Located south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret Resort offers nature lovers the ultimate resort experience. Every resort has an array of rooms, mesmerizing pools and activities galore to entertain and energize. Encompassing coastal jungle, Mayan ruins, a snorkel beach and native wildlife, Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret captivates its guests and their cameras.

Me trying to get a close up of a coati

Stone paths twisted and wind their way around the brilliantly blue tiled pool and up to the guestrooms. Our spacious tiled hotel room had a huge balcony where we could watch birds tend to their nests and iguanas and agoutis graze on the grasses below. Occidental Xcaret is practically its own nature park. Deer and flamingos reside on the property, and wild coatis dig for grubs and drink abandoned daiquiris nearby.  

Coati drinking daiquiri


Ecological trails are scattered throughout the property leading through a small forest where we spotted howler monkeys and towards the beach past Mayan ruins. Birds and coatis were at every turn, and reef fish played in the protected cove beneath an open-air seafood restaurant. Five fine dining restaurants and a buffet are located on the property. The best by far was El Pescador, the seafood restaurant where we enjoyed the ocean breeze and the moonlight reflecting off the water.


Mussels in white wine sauce


An added bonus to staying at Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret is that it’s right beside the nature park, Xcaret. We took the gondola over from our hotel along the canal (a 5 minute ride or walk).  


 Tennis, archery, and mini-golf are available as well as a sports bar to watch the soccer championships, and nightly entertainment on the stage under the stars.
Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret offers its guests everything the Riviera Maya has to offer in the comfort of one location.

Roni is the top gondolier for the resort’s public relations department.