My husband and I went to Club Z the end of March to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. No kids. No worries. Just us! We are members of Club Intrawest and I am happy to see that our dues are being used well. The property is well maintained, the staff seem very happy with their jobs, and the rooms met our expectations. We were in room 525, a one bedroom, with a beautiful, partial view of the bay from both sides of the balcony.
Here are some specifics:
Staff: I know you've read this already, but it really can't be overstated. The staff there are amazing. So warm, friendly, accommodating. The bellmen (Dennis, Miguel, Luis) knew our name, our room number and our likes/dislikes within the first few hours. They were always ready to take us in the "Limo" (golf cart) to the pool or our room or give us good advice about things to do or places to eat. Our housekeeper made sure our room was beautiful every day. She even freshened up the towel swans! The restaurant/pool staff was also amazing. Angel and Alfredo took especially good care of us. They staff works so hard. Don't forget to tip them (including housekeeping). We didn't tip every time we rode the "limo" or bought a drink, but by the end of the trip, we made sure we tipped everyone who went above and beyond. They were all so humbled and grateful. I felt so much better about giving a $100 peso tip there than I do a $10 tip at home.
Yes there was construction, however, it wasn't bothersome at all. In fact, the "jackhammers" we read about were never heard. We did hear some hammering, some truck noises, and general construction noises, but it in no way detracted from our peace. However, we were up early every morning (due to the bird noises, not the construction).
Mosquitos. Yes ... there were a ton of them -- it's a tropical location. I took bug spray and still got bitten. They did not like my husband (maybe because they were full from feasting on me). The club suggested we close up the room at 6pm, and that did help. We learned to put towels under the doors to seal off cracks. That helped. We had the room fumigated mid-trip. That seemed to help.
Small Ants. Yes ... there were a ton of them -- it's a tropical location. We kept food in ziplock bags and kept the dishes very clean.
Meal Plan: We bought 20 points each for the week, and for us, it was just perfect. We each had one point left on the last day and had a goodbye drink. We shared a lunch at the pool, had a few breakfasts (DELICIOUS), two nice dinners, and some pool drinks (happy hour 2for1 in the afternoons).
Pool: Yup -- people put their towels down early. I've never been to a resort where this doesn't happen. We alternated between pool one day, beach the next. We were at the pool by 9 am and had chairs every time. The pool was clean, comfortable, and had good service. It's not very big. Sometimes, there was a weird smell coming off the bar (maybe like wet palm fronds?).
Things to bring:
Gallon ziplock bags for left overs in your room
Water bottle to take to the pool (insulated would be best)
Hydracortizone (or itch cream) for when you do get bit
More SPF 30 than you think you need (we thought we'd be able to do 15. Not so much)
Nuts and Bolts:
Taxis are cheap and every driver we had was friendly. It was our first trip, so we had the hotel arrange transportation from the airport to the hotel. It was nice to have all that pre-arranged, especially since we really didn't know what we were doing, but next time, we'd just get a taxi.
We grocery shopped twice at the big grocery store. That's where we used the ATM as well. My husband LOVED the pastry section at the back of the store. We bought things to eat for breakfast, snacks, tequila for mixing our own margaritas, and some fresh fruit.
You can walk into town no problem. About a 20-25 minute walk (and we aren't in that great of shape). We enjoyed town twice, but mostly stayed around Playa La Ropa. Next time, we'll venture out more.
We bought a fishing trip off a guy on the beach (Captain David). He was very nice. The trip was $150 US dollars. His 16 year old nephew ended up being our "captain". We fished 7-9:30 and we didn't catch any fish, but we had a nice day (later I heard we should have asked for live bait, but we aren't fishermen, so who knows). He took us snorkling and to the beach across the way (sorry, now I can't remember the name), and stayed with us all day. Basically, $150 (plus tip) for a guided day trip. I don't regret it, but just make sure you know what you are getting into.
Tequila Tasting: Fun and informative. Do it.
Time Share pressure: Just one time we were asked if we wanted to do a "check up". We didn't. That was the end of that.
Club Z restaurant: Delicious dinner, stupendous service! Using the meal plan points is really the best bang for your buck. Each dinner was 6 points. I added up and my dinner would have cost $75 if I hadn't used the points. In my opinion, the Friday Mexican Buffet was just OK. Next time, I'll skip that and try the beach fresh catch cook night.
Feel free to email me if you have questions. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Club Intrawest - Zihuatanejo Hotel Zihuatanejo
- Club Intrawest - Zihuatanejo Hotel
- Hotel Intrawest Zihuatanejo
- Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo
- Intrawest Zihuatanejo
- Club Intrawest
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront Villas on the Mexican Riviera Club Intrawest is a private vacation club. From time to time, Guests are invited to stay at the Club on a nightly, cash basis. The Club is located on Playa la Ropa – the most exclusive beach in Zihuatanejo. Vacation Homes cascade down the hillside offering panoramic views of Zihuatanejo Bay. Enjoy casual dining by the infinity pool or in the restaurant under the giant palapa roof. Club Intrawest – Zihuatanejo reflects its spectacular oceanfront location in a stunning open-air design and innovative architecture. Terraces offer sweeping ocean views from every angle. Uniquely designed villas feature hand-cut tiles, wood furnishings and bright fabrics, all locally crafted to reflect the rich culture of the region. ... more less
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