We drove to El Careyes from San Miguel de Allende, Gto. with an overnight and wonderful Asian-inspired dinner at CocoCabanas on Isla de Navidad (X the inlet from Barra de Navidad).
We stayed there last Christmas.
We had purchased a 5 night package on the Luxury Link site which was a real bargain. It included a dinner with wine and a private table overlooking the beach; all breakfasts; 2 massages; taxes and fees.
The Ocean View Jr Suite # 131 was quite nice and well located.
The included food and a shrimp Ceviche by the pool were as expected (very good), but the drinks on another night (I had the worst Margarita ever and SO's Bloody Mary was close) were the worst we have ever had (and $75. pesos each which is the most we have ever paid in MX).
The adjacent fish shack had great fresh food, but lousy service.
LaLoma; LaSirenta and Playa Rosa were mediocre and the least expensive wine at Playa Rosa was the lowest end (you don't even get this in the US) Concha y Toro which costs $239. for six bottles at retail here, and they charged $300. pesos - absurd.
I think the many and varied restaurants in Barra de Navidad, Melaque, La Manzanilla and Tenacatita an order of magnitude better (and less expensive).
The Starwood group is leaving on 28 Feb and no one knew of any management replacement.
The are rumors that the place will close and perhaps be torn down and replaced by "investment housing".
Don't think I would consider paying "rack rates" here.
M (SMdA, Gto.)
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