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Playa Viva

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Mountain View, California
Reviewed 30 June 2012

One of our favorite places in the world. The perfect balance of gorgeous and deserted location (think 1.3 km of beach front just for you), fantastic design (the walls of your Eco casita open completely leaving you with the most amazing views of the Pacific), fantastic meals (one local chef and one French one so you get plenty of Mexican...

Thank valontheroad
Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 19 June 2012

I cannot even begin to describe how absolutely perfect this place was. From the amazing rooms, to the amazing food, to the amazing people, Playa Viva was everything I expected it to be and more. Not touristy in the least, all of their food is locally grown (if not from their own garden) and made from scratch. Each guest is...

1Thank Amanda R
Berkeley, California
Reviewed 17 June 2012

Having read the extensive, overwhelmingly positive reviews of this fine resort before my own trip, and experiencing firsthand what each review had raved about, what can I possibly add except to encourage every prospective traveler to GO TO PLAYA VIVA!!!! Simply put, you will not be disappointed and your expectations will likely be exceeded by your reality. 1) Service -...

Thank Gabe W
San Francisco
Reviewed 16 June 2012

I've had a hard time getting around to writing this review because I would much rather be back at Playa Viva than in the real world. This place is amazing. I would even venture to say it is magical. We went in April, 2012 and from the moment we landed it was a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable experience. Julie and...

Thank Jenn K
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 7 June 2012

My wife and I brought our 1 year old daughter to Playa Viva. It was the first leg of a perfect vacation. The rooms were beautiful and comfortable. The family-style meals were delicious and the staff that fell in love with our little girl, felt like family by the end of the stay. The place was intimate, safe and very...

3Thank adam w
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Reviewed 5 June 2012

Our stay was absolutely wonderful. I knew from the minute we arrived that I would surely come back for another vacation. We ended up having the resort all to ourselves and it will be hard to have to share the place next time! My boyfriend and I visited over Memorial Day weekend to relax and recharge. The water is a...

2Thank Megan B
Calgary Canada
Reviewed 24 May 2012

The charm of Playa Viva is hard to put into words. It is situated on a long expanse of beach that you can walk on seemingly endlessly but meet almost no one since the aren't other resorts or development nearby. It doesn't feel uncomfortably isolated since it feels connected to the inland village village of Juluchuca and its surrounding farms...

2Thank CPPRCalgaryCanada
San Francisco, California, United States
Reviewed 2 May 2012

My wife and I bid on a five day, five night stay at Playa Viva at a silent auction for a tremendous environmental organization -- Green Corps -- knowing only that it was in the proximity of Zihuatanejo of Shawshank Redemption lore. We were delighted with what we found. Beautiful open-aired, thatched-roof huts on the ocean. Healthy, locally-grown food that...

3Thank Nick G
Round Rock, Texas
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Playa Viva is a specialty/boutique hotel located about 45 minutes south of the Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo airport. They're also located a world away from the hassles of the Zihuatenejo marketplace or the manicured tourist experience of Ixtapa. The trip to the hotel is a little rough thru the town of Petatlan, but the moment you walk towards the beach, you realize that...

Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 28 April 2012

Every one of our seven days at Playa Viva we experienced magic. The moment that we arrived at the property Julia greeted us with such warmth that we felt as if we were home. Immediately she showed us around and to our eco casita that is undeniably one of the most well thought through structures we have ever seen. Walls...

4Thank Ruth S

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Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel with 8 rooms on a private beach located 30 minutes from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International airport. Play Viva is located on 200 acres with 1.3 kilometers of beach front. 85% of the property is in a Private Reserve for use of guests and includes a turtle sanctuary, archaeological site, working permaculture farm, forest restoration, estuary and much more. Come enjoy yoga, surfing or any of the many local activities. Playa Viva is off grid, operating 100% on solar power, solar thermal water heating, grey and black water management systems and built with local materials and craftsmanship. We specialize in farm to table, sourcing much of our food locally and can handle a wide variety of dietary concerns from vegetarian and vegan to many types of allergies. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Playa Viva

Address: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco | Playa Icacos Juluchuca, GRO, Petatlan 40834, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Petatlan
Price Range: $409 - $605 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“All rooms have an ocean view. We liked our Queen Casita”
 of 5 bubbles Dunk539, 1 May 2016 | Read review
“The studio room seemed scary for night pee-ers. You'd have to go OUTSIDE, down the stairs and into your bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles tracema, 18 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the "Tree House"”
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 of 5 bubbles Packer220, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
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