Building Paradise – Our Own Little Childfree Resort in Mexico

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/.

Ultimate Bucket List

By Danse4life
Blogger @ DINKInternational.com
A FREE worldwide social network for the childfree!

I know at DINKInternational.com, one of the big reasons we choose to be childfree is because it allows us the time & flexibility (not to mention extra money) to travel the world! Our bucket lists seem to be infinite; it’s always growing! The more you travel, the more you learn about amazing places to visit in this world from other fellow travelers. Even if you do not have the funds to stay in exotic resorts, you can still have an excellent time staying in hostels, using Air BNB, or coach surfing – I personally have enjoyed these stays just as much as staying in luxury resorts; they offer completely different experiences but both can be equally fabulous!

Next time someone tells you they’d be bored being childfree, show them this bucket list!

Have you been to any of these places or do you have something to add to this list? Comment & let us know!

Here are some of our top picks (which do not include any places we have already visited, or any places in the USA -these will both be covered in separate posts):

Africa
Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia:
Do you like to live on the edge? How about soaking in a natural infinity edge pool at the edge of a massive 100m high waterfall?!? Well, if that sounds appealing to you then you probably would like to add this location to your bucket list. There is a lip at the edge of the waterfall here creating a “safe” pool to sit in. You can even jump in the pool or take a picture leaning against the edge – if you’ve got the guts!! Make sure you go at the right time of year (August through January) when the water levels are low enough to get in the pools! Truly a unique experience!!!

Devils Pool

After thousands of years of erosion, many rock pools have formed and one of them has formed right on the very edge of the sheer drop. This is indeed the ultimate infinity pool.

Live on the Edge: Go Swimming in Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls

Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls – Swimming on the Edge: Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool on the edge of the Victoria Falls, located along the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the dry season, Devil’s Pool is shallow enough that people can safely swim right to the edge before the waterfall drops more than 300 feet (100m).

Davil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, attract thousands of tourists every year. One of the main attractions is the Devil’s Pool a natural swimming pool right at the edge of the falls.

Watch a video here:

Girls defy death at Victoria Falls! Devil’s Pool, Livingstone Island, Zambia

Livingstone island offers a view of Victoria Falls that is incomparable to any waterfall anywhere in the world. For bookings, go to www.tongabezi.com To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Viral Spiral: contact@viralspiralgroup.com

Learn more about the Devil’s Pool:
Victoria Falls by National Geographic
Zambia Tourism Website

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