My wife and I generally travel with a group of 12-20 people, and had 13 on this trip. We'd never stayed at a 3 star resort before (usually 4-5 stars) and didn't know what to expect. Many aspects of the Tesoro were great but there were a few negatives.
First the good part. The resort facilities were very clean and well maintained. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful altho some workers had little or no ability to speak or understand English which really didn't cause any trouble (maybe we should learn Spanish :-).
Our group agreed that the food was some of, if not the best we'd experienced, even tho the selections may not have been quite as large. There was an adequate but limited availability of alcoholic drinks altho better liquor was available at a cost. No liquor was provided in the rooms. Refrigerated water and soda was available in the rooms.
The beach area was great for walking and extended about a mile in each direction. Daily whale viewings occurred and several of our group had seen dolphins swimming in the area. Smaller numbers of people on the beach indicated that tourism was down.
The evening shows were extremely innovative and enjoyable, a nice change from the usual Mexican costumes and dancing prevelant at many other resorts. Be sure to take them in!
The newly reconstructed pool was wonderful and kept very clean. Eager waiters were available to bring drinks from the outside bar, and we tipped generously. We also enjoyed the horse race and bingo games, altho the bingo caller was sometimes slow and kept the game in limbo while chatting with people.
There were a couple downsides. After the shows, the main (and at that time of night) only bar room offered a very limited area for congregating and conversation. There was some dance music and Karaoke offered some nights but the quarters were somewhat tight.
Probably the biggest annoyance was the great abundance of locals who spent a day or two with small children. Many of them brought the kids to the bar area at night, which isn't conducive to adult enjoyment. The pool area was inundated with children who were enjoyable to watch and generally well behaved, but there were too many of them. We discovered that the Ixtapa/Zhua school area has four divisions, one of which is given a summer break during each week in March...ergo the kids. The resort has been averaging about 40% occupancy rate and has resorted to luring the locals in to generate additional revenues. If the ydidn't do this, the resort may have to close.
All in all, we had a great time at the Tesoro and feel that we got what we'd paid for. Would we go back? Probably not in March.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With views of the sparkling Pacific and tropical mountains, this breathtaking resort features 203 rooms that cater to families, honeymooners and friends seeking the Treasure of tranquil waters, golden shorelines and year round sunshines in a vibrant Mexican destination.This All Inclusive resort is plenty of additional packages for Free Weddings, Conventions, Graduation Trips as well as Packages that include a Dolphin Encounter or SPA Massages. If you are looking for the secluded atmosphere of a Fine Dining place, just make a reservation to EL MESON, the Specialty Restaurant or even better, if you prefer to be in your room, we offer the possibility of asking for Room Service, free of charge (1 daily). In Tesoro Ixtapa you will find another exclusive jewel. If you feel hungry at midnight or coming back from the party, you will feel like at home, going down for some snacks like Nachos, Hot Dogs or sandwiches accompanied with beer or sodas...at the 7/24. And the best thing is that this is also included !!!! If you are looking for Location... This is the place to be, because it is located at the heart of Ixtapa, so you will be walking distance from the most important and commercial areas of town, as well as in front of the Golf Course or walking distance from de Marina Ixtapa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tesoro Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Ixtapa Tesoro Hotel
- Tesoro Hotel Ixtapa