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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Playa Viva Hotel Petatlan