Last year we vacationed with the family in Club Med Ixtapa and had a great time - so we decided to do the same this year as well. Once again, Club Med didn't fail to disappoint, though going off-season helped a lot. Here are some highlights and tips:
- This year I decided to do the tennis camp - it was great. The introductory lessons were fun and both Sergio and Juanito (the tennis pros) were Über helpful and friendly. Even when folks didn't show up for the tournaments in the afternoon (it's off season, folks!) they played with me, or the few people who were there. Overall, highly recommended - those guys know their stuff, and are super friendly.
- My wife LOVED to Yogalates and other fitness classes taught by their fitness instructor (whose name I cannot remember.) She's leaving for Brazil (another club) though, so you likely won't see her at this club anytime soon.
- The baby club was awesome - Genesis and Gaby took great care of our 2 year old, and even adjusted to his schedule when he was out of sorts (the heat and time change hit him hard.) Dora was awesome as well.
- The new mini club director (Morgan) is great - very involved, and Wanny was great with our kids. The rest of the team was great - my daughter loved hanging with Carina (sp?)
- I can't say enough about German - the GO that is the sous chef. He was friendly, took our request for the cooking class and ran with it, and always was checking in to see how we were doing. You don't see the Chef GOs much, he was very conspicuous which was cool...
- Logan at the beach was great help with the sailboats.
As a side note, the downside to going on an off week is that some things just aren't open as often - it's a good trade off though. The day we left about 200 guests were checking in, and there was an argument over the poolside cabanas (something that happens often during the busy weeks, when people try to "reserve" them and find that they weren't there so someone took their spot.) There was nothing like that when we were there...until that last day.
- Dinner at the steakhouse left a lot to be desired. We heard dinner at Luna Azul also left much to be desired...eating at El Encanto seems to be the best way to go.
- The outdoor dinner on Thursday night was a nice change of pace, and there were lots of good eats then (esp the Mussels!)
- Seafood night was better last year (they had fresh Ahi), among other things.
- The sushi assortment this year left a lot to be desired (better last year also.)
- The kids-only restaurant was closed (they need at least 200 kids to open it.)
- Luna Azul was open only one night, and the reservations filled up immediately (we didn't get one, no big loss!)
- The head of the village was in France, he was last year as well when we were there - not sure how different it would have been with him around...
- There is very little wind, so sailing typically sucks. This club really needs paddle boards (like Sandpiper has) to be fun. We saw several people brought their own, not sure why the club doesn't have some.
- We had ants in our room - they were the tiny ants (like sugar or pharoh ants) and were annoying. They come and tried to clean with bleach to kill them, but it wasn't very effective.
We went during the "off" season (2nd week of Nov), the 1st 2 weeks of Nov and 1st week of December tend to be slow weeks at the resort. It's easy to get a shaded seat around the pool, and there are really no lines for ANYTHING. That's definitely not the case when the place is fuller . I could have done with more people for the tennis tournaments, but the fact that the first day I had a solo class (I was the only one there) was nice.
1. Skip the resort massage and head down the beach and get an hour long massage for $40 bucks, or head over to Ixtapa island and get one for $30. All three (resort/beach/island) give more-or-less the same thing, just with different atmospheres. Obviously, YMMV
2. Don't use the excursion desk for Snorkeling or getting over to Ixtapa island, instead head over by the kayak/sailing part of the beach and ask around (the security guards can probably help you) for the boat that goes over to the island. It's $8 round-trip per person (or $15 if you book via the excursion desk.) PM me if you want the boat drivers cell number... Once you get to Ixtapa island, you can do everything there - the snorkeling on the coral beach is great (you can even get a guide on the island) and cheap. The grilled lobster is good there also, and it's a nice place to kick back and have a few beers (and a massage). Its cheaper (and probably better for the locals) if you go to them directly vs going through Club Med.
3. If it gets windy at any time, head over to sailing. Most of the time there is no wind..when it picks up expect that getting a sailboat might be harder.
Overall we had a great time - the only downside for us is the long flights (and redeye back) we live in North Carolina. If Sandpiper wasn't booked full already (private rental), Cancun had a baby club, or Guadalupe had some flight availability, we probably would have given one of them a shot this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the wonders of Mexico during your stay at Ixtapa Pacific, a heavenly Mexican hacienda-style all-inclusive resort, elected as one of the ‘world’s best’ family resorts by Trip Advisor. Travel to Club Med Ixtapa Pacific and enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation in spectacular sceneries, as the resort is nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. A hassle-free stay for you, an adventure for your kids: practice your favorite sports, indulge at the Spa* or relax on a lounge chair on the breathtaking beach while your children are entertained at Club Med's world-famous Children's Clubs with dedicated activities and sports for children and teenagers, for each age group, and all coordinated by qualified and enthusiastic professionals. Already one of the best family resort for those traveling with babies, this environmentally-friendly hideaway also offers activities for adults. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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