El Careyes Beach Resort
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... restoring the once grand park back to its original beauty. Beautiful columns were all over the park. At the end of Lake Chapala is a lighthouse which is part of this park. Lake level have suffered in recent years but this now landlocked lighthouse structure also served as a pier in better days and higher lake levels. The park is a few miles from highway 15 and the cobble stoned streets make it a ...
... burn you. This is the best month to enjoy the outdoor pool, if you like your water warm, like I do.
In June and July, Lake Chapala remains in the high 80’s, rarely going over 90. The nights stay cool in the 60’s with some pretty dramatic rain storms that can last for hours and can knock out electricity. There is the occasional day time storm, but will not last long. The sun will replace the clouds to dry things up rather quickly. ...
... I don’t even
expect people to show up when they say they will. Depending on the reason, I
can wait another day, or just call someone else to do the job. Most
importantly, I will not worry myself over why another person does what he does.
My Type-A personality somehow got transformed in to a less
stressful and relaxed lifestyle of the Type-B personality. I no longer rush
around from point A to point B. That has ...
... the right most lane. They are cheap and they get you where you are going. Forget any sort of schedule though, you will get there when you get there.
There is no washer or dryer in our apartment or the complex. Luckily there is a laundromat (la lavanderķa) just two blocks from my house. I bring my clothes into one of the two nice ladies that work there. Weigh it. Get my ticket. And at the latest, I am able to get my clothes by ...
... myself. And I've walked around the city (ciudad) by myself. Immersion is definitely the best way to learn a new language. And it is unbelievable how much I remember from high school.
This week has been a vacation but starting tomorrow I will get into a routine. Ideally, everyday will consist of a workout, some exploring, and self teaching. I am going to get a map with bus routes and I ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews El Careyes Beach Resort
Wow, first the place was a lot hipper than we were expecting, which was a nice surprise.
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.
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!!
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!
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.