We just returned from Azul Ixtapa with our six- and eight-year-old boys and wanted to share what a unique all-inclusive it is. It is amazingly clean with unbelievably friendly and helpful staff--and we liked trying out our Spanish with them. Our boys were able to paint pottery with Mexican children and visit a whole gaggle of iguanas up on the field when they weren't swimming in one of the pools. It was packed--it was Semana Santa week--but you could always find a deck chair or restaurant spot no problem; it didn't feel crowded.
We were blown away by the food; the buffets were better than average due to the fact that they were real Mexican; one day there was an authentic Guerrero meal, plus wonderful Mexican choices amid the usual North American breakfast fare (we loved the chilaquiles), and those wonderful pastries. But it was at the restaurants, where you make reservations, that you find a five-star meal with incredible presentation. They made my son's birthday very special with a cake and candle. And of course, the pina coladas on offer around the pool were great; we actually didn't mind the cutoff time at, I think 6 pm--no drunken louts ruining it for everyone. The rooms were clean and they upgraded us to a balcony room with ease and no fuss at all. Everything is very family oriented, with a games room with pool tables and a giant chessboard that my kids begged to hang out in every evening.
The only drawbacks? The beach is not fantastic; we were OK with this because we headed out to a sandier beach later during our holiday. The music blasts from the lower pool all day long, but you can escape it by hanging out at the upper pools. The pools could be open a bit longer--say to 7 or 8 pm. But overall we would recommend this resort highly; we're not all-inclusive people but we had a relaxing, fun time here!
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Azul Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Sol Melia Azul Ixtapa
- Sol Melia Ixtapa