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Playa Viva
Ranked #1 of 1 Petatlan B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 December 2010

Within 5 minutes of our arrival at Playa Viva I was handed a signature basil margarita and the relaxing had begun. There would be no need to ride in a motorized vehicle for a week, though a snorkeling trip to Zihuatenejo was an option we chose for a day. Our every need was anticipated by the Johnny the bartender (he is so much more), Julia and the rest of the wonderful staff. We spent the entire week out of doors as active as we desired, or not. The noise of the surf (big this time of year) took some getting used to at night, but soon became soothing, especially on the most comfortable bed ever (David, I want one). The food, all local, fresh, organic, slow and sustainable was perfect. We ate fish bought directly on the beach from local spear fisherman.
I learned local, low-tech fishing techniques from Johnny, bartender non-pareil, and and by the end of the week could through a reasonable hand net in the surf. The traditional rod technique consisted of a short piece of bamboo with line wound around it, a hook and a lead weight. Casting is similar to throwing a lariat. On my last day, Cesar the spear fisherman and father-in-law of Playa Viva staff member, Jose, took me out beyond the surf to spearfish the next day, an experience I will never forget.
So many highlights: observing turtle nesting in the middle of the night, releasing hundreds of turtle hatchlings in the morning, tours of the archeologicals site, the Juluchuca coconut candy factory, school, the mangrove lagoon, watching coconuts being harvested.
Weeks later, I am still processing our wonderful week.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank psharer
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

This is truly a magical place. The sound of rolling waves lulls you to sleep in your open-air room. You witness sea turtles laying their eggs at night, and you release newly hatched baby turtles into the ocean. The wonderful food is fresh as fresh can be; you can watch them catch your fish each morning. Kind, helpful staff includes Julia and Johnny. This marvelous creation comes via David, whose vision of eco-tourism comes forth here: solar heated water and solar generated electricity; all buildings created from locally found materials; food either grown on the premises or organic and local. Make sure you bring sunscreen and mosquito repellant (eco friendly), though!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

This place satisfied every aspect of what I look for... an amazing location, beautifully built accommodations: all built with natural and local materials and completely fitting to the area and the climate. Also run on solar energy and sustainable water systems - full regard for environmental impact.

Being able to listen to the waves from the rooms was fantastic! The food was delicious - also local and healthfully made. The staff was friendly and fun. I could hang out with others and socialize or contemplate and gaze out at the sea on my own. The Turtle experiences were fabulous... the people and nearby town were awesome, the archeological highlights fascinating...and nothing compares to the colors of the sky, from sunrise to sunset and the moonlight on the waves. When can I go back???

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Thank ecobizgal
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Reviewed 29 November 2010

Begin your morning with fresh orange juice, yoga, delicious breakfast and the release hundreds of baby turtles. Fabulous! A well thought out resort that involves the community in its mission of sustainability. The staff is happy and eager to please. The design is ingenious. Simple. Everything you need.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Renstrom
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

I was amazed at every detail. Every aspect of the resort is so well thought out. I couldn't stop stairing at the beautiful detail in the thatched roof and the bathroom tiles. Everything was very sustainable and nuturing to the local environment. The staff incredible. The food was delicious and the basil margaritas sublime. Great yoga too! They best eco resort I have stayed at yet. I would go back and bring friends and family in a heart beat.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

Playa Viva is a place like no other. When I've imagined the perfect hut right on a beach in paradise it turns out it exists. Playa Viva is that place. Very private off by itself, it's the perfect spot for a truely relaxing vacation. I just loved going to sleep to the sound of the waves. Definitely one of the highlights was the turtle sanctuary a half a mile down the beach. We were able to witness all phases of the turtle life cycle; mother coming out of the ocean to dig a hole, lay her eggs, meticulously cover her eggs up and return to the ocean. Then thanks to the santuary where the eggs are transplanted by volunteers, we were able to see the newborn turtles dig their way up through the sand and head to the ocean. Just priceless.
No having to decide which restaurant to go to because all meals are included and lovingly prepared by the chef. It was great fun playing in the ocean or for a more relaxing time there is a lovely pool. Only about 35 minutes from the Zihuatanejo airport so easy to get to from LA on Alaska Airlines. Airport transfers are included in the price. The only negative were the mosquitos and other insects that were particularly active at twilight. Playa Viva does provide bug spray but it's nearly impossible to completely avoid being bit.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank SantaMonicaKatharine
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

Playa Viva was a fantastic experience! I totally reconnected with my wife in a beautiful setting right on the Pacific Ocean. The rooms are very comfortable, with unmatched ocean views. The food is fresh, delicious and artfully prepared. The staff is kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Playa Viva is host to a sanctuary for endangered sea turtles, and there is an amazing role for guests in helping to release palm-sized baby turtles back to the wild. The owners work hard to harmonize the inn with the slow food and traditional agriculture of the area. If you want to love and respect the natural beauty and traditions of Mexico while relaxing your cares away, Playa Viva is the place for you! A++

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Playa Viva

Address: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco | Playa Icacos Juluchuca, GRO, Petatlan 40834, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Petatlan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Petatlan
Price Range: £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Playa Viva 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
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Playa Viva Hotel Petatlan

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