El Careyes has some of the most flexible staff that my wife and I have ever experienced. Despite that their menu of food and excursions/activities is not long nor detailed, any of these experiences can be completely customized to meet your needs at a very minimal cost.
The rooms are cozy, nothing to write home about, but the ocean front suites are indeed ocean front and have a wonderful view of the sunset. The plunge pool/hot tub is not as "private" as one would necessarily like during a romantic stay but is great to cool down (there's no heaters on them) in the late afternoon or get away from the small crowd on the beach or by the pool.
The food is exceptional. The menu beats the buffet (in price and quality); two can eat for the price of one buffet when using the menu. Many items can be created with a simple query. Ask for fish tacos or quesadillas; they're not on the menu but they are fantastic. For breakfast, try "Huevos Matalenos". They are an old Yucatan recipe and very good.
The excursions are very simple and are more charters than guided tours. Boat rentals allow you to see or do a single activity or a combination of many. In the span of two hours, we cruised up and down the coast, snorkeled at Playa Lobo (ask for it by name), and fished for Mahi Mahi and Tuna which the staff will make into dinner or a snack for you at no charge upon disembarkment. At the polo club, you can ask which evenings they will be allowing you to release newborn turtles into the ocean. There is no charge for this activity (you can offer a donation) though you have to arrange for a cab to take you through the wilderness to a hidden cove (costs around US$40).
The one negative is that there are no traditional markets within 1.5 hours of the resort. For those that like to bargain, I would recommend asking the hotel to transport you to Barra de Navidad market prior to your flight out. 2-2.5 hours will give you plenty of time to shop the handicrafts (gems/jewelry, pots, wood pots/trays/utensils).
The hotel staff will do anything and everything to satisfy your every need. The prices are very reasonable for a resort (we spent ~US$1400 for airport transportation, food, alcohol, and three excursions over the span of 8 days). I would recommend trying Playa Rosa restaurant one evening but split an appetizer and an entre as the sizes are large and prices are higher than the resort's restaurant. It is a quaint restaurant right on the beach... reservations are a must (it only has 10 tables) and the menu is on a chalkboard that they walk to your table. Try the pasta, it's their specialty. Avoid the guacamole; El Careyes Resort has the best you will have throughout the entire vacation - it is unbeatable.
It is a great resort for those that enjoy laying by the beach/pool, doing a few things, and catching some sun. If you are looking for a resort where the pace is fast and there are constant activities for you to engage in, look elsewhere. For a secluded romantic resort, El Careyes is better than offered.
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- A Private Estate Resort in the Mexican Pacific ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Careyes Beach Hotel Careyes