Pacifica resort is a popular destination for Mexican families. There are very few gringos here. We enjoyed the feeling that we were in a foreign country with the challenge of practicing our Spanish. It would be very helpful for anyone going to this resort to know some Spanish. The information booklet is all in Spanish, as is activity list. Not everyone who works at this resort will be able to speak English. The staff was always friendly and greeted us warmly.
We reserved a room at Pacifica Aqua and Pacifica Master Sands through RCI. The Pacifica resort is made up of a number of different buildings that range from basic to luxury. There are many stairs and hills to climb, so you need to be physically fit. There are some vans that will give you a ride to where you are going, but sometimes you will have to wait for some time. There is a gondola that starts at the beach and takes you to the very top with a stop in the middle. The gondola does not run on Saturday and it might not be working for some of the other time. It is hit or miss. There were 150 stairs from the beach to our room (Pacifica Aqua), just to give you some idea.
The Pacifica Aqua room was very nice. We had a view looking out over the ocean. We had a one bedroom with 2 bathrooms. We loved the outdoor showers! There was a full kitchen with things that you need to cook. There was a balcony with a plunge pool. We could close the sliding door on the balcony and close the sliding room divider to shut out some of the noise at the resort. There is lots going on all the time and the noise does travel up the hill. Being at the Pacifica Aqua gave us some perks. There is a separate pool for the Aqua guests, but it has no food/drink service and you have to bring your towels from the room. The other perk is that you can reserve your shade structure/palapa on the beach for the whole week. We could have coffee and rolls OR fruit and juice delivered to our room daily. There were fresh flowers in the room when we arrived. The maid did an outstanding job cleaning our room daily.
Our friends stayed in a 2 bedroom unit at the Master Sands. It was a huge room with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. You can close up the bedrooms and run the a/c. The kitchen and living room area is completely opened to the great outdoors with no way of closing it up. There was a nice plunge pool too. The view was of the mountains, ocean and the resort below. The problem with the completely open room is the amount of the noise that you hear from the beach, pool and resort. Being open, also allows the mosquitoes and other bugs to enter the room.
We had to pay the all inclusive rate because we were using RCI to book these rooms. We were told how many times we could eat at each restaurant.
Tuipanes is a buffet. We would eat here for our breakfast. Most of the buffet is Mexican food . We could order an eggs made to order. This was my least favorite place to eat.
Bugambillas restaurant is by the pool, so be prepared to hear kids and splashing. We could eat here 2 times.
El Faro restaurant is at the top of the hill. It is a nice restaurant and the views are great! We could eat here 1 time.
Moon Bar is on the beach. We had a lovely table with a great view of the sunset. We could eat here 2 times.
El Suspiro is in Zihuatanejo at the Pacifica Grand. You have to pay for the taxi to go to this one. It was about 150 pesos each way. The view was amazing and the food was great. Don’t miss this one. We could go here 1 time.
It seemed a little odd that we were told how many times we could eat at each place. There is beach service for food (snacks) and drinks. There is food/drink service at the pool by Tulipanes and at the pool by Bugambillas. Service wasn’t always great. We had to look for servers sometimes or go to the bar ourselves. We did tip everyone and that seemed to make them happy.
All the activities and entertainment is in Spanish. There is no adult only pool. The spa is very tiny with 3 or 4 small rooms.
All in all we had a good time here. We always enjoy our time in Mexico. I just wanted to write a long review because I could not find much on this resort before I headed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pacifica Resort Ixtapa our tourist development "All Inclusive", a unique and privileged area of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, on the coast of Guerrero, and recognized for the quality of its facilities and warm service. Two bedroom suites located in Playa El Palmar Ixtapa just 17.3 Km. Airport and 2.8 Km from shopping area, 4 Km from Marina Ixtapa, 3.55 Km from Marina Ixtapa Golf Club with beach access via funicular center. Wi-Fi in public areas, parking, air conditioning, restaurants, SPA and Thalasso Pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pacifica Resort Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Pacifica Hotel Ixtapa
- Ixtapa Pacifica Hotel