3 days before my family was to depart on a Carnival cruise it was cancelled. I googled last minute vacations and all-inclusive Tesoro popped up. Well how do I do all my research and safety checks if we're to depart 3 days later? A VERY GOOD friend directed me to TripAdvisor and the rest is history. We booked it, unpacked our cruise clothes, packed much more casual clothing, threw in snorkeling equipment and had an awesome vacation! I do have a few words of advice: 1. Its safe but by all means carry small bills, leave all your jewelry at home and be sensible! 2. If you have young 18+ adults the Senor Frogs doesn't get hop pin and fun until midnight when the hotel shows are over. My kid and friend had a blast and partied 'til 5 am a few times. It was a 6 minute walk and I do believe she was safe. A little worse for the wear but she's a sensible kid and knew bar/party/hotel and NOTHING ELSE. Had we been in Cancun I wouldn't have been so laid-back. 3. Heed the information about the local day-users. The pool was packed from morning until night, the drinks were few and far between and very watered down but useful in a smoothie-to-keep-u-hydrated sorta way, and forget about getting a palapa if you weren't on that beach by 8 am. However, despite the language barrier the locals seemed very friendly. The resort was pretty, the rooms were clean and the staff always helpful as long as you were respectful. I did observe a couple that started off on the wrong foot and they shared with us on the busride back to the airport at the end of the week that they would never return. Very unfortunate but I believe the blame really fell on them. Attitude and respect, people. They make all the difference! 4. We agreed to attend a timeshare presentation at Azul Ixtapa. Oh. Wow. So fantastically beautiful! We'll save the timeshare discussion for another day but I will say for $15 pp/pd we bought day passes to Azul! The swim up bar was fabulous and the activities director got our kid and friend involved in several very fun activities. The pool is multi-levels and very large and it was NOT crowded and the water was clean without the film of sunscreen at Tesoro...just sayin'. I have nothing but good things to say about Azul so if you get the chance take it. And to save yourself some big money on transportation forget taxis, take the bus. 5. Lastly, parasail, snorkel (and I have info to save yourself money there too if you go to Azul for the day-the snorkeling is on an island that you see from the from the pool at Azul and you can arrange it yourself!), and go shopping for your souvenirs at the tarp market setup in front of the expensive Barcelo resort. Oh yes we went for Spring Break 2013- March 18th-25th. Go, enjoy, Viva LA Mexico!
- 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