Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
Travel Blogs from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
... We let the dogs swim with the hysterical pelicans, that were dive bombing in the ocean to get fish. I have a video that I will attach.
We are in a hotel in Bucerias now, it rained all day and we needed to get out of the rain.
We are thinking about renting a place in Puerto Vallarta for a month so we can take Spanish lessons.
Scott and Kerry
... pass three islands (Tres Marias),,one of which is a prison colony,though we hadn't read that in our pilot book (until afterwards) and sailed within the exclusion zone of 20nm.We don't think anyone would've come out though,as the seas were quite high,but I did see the light of small boat now and again astern that was under the radar.I heard a story that two escapees called for help in the sea to a passing sailing boat,the skipper of which threw a liferaft to them ...
... prediction... could be a complete fabrication. This forecast is available from passageweather.com
There are pros and cons to weathering the summer in La Cruz as opposed to the other 2 marina's in Banderas Bay and it's been interesting interviewing for popular opinions. And trust me, everyone has one. The difficulty is getting ...
... But I offer a couple pics to prove they are out there. We arrive at the entrance to Banderas Bay around 3pm after a 32 hour trip and have to finesse the entrance to avoid awash pinacle rocks. Tense when you're tired, but we arrive safe at Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle around 5pm. We are considering staying in this beautiful part of Mexico for the summer instead of Paradise Marina further into the bay.
The next morning we ...
... speak Spanish?" She scratched her chin inquisitively.
"Well, sweetheart," I pondered whether to use this opportunity for a well-timed joke that would make its way back to Valerie, but decided on the honest answer instead. "I am pretty sure that dogs trained by Spanish-speaking people respond to Spanish commands, wouldn't you say?"
"Yeah. Good point." She agreed after a few moments of reflection. Joanna came out of the bathroom looking extra stunning, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Because we were traveling with a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old, we didn't want to go far. With only a 4 hour plane ride we managed to find Club Med Ixtapa. The kid's camps were excellent. The staff and facilities for kids were amazing. My children didn't want to leave. The food was excellent and while a buffet can get old, the foods stayed original and varied. Town was close enough to offer a change, though I prefered Club Med's food to that of Ixtapa. The beach was wonderful and clean. The rooms are very sparse, but well suited for the place. We were only in our rooms to sleep or change clothes. The staff was extremely friendly and catered to our needs. After having stayed at some of the best hotels, this was the first time we never had any problems. The property is beautiful and very clean and organized. We would return again in a heartbeat and look forward to doing so in the future.
My family and I went to Ixtapa at the beginning of April 2003. Overall we had a fantastic vacation and felt well rested and like we had got our money's worth! Our children, ages, 5,3 and 18 months, had a fantastic time and we had a difficult time prying them away from the kids club! While there, my worst nightmare came true, my 18 month old got strep throat! The staff at club med were great - took him to the club med nurse who then sent me to a doctor in the city who works at club med on designated days. The doctor was great and prescribed a well-known antibiotic which I was able to fill at the club med resort!
Just returned from Club Med Ixtapa disappointed because the staff could have made my experience a lot better, but had no interest in doing so.
Perfect vacation at Club Med
We were at Club Med Ixtapa the last week of August and had a wonderful time. It is truly a perfect family vacation. The mini-club for kids is very well run with plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. We met tons of wonderful people and our 5 year old daughter made lots of friends. The rooms are well set up and we drank the water without any problems.The only complaints we had: the food is mediocre, the beds are very hard and the pool is tooooo warm. We're planning on trying the Club Med Punta Cana next.
Our family of 5 - 2 adults, 8 year old, 14 year old and 16 year old - were at the Club Med Ixtapa the third week of August 2003.Overall I would rate this resort very high. I highly recommend upgrading the room to beachfront. While the rooms are small they are set up really well and the beachfront rooms are awesome. You are steps from the beach and the view is beautiful. (They have washing machines all over - bring detergent) We have been to other all inclusives and picked Club Med thinking the food would be above average. Unfortunately is was mediocre. Maybe the whole buffet style thing just doesnt lend itself to a gourmet experience. Nevertheless it wasnt horrible.The point of Club Med is the kids programs really. And they do a fantastic job. I didnt tell my 8 year old he was going to camp till the day of. He had a complete fit - said no way - etc. etc. , but I said just give it a try for one day. Of course the kicker is he didnt want to leave. (I kept checking in with him all day- you always know where they are according to a schedule). They start the day at 9:00am and you can stay basically till 9:00pm. They divide the kids according to ages and my son made some great friends. They spend part of their day rehearsing for a show they put on. The show is cute. While my son had a excellent time I noticed the girls seemed to have an even better time. They really embrace the show aspect - if you have daughters you really must go.I noticed a few families didnt use the kids club and what a mistake that is. If you dont have the stomach for putting your kids in camp dont bother going to Club Med. They have kids clubs for 3 month olds! Now even I would not have been that brave - but I could kick myself for not going when my older boys were young. I had the best time knowing my son was having so much fun and not just parked in daycare. My husband surfed and I would take a cab to Zihuatanejo and shop. Then we had the rest of the day to lay on the beach and really relax.One mistake we made. Its not for teens. My older boys were really bored. There were probably 15 teenagers in the whole resort. Obviously people with teens knew not to go. Families with teens know what Im talking about - they have a better time interacting with their own species. We went to the Gala Resort in Playa del Carmen spring break 2003 and the teens were in heaven.In a nutshell - if you want to go on vacation with kids under 12 -and are able to put them in camp - you are going to have a really relaxing vacation.
We just came back from two weeks in Ixtapa, with a 12 year old and a one year old baby. It was perfect for us. The childrens facilities are superb, I could drop my baby in and out of the air conditioned baby club at will, and there was babysitting till 12.30 at night if I needed it. The food was excellent and varied with changing theme menu's. We had no stomach problems though I do think some people have problems adjusting to the climate and different foods. It wasn't an issue for us and we drank all the water straight from the tap.The best thing is the energy and enthusiasm of the 'GO's, the Club Med employees. They bend over backwards to make sure they know your names, get your kids into all the activities. Our 12 year old went from 'everythings boring' on day 1 to dissappearing every day at a myriad of activities, sports, and lots of friends of the same age. The key to Club Med is going with an open mind and joining in with the activities a little. It's the best way to meet people and as with any holiday it's all about the people you meet. We had a blast, and met a good group from all over the US and Europe. My main complaint was that the coffee was terrible. Some of the trips are a bit weak and overpriced but in good company we always had a giggle. We thought it was agood value overall, and would go again.
This was a good vacation for people that like running. Running to the bathroom. From dinner conversations -- ("Hey, why are you eating only white rice?") my estimate is that approximately 25% of the guests got sick at one point or the other. Really. We were not the only family with multipe sick members.
This was our second trip to Ixtapa Club Med, (May 2003). I highly recommend this place for first time visitors to Mexico traveling with children. If you're worried about safety, this place is a safe haven where you can relax and let your kids be kids. It's great even if you have only one child. Your kid will make many new friends at the kids club. (Don't come if you don't have/love kids. The place is swarming with energetic rugrats.) My 10 year old had a blast learning archery and circus routines. The kids club staff does a fabulous job keeping kids busy and happy happy happy. After the second day, I hardly saw my child until dinner.The staff is very friendly and there are lots of adult activities as well. But if you just want to lounge on the beach or poolside, there is plenty of space for that. The nightly entertainment is ok, sometimes hokey, but it loosens everyone up. Big difference in stress levels after 1 week here. They now have 2 massage therapists on staff to work the kinks out of your neck. Overall we liked the upgrades and improvements the resort made since 2000.We loved it and my child wants to go back manana!
I visited Club Med Ixtapa with my daughter and had an absolutely
Club Med is the way to go
Exceeded all expectations. Beautiful beach, lots of activities and the food was fantastic. Went to an all inclusive in Manzanillo the previous year that paled in comparison to Club Med. The rooms are clean - the adjoining rooms are great when travelling with kids. Buses to shopping are a cheap and easy way to get around. Had a blast!