It's been over 25 years since Mrs. Norma Argaez began the foundations of a flavorful tradition with the support of her entire family. Among its diners and regulars, there is a long list of political and showbiz celebrities who visit the restaurant to taste the award-winning flavor.
Its early beginnings were in Cabo Catoche, where its first clients were the very fishermen, she then moved to the main beach at Holbox and sheltered by grape bush, she began to sell fried fish per kilo. Here, facing the sea, she began to build the first palapa that gave birth to Villa Mar. In a short time, the restaurant started to take shape, a larger palapa, and several small palapas on the beach were built for the people who came to eat. Everything was going well until Hurricane Wilma devastated the entire Island, leaving Villa Mar's soul intact. The kitchen remained standing, and for the months to come, fed the people who came to rebuild Holbox.
With the help of people, family, friends, and trading food for building materials, in a few months, the restaurant was recovering its form.
In addition to having a delicious flavor, Mrs. Norma is a woman with multiple talents. She enjoys a vision and talented hands to design crafts with conch shells. This artsy talent has made her the winner of several editions of the Island's Gastronomic Fest. In addition to the distinctive flavor of her specialties, these were presented in conch shell dishes that Mrs. Norma herself made with her bare hands. The menu of Villa Mar includes the traditional fried fish, seafood, courses from the Yucatan, and the award-winning "coconut shrimp" served with delicious tamarind sauce created by Mrs. Norma and emblem of the restaurant.
Twenty-five years of hard work, has made way to the construction of a new dream: Hotelito Crismi, whose development is devoted to her grandchildren Cristian, Ismael, and Noémi. This small eight-room hotel is located on the beautiful north beach of Holbox. The hotel offers a mini-supermarket, beach club, and the delightful restaurant Corazon del Mar (the heart of Mama Norma), Villa Mar's, kid brother, where breakfast is served for guests. Additionally, it welcomes the general public.
"Corazon del Mar's" menu is based on delicious and generous seafood tostadas such as garlic octopus, ceviches, agua chiles, and tacos.
After Twenty-five years of endless work, Ms. Norma Argaez is still struggling to complete a legacy to inherit to her family.