We were looking for a place at the beach, which wasn't the typical crowed "All Inclusive" hotel and found Camino Real.
This hotel is located in Tangolunda bay and has direct access to the beach, which is protected to both sides with rocks (so it doesn't have an inviting public access). This is an important factor for us since we have three kids aged seven to eleven.
We enjoyed here a real quiet time, while the neighbor hotels (Dreams and Barcelo) were crowded and very noisy. They are located at the a adjacent beaches, which were less hospitable for the kids or us for swimming. The first days we had fun with the waves, then it calmed down and was great to swim and safe for all. Do check how the forecast is, since after all it is open to the Pacific Ocean. Since the pool and the beach are connected with no barriers we could lay on either side and have a good over view of our kids.
This hotel is more frequented by Mexicans and can be booked with breakfast included. For European standards the pool benches/chairs need a much better maintenance but the landscape is beautiful. We just laid the pool towel over it. :-)
We arrived before the local Easter vacation dates and were as good as alone. At Easter it did get full, but except for the breakfast buffet it was not that obvious. They did open a second breakfast buffet up at the Chez Binni, but the location down at the beach is definitely the best, as most of the guest think. However, we always found a table.
The food is good and they are wiling to convey with any wishes. There are some amenities like jet skies and kayaks and they can arrange for you some other like banana rides or catamaran sailing from the adjacent beaches, but you might want to get them there and negotiate the price. At Camino Real it is just far too pricy. We got really good deals for the same just 5 min over the rocks at the other hotels. Go ahead and negotiate, they do wear t-shirts from the hotels, but actually work independently. A few meters further you can find a guy renting his jet skies and at the far end some fishers, which will be happy to take you fishing or to other bays, or snorkeling to much better prices.
The Kids Club (Travesuras) is now open and we have not seen our kids in the last 4 hours! So it must be good!
As hotel guests we had a 15% discount on food and beverages, make sure they apply it on each bill. The service is good, but Mexican style, these people did not learn it really or received the typical American style service education. They are friendly and helpful, but don't reach excellency. We live in Mexico so we are used to it and would judge it as very good service, however opinions might differ. However, don't get us wrong, we really recommend this place!
To have some variation we often took a taxi to the "city" and ate there. Even with the taxi price it is more economical and you don't have to chose always for the same menu. But the two "in hotel" restaurants also offer you a good quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco has a unique design, with a Contemporary Mediterranean style; this place submerged in an astonishing natural surrounding, where one can enjoy a swimming pool like no other, 120 meters in length, was sculpted in front of the complex, with a view of the bay and the extensive blue of the Pacific. A masterpiece of the Mexican Architect Javier Sordo Madaleno, (who is one of the most renowned architects worldwide and is specialized in designing tourist projects), who made this dream a reality, and on April 2, 1993 one of the most beautiful beach hotels in Mexico opened its doors.Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco is located in the beautiful Tangolunda Bay, one out of the nine bays of Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca. A hotel embracing the shoreline and boasting an exclusive beach, 25 minutes away from the airport. RESTAURANTS - BEL LA GRILL (Grilled fish): The perfect place to enjoy the breakfast (buffet) with a beautiful bay view. Open from 7:00 - 11:00 H. - BEACH CLUB: Exquisite fresh seafood and snacks. Also you can appreciate the spectacular sunset. Open from 12:00 - 18:00H. - CHEZ BINNI (Welcome home): The most select international cuisine, with a regional touch. Open from 18:00 - 23:00 H. - AZUL PROFUNDO: A place under a starry sky. This is a new delicious gastronomic concept with a Thai - Mex fusion, and a slight tendency of French cuisine. Open from 19:00 - 24:00 H. (Reservation required). - BAR BITZA (SUNSET): Your favorite beverage in a relaxed environment. Open from 17:00 - 23:00 H. ... more less
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