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Rancho Playa, Santa Elena El Tule, Puerto Escondido 70948 Mexico
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#4 of 122 Specialty lodging in Puerto Escondido
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Gecko Rock is meals-included, adult only, boutique beach resort 28km from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Relax at the pool, spend the day on our secluded beach, take a nap in a hammock and enjoy being far away from the maddening crowds. Unwind to quiet star-filled nights and the sounds of the sea, this is the place to get away from it all. From delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients to insights into exploring this vibrant area, we'll make your vacation one to remember.
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Rancho Playa, Santa Elena El Tule, Puerto Escondido 70948 Mexico
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Raymond C wrote a review May 2022
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We spent 5 days at Gecko Rock. It is, by far, the best resort vacation I have had. The amazing 5 star food, private setting, rooftop hammock, secluded beach, wonderful hosts are just part of it. We were escorted to great shopping, great local restaurants, and a local coffee house with amazing coffee that we just have to go back for more. Walking to nearby beach restaurants with local charm capped it off. I have been to many resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. This one is tops. I cannot say enough about how perfect this was for us. Relaxing on the beach for hours and coming back to a pool to cool off then a catered dinner and drinks. We are going back and bringing friends. Definitely.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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JoseCuervo6758 wrote a review Mar 2022
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We had a wonderful time during our stay at Gecko Rock. The hotel is truly the definition of paradise. You can take long walks on the beach without running into a single person. The pool was just a few steps outside our door, and the palapa lounge was great for reading or playing board games during the hottest part of the afternoon. But the real highlight of our trip was the food. I have several dietary restrictions, and Aileen was able to accommodate all of them while still delivering delicious meals every single day. We were blown away with our dinners each night. We also enjoyed a rooftop pitcher of Jamaica Margarita nearly every evening. We enjoyed chatting with Mike and getting to learn about his travels and experiences running the hotel. Mike was also very prompt and took care of any requests we had. We were lucky enough to arrive during a time when the sea turtles had come on shore to lay their eggs. Mike arranged a taxi for us to go see them, it was an amazing experience! Mike and Aileen are both top notch hosts, our trip to Gecko Rock is one of the best vacations I have ever been on. Every detail was considered and taken care of with a personal touch. I cannot recommend them enough, we will certainly be back again in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Dustin S wrote a review Mar 2022
Lititz, Pennsylvania16 contributions2 helpful votes
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Top Ten reasons to stay at Gecko. 1) You will be on a first name basis with the owners and experience amazing service. 2) It’s small - maxes out at 8 people 3) Amazing food, with a fusion of Asian & Mexican cuisine 4) Waterfall showers with river-rock floors 5) A secluded slice of beach, you might see five people all day 6) A handful of local beachfront cafes on the sand within a 20minute walk down the beach 7) A Pacific beach that faces south so you can catch both sunrise and sunset on the water. 8) Being able to turn off the room A/C and listen to the crashing waves 9) Comfy world-class beds and sheets. 10) Your own roof-top oasis to swing in a hammock or stargaze at night. Top Five Reasons to NOT stay at Gecko. 1) You’d rather experience a large resort with more amenities and a swim-up bar 2) You’d rather not walk down the 3 minute path to the beach 3) You’d rather not travel an hour through rural Mexico from the nearby airports 4) You’d rather stand in line at a giant buffet 5) You’d rather be in a town or city This couple built their own "mini" resort 10+ years ago and the property has matured in a beautiful carefully planned romantic destination. Their focus is on couples that want to arrive at a rural beach destination to completely kick back & relax. The owner’s background is world backpacking and travel. They provide sit-down breakfast and supper, and a packed lunch each day. Drinks are available all day long on a bar tab. I'm just not sure you can find a more beautiful and affordable beach experience in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Only 4 rooms, and they are all very similar. They are exceptionally quiet, we didn't hear...
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Lita D wrote a review Dec 2021
Bellingham, Washington11 contributions
We recently returned from Gecko Rock Resort after I had been looking at photos and dreaming of going there for about 2 years. My husband finally said "pick a date and book it" and we can honestly say we feel so refreshed that we can't wait to return. The food is amazing and the pool and the beach are gorgeous. I am not a person who typically likes to relax (I love to travel to big cities and wander and go to museums) but this place will take your breath away and you won't have a care in the world. Our bungalow was both comfortable and spotless and we could hear the crashing waves of the ocean while we slept. I can't say enough about Gecko Rock Resort as it's the most relaxing vacation I have ever had.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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KaosK wrote a review May 2021
Green Bay, WI37 contributions81 helpful votes
There is much for me to say about Gecko Rock and I always fail to say it all. This is our fourth stay. We will be back again. The resort is beautiful and improves with each stay. They maintain the resort each year and it shows. The food is always amazing and eating while listening to the roar of the ocean is always relaxing. If you want a place to relax, read a book and really connect with your partner this is the place to do it. I will never be able to thank Aileen and Mike enough for creating this place.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Shannon G wrote a review Dec 2020
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This was the best vacation ever! The resort was amazing and had the best time. The whole resort was very clean and everything was up to date. Mike, the owner, was very accommodating and helpful from the very beginning, when I inquired about availability. All the meals were outstanding! The private beach is stunning! This was the most relaxing vacation and a great place to unwind. Everything was fantastic and we cannot wait to go back!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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toandjo2017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Riverside, California39 contributions11 helpful votes
Our week-long stay at Gecko Rock was a year in the planning as four adult couples were flying in from different locations. Mike was a pleasure to work with in reserving dates for our stay and arranging roundtrip ground transportation for each of our flights. Gecko Rock is a bit off the beaten path and was perfect for us all to reconnect, relax, and have all food and drink provided. The grounds are lush and well maintained and the common area and rooms are clean and comfortable. One can escape to the rooftop at night to view the stars. We enjoyed walks along the ocean, which is accessible in just minutes via a private path. There are books and games available on site, including a court for Kubb or bocce. The pool was often our center of activity; lounging on a float, playing volleyball, or sunning on one of the hammocks or chaises. Day excursions for whale watching, shopping, exploring beaches or lagoons, and surfing are just a short taxi ride away. Aileen's meals were outstanding! She provides an excellent variety of cuisine using only the freshest ingredients and was accommodating to all our dietary needs. Kudos to Mike and Aileen for an excellent overall experience!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Katja wrote a review Mar 2020
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A stunning private resort, located just a minute walk from the beach is an ideal place to go and relax from everyday hustle and bustle. The tranquillity of place and authentic experience of rural Mexico, from people, food & setting (sounds of ocean waves, iguanas & geckos that live at resort as well as birds) that we were able to indulge on this trip truly blew us away. We visited Gecko Rock Resort as party of 8 and Mike & Eileen’s who are the most attentive hard working hosts delivered a personalised service to us all. Nothing was too much trouble and they were perfect hosts. And the “FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD”… OMG our taste buds were in for a feast every day. Each day there was a new tasty surprise on our plates but I don’t want to spoil your surprise by telling you what we ate. Let’s just say it was YUMMY. Although for us it was a long trip to Gecko Rock Resort (we came from England) we are already talking when to return, as it is so worth while. We travel a lot and I can only say we have never ever experienced anything like this. The uniqueness of this place will allow you to slow down and appreciate the luxury of time again, unwind and recharge like never before. WE LOVED IT!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Nikita wrote a review Jan 2020
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I haven't even been back home a full week but I already miss this place. Everything from the palapa (outdoor dining room/rec room) to the pool and the accomodations were beautifully decorated and kept meticulously clean. The landscaping is gorgeous. The beach is less than two minutes away, so the sound of waves crashing all day long sets the tone of tranquility. By far my favorite place to post up was on the roof of the casitas. You get a view of the property, surrounding land, and the ocean. We spent every sunset there and several late nights enjoying the stars. There are various opportunities for daily excursions and adventures, but the pool is also a perfect spot for some down time. I can't remember the last time I ever felt so relaxed and at peace. It is the ideal setup for someone who needs a break from their work/world to recharge. In addition to being genuinely friendly and an entertaining conversationalist, Mike graciously made himself available to the many requests of a group of seven. He is such a warm and inviting host and I can't thank him enough for all he did for us. I never had the pleasure of meeting Aileen, so I'm not convinced they don't have a team of top chefs (or wizards) on site, but the food is undoubtedly some of the best I've ever had. I recommend this place to anyone looking to get away for a little while.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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CZMFan wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California19 contributions32 helpful votes
I wanted to return to Gecko Rock after my first solo visit, so my GF and I headed on down for the Thanksgiving week. We also stayed in Mexico City on either 'side' of our week at Gecko Rock which we HIGHLY recommend. Mexico City is fantastic, but back to Gecko Rock... Since I visited last, a cool roof lounge area has been added on top of each building. The lounge area is a great way to relax with an awesome view of the sunset in the evening. Do take advantage of the sundowner drink specials... they are yummy and they get delivered to you on the roof! Go Mike! At night, the roof decks make a great place for stargazing. The food was fantastic as always. We liked the lighter, boxed lunch options. No more FOMO if you are away from the resort during lunch time. The Passion Fruit margarita will be talked about for years. Be sure to try whatever margarita special is available, these are always awesome We did the Mazunte trip and the Puerto Escondido trip. I recommend both of these if you visit for the first time. These trips are a great way to see more of the area and to soak in the culture and to try more of the local cuisine. I also highly recommend the Mezcal tasting. We bought several bottles to take home with us! Note that it does get hot during the day, so any boat trips or hikes are best done early. Mike was an awesome host as always and it was great to hang out and chat with him. We had the place to ourselves and so much time was spent just relaxing and sipping on great margaritas. We had a great time at Gecko Rock and are looking forward to returning!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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MexicoSouthern MexicoOaxacaPuerto Escondido
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gecko Rock Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Gecko Rock Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Gecko Rock Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gecko Rock Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Gecko Rock Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Gecko Rock Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.