Playa del Carmen The Eco-Friendly Way: Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

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    Welcome To Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

    Olivia Balsinger

    Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is not a typical beach resort. Yes, it offers that resort-level caliber of luxury, comfort, and convenience. But it also exudes this sense of dutiful conviction in regard to both the natural environment and the ancient culture that once inhabited its grounds.

    With all of the convenience that the resort offers -- and in the truly beautiful aesthetic of presenting it -- the resort's insistence on a strict environmental consciousness may go unnoticed. The fact is, however, that the resort offers a perfect paradigm of how seamless conservation policy and technology can be incorporated into the most luxurious of facilities, without compromising neither the quality of the amenities nor the beauty of the space itself.

    The staff at Sandos is dedicated to protecting the planet by reducing the impact of day-to-day activities by raising awareness through various green-friendly programs. Setting the stage for sustainable eco-culture, the administration promotes sustainable practices by finding new and innovative ways to preserve local resources.

    And, after receiving several awards for their sustainability initiatives, it's safe to say that they have been hugely successful in their mission. 

    Interested in learning more? Read on!

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  • 02 of 06

    Connecting With Mayan Culture and Nature: The Xcalacoco Experience

    Olivia Balsinger

    The always conscious resort pays homage to the Mayans in a beautiful way -- namely in the form of their Xcalacoco Experience package.

    In the jungles of an area known as Xcalacoco, off the Caribbean Coast, the resort implements interactive activities to honor the sacred Mayan spirit that still permeates the air, inspiring those who visit to tap into the "spirit of the jaguar" that lives in all of us, imploring us to get out, explore and connect with nature. 

    The Experience spans three days, with each day dedicated to a different element of the ancient culture. On the first day, you will be given a historical overview in the form of a live performance. The second day continues the storytelling saga with a tragic love story about a brave foreigner and a beautiful princess. On the third day, visitors will be mystified when they witness a Mayan ritual of darkness and fire, in which the Mayan Chilman gives thanks to everything provided by the Great Creator, such as Water, Sun, Wind Earth and Life.

    Once the villagers dance to thunderous drums have ceased, and the unified prayer of the Xcalacoco community have been made, there is a final ceremony in which every participant promises to continue feeding the Fire of Life.

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    Activities Aplenty At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

    Olivia Balsinger

    A plethora of adventure and nature activities are available during the trip, of which you can partake in between the daily performances. These includes a scenic bike path, a wilderness trail that winds through the jungle and encounters a series of natural underground springs (cenotes), a path through a Mangrove forest and a tranquil boat ride on The Mayan River (through which you will be able to observe the natural flora and fauna of Mexico's Caribbean Coast!).

    For even more eye candy for the nature enthusiast, you may choose to visit the bird sanctuary, partake in a deer sighting group or slow your pace with a visit to The Turtle Lagoon.

    In order to commemorate your stay and your sheer enamor for the glorious nature of the Mexican rainforests, visitors are encouraged to plant a tree at the resort, lending their support for environmental conservation in the state of Quintana Roo.

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  • 04 of 06

    Family Section & Signature Eco Collection Rooms

    Sandos Caracol Eco Resort Website

    Guests of Sandos Caracol Eco Resort can choose between a wide array of rooms in either The Family Section or The Signature Eco Collection -- the former having a more traditional ambiance, while the latter allows you to immerse yourselves in the surrounding flora by incorporating a more natural aesthetic in its design. 

    The Standard Room in the Family Section is anything but standard -- offering the highest quality of comfort in an impressive and chic space. The blocks of rooms lie along the resort's many winding, lush pathways, within villa-style buildings that serve to enhance the privacy and solitude of the resort grounds. Each room features a private balcony or terrace, which opens up to breathtaking views of either a garden, pool or the surrounding jungle. 

    Or upgrade to one of the Deluxe Rooms, which besides its signature spaciousness and charm, also offers an in-room Jacuzzi tub. So soak up and relax in the privacy and comfort of your own lodging as you rest up (or restore) for an eventful day in Playa del Carmen. You may also opt for the Junior Suite which, like the Deluxe, also includes a Jacuzzi. An added indulgence, however, is that the Jacuzzi is located on your private balcony, overlooking either the gardens, pool or the surrounding jungle. 

    All rooms within the Family Sections are conveniently located in proximity to the resort's major amenities and facilities. The on-premise water park, the tennis courts, theater, fitness center, a la carte and buffet restaurants, as well as two swimming pools are easily accessible from the front door of our villa-style lodgings. 

    Freshly revealed after recently renovations are the breathtaking rooms that make up the resort's Signature Eco Collection, whose concept is simple yet noble: the breathtaking beauty of Playa del Carmen should not just be gawked at from a far, but rather amplified by way of inspired design that brings all of the beautiful elements of the natural world in your living space. 

    In all of the Signature Eco rooms, the thick jungle bordering the resort grounds are the main attraction. You will be able to bask in, meditate at, and appreciate its transcendental majesty from the comfort of your own balcony or terrace, perhaps donning the complimentary (and crazy cozy) bathrobe and slippers provided by the hotel. 

    Rooming options in the Signature Eco Collection block include The Superior Room, with a choice of either one king or two double beds. Those traveling as a family would find the Junior Suite significantly more accommodating, as it is complete with one King bed, a sofa bed, and a bunk bed, as well as two bathrooms so parents (and kids) can receive the privacy they deserve. Kids absolutely love the plunge pool on the balcony, so even a quiet day in requires little to ensure the entire family could make the most of their vacation.  

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    Body, Mind & Spirit Rejuvenation In Nature

    Olivia Balsinger

    A vacation is a good excuse to skip a workout...unless you are staying in Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. With state-of-the art equipment, as well as personal trainers to help you develop a custom workout plan, the fitness center at Sandos has everything to help you maintain (or even begin!) your exercise regimen. Get your heart pumping on one of the cardio machines, sculpt those muscles with the strength equipment, or stretch out in the spinning room.

    After a long and rewarding workout, treat your body to the luxurious Spa Sandos, which is not only good for you, but also good for the earth due to its environmentally friendly facilities and operations.  Highlights of the sprawling spa area include sixteen treatment rooms, a Hydrotherapy area (which is free of charge for those 18 and older), diverse temperature pools, sauna and steam baths and a full beauty salon that boasts an extensive menu of different, lavish options for your skin, hair, and nails. 

    Pamper yourself in the elegant en plain air spa center, designed to relax the body and rejuvenate the spirit. Indulge in one of their many massage treatments, on the beachfront palapa that offers breathtaking views of The Caribbean Sea. Massage options include Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, Prenatal, Draining (to eliminate toxins and promote healthy circulation), Reflexology, Deep Tissue and the Sandos Special, which is a personalized fusion of different spa techniques. Also included on the menu is an entire section dedicated to different regional practices, including Thai Magic, Shatsu-Zen, Caribbean, and Polynesian, the latter of which uses dancing and rhythmic treating inspired by the Lomi Lomi to stimulate lymphatic circulation.

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    What Are You Waiting For?

    Olivia Balsinger

    More than just meditative for the body, mind, and spirit, however, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort provides guests with the opportunity to reflect and rejuvenate whilst immersed in nature.

    For more information or to book your next stay at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, please visit their website