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Costa Careyes
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Careyes
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“good and not so good”
Reviewed December 25, 2006

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.)

  • Liked — room and service
  • Disliked — bar drinks
  • Tips/Secrets — it may be closing after 28 Feb '07
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank mikemo
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Los Altos, CA
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Reviewed November 17, 2006

Where to begin? You just got back from a week at El Careyes Beach Resort. Wish we were still there. It feels serene, smells nice, is beautiful and gives a total feeling of luxury. If you are looking for a PV feel, this is not it. In fact, the total opposite. It is quiet, clean, not hurried, tropical.

We flew into PV. It really is a 3 hour drive to the resort. We rented a jeep (fun & is good for some of the rough-ish terrain around Careyes area). It was $396 for a week including insurance at Thrifty. The drive is peaceful and you get to experience the back country and it's towns and people. Manzanillo is 90 minutes to Careyes. Gas is scarce, however, it is offered at liquor stores here and there ( I know, strange!), so keep an eye open for handwritten "Gasolina" signs along the highway at liquor stores.
The drive is definetely easier in the day light. I would NOT suggest it at night, and you miss the beauty of it.

El Careyes Beach Resort is remote, but there is a medial center very close by if needed. In all of Careyes there is only this hotel with 48 rooms, some Casitas, and 40 privately owned homes, which 10 of them are rentals.....period. You can drive to a small town within 13 minutes, but they do not offer much other than drinks, chips, a good little restaurant called La Loma (seafood / casual), etc. You can take a drive south to Barra de Navidad & Meleque, which are on the beach, 45 minutes -1 hour away. They are sleepy towns, but offer much more in casual food, tourist type shops, ocean front drinks, etc.

The activites person (Eligio - pronounced El-e-hee-o), is awesome. He will schedule everything for you:

* There is a beautiful golf course called Tamarindo 20 minutes south of Careyes.

* Snorkeling at Playa Parasio. Terry is the dive master at the hotel who is very versed in where to go & explains some sea life and brings some up to show you in person.

*Fishing. Captain Crunchie & his boat is Cerviche II. He knows his job well.

* Spa stuff. Lorena, massage therapist is excellent. The gym is not elaborate by any means, but sufficient. There are yoga classes outside by the pool/beach.

* Kayaking at the resort. Calm waters. Tennis courts on-site.

* Sea Turtles. What an amazing experience this is! We met at 10:45 pm and drove to Teopa beach (nice beach near the polo fields) about 10 minutes away). A man from the sea turtle conservation brought a 5 galloon bucket with 350 tiny turtles for us to help guide to the water, the day they were born. It is such a special event...we will never forget it. This is seasonal.

* Outdoor disco, called Crocodillo. Located next to the hotel. During the day you can walk, at night, you need to drive there, but it is really close. Great drinks, good music on a quiet beach cove. Fun.

The pool is beautiful, day & night. Get the guacamole & chips. They are really good. Service is good. There is an on-site deli which is limited, but has good sandwiches, and it is the only casual place to eat at the hotel. You can walk next door to the Fish Shack (located next to Crocodillo. Fresh fish caught that day.

The other good restaurants in the area - La Vuida located 13 minutes north. Che Che in Chemala, about 30 minutes north.
Playa Rosa next to the hotel is more expensive, but good, it is seafood & Italian. You have to have reservations (the hotel will do it). The Polo Club has a great restaurant. Ask for Alex, the manager. Quality meats and Italian. Try to go when there are polo matches going on (their season is Nov. 17th - April 22).

Mesquitos are rampant. Bring the good stuff. The hotel provides spray, but you need what works best for you. At dusk is when they are the worst. They are also in your room.

Get your cell phone provider to change your plan while you are in Mexico. There really is no coverage at the hotel however (too remote). Calls from the hotel are really expensive.

We had room #20...it rocks. It overlooks the water, has a plunge pool/spa. Yes, it does not get hot, but warm (we turned up the heat ourselves). During the day it is great to cool off. It is very private! Large deck with table & chairs. This is the room that the hotel uses for most of it's advertsing photos.

The hotel has huge cushioned built-in couches along the water near the bar/restaurant. They are so cool. We even eat our dinner on them. This a romantic locale. You see many couples aged 20's - 50's mostly. More young people than I thought would be there. It would not be fun to go there as a single person, I would think. Families with small children were there too.

We look forward to returning next year.

3 Thank Careyesbound
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Boerne, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2006

We flew into Puerta Villarta and rented a car for the drive. It's a beautiful drive and we stopped along the way and visited with the little store owners and had a great time getting there. The place is beautiful when you pull onto the property. We were greeted by a man w/ pepperment face towels and drinks. Check in was easy and we were taken to our room right away. The rooms are nice and we had a bowl of fresh fruit that lasted us the whole weekend. They had a wet bar with more then enough tequila to keep you satisfied. The al fresco dining area is where you eat every meal. The food is good and Friday nite they had a Mexican buffet complete w/ dancers. It was fun and the food was good for a buffet. We also ate next door at a little place that was kind of tricky to get to but once you know it there its a fun walk. I think it was Zona Rosa. The pool area was great for relaxing the day away. The service could have been a bit better, but we got by fine. There a big couchs everywhere and it's wonderful to grab a drink and a couch and watch the amazing sunset. We took a boat tour out one day and saw some spectacual mansions all around the area. We even stopped at a deserted beach area and played around. This is a place to come relax, spa it up and just laze around the pool. No loud music, late nights or party atmosphere. It's a perfect place to just get away. Maybe next time we'll try flying into Manzanilla...I think it's closer.

  • Liked — The remote location and quite atmosphere
  • Disliked — Service could have been a bit better.
  • Tips/Secrets — Try flying in to Manzanilla...it's closer but there are fewer flights
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled with friends
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8 Thank Karenbob
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2006

First of all, if you go to this resort and don't get what you expect, either you haven't done any research at all, or my experience was very atypical. We drove in from Puerto Vallarta. Admittedly a bit of a drive (2 1/2 hrs.) but we knew that going in. We were just so excited to get there, the drive seemed a lot longer....much shorter on the way back though. The resort was full due to a wedding while we were there. However, not once did we have to wait for ANYTHING. Not once did the pool seem crowded, in fact, almost the oposite. It was almost like we had the place to ourselves. A couple people at the pool, a couple people at the restaruant, a couple by the beach. The resort is very small and quaint, but there is plenty of room there to spread out. Within 30 minutes of us being there, the entire staff it seemed like, were calling us by name. My wife and I were talking about this later on, I don't remember one time a waitor coming around and asking us if we needed anything while we were by the pool. Strangely enough, that was a good thing. If we made any eye contact with them at all, they would be right there. The service was amazing. The restaurants were a little pricey, but what you expect at a resort. The food at both La Lantana and La Playa Rosa was delicious. We also drove to a nearby town called Chamela and ate at La Viuda. Very inexpensive but delicious food. They don't speak a word of english, so be prepared with hand signals if you don't speak spanish....like us. The beach in Chamela was also amazing. A little fishing village (about 20-30 people maybe) took up one small corner, besides that there was an endless beautiful beach that we swam at. We just parked the car, walked down the beach about 100 yards and had the entire place to ourselves. It was excellent.

The only other thing of note that we did was rented the small fishing boat made available by the hotel. The guides that took us out made this a truly memorable experience. The restaurant at the hotel cooked the fish we caught for lunch and dinner that day. Could have had them the next day too, but decided against it.

The bottom line is, if you are looking for an amazing small secluded resort that will treat you like royalty, where there is not much to do other than sit by the pool while enjoying a few drinks, this is the place for you. This place is a world away from the busy streets of PV. You can't even compare the two.

8 Thank orangeblood
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Austin, Texas
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2006

Careyes isn´t as good as we thought it would be. My fiance and I went for a weekend getaway, and expected a luxourious breath taking attention for what we were paying and it wasn´t at all. The suit was ok, but it had maintenance problems, some light bulbs went off, the bathroom was very small. The jacuzzie didn´t worked well. They have nice details but the room was simply plain, the restaurant was also expensive and the food was average, plus they didn´t have some of the things on the menu. There are not many places to eat nearby, so you have to settle for the restaurant. Sunsets were beautiful and breath taking, but that ´s just the Pacific charm, and the hotel had nothing to do with it, maybe just have nice garden areas. The Spa was ok, but simply average.
I really expected more for my money, It was simply Plain.

  • Stayed September 2004
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7 Thank southerninc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2006

We stayed at El Careyes Beach Resort in mid-May and really enjoyed it. It was the perfect late spring getaway and after 4 days we felt pleasantly bored. The weather was in the 80's every day (just a bit humid) and the water was warm. It's a small but beautiful resort with less than 50 rooms and it never felt crowded. The pool is nice and there are tons of lounge chairs, however the actual beachfront is fairly short so while you can go in the water, it's not the place for long strolls down the beach (unless you want to go back and forth). The rooms are nice and spacious, however the bed was a bit on the firm side and the sheets were rough (or maybe I was sunburned!) for the type of place that seems like it should be obsessed with it's high thread-count. The staff is friendly and helpful. The mango daiquiries are fantastic! The restaurant is a bit over-priced and the menu never changes so plan to explore local places. You might check out a local seafood shack that we heard was good but never made it to, and ditto a nearby Italian restaurant. We did go to a great and really cheap restaurant nearby called La Loma that has terrific Mexican food and $1 beers (as opposed to $6 at the resort). A Brazilian steak place across the street from La Loma is supposed to be good and cheap as well. You'll need a car to get to these last 2 restaurants as they are about 15 min away by car. If possible, try to fly into Manzanillo airport and rent a car there. It's an easy 1 hr. drive -- as opposed to the 3 hr. ride from PV -- and then you don't have to pay for taxis etc. if you want to eat elsewhere.

Stayed May 2006
10 Thank sarah m
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2006

Stayed a few nights in a two bedroom with a pool, Jasmine. Probably one of the most romantic, sexy places to stay IF you like beautiful views, weather, seclusion. Casitas are condos, not a hotel, so no restaurant, though a great restaurant below at Playa Rosa. The only problem with that restaurant is no breakfast, so you have to go next door to the hotel. The staff at Casitas will stock your fridge with whatever you want, but you must ask ahead. Our room was perfection for us, though the second bedroom was in back, without a view(some other units have all bedroomswith the exquisite view). We never saw another guest while we were there, and had the beach to ourselves...except for the boats bobbing on the water. We felt like the glitterati that own some of the incredible villas in the area. What a "hood!

  • Stayed February 2006
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9 Thank doggydoc53
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Property: Costa Careyes
Address: Km. 53. 5 Carretera 200 Barra de Navidad - Pto. Vallarta | Barra de Navidad, Careyes 48970, Mexico (Formerly El Careyes Beach Resort)
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Careyes
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Careyes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Costa Careyes 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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