Where to stay? Hmmmm?? With our planned escapades at Xcaret park, the decision to stay at Occidental Xcaret was an easy one. The resort is located literally next door …….. so no shuttle required.
The park is easily reached within 5 minutes from the hotel’s lobby to the ticket booth; or where you scan your wrist band and sign the waiver of “We’re NOT RESPONSIBLE if you DIE” form.
We also got an all inclusive deal of $169 a night, which was per room, not per person that fit well into our travelers budget. This however involved scrounging around for discounts and with the $300 airfare felt like we’d just won the lottery.
The Occidental Xcaret is expansive encompassing several Mayan ruins with numerous pathways and with my inferior sense of direction felt lost at times relying on Allan as my GPS.
Also roaming the resort with us were all sorts of mutant like jungle critters we couldn’t identify; along with a domesticated deer, monkeys and iguanas the size of our cat.
Sprawled throughout the property are 765 guest rooms, suites and time shares that are housed in multiple open air buildings. We stayed in building 19 which included its own concierge personnel. The staff were great and very helpful in giving us directions, things to do and information on which restaurants were open.
Our two favorite hombres were Pavel and Geoffrey who we affectionately referred to as the “Jeff’s”. Many a morning we would pop downstairs and say “Hey Jeff”, not knowing which guy we were talking to. These guys were exceptional and to our defense looked identical from behind…. and then throw in the mask thing. Poor guys, they were not only resolute to our incorrect facial recognitions but graciously relished in the private joke.
On the resort there are 11 different restaurants which includes the snack bars. The food was good but not great with the exception of El Pescador, the seafood restaurant. So this wasn’t our foodies paradise. It was also frustrating because not all the restaurants were open on the same day.
Due to the COVID-19 restricted occupancy the resort wasn’t crowded and made it easy to spread out. This was nice when visiting those restaurants and while checking out the 7 swimming pools and private lagoon.
My only real complaint was that it took way too long for check in. Perhaps I complicated things by not initially purchasing the UXX (Unlimited Xcaret Experience) during booking. This pass is a must and allowed us unlimited access to the Xcaret park during our stay. But due to a glitch in the hotels booking system, I was unable to purchase the passes prior to arrival. So instead of paying $199 a piece the price increased to $250 at check in. So when I slapped down that $500 for our park passes I felt a tad cheated and Allan’s face may have turned a bit green.