occidental grand xcaret hotel
We arrived at the airport in Cancun and met by the charming and very efficient Anna of the Mayan Riviera Board of Tourism. She became our gracious host for the next two and a half weeks picking us up and dropping us off at hotels and locations around the Rivera Maya.
Our first stop was the Occidental Grand Xcaret hotel. We spend our first 4 nights in this beautiful resort which is also an ecological and historical preserve. As we walked around the hotel grounds we’d stumble across many old Mayans ruins from light houses, small ritual sites and ruins of a Mayan village.
The hotel featured a protective cove that we filmed two of our most beautiful episodes. The cove was sheltered by rocky walls that the ocean was constantly beating against. This made for some tricky camera work trying to keep the cameras dry in the face of the extreme mist. The audio was even a greater challenge as you couldn’t have a conversation with the sound of the ocean pounding on the rocks. Our magical sound expert managed to do wonders getting one of the most interesting episodes of the series. Poor Miranda had to film these episodes without being able to hear any of her music!
But it all worked out in the end and we were very proud of our efforts all round. Yeah team!