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Casa Viva Troncones

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Avenida de la Playa, Troncones 40807 Mexico
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#5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Troncones
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Casa Viva is simple elegance and natural luxury. The spacious casitas (suites) and common area with pool and jacuzzi are spread across 80 meters of beachfront on your private cove between Troncones and Manzanillo. Private and reserved, meals can be arranged with cook so you never leave the premise. Sleeps up to 16-20 comfortably, rent the entire property or just one Casita.
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wisc-rcg wrote a review Dec 2018
Wisconsin69 contributions17 helpful votes
I would echo everything everyone else has said about what a great place this is. And special kudos to Elvira, who is really something special. Her cooking was just delicious. We had 3 absolutely lovely days here. The other guests were friendly and respectful. I do have to mention, though, that the last day and a half was somewhat marred by the arrival of a family who basically took the place over -- the entire pool and sitting area, the internet (there's limited bandwidth to begin with, but they just completely hogged it)They left food and beer cans all over. And there was no one there to say something, let alone do something about it. That was really unfortunate. I emailed the owners about it afterwards, but never received a reply, which was disappointing, to be honest. We'd love to go back because it was so peaceful and relaxing for most of our stay. I just wish there was a little more supervision to make sure that guests treat the common space as something to be shared, rather than dominate. This is the only reason I give Casa Viva four instead of five stars.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: either of the casitas on the beach; we had the square casita
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Kif S wrote a review Feb 2018
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What a lovely place. It was just what we needed as a couple getting away for a slow week by the beach. It was the perfect combination of being relaxed and move at your own pace, but have the essentials taken-care of without getting in our way. Elvira and Eduardo were warm and helpful when we needed them, but otherwise very unobtrusive. It's a small and quiet setting without a lot of activity around us, so that was also really nice. Elvira's cooking is amazing - but felt very homestyle. She was very accommodating for dietary requests, and flexible about meal-times. They also helped us find details for a couple of activities we were interested in. The casitas are beautiful, comfortable, and clean.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: the round casita has the best view, but is closest to the water which is a bit louder.
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Response from leventhald, Owner at Casa Viva Troncones
Responded Feb 20, 2018
Kif, thanks for your review and especially including Elvira and her homestyle cooking. We hope you will come back and visit Casa Viva again. David
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Ileen R wrote a review May 2017
New York City, New York130 contributions12 helpful votes
This was a big family trip; me, my boyfriend, mom, aunt, my two cousins, their spouses & five kids - almost 12 y.o. girl & boys aged 10, 7, 5, 4. We stayed at Casa Viva in Troncones, which is in the state of Guerrero about 30 min north of Ixtapa/Zihuatenajo. We transferred planes in Mexico City, but there are direct flights from Houston, Chicago, Montreal & I think Atlanta. Casa Viva is a tiny resort, four sleeping places - three casitas and a sleeping porch with communal kitchen, sitting area, dining area, private pool & hot tub right by the beach & Pacific Ocean. The casitas & common area had swings and comfy couches & there were nice loungers facing the ocean. My aunt & mom had casita caracol, my female cousin & her family redonda, my male cousin & his family cuadrada & my boyfriend & I had tapanco, the sleeping porch. At first I was thinking the porch wouldn't afford us enough privacy, but fortunately that wasn't the case. It's up a staircase & sits directly above the eating area. All the beds have mosquito netting around them although bugs didn't bother us at all. The ocean is very close, so there was always a breeze that blows the bugs away. I found the sound of the ocean extremely soothing, but perhaps someone used to complete silence at night would think it was a bit noisy. My mom & aunt in caracol said they heard some car noise from the road, but they were asleep less than 10 minutes after getting into bed, so it wasn't an issue. All we could hear from tapanco was the roar of the ocean. Our sleeping porch didn't have a bathroom up there, so we had to go down stairs and use the bathroom that's just off the kitchen. There was a full shower in there as well, but I was very glad to have my headlamp because it was so dark there. I've never seen so many stars. All the other casitas had full bathrooms attached so they didn't have to go 'outside' but my mom/aunt's place had their bathroom down stairs as well & there's no railing on one side of that staircase, so stay close to the wall using the staircase at night. My mom, bf & I arrived first. We stopped at a giant market near the airport and stocked up on breakfast & lunch food for the week. Our dinners were prepared by the in-house cook Elvira. She is a marvel, very patient with my attempts at Spanish & a master at cooking for a large group of people. Every night we had delicious homemade tortillas & guacamole as well as salad & vegetables. There was usually rice, one night there was spaghetti, and every night there was wonderful grilled chicken or fish. One night she made lentil soup as well, and on my aunt's birthday we had a flan cake. She would have made steak & shellfish as well, but due to dietary restrictions of some of our group, we stuck with chicken & fish. We had tuna three nights & it was so good all three ways. You can also have Elvira prepare breakfast & lunch as well. It got light around 7:00am & dark around 8:45pm. The first night we were all so tired, even the adults went to bed when it was dark. After that we stayed up for a few hours playing games & laughing. Each day we did a different activity but nothing was planned out in any kind of itinerary. On Monday I saw a guy on horseback on the beach & asked him about going for a ride. We did that Wednesday morning; everyone but my mom, aunt & boy cousin went. Octavio Sr & Jr took care of us and there was even a two week old foal who walked alongside his mother during our ride. He was adorable & it was his first time on the beach. Tuesday I think we mostly hung out at the pool and explored the beach. Thursday we went to the beach at Zihuatenajo in the morning & my bf & I went parasailing. What a blast! Wed after dinner some of us walked about 30 min up the beach to a cove area. The water right in front of Casa Viva is rough & there are lots of rocks by the shore, not conducive to swimming. We saw the cove during our horseback ride. There was a yoga b&b there w/a drinks van on the beach. I got a mezcal serrano that was delicious & allowed us to hang out a bit on their couches & hammocks & watch the sun set. The walk there was a bit much for my mom (rocky in spots, uneven terrain) so we took a cab back. What was a 30 min walk on the beach was a two minute cab ride & would have been about 10 min walk on the road. In our travels, we noticed a sign about a mile and change down the road from our place that said Slow Kitty Crossing. As a newly converted cat lover, I wanted to check the place out. My bf was on board, as was the nearly 12 y.o. daughter of my boy cousin, who seems to love books and cats in equal measure. We walked there Friday morning & it was so hot on the road with the ocean breeze blocked. I was sweating buckets by the time we got there, but it was worth it. An American woman runs the cat sanctuary & has been there over 20 years. Her parents have a b&b across the street & she's the property manager. There were seven 6-week old kittens, one cuter than the next & over 30 adult cats there (some of the cats were hanging out at the b&b across the street, hence the road sign). We played with the kittens for over and hour. If you're a cat lover, it's a no-brainer to stop there. You can make a donation to their upkeep, but we weren't asked to do so; we volunteered Benito takes care of things on the property & my boyfriend asked about getting fresh coconut water one day. We saw him use a long tool to drop one, use a machete to cut it nearly open so that all my bf had to do was push a straw through the soft part at the top & he had what he considers yummy coconut water. I will admit it tastes better cold after it's been in the fridge a while. There was a lot of wild life around. Small lizards ran by, giant iguanas climbed around in the trees, brightly colored birds & hummingbirds as well as pelicans we saw diving for fish in the ocean. One night I saw an armadillo on the path below our porch & one night we had a different unexpected visitor. The first night all the fruit/veg was in the fridge. The next day we washed everything and had it out in a bowl on the table. We foolishly forgot to put it away at night. When I went to the bathroom around 1am, I saw a few pieces of fruit on the ground, some bites taken out of an apple, a tiny hole in a cucumber etc. I was so sleepy I wasn't thinking straight because I went back to bed. At 4am my bf went to use the bathroom and whoever it was had returned and opened two of the three bananas we had left and ate about half the apple. We took photos and put the rest of the fruit away at that point. In the morning I asked Elvira if it had been one of the giant iguanas I saw during the day & she said no, it was a tejon. We did not know what that was but we looked it up. We never saw it during the day. Elvira said they're afraid of people and if they saw or heard us, they would run away. We had a 3+ hour layover in the Mexico City airport on the way back & the few pesos I had left were burning a hole in my pocket. I wound up getting one of those fish pedicures where the little fishies eat the dead skin off your feet, 10 minutes for 145 pesos. It tickled like crazy but it really worked. My bf who would have no idea what to do with a pumice stone got one too, and they swarmed his heels like crazy. He couldn't believe the difference. I can't say enough about how great this place was. I highly encourage anyone looking for a trip for an extended family or group of friends to consider it, especially if you can fly out of Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Montreal & fly non-stop to Ixtapa/Zihuatenajo (airport code ZIH). I can't speak to how it would be if your group didn't have the entire place to yourself, but if your group is the right size, I can't imagine anywhere better for a fantastic, relaxing vacation.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Room Tip: tapanco is breeziest & least expensive, caracol has its own kitchen, cuadrada & redonda...
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Michelle R wrote a review May 2017
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13 of us (including 5 kids) spent 5 incredible nights at this beautiful property. We were in paradise! We loved the privacy, the DELICIOUS and fresh food from Elvira, the proximity to the beach, the gorgeous rooms, the super clean pool and hot tub, the swings and lounge chairs. We highly recommend this property to everyone.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Response from leventhald, Owner at Casa Viva Troncones
Responded May 3, 2017
Michelle, thanks for your kind words. Just wanted to share these with you (in response): ...as I lounge here just feet away from the pacific ocean, waves crashing, the sun readying to set, i must tell you that this is EXACTLY the vacation i wanted for 12 members of my family, and myself. We have beauty, we have natural materials, we have a fabulous pool for all ages: we have privacy!! The meals have been wonderful for all of us! From 5 years old to 80. Your staff is charming and so helpful. When my daughter Michelle first sent me your website, i told her it was too expensive. But now that we have been here, i am never going back to that Zihuatenajo condo filled with old people who complained about my grandchildren making noise in the pool. Thank you so much for accommodating us all. I hope to be back soon. Arlene Bronx, New York
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Paul H wrote a review Feb 2017
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We booked Casa Viva last minute and when we arrived we weren't quite sure what to make of it. The pool area is immediately beautiful and welcoming with a great view of the amazing beach, but we had the casita near the road. It was nice, but spartan with little in the way of comfortable furniture. The bed is upper level and a bit tight for two. There is no AC but a secure netting surrounds the bed. First couple of nights we found warm but we got comfortable over our 5 night stay. So, did we enjoy it? Absolutely! When the day came to leave, we were sad indeed. Walking the beach and lounging by the pool became our daily chores and we took to them with gusto. The sunsets are exquisite. It's about a half hour walk to the restaurants in Troncones and we found "Happy Hour" making the walk back at sunset even more striking. As noted in other reviews, Elvira and Benito add greatly to the enjoyment of Casa Viva. Always there, but never infringing. We had breakfast each morning and two dinners. All the food was fabulous. We took the "light" breakfast which was different each day and sufficient to provide sustenance until the aforementioned happy hour, even so far as to dinner. We would go back for sure and with a little planning might even score a casita nearer the beach. One last thing - the sound of the sea is ever present. It's a big surf and sometimes at night I was sure a 777 was landing on the beach.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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$531 - $558 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MexicoPacific CoastGuerreroTroncones
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Viva Troncones
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Viva Troncones?
Nearby attractions include Amor Tropical Cocktail Bar & Kitchen (0.5 miles).
Is parking available at Casa Viva Troncones?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Viva Troncones?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chenchos restaurant, Cafe Pacifico, and Jardin del Eden.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Viva Troncones?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.