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Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa

Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa 3 1/2 Star (scale of 5) rated All-Inclusive resort is a great value with an attractive location, near the excitement of Playa del Carmen. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION recommends Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa as our preferred 3 ½ Star resort in the Riviera Maya. For the excellent price, you will be challenged to find more quality for your money. While this is a very large spread out resort in a moderate at best category, it does have very good qualities. Precious few all-inclusive resorts allow families of five to share one room. The Junior Suites here do. That is a major selling point. Also you can upgrade to the Sandos Select Club to enhance your overall experience and enjoy upscale amenities while at a moderate resort.

 

Did we mention Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa is spread out? The 778 rooms are spread over 78 three-story buildings, keeping the low rise effect that makes this area popular. Built in 1998 the resort received a good dose of renovation in 2008. The resort wishes to emphasize its eco-friendly layout with bridges, streams and gardens where you will discover exotic birds, turtles and a variety of colorful fish. The Eco-Zoo features separate areas devoted to a different kind of animal including peacocks, iguanas, tropical birds, marine turtles and others. Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa is the only resort in the Maya Riviera with 16 cenotes (underwater caves) that were used by ancient Mayans. The resort also has a large dedicated spa for a variety of treatments at additional cost.

There are four basic types of accommodations; Standard rooms, Standard Ocean View rooms, Deluxe Jacuzzi rooms, and Junior Suites. Of course guests staying in any of these rooms can upgrade their experience by opting for the Sandos Select Club. There are 3 pools plus 1 for children. In addition to the spa, there is the fitness center, 2 lit tennis courts, the Water Sports center with loads of included non-motorized water sports, plus motorized water sports, diving and deep sea fishing at additional cost.

 

Kids are covered from 10am until 10pm with a full slate of supervised age-specific activities, including dance lessons, sandcastle building, Olympic games, competitions on the beach, water polo, water balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, sack races, movies, table tennis, bingo, football, a mini disco, fashion parade, piñata party games, kayaking trips, water aerobics, croquet, basketball, and water volleyball. Teens have their own club between 10am and 9pm.

 

In January 2010 Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa introduced a new Aqua Park featuring a variety of water play area, including 17 water slides. A variety of water play areas include “raining” palm trees, a large water bucket area, and water spouts throughout the park. The Aqua Park is open daily from 10am until 5pm, has a pool bar as well as showers and bathrooms, and is included as part of the all-inclusive features. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


There are 6 restaurants for dinner. Of those, 2 are international buffets, 1 an Italian buffet which does not require reservations, and 3 a la carte specialty restaurants which do require reservations. They are Mediterranean, Steak House, and Oriental restaurants. Additionally there is the snack bar which remains open from 11:30pm until 7am for late night munchies. 9 bars serve drinks as late as 2am, with the Snack Bar serving all night long.

For vacationers on a budget ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION does recommend Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa not only for the great price but the fact that Sandos takes pride in the product and delivers good consistent quality in a clean unique environment with an opportunity to upgrade and receive valuable amenities in the Select Club. We are proud to claim a strong relationship with Sandos and are usually able to grant reasonable special requests for our mutual guests.

All-Inclusive Features
• 778 rooms and junior suites
• 3 pools plus one for children-only
• Fully equipped Fitness Center
• 3 International a la carte restaurants, 3 Buffets, 2 Snack Bars and 9 bars
• Baby Club, Kids Club & Teen Club
• Watersports facility with many water sports
• Nightly entertainment including live music 

Additional Facilities & Features
• 3 1/2 Star Rating
• Unlimited liquor, wine & domestic beers
• Spa
• Select Club upgrade available
• Tours available

Meeting Facilities
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Spa

Activities

Land Sports:

Beach Volleyball        Basketball           Dance Lessons      Tennis

Billiards/Pool Table    Water Volleyball   Archery                Darts

 

Water Sports:

Scuba Diving Lessons  Snorkeling         Sailing                 Windsurfing

Kayaking                    Boogie Boards

 

Fitness Center: The fitness center is fully equipped with Nautilius, Life Cycles, Stairmasters, aerobics classes, yoga and more.

 

Entertainment: Nightly Shows with live entertainment Disco

 

Food/Drink

RESTAURANTS
There are 3 a la carte specialty restaurants, 3 buffets, and 2 snack bars.


La Laguna
– Main restaurant with international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Las Mascaras – A buffet with international selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

La Toscana – Italian buffet open only for dinner between 6:30 and 10pm.

La
Riviera - Mediterranean cuisine in an a la carte setting with salad and dessert bar. Two sittings: 6:30 and 8pm.

El Gaucho – Grill / Steakhouse with a la carte service plus salad and dessert bar. Two sittings: 7 and 8pm.

 

El Templo – Oriental cuisine with a la carte service. Two sittings: 6:30 and 8pm.


DRESS CODE: Casual attire. No swimwear, tops or bare feet are allowed. Dress shorts are allowed in the evening.

Bars

There are 9 unique bars serving unlimited liquors, domestic beers, wine and soft drinks, including a Disco which is open until 2am.

Accommodations

Guestrooms: 778 suites in 4 categories

All rooms are air conditioned and decorated with colorful tropical details.

Standard Rooms: 458 rooms
Accommodate 3 adults and 1 child; or 2 adults and 2 children.

Two Queen beds or one King Size bed. Private bathroom with shower including hair dryer; AC, satellite TV, clock radio with alarm, telephone, mini-bar stocked with mineral water, soft drinks and beer (restocked every other day); Safety deposit box. Balcony with garden, pool or jungle view.

Deluxe Rooms: 164
Accommodates 3 adults and 1 child; or 2 adults and 2 children.

One King Size bed with one additional Double Sofa bed. Bathroom with shower including hair dryer. AC, ceiling fan, Satellite TV, clock radio with alarm, telephone, Mini-Bar with mineral water, soft drinks, and beer (restocked every other day); Safety deposit box. Balcony with garden, pool or jungle view.

Junior Suite Section: 99 junior suites
Accommodates 3 adults and 1 child; or 2 adults and 3 children.

These Junior Suites are large and have one King Size bed, plus a Living area with one Double sofa bed. The balcony or terrace has garden, pool, or jungle views. The bathroom has a shower and hair dryer. The room has AC, ceiling fan, satellite TV, clock radio with alarm, telephone, Mini-Bar with mineral water, soft drinks and beer (restocked every other day); Safety deposit box.

SANDOS ROYAL CLUB INCLUSIONS: 57 rooms

Additional amenities:
*Private Check in/check out at Select Club desk
*24 hour room service
*Select Club snack bar/restaurant
*Select Club adult swimming pool and solarium
*Exclusive kid’s club and children’s pool
*Welcome fruit basket and bottle of wine
*Nightly turn down service with petit fours
*Guaranteed reservations at a la carte restaurants
*Free internet service at Internet Kiosk
*Transportation shuttle from Select Club Villas to exclusive Beach Club

Select Beach Club:
*Ocean Front
*Concierge Service
*Continental breakfast, variety of hors-d’oeuvres and fine pastries open from 7 am to 6 pm
*Library, selection of international newspapers, games, music and TV
*Premium international drinks
*Snack bar and terrace
*Showers and dressing rooms
*Select Club private beach area with hammocks, sun chairs, open bar and waiter service

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