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Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Mexico - Riviera Maya

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3 Nights with Air from $469 All-Inclusive
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Looking for an excuse to tap into your wild side? Nothing says nature like waking up to the sounds of wildlife at Sandos ... More

Customer Rating 637 Reviews
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4.2
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3.8
Dining Options
 
3.7
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3.7
4 out of 5
"A vacation is what you make it and my boyfriend and I loved our time at Sandos! I read a lot of bad reviews on Trip Advisor for Sandos Caracol and after being here I can say that they are uncalled for ..." – AIB23
592 out of 751 (79%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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4.2
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4.1
Beaches & Pools
 
3.8
Dining Options
 
3.7
Room Comfort
 
3.7
4 out of 5
"A vacation is what you make it and my boyfriend and I loved our time at Sandos! I read a lot of bad reviews on Trip Advisor for Sandos Caracol and after being here I can say that they are uncalled for ..." – AIB23
592 out of 751 (79%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Sandos Caracol Mayan Ruin sand never gets hot! Monkeys outside out room Peeling paint and dirty Sandos Caracol Beach Area Riviera Restaurant tables on terrace overlooking beach Just one of many delighful drinks!! Free!! Ohh la la the beach club The resorts cenote cenote outside our room swim-up bar A monkey right on our balcony Old Coffee Grinds/Dirty Machine My kids got to hold a tucan on the beach Peacock 24 hour buffet MAP OF RESORT Cenote at the resort Pretty pool from suspension bridge Splashpad Our welcome committee The beach we snorkeled from! fun in the sun Doves kissing.& candles The beach was as relaxing as our stay. beach view from boardwalk Main Cenote Beach at sunset great beds, cleaning service was great!!!!!! Fruit Basket/ w wine & glasses. Pool Beach The beach The view from the beach! MisTer Crab Moldy Walls Furniture was falling apart Monkeys snorkling with turtles Jungle jaquzzi tubs in the room!!!!! Beach Ahhh The Romantic Boat Trip includes sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. Awe, another day in paradise! the rooms a view of the beach Room broken shelves, example of the room bad shapes. steak included Nice view & relaxing Cenote Shrimp cocktail on the beach. Tequila tasting. Yum! monkey Everyday was something new ! Dinner at dusk Kayaking off the beach Picture Perfect Views
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April 12, 2019
Not what I expected

Resort was hard to navigate. We paid for an ocean bite from but barely had any view. Our first room had no ocean view but had a direct view of the pool. It was not cleaned before we received it. Sandos was accommodating and switched us rooms. Our second room had a very small ocean view through the trees. The resort was loud and you could hear your neighbors quite often. Food at the resort was good but inconsistent. I have stayed at several resorts in the area and this was not one I would come back to.


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Overall Rating: 3
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From: Michigan
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 10, 2019
Used to be nice, but it has changed

We have been to this resort many times and it was our favorite because: It's beautiful and lush with nature, jungle like BUT- now, unfortunately, -Unkept, dirty -bathrooms are disgusting- and falling apart, You cannot properly wash your hands, lack of soap and good running water. -food is not good, as in you may get sick (and we are not picky), water is not bottled -electricity goes out every time it rains- no big deal, but if the water purification system which they claim cleans the water goes out each time (it did when we were there-3 times within 30 minutes) water may be contaminated (we got very sick) -not many activities for kids -difficult to know what is happening around the area, we missed a bunch of events -workers seem angry, especially wait staff, which make eating uncomfortable -unless you tip, forget about service -pool too small for the amount of people at resort -beach is nice but water is full of seaweed so you can't swim in it -you are interrogated to buy a timeshare and it seems if you are not a Royal elite, or Ultra Elite, or Super Elite (extra cost) youcare out of luck and can't access wifi (my phone did not work) -internet in room is bad -rooms in general are uncomfortable, you live out of your suitcase with no place to put things, bathrooms smell bad and are poorly thought out. - air conditioner works "sometimes" -it's hard to find staff that speaks English when you call for any type of service It was much nicer before (our family was there 8 times!) but every year, the quality goes down. They do not care to upkeep this place. Don't know if we'll ever come back or go to any Sandos prosperities again


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From: Illinois
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 7, 2019

Resort is beautiful would definitely go back. Very kid friendly Food was average but we only went to buffets


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From: Buffalo
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 7, 2019
Meh, at best. Management the problem

I wanted to like Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, but in the end it was a big disappointment. The setting was beautiful. They did a great job maintaining the much of the original habitat. But the service, food and pools left much to be desired. The best part of the resort, perhaps, were the things there were to do with children. Our kids loved all the animals - we had monkeys playing right outside our balcony, could visit our favorite iguana every day, went snorkeling in the cenote, and took advantage of the kids club often. However, the rest of the visit was not as great. Don't be fooled by the lengthy list of restaurants. No matter whether you go to the Italian, Mexican or International restaurant for breakfast, they all serve the exact same thing. AND, they serve the same thing day after day after day! Other than these three buffets, you really only have two other restaurants that are open just for dinner at your disposal: The seafood restaurant Riveria and the Vegan one called Salvia. These two restaurants are in beautiful settings on the beach with table service and the food is decent but the wait for a table can be long. The remaining three restaurants you have VERY limit access to. Templo is asian but you are only allowed to make one reservation there per week. The Brazilian restaurant we never went to because children are not allowed at that restaurant until after 8:00 pm (in other words, they really don;t want families dining there at all). And the last one, a steak and fish place, looked terrific, but only members of the resort are able to make reservations, regular guests of the resort have to go early and put their names in. The wait for this restaurant if you aren't part of the membership is very very long. So, expect that you will be eating at the three buffets every meal while you are there. And be prepared for monotony of the same food served to you each day and at each meal. Really, lunch and dinners are nearly identical. On the plus side, the food quality is pretty good for the scale of the resort. Our daughter, who is 8, has celiac. While the resort promised they would be able to accomodate her, they could really only barely do so. They did offer her gluten free food, but again, the variety was severly limited. There was no gluten free cereal for breakfast. To get the gluten free pancakes she had to wait often until after everyone else in our party had finished eating. Same was true of the gluten free pasta. And while there was often a semi-decent snack lunch poolside very day, it rarely included anything gluten free other than a hot dog with no bun. You would think that in Mexico they could at least put out corn chips and have corn tortillas on hand. To make matters worse, when I complained about this to the conceirge, I was told they would have special gluten free snacks delivered to our room every afternoon for her. These never appeared. Not even once. This was typical of the service overall -- they tell you want you want to hear, but don't deliver. I am used to the drinks at all inclusives being mediocre, but these were terrible. Everything you ordered was either watered down or way way too sweet. The housekeeping left much to be desired as well. They do a simple cleaning of the rooms daily, but sometimes forget to refill your toilet paper or towels. We found ourselves having to call the front desk for amenities more than once. And I haven't even mentioned the pervasive sewer smell that is found throughout the resort. I think the pipes are under the walkways.


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Overall Rating: 2
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From: Philadelphia
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

Room Information

Ever seen a spider monkey on your balcony? Or a bushy-tailed coati just outside your door? The 956 guestrooms and junior suites at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort are situated in 3-story buildings among the property's lush jungle. Each room has amenities that include cable TV, mini bar, a private balcony or terrace, and many other comforts.

Room Details

Standard Room
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Select Club Superior Room (Adults-Only)
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Eco Superior
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Select Club Deluxe Room (Adults-Only)
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Eco Family Suite
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Royal Elite Superior
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Select Club Penthouse (Adults-Only)
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Eco Family Penthouse
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Royal Elite One Bedroom Suite
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Royal Elite Penthouse
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What's to Love

The All-Nature Experience includes 40 eco activities and Mayan traditions with wild animals roaming the resort, while the water park has 29 waterslides for kids and adults alike.
 

What We'd Change

The grounds are pretty big, so there's a lot of walking involved. But that means you have a better chance of spotting the wildlife in the surrounding ecosystem!

 

Why You Should Go

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort has something for every vacationer: nature activities, a water park, a white sand beach and an adults only section with its own pool and beach club.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Sauna
  • Poolside Bar
  • Steam Room
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Water Polo
  • Bicycles
  • Billiards
  • Darts
  • 8 Restaurants
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Nightclub
  • Catering
  • Massage ($)
  • Theater
  • 10 Bars/Lounges
  • Spa ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Dry Cleaning Services ($)
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Wireless Internet
  • Tour Desk
  • Watersports Center ($)
  • Handicap Rooms (on request)
  • Honeymoon Packages
  • Car Rental Available ($)
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • Fishing ($)
  • Non-Smoking


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Marina
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Parasailing
  • Scooter/Moped Rental
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Water-Skiing

Map of Local Area

Here you will find an abundance of possibilities, something for every person of any age, for every type of vacation, for every budget and every activity.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Carretera Cancun, Chetumal, Km 295

+98 48 73 4444

Hotel Description

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort: All Inclusive Fun for Families and Adults

Looking for an excuse to tap into your wild side? Nothing says nature like waking up to the sounds of wildlife at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen. Built around a natural ecosystem, the resort's dedication to low impact on its environment means the monkeys and tropical birds are right outside the door. Kids love it! Children are a definite priority at Sandos Caracol, which offers a Kids Club for games and crafts, and an exciting program for teens. Topping it off, everyone is sure to love the water park with 29 water slides and wet-and-wild fun for kids, teens and grown-ups.

Set on the warm white sands of Playa del Carmen, the resort is home to crystal clear cenotes, mangrove forests and lush jungle. The hotel's All-Nature Experience includes a daily program of thrilling eco activities like floating along a river through the mangrove, swimming in the central cenote, Mayan cooking lessons, jungle survival skills and more, in addition to nighttime Mayan shows in stunning outdoor locations.

The All Inclusive plan at Sandos Caracol lets you indulge in an extensive list of restaurants and bars scattered throughout the resort. Grab a margarita at the swim-up bar, indulge in midnight cravings at the 24-hour snack bar, feast on mouthwatering surf and turf options at Los Lirios Steak and Fish Club, and try delicious eco cuisine at the beachfront Salvia restaurant. During the day, choose between the secluded chill-out pool and the exciting main pool with kids area, and visit the theater in the evenings for nighttime shows.

Couples just love the Select Club Adults Only section (ages 18 and up) set in a secluded part of the resort, featuring a beautiful pool and jacuzzi area as well as an exclusive beach area and beach club with extra amenities. Take the luxury to the next level with a visit to Spa Sandos, featuring a hydrotherapy area for adults and a fitness center, both part of the All Inclusive plan, as well as soothing massages, rejuvenating body treatments and a traditional Mayan temazcal ceremony.

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • All meals, snacks and dinner
  • Unlimited domestic beer, soft drinks, house wine and domestic and international cocktails
  • Daily activities program
  • Taxes and service charges

Sandos Caracol also offers fantastic exchange privileges with Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, subject to availability. Guests should book their day passes (available for use from 11am-11pm) at the concierge desk of Sandos Caracol. Privileges include access to Sandos Playacar's buffet restaurants and several other facilities and amenities!



DINING

This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.

La Laguna
Type:
International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-4pm; Dinner - daily, 6pm-11pm
Description:
Main Restaurant, serving an international buffet.
Dress code: Casual. Swimwear must be dry and covered. Shoes/sandals and shirt are required.

Las Mascaras
Type: Mexican
Hours: Daily, Snacks: 4pm - 6pm; Dinner: 6pm-11pm
Description: Mexican buffet, open for dinner only.
Dress code: Casual. Swimwear must be dry and covered. Shoes/sandals and shirt are required.

La Riviera
Type: Mediterranean
Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-11pm
Description: A la carte restaurant serving Mediterranean specialties.
Dress code: Casual elegance. Dress shorts are allowed. No swim wear, tops or bare feet are allowed in the restaurant.

Fogo do Brazil
Type:
Brazilian Rodizio
Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-11pm
Description: Brazilian a la carte restaurant.

El Templo
Type: Japanese Teppanyaki
Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-11pm
Description: Japanese Teppanyaki tables, with show cooking. Reservations are required.

Los Lirios
Type: Steak and Seafood
Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-11pm
Description: Featuring a la carte service, with surf and turf specialties.

La Toscana
Type: Italian
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-4pm Snacks - 11pm-5am
Description: A la carte service featuring Italian specialties for dinner.

Salvia
Type: Vegan
Hours: Daily, 5:30pm-11pm
Description: Featuring a la carte service, with vegetable specialties.

Lobby
Type: Snacks
Hours: Daily, 5am-7am

Dress code for the restuarants: Casual elegance. Dress shorts are allowed. No swim wear, tops or bare feet are allowed in the restaurant.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

L'Elefant
Daily, 7am-midnight.

El Mangler
Daily, 10am-midnight.

El Mapache
Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Beach Bar
Daily, 10:30am-6pm.

La Tortuga
Daily, 10:30am-6pm.

Sirena
Daily, 10:30am-6pm.

Iguana
Daily, 10:30am-6pm.

Theatre Bar
Daily, 6pm-11pm

Los Lirios
Disco bar (18+). Daily, 11pm-2am.



BEACH

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is located on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach in Riviera Maya. Lounge chairs and palapas are provided on the beach, and there are two beach bars, one for all guests and one in the exclusive Select Club adult-only area of the beach.

POOLS

Find your spot in the sun at one of the resort's glistening blue pools - one for Select Club Adults only, one chill out pool, one activities pool (with a separate children's area) and a splashing water park for children and adults with 29 fun water slides and water games. The Jacuzzi is only for adults (18+).

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Introductory diving lessons (once per stay)
  • Snorkeling (one hour per day)
  • Kayaking
  • Hobie Cats
  • Boogie Boarding

For an additional charge:

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling tours
  • Fishing trips
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing
Land
  • Fitness Center (18+)
  • Darts
  • Billiards
  • Football
  • Beach volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Bicycles

Golf
Golf is available at the nearby Grand Coral Golf Club, Nick Price's most golfer-friendly creation, featuring 18 holes, a par 71 and 7,043 yds. It offers a modern Club House and exclusive Beach Club. Grand Coral's cutting-edge Playa del Carmen golf course preserves the environment of the area.



INTERNET

Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi access in common areas of the resort.

SPA SERVICES

The 6,561-sq-ft Playa del Carmen Spa offers sixteen luxury treatment rooms that feature saunas, a steam bath and hydrotherapy facilities that are ready to leave you relaxed and recharged. The following treatments are available for an additional cost:
  • Massages
  • Facials
  • Beauty salon
  • Sauna & Jacuzzi (18+)


WEDDING SERVICES

Sandos Caracol offers wedding services. Please contact the front desk directly.

CHILD CARE

Eco Activities for Kids: We focus on teaching our children to live in harmony with nature, and to take care of the environment. We offer a variety of activities designed to help children interact with our native animals and plants.
Kids Club fully equipped with video games, jungle gym, trampoline, and a mini movie theatre, with fully supervised activities program such as: children's pool, games and arts & crafts and mini disco. For children 4-12 years old. Open 10am-10pm.
Baby Club for the ages 2-3 years is open 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.
Teens Activities for 13-17 years old with assistance of our animation and sports team. Music, pool tables, table tennis, foosball, beach soccer, volleyball, seven brand new water slides, among others. Schedule times may vary according to weekly program.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort is located on the Mayan Riviera, 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN) and just 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation. Minimum check-in age is 18.

Rainforest Alliance
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is a Rainforest Alliance CERTIFIED hotel.
Green Initiatives include: "Pack for a Purpose" (donations to local schools) and "Animal Keepers", where guests can helo the onsite Vet take care of local wildlife and rescue animals.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Environmental Levy Fee
The Municipalidad of Solidaridad in the Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the Mexican Caribbean. Tourism has been instrumental in driving the economic and social development of the region. In an effort to continue to preserve, conserve and beautify the destination, the Municipality of Solidaridad has implemented a small environmental levy on visitors effective September 1, 2017. Hotels will collect 20 Mexican pesos per room per day on check out; the proceeds will be deposited in an environmental trust to fund local projects. The Municipalidad of Solidaridad thanks you for your understanding and support of this worthwhile endeavor. Thank you and enjoy your visit.



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