We're the couple who quit our cushy university teaching jobs to move to Mexico and build a boutique adult-only beach resort from scratch. We've hosted dozens of Redditors over the past few years. AMA!
The title covers the gist of it.
After 7 years of teaching ESL we decided that we'd had enough - despite having a pretty cruisy gig in South Korea with 4.5 months paid vacation.
Not wanting to return to the rat race we packed up our 2 cats and moved to Mexico with a crazy plan to just buy a piece of land and build our own place from the ground up.
And that's what we did.
We just rocked up and figured it out as we went.
Our youngest dog has sorted out the proof. Although Mike Jr. wasn't around during construction.
Prime Time was...we found him at the dump when taking a truckload of garbage.
Ask me anything about raising a dump dog or trying to set up your life as a Permanent Vacation!
Plot twist: Owning your own business is more like a non-stop job than a permanent vacation :)
Oh...and before I get asked...no, it's not that kind of adult-only property. Adult-only is just the industry term for places where the minimum guest age is 18. About twice a year we get an email from nudists/swingers and that's not what we do here...to each their own, of course, but this sort of business is called a hedonist resort.
EDIT: Thanks so much for the Reddit hug :) To lessen the strain a bit, here's a link to our TripAdvisor page where you can find more information about what we do.
EDIT 2: I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for participating in knocking down our website in this self-promotional maelstrom. This has gone viral beyond our wildest dreams. My guess is that we've had more hits today than every day combined since we've opened. No shit.
It's honestly nearly bringing me to tears just thinking about it.
The blood, sweat and tears we put into building this place nearly broke us. Physically. Spiritually. Emotionally.
And to finish and watch the business inbox sit empty week after week after week was more than just scary, it was crushing. Particularly as we were throwing more and more money at advertising and getting nothing in return.
Then we discovered this place and it completely changed the game for us. As many of you know, we've been slinging links here on Reddit for a few years now and as much as I TOTALLY understand some of the "Buy an ad, asshole!" point of view, I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that the support we've received from Reddit has absolutely made a difference in our lives.
This has worked when nothing else did...and I don't give a shit if it's the "right" way to market a hotel. The right way to build a hotel isn't to rent a cement mixer and just figure it out by the seat of your pants, either :)
At the risk of spewing pep talk business jargon, it really is our vision to build not a customer base but a family when it comes to Gecko Rock. Thanks so much for being a part of it...it means the world to us how many of you have hopped on a plane and flown across the world to share in our dream.