Azul Ixtapa Grand is a brand new hotel (next door to the Azul Ixtapa) that has been open for 4 months. When we booked we were told there were no children under the age of 14 allowed at the hotel however that was not the case when we arrived. Rugrats aside, the hotel is very nice however I got the feeling that they were still trying to work out the grand opening kinks.
The rooms offered are single king or double queen beds all with west-facing balconies with room-length sliders, walk-in closets, air conditioning (which shuts off when the slider or room doors are open), soaking tubs, small refrigerators, televisions and coffee pots. The floors, counter tops and tub surround are all travertine. The balcony has a glass half-wall that doesn’t obstruct the views of the water. The balconies are private with cement and glass dividers and the floors are travertine as well. Each balcony has 2 chairs, a table and a lounge chair for sunbathing; they are perfect for morning coffee as the sun rises or to watch the sun set.
All-inclusive packages are offered from $1000 pesos for 1-2 days (per person) and are discounted if you buy more days. All-inclusive passes are suggested for at least a few days since they cover alcohol and the 3 specialty restaurants the hotel offers however if we return we won’t buy a full weeks’ worth of all-inclusive like we did this time.
Beer selection is slim and includes Modelo and Negro Modelo…Corona Light can be found sporadically. Their wine and alcohol offerings are a slightly a bigger selection however we were disappointed to find they don’t have Crown Royal. :) There is a lobby bar that has plenty of seating, televisions and pool tables as well as an outdoor deck overlooking the pools. The lobby bar opens at 4pm and closes at midnight.
We surely will miss the food, delicious local offerings as well as an Asian restaurant: Bambu y Sakura; a Mexican restaurant: Flor de Agave; and an Italian restaurant: Olivo y Vid. The Restaurant Aqua offers a breakfast buffet starting at 7am and lunch buffet starting at noon. We were never disappointed with the buffet selections even though neither of us are buffet fans. Chilaquiles, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, rolled tortillas with shredded beef or chicken, potatoes, refried beans, pork Verde, cereals, fruit, juices, pastries, desserts, omelet bar, waffles, hot cakes…and that’s just what I can remember! They vary the selections daily. Room service is also available with the all-inclusive but with an extra 70 peso charge.
Room service selections are: spagueti con salsa de tomate (spaghetti with tomato sauce), arrachera Mexicana c/sopecito (beef skirt steak with Mexican complements), pechuga de pollo a la parrilla (grilled chicken), filete de pescado a la plancha (broiled fish filet)…I must admit, it was the best spaghetti I have ever had and the other dishes were wonderful as well. They served a side of habanero sauce that I wish I could buy and take home, it was delicious. Breakfast, lunch and dessert options are also available from room service. Pre-ordered box lunches are also available for 70 pesos for daytime fishing trips.
There are three pools to choose from, one that gets the most shade until late afternoon, the smaller one with a section just for kids directly in front of the hotel and the largest one with the waterfall, the grotto bar and the infinity edge, overlooking the water. Below the infinity pool is the beach as well as a section that has private bungalow-style beds with sheets draped over them for shade. The grotto bar is a whole review in itself; large opening in the ceiling to let light in, waist deep water and tiled tables for cocktails, all behind a flowing waterfall. The bar seemed to be open only on Friday and Saturdays but it sure was nice to walk up and get a cocktail and not have to leave the pool.
Each pool is heavily manned by waiters, anxious to bring you drinks. We loved Enrique the most; he was always coming around with refills on our beers before our first two were gone. He followed us around when his station changed daily to make sure that we were always well taken care of. The US$20 tip we gave him our first day probably helped. :)
The hotel was in the process of building a new spa while we were there and we can’t wait to go back and see how it turned out.
All in all our 7 day stay at Azul Ixtapa Grand was a relaxing, warm, gastronomic delight and we will be returning to this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Azul Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Sol Melia Azul Ixtapa
- Sol Melia Ixtapa