This weekend, Jorge and I went with some of our friends to Sandos Caracol Resort in Playa del Carmen for my friend Juan’s birthday. We’d been once before, and we LOVE IT! It’s an all-inclusive eco-resort, and they’ve done everything they can to leave a lot of the native surroundings intact. Most resorts here tend to cut down everything to make room for villas, pools, bars, etc. This hotel has done the same, but still left behind lots of local mangrove all over the property.
This means lots of wildlife roaming on the resort grounds, a creek running through the middle of the resort, beautiful mangrove scenery and 2 gorgeous cenotes.
I love the layout of the hotel. Many resorts here have a bunch of builings set in a semi-circle in front of the beach, with the big pool area in the middle. This resort is a bit different, with small villas spread out along winding paths throughout the property, with restaurants and small pools nestled in there. It definitely makes things feel a lot more private.
24-hour outdoor buffet? Yes, please!
View of the mangrove from my favorite bar
The spa has a sauna, showers, jacuzzis and hydromassage pool with beds that you can use FOR FREE!! I have definitely spent a few hours here 🙂
People in Mayan costumes hanging out in the parking lot before a show 🙂
A 100% Mexican dog breed, called a Xoloitzcuintle, known for being used by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs
The adults pool, where we usually spend most of our time
Gringation, living the life
The main outdoor buffet often gets special visitors...
"I like to move it, move it"
The hotel just got a new kids' water park this year, called Splash.
Getting a little better at taking nighttime photos...
Freshly rolled cigars
Las Mascaras Mexican restaurant
The resort is currently completely renovating some of their guestrooms, mainly the ones closest to the beach. They’re going to be bigger, more modern and more eco-friendly. The main pool will also be bigger. AWESOME! (The renovations in no way affected our stay, btw, and everything still looks attractive!)
Mr. and Mrs. Gringation
During certain seasons, Sandos Caracol gives special discounts to locals. We got an all-inclusive deal for $650 pesos (about $50 US) per person per night. Not too shabby!
The staff is incredibly friendly and the grounds are impeccable, yet natural. We’ll definitely be back a third time!
Check back later this week for pics of our hotel room, and the great idea they have for keeping guests eco-friendly!