9 years ago my wife and I were teaching English in Santiago, Chile. We’d been doing the ESL gig for a few years and it was a great experience but deep down we knew it wasn’t our “forever” gig.
Our real dream was to one day open up our own little boutique hotel on the beach – ideally a place where children wouldn’t be allowed.
So we went back to South Korea (where we’d originally met at a bar in 2004) to work our butts off and save up the capital we’d need to make it happen. For 3 years we toiled like machines and saved like madness to get some real money together and during one of the vacation periods from the university where we worked, we came to Mexico and bought 1.25 acres of land one lot back from a pristine, secluded beach.
In 2011 we left the university and moved to Mexico for good.
To say that construction kicked our asses would be the understatement of the century. With zero building experience and no background in hospitality, we just rocked up and did it.
We just found a way.
From making our own furniture to literally googling “how to build stairs” when we couldn’t find a carpenter we were confident with, we spent 2.5 years working 80-100 hours per week for free – with the goal in mind to build a million dollar resort with a hell of a lot less money than a million dollars 🙂
But we did it.
3 years later our boutique Childfree resort is starting to get real traction.
It’s been a bumpy ride, for sure. Starting a small business in an industry dominated by billion dollar multinational corporations is tough. They own the distribution channels and they’ve programmed the populace to believe that a giant, soulless, sterile resort is what vacation is all about.
But slowly we’re building a niche for ourselves – both within the Childfree community and with parents who just need a week away from not only their children, but all children.
We’re rocking and rolling on TripAdvisor and have taken our boutique Childfree resort idea and successfully taken it from conception to fruition.
Business is picking up and we now know for sure that we’re going to make it – and I can tell you…living in a place where kids simply just aren’t allowed is just as good as it sounds 🙂
We hope to welcome you here and make you a part of the growing Gecko Rock family.
with his wife owns Gecko Rock Resort, a small boutique adult-only resort in southern Oaxaca, Mexico. Check us out at geckorockresort.com/.