Filming at the occidental grand cozumel
We packed all of our things and said goodbye to the Xcaret Grand Hotel and headed to the ferry in Playa del Carmen to go to Mexico’s renowned Cozumel Island. The ocean wasn’t very calm causing some of us to be a little queasy!
Once off the ferry we were greeted by Pablo from the Cozumel Board of Tourism. Pablo gave us a history lesson of the island. We learned that Cozumel is the largest inhibited island in Mexico and is one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world due to the second largest coral reef that is located on its coast?! Before Cozumel became a vacationing haven it was a place where Mayans made pilgrimages to. Women were obliged to visit Cozumel as the Island was home to the fertility goddess Ixchel.
Pablo dropped us off at the Occidental Grand Cozumel resort where we were greeted with a glass of champagne and cashews. This was a boutique hotel had all the charm of a Mexican Hacienda! The individual Villas where we stayed were cut into the jungle and surrounded by natural flowers and vines and palm trees. Every path was cut through the jungle punctured by fountains and lined by lush flowers and jungle foliage. Monkeys were swinging from the vines, and three foot long iguanas sun-bathed unfazed by tourists on the paths, hanging from trees and in the beaches.
We had lots of great locations to shoot so you will get to see some of the hotel in the next series.