We were staying in Oaxaca City and were confounded by some unusually bad weather, so on the spur of the moment we decided to fly down to the coast and try to just chill out. We decided to take a chance on this little spot, and I'm glad we did.
Mike and Aileen have made it their mission to provide a haven that is far from the crazy crowds. Their resort is about 45 minutes from Puerto Escondido, so if you're looking for nightlife and restaurants, this isn't your place. But if you want a quiet spot with a lovely pool, comfortable room, and ocean breezes, you could do far worse than Gecko Rock. In fact, I think a sensible vacation would be to spend a few days in town, with the hubbub and vendors and restaurants, and then a few days here, to really get away from it all.
The resort currently has only four rooms, and when we stayed there we had it all to ourselves. It is far from the main highway, down a long dirt road, so it is very quiet. The beach is about 200 yards down a private path. Both days that we walked down to the beach, the nearest person we could see was at least a mile away. The beach is broad and sandy and beautiful. The surf was strong, with no lifeguards, but not too strong to keep us from getting wet.
The room's bed was particularly firm and comfortable - definitely a high end mattress. There was no TV, but the wifi signal was good throughout the resort (but not fast - this is rural Mexico, after all!). The
Aileen is an excellent cook and we enjoyed everything we ate, with fresh local ingredients, but not strictly Mexican cuisine! On the day of departure we had an early flight and they packed us a breakfast to take with us, which was much appreciated. Mike mixes up a fantastic passion fruit martini, and also brought us Cuba libres (rum and Coke with lime) on the roof deck as we enjoyed the sunset.
The peace and remoteness of this spot would make it great for a family or group of friends to rent several rooms together. We appreciated how our hosts went out of their way to be sure that we were comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an all-inclusive, adult only, boutique beach resort 28km from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Relax at the pool, spend the day on our secluded beach, enjoy quiet star-filled nights and the sounds of the sea. When you're here, our home is your home. From delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients to insights into this vibrant area, we'll make your vacation one to remember. By the way, we are gay friendly, and also just plain friendly. ... more less