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Rancho Playa, Santa Elena El Tule, Puerto Escondido 70948 Mexico
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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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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Rooftop terrace
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Rancho Playa, Santa Elena El Tule, Puerto Escondido 70948 Mexico
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Alvarez Intl Airport208 miSee all flights
Puerto Escondido Airport19 miSee all flights
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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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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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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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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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Gecko Rock is one of the greatest hidden gems in the world! A group of seven of us decided to go on the recommendation of one of the couples who had been there for their honeymoon. We had heard from them that the food was delicious, the area was beautiful and the people (including the hosts were wonderful). I have to say I have never had my expectations surpassed quite a completely as I did with this trip. Gecko Rock sits on the top of a hill with a short walk down to a beautiful, mostly isolated beach with a short walk to a small fishing village/beach perfect for some lunch and local drinks. The sunsets from the roof of the rooms were beautiful in a way that only a sunset over the Pacific can be with a cold drink in your hand and the food was legitimately some of the top meals I have anywhere in the world. Aileen is a fantastic chef and puts together meals that can only be described as devine and Mike is wealth of knowledge and bartending skill. We came with a group that loves to travel and see new things, and this is one of the few places that we all agree we would absolutely come back to. Whether travelling as a couple or with a group, do yourself a favor and check with Mike and Aileen for availability. I promise you won't be disappointed, and you will have one of the most relaxing, wonderful times of your life.
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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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gecko Rock Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.