Sleep in the Middle of the Jungle at This Mexican All-Inclusive

Playa del Carmen's Occidental at Xcaret Destination is a wildlife oasis, home to Maya ruins, monkeys and flamingos.

Occidental at Xcaret Destination, Photo courtesy of Barceló Hotel Group

Photo courtesy of Barceló Hotel Group

Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Rates from US$201

You may miss them at first, but once your eyes adjust to the light streaming through the jungle, you’ll see the deer and, depending on the time of year, its fawn. This resort south of Playa del Carmen is home to an array of wildlife, from saraguato monkeys and flamingos to small mammals such as coatis. Rather than raze the area to build the all-inclusive, swaths of jungle were left untouched. Earthen footpaths wind through the jungle and netting hangs above the main pathway allowing monkeys to cross from treetop to treetop. Twice a week, the resort offers guided eco-tours, where interpreters talk about the plants and animals, and their reverence in Maya culture—butterflies, for example, are considered the souls of dead warriors.

Nearby: The resort is home to Maya ruins, including a lighthouse on the shore and a nearby temple.


[This story appears in the October 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]