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A Hip Retreat in Paradise
Wow, first the place was a lot hipper than we were expecting, which was a nice surprise.
The place is small, stylish, and in the middle of nowhere. The nowhere part is actually good, really unspoiled, exotic birds, clear water, tropical plants.
Lots of outdoor activities, had the best mountain bike ride of my life on a cliff top trail overlooking the ocean with unbelievable views. On the way back by the lagoon they told me not to fall off the bike because of the crocodiles, I think they were kidding. We also went kyaking, horseback riding, and for long walks on deserted beaches.
Night time was equally fun, big sofas by the beach to watch the sunset and they serve you drinks there. The hotel food was good, lots of fresh seafood and next door a very glamourous restaurant with even better food.
The crowd was pretty cool, Europeans who seemed to have lots of money plus LA types in the movie biz, the scene at the bar at night was really great.
Finally the very friendly, helpful staff who really treated you like their guest and went out of their way just to be nice.
We are going back with friends in March to share this great place.
Quirky and stylish
We went for 2 weeks over christmas. we had just come from a 4 seasons hotel and this is NOT anything like the 4 seasons. the service is quirky and a bit haphazard! and our room was not really childproof for a 4 year old as there were no railings - just a terrace and sheer drop! However we had a fantastic holiday there! the staff were lovely, our terrace was heaven in the evenings as we watched the sunset ( and quiet - especially when it got really busy immediately after christmas day!). For the 2 weeks only 5 days seemed full capacity and a bit too busy and we just escaped to the gorgeous beach and restaurant next door in Playa rosa. the hotel's clientele are extremely glamourous and interesting - This is a small boutique hotel with it's own individual charms - the food was great - simple and fresh. we loved it.
Stayed for 5 nights over thanksgiving. Resort was aout 1/2 full, and the staff was extraordinating accomodating and friendly. The resort is so small, that even if it was full, there is a sense of having the entire place to yourself. Had ocean view suite with private jacuzzi - very clean and comfortable. Restaurant was outstanding & they will attempt to make anything - even if not on menu. There is also a restaurant next to the resort (ask & they'll point you to it). Activities center can plan for fishing, biking , horseback riding, kayaking.
While the location is somewhat isolated, it is incredibly relaxing and only a 30 minute ride to some of the small towns nearby for excursions.
We will be back again next year.
Truly Paradise! We will return!
El Careyes is a beautiful boutique property in a gorgeous remote location! We just returned from a week's stay (first week of September) and the property had only about 12 guests including ourselves for the better part of the week (this is the slowest time of year on the Mexican Pacific Coast). Staying here is a wonderful outdoor-indoor experience with the natural elements of the tropical jungle (birds, iguanas, colorful miniature lizards, tropical frogs, fauna and insects) all around accentuated with simple Hacienda elegance and bright beautiful colors. The views of the bay and ocean, especially at sunset, are beautiful and tranquil!!
The spa is terrific, with aroma therapy lotions, great massages, and it, too, is very lovely and tranquil. The spa lotions are also provided in all the rooms and add additional luxury to the accomodations.
Our ocean view suite had a beautiful view, was very well appointed, very spacious, and immaculately clean. While we requested and had a room with a plunge pool on our terrace, we found that it was really not necessary as we were on the common grounds by the pool, which is so fun and relaxing to swim in, or by beach almost all day every day. We would probably not request a room with one again and thus avoid paying the additional room price for it.
The environment is friendly, polite and very intimate.The staff is very, very friendly and they try very hard to please, but, as was to be expected in such a rural location they did make some mistakes in that the overall attention to minor details is average (got some food orders confused, no bed turn down one night, forgetting to follow up on a few requests we made etc.), but when politely brought to their attention all were corrected to our general satisfaction.
Dining is outdoors in the cabana style restaurant. The food is very fresh, imaginative, and very good even by San Francisco dining standards. There is also a less "formal" menu that is available all day (except in the restaurant at dinner) as well and is stocked with basics like pizza, pasta, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and simpler Mexican food selections. Their is also a deli next to the spa, just outside the pool area, that has good sandwiches and snacks.
In September it may rain at night, so the water in the coves around the resort is rougher this time of year and the fish non-existent for snorkling purposes. Almost all of us at the resort over the course of the week went snorkling and there were no fish etc to see b/c of the water conditions. Also, the humidity is high this time of year and the air was very sticky at times, so, for these two reasons, we would probably not go again in September.
Careyes is wonderful for all people of all ages-there were some honyemooners, retired couples, families with children (they provide on site nanny services), and people of same or mixed sexes-who are looking for beauty, water play-the pool is incredible in size and beauty-playing on the beach, sun worship, tropical jungle beauty and allure, and lots of relaxation. We felt like we were in our own little paradise for a week and we will surely return again!
It took me months to find a honeymoon destination. I researched hotels in Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and all over the US. The reason I chose El Careyes is because of its noted seclusion. I did not want a hotel that had kids running around and teenagers taking up the pool and hundreds of people crowding the beach and hotel. We were looking for a place that we could sit together in peace, watch a beautiful sunset, read a book, and do all of the fun honeymoon stuff IN PRIVATE! That is exactly what we found at Costa Careyes! I totally disagree with the review that is noted before me. It is a 5 star resort, it is beautiful! The restaurant is fantastic and the service was wonderful. Our second floor patio had a private hot tub (in the shape of a pool) that overlooked the ocean and every morning the staff cleaned it and put yellow mandavilla flowers in it. I could go on for hours about how wonderful it was. BUT, if you are looking for loud parties, jet skis, parasailing... it is not the place for you. It is for resting and relaxing..which brings me to the spa. We had a massage every day that we were there (5 days) and it was wonderful. We will return to this hotel every year for our anniversary!
Not 5 star quality
My husband and I decided to stay at the El Careyes Beach Resort based, in part, on the wonderful reveiws that we had read about the resort. We both feel that we were misled. Although El Careyes is part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, it certainly does not in the same category as the other Starwood luxury collection hotels that we have visited in the past. Our room (junior ocean view suite) was nice -- albeit minimally appointed. The terrace and bathroom, however, were great. The primary problem with this resort is (1) the service and (2) the food. With respect to the service, the resort is very small so you would expect that the service could and should be very attentive. However, we repeatedly had a difficult time getting anyone to wait on us -- particularly when we were by the pool. Once we placed an order (mainly drinks), it would literally take our waitperson 30 to 45 minutes to bring them. Seriously. And it wasn't because they were busy because there were only about 7 other guests by the pool. My husband ultimately accused me of taking him to a "fat farm" because he could only average about a beer an hour (and that was with ordering two at once!), which brings me to the other issue: the food. The resort only has one restaurant, which wouldn't be a problem if it was good -- but it's not. The dinner menu literally has four entrees to choose from (one vegetarian) and four appetizers to choose from. Again, this wouldn't be a problem if the selections were appetizing -- but they weren't. They mainly consisted of things such as "squid" and local fish that neither of us were familiar with (and we are very well-traveled). If you do decide to go, there is another restaurant about an 8 minute walk down the beach. We only learned about this restaurant from one of the resort employees that befriended us. It is not listed in any of the literature and the resort does not advertise it. This restaurant has more variety but the quality is not that great -- but better than what you get at the resort. Lastly, you should know that there is not very much to do at this resort -- no parasailing, no jet-skis -- and that the beach is not very pretty -- no white sand. In short, we would never go back and would not recommend this resort to any of our friends.
A wonderful escape!
My husband and I just got back from El Careyes and I cannot say enough about this fabulous resort. It feels as if you really have stepped out of the frantic world and truly gotten away from it all. We went kayaking, horseback riding and whale watching, so it's not as if there's nothing to do if you so choose. However you can also just lounge by the pool and enjoy the warm ocean breezes coming off the bay.
There's a spa there that is lovely as well. We will definately return.
Next time we will stay more days
I am in hotel business ..wanted to see Careyes as been in all hotel magaznes on our way to Vallerta ..never got there took one look and stayed ... Staff was excellent... Manager very gracious attentive ...we are planning couple return trips ...sister property El tamardino golf resort another find ...perfect trip would be week with three /4 days at each ..best times nov -jan though staff says best deals may/june weather still nice .. been alot places ..own hotels but this oone special stole alot ideas ...
A Private Paradise
we just returned from spending 5 nights at El Careyes and enjoyed every aspect oft the hotel. These summer months are the off season and the place was empty. Excellent service in all aspects of the hotel, though the hotel staff mentioned that November to February, things can get busy there. There are a total of 4 restaurants within a 15 minute drive, 1 is onsite and 1 is a short walk to a nearby beach. The other two are located on HWY 200. The rooms with pools are nice and very private but perhaps unnecessary if you travel there during the summer months. I will be returning. Only negative which is also a positive is that the hotel is located approximately 2 hours from Manzanillo or Puerto Vallarta.
My husband and I hosted our Valentine's Day wedding at the Careyes and could not have asked for a better location. All 60 guests had a fabulous vacation! The scenery and tranquility of the hotel are so rare and absolutely incredible. The staff is excellent and the food even better. This place is a secret paradise in Mexico. It is well worth the long and expensive trip to Manzanillo.
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... I have a strong premonition where the 320 pieces of litter will end up: alongside all the other thousands pieces of litter in the ditches and road intersections.
For miles into the city, the slums loom: pieces of cardboard, tin, and sticks lean on each other; rags for roofs. I have no idea how those little houses stand up in winds and rains. If they do stand ...
... are constructing new bridges and metro stations so the place was a mess and traffic was being redirected by guys with flags. The roads ranged from 3 lanes to 1 lane through some dodgy cobbled streets but we managed to navigate our way through to arrive in Zapopan which is another city in the state of Jalisco. It's confusing but basically Guadalajara and Zapopan are two cities joined together in the state of Jalisco. The Klopota's were very kind ...
I said I was chillin' out: I ordered a third glass of wine (did I mention it was good wine?) and the flan for dessert.
As I had my dessert, these two couples sat at a nearby table. At least one of them spoke decent english, but with an accent which got my curiosity up.
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The plaza is just behind this building.
These four photos show the town (on the left), and the more distant view with the mountains (on the right)