Echo the positive comments about the resort: helpful staff, solid food and great location.
Two gripes: give me free Wifi in at least one area of the resort. #2 - if you are going to rent bikes, rent semi-decent bikes. Given the cost, best to taxi into Ixtapa proper and rent from the bicycle shop near the end of the cycling path if you want a half-decent bike for the duration.
Nobody in our party got sick - we washed our hands coming in and out the dining hall every time using the sanitizer stations. DId not worry about ice/water - it was all treated and safe.
Sunday is locals day - resort will be crowded with locals - wearing a blue wristband. That was the only day we noticed the resort as "crowded".
A few comments about life outside the gates: It was safe. Outside the resort is a dedicated bike/pedestrian pathway which leads to both a nature preserve (5 mins) and into Ixtapa. Crocodiles, rare birds and turtles abound. There is also a crocodile pond/preserve (Playa Linda) about a 10 minute walk from the resort. If you have any concerns, travel with 2 or 3 people. I noted the forums mentioned some robberies on the trail in the past - saw none of that but like everywhere, keep your wits about you.
Ixtapa (as opposed to Zihuatanejo) is essentially all resorts and tourists near the water - above this area are where the locals reside. The entire cycling loop is about 15 km and is easy riding. A number of guests used it for jogging and cycling during the day. Take a bottled water in your backpack (or pick up some at the Oxo - effectively a 7-11) in Ixtapa. Great excuse to burn off some calories.
The excursion to Ixtapa Island is worth it if you like snorkeling. Be sure you have a decent guide who stays with you as the entrance off the beach is through corral reefs which are just below the surface. The waves can easily push you into the reefs - best to keep young kids on a boogie board which can keep them out of the water if need be and towed away from the reefs.
The drive to the airport passes through a few sketchy areas but again, no issues. Sadly, cannot say the same for cities 2 hours down the road...
- Also Known As:
- Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Hotel Ixtapa
- Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Hotel
- Club Med Ixtapa
- Club Med Zihuatanejo
- Zihuatanejo Club Med
- Ixtapa Club Med
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the wonders of Mexico during your stay at Ixtapa Pacific. A heavenly Mexican hacienda-style all-inclusive family resort nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Travel to Club Med Ixtapa Pacific with your family and enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation in spectacular beachfront sceneries. 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