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Reviewed 11 December 2009

We stayed in one of the casitas beside the Careyes Beach Resort but ended up using the hotel every day, we had breakfast there every morning, the food was exceptional and good-sized portions, very elegant presentation, impeccable service, beautiful pools, very exclusive and private, excellent for relaxation. This hotel has a private beach as well and we visited the spa one day that it was raining, we both had a massage that was very good. The spa was not that luxurious but basically offered what we needed. This place is extremely quiet but there were a few families, it is great for kids as well as couples.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Chupi
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

We stayed in a casita for 4 nights in December. From the first moment of arrival, we were so impressed with the personal and outstanding service they gave us, we were greeted with cold aromatherapy towels, lead to our beautiful casita, the Papaya, with an open terrace and breathtaking views of the bay. They even offered to upgrade us to a larger 2-bedroom casita with a private plunge pool as it was pretty empty, but we declined as our casita had a better view. This is a very romantic, unique and charming place, the linens seemed to pick up the lovely smells from the flowers and nature around the casita, the brightly colored casitas and bougambilia flowers just made me smile every day. This is a very quiet place, more for couples than anything, we were lucky to have the whole place to ourselves, we actually enjoyed hiking up and down all those stairs to the private beach and restaurant down below. The highlight of our trip was that we got to release baby turtles into the ocean. The service here was impeccable, the staff went the extra mile to make sure we were well taken care of. I would highly recommend this place for honeymooners, couples or anyone just wanting to get away and escape into a peaceful environment with a lot of birds and wildlife.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Chupi
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We flew into Puerto Vallarta, rented a car from Gecko car rental and drove to El Careyes. This was a 2 1/2 hour drive. A bit on the crazy side, but very scenic and enjoyable. You can stop on the side of the road and enjoy and ice cold beer. Do not recommend doing this drive at night though. We arrived at El Careyes and greeted by a man serving us mint ice tea and cold towels. Our stay at this resort was just perfect. We wanted to be away from all tourist, and we were. It was so beautiful and quiet. We rented kayakes every day, and kayaked around shores and coves. We brought home some absolutley beautiful seashells. Our price included a free "american" breakfast each morning. This consisted of a huge plate of fresh fruit, kiwi, mango, pinapple, yummy! Along with eagss and cheese. We also went horseback riding and the guide pulled over and got a coconut in which he opened with his knife and told me to bring it to the bar and put some tequila and lime in it. The bartender at El Careyes was more than happy to do this. It was just a fun, relaxing, exciting, perfect 10th anniversary trip . If you do not like big cities and tourist this is a great place.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Chickfish
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

Tucked away in Costa Alegre area between Puerto Vallarta & Manzanillo.
Easier to get to the resort from ZLO. We fly direct 3 hr from LAX.

An older but very colorful complex with attentive staff. Has its own beautiful little beach or walk over or kayak to Playa Rosa to the north or Careyitos beach to the south. Pool area spreads out in one of those circular/geometric designs w/ palms & landscaping around. Sunset dining is superb, and as an alternative Playa Rosa nearby has another very romantic restaurant.

This place is not for night party animals, PV or Cabo is the place for that, but if you are looking for a quiet relaxing, romantic getaway, this is the place!! Yet for active daytime activities, there are plenty! You can hike,bike, kayak, fish, etc using their on-site activities center. On this trip we tried their on site stables for a quick & fun horseback jaunt over to Careyitos beach and some pretty lagoons w/ caymans!

There is no high speed internet but they have a computer room w/ 2 computers.
In adddition there is a game room w/ pool table, air hockey & soccer table, as well a movie room (besides picking up DVD's for free to watch in your room), a good spa & spacious fitness area, and a small store as well as a sundries store w/ some basic medications. So the place can make the claim of a resort, as they got just about everything covered even though they are in the middle of nowhere:)

This time around we had a one bedroom suite with a huge living area & an outdoor covered patio w/ spa (great for watching sunsets if not by the restaurant area). If there was a complaint it would be lack of any drawer space and a very small closet space (about 3 feet). Unfortunately in this room they stuck the safe (which is appreciated) in the middle of the closet area so you don't have any room to hang clothes for 2 people, especially w/ the lack of drawer space. So pack light!

On a final note, a good touch, the resort provides Raid for those pesky ants as well as bug spray for mosquitoes! Some reviewers usually complain about it, but keep in mind you are surrounded by jungle and are in a tropical clime.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank socratesa
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

1. Getting there: the drive takes 3 hours from the airport at Puerto Vallarta. The three legs of the jouney are: a). Drving through PV. b). Mountain jungle driving, and c). Open country 2 lane country road. We stayed for 3 nights, and wish we one more night. Flying in from Manzanillo would have been easier, but flights are infrequent or there are long connections. When we go back, we will plan on a week, and explore more of the area.

The drive is beautiful, but take your time and as you will have to drive through small towns (equipped with speed bumps) and you will encounter the life of rural mexico; horses/cattle on the road, slow driving trucks, and as we found... a 300 car political rally on the way home, with the occasional car breakdown.

2. Being there. we were one of 3 couples the first couple of days... and we had the resort to ourselves. the entire community of beautiful villas is beautiful, quite, and private. if you take a fishing trip or boat trip, the entire coast line is undevoloped and pristine for miles. On a two hour fishing excursion just offshore from the hotel we saw hundreds of jumping dolphin, schools of bait fish, mahi mahi, and turtles.

3. Pro's... excellent first class service. If you like fishing, it is easy trip to the fishing grounds close to shore and the hotel. the restraunt will prepare great ceveche and cook your fish to order. The room islarge and spacious, and the master bed has AC. We both had the best hot rock massages, and there is a nice gym to help work off the tequila! We liked how the kitchen shared some of the fish caught by guests and they had staff members search the waters for live ocotopus to add to the dinner menu. The beds/pillows are comfortable as well.

4. Con's: our only complaint is the dinner menu is a bit heavy on continental and we wish we had more little local influence and sea food. They will however work with you on the menu and the ceveche is great! Casita las Flores (the condo's above the hotel) has an awesome beach front restaurant next door.

5. we will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jeffwt
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