Day two at the Occidental Grand Xcaret hotel. After breakfast, we spent some time checking out the many boutiques here are property. The store owners are all very polite and not pushy in the least. Rates are also pretty reasonable. This resort is not in a town so if you do not have a rental car, chances are you’re taking an organized tour or taxi. So having shopping options onsite is a big plus. Food is still blah. But as I have now properly adjusted my expectations, in this instance you get what you pay for. The resort averages $250 per room, per night based on double occupancy for an all-inclusive. Can’t expect gourmet dining at that price point unfortunately.
The highlight of the day was Xcaret Park which is connected to the hotel. You can buy your tickets from one of the many local tour operators onsite at the resort, the excursion desk or online in advance. We actually got a better deal going to one of the local tour desks here in the hotel. Then it’s a short 10min to the park entrance. Rates range from $88-175 depending on who you get your tickets through and if you’re doing the basic park entrance or the “xcaret experience” which includes food. Check out the website for the wide range of activities available. You can easily spend a full day here.
After the day at the park I headed over to the spa at our hotel. It’s small but reasonably priced for what you’d expect at a hotel spa. There are definitely cheaper options in Playa del Carmen which is about 20min away. But the onsite spa is convenient and the staff super friendly.
For dinner we were looking forward to trying one of the specialty restaurants only to find out that two of them were closed. As it is the slow season, many resorts adjust their onsite offerings based on demand and occupancy.
Tomorrow is our last day. Stay tuned for more hotel reviews!