of sand, thatched daybeds, shady palms, all in a laid back luxe atmosphere. Learn how to make a perfectly authentic margarita and learn why CasaSandra is the best kept secret in the Mexican Caribbean.

Tequila Tasting Package for two includes tastings of regional tequila, discussions of different styles, origins, a cocktail making session; four days and three nights in a deluxe suite, transportation from Cancun, welcome cocktails, and fresh fruit in room… Cost: 1,571 USD, tax included.

Owner Sandra Perez – painter, poet, Latin Grammy Award-winner and muse to famed Cuban musician Pablo Milanes – built CasaSandra as an artist’s retreat. The spirit of the home and art remain, reflected in her studio’s open door policy. Everything was personally chosen from the original artwork, decor and furnishings, all with her unique sensibilities, resulting in a luxe but laid back atmosphere.

The hotel offers massage, yoga and Reiki creating an ideal environment to relax, recharge, and regain one’s inner balance. CasaSandra’s signature restaurant, mentioned as the best on island by The New York Times, offers a delightful mix of local specialties, Cuban favorites and Asian-inspired dishes.


And every Saturday, guest and locals come together for the popular “Noche Cubana” featuring live music in a convivial atmosphere. Spend the day barefoot, while the evening’s rustic elegance calls for white linen skirts and crisp guayaberas.  Rates start at $290 US. www.casasandra.com