Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Perfect Family Vacation
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.
Great vacation for families
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!
If you are going to Mexico and expecting the same kind of food that you get in the U.S. and/or Canada - you will be disappointed. The food is okay - but the great beach, awesome pools, fantastic entertainment, make up for the mediocre dining! Would recommend it to anyone!
Unresponsive Management Soured Experience
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.
The air conditioner in my room (and in most rooms) keeps the temperature at about 78 degrees. According to the front desk, air conditioning in Mexico is not as cold as in the U.S. Not true. The gift shop -- where they have nice things that they don't want to get moldy -- is very nicely chilled, as is the front desk. Just the rooms are warm. Registerest two requests to make the room colder, and nothing was done. The toilet didn't work properly, either. Had to flush 4 to 5 times. Complained twice. Nothing done. The remote control battery didn't work. Not a big deal. But they couldn't fix that, either. Also, things were wrong that they couldn't easily fix. There were ants all over the room. The bed was very hard. Trust me HARD. I had a backache for the entire week I was there. Finally, the showers were weak. Hard to get wet -- the sink oin the other hand had two flow speeds, off and full bore. Lots of water pressure in the faucet, just none in the shower.
Positive points -- very friendly G.O.'s. Food was fine -- Mexican night is definitely the best night. Great pool. Nice beach. Friendly bartenders, too.
Had they simply fixed the small things in the room, I would have had a much better experience. But trust me -- the room is far too warm for most people -- and they won't do anything about it.
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.
Club med great for families
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.
Great for families
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.
Bathrooms small and cramped; rarely saw rest of property
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.
I did talk to people that had been to this property in the past with NO problems. Club Med says they have a state of the art water filtration system, and hey, its probably true. If you go to this property in a few months it will probably be fine. But right now (June 2003) there does seem to be some issue. Maybe the water, maybe something else. Who knows, but its something. No one in management said boo about this issue mind you -- I spoke to the nurse, but the Iraqi information minister would have been just as helpful.
The beach is truly beautiful, and the property is pretty nice. The programs for kids are why many people like club med and seem good. The property attracts a very nice guest population and we met many nice couples with families, including others with babies under 2.
The food does not compare with some other all inclusive properties we have been too, such as Sandals. At Club Med Ixtapa buffet style, with one resteraunt open only Monday and Wednesday that you have to get there at exactly the right time to get a reservation for. We were not able to get there at exactly the right time and never got to eat there.
The buffet is not all that great -- you have a Marriott hotel by you?
We like the Marriott buffet better. The buffet area is under a roof, but completely open air. I am not a jelly donut guy mind you, but if I was, the swarm of fruit flies crawling on it turned me off pretty well.
The excursion we went on "Los Gatos Eco Tour" was shockingly lame.
Won't waste time on the details, save the $60 bucks a person and take a water taxi to Ixtapa Island. Snorkeling is better. So we heard anyway - illness prevented us from going.
There is no hot tub. Not that important, but a weird omission.
The beach is beautiful -- extremely so, with a nearby island framed by beautiful hills, etc. Its a public beach though, so Club Med doesn't really have any ammenities directly on the beach such as tables with umbrellas. Just a few of the beach chairs.
In our experience, al all-inclusives have shows/entertainment of some sort, and they are usually pretty bad. Here, there were shows at 430 for kids, shows at 830 for kids/adults, and thats pretty much as late as we made it, but I think there is another round after that. The shows ranged in quality. Some were remarkably well done actually. On the other end, there were things like the Punch and Judy puppet show.
Apparently, they think its good kids entertainment to watch a puppett show involving multiple murder by bludgeoning death.
The "mattresses" are unusually and exceptionally hard. I'm *very* picky about mattresses, but an other family made the same comment.
There are 2 separate kids only pools that are very shallow. The master pool has a large 4 1/2 foot deep section and a large 6ft or so deep section. There is no shallow section or built-in steps, which is a really odd omission since this is a family resort. This is the only pool thats good for both adults and kids, but most kids wont be able to stand.
No resort is perfect. This would probably have been 2 1/2 stars except for the illnesses. We'll never go again, but you might take your chances. Drink only bottled water and cross your fingers.
Hands UP Club Med's got our hearts
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!
Club Med "book now rates" a bargain!
I visited Club Med Ixtapa with my daughter and had an absolutely
wonderful time. The food was excellent, with different theme nights for
dinner so you never got tired of the food. The kids clubs are awesome!
So well organized, its really quite amazing. The shows at night were
lots of fun to watch. I think what I liked best was the amount of
activities to choose from. I did water aerobics every morning, took
tennis lessons, learned how to sail, tried in-line skating, worked out
at the gym (air conditioned, with a beautiful ocean view), and enjoyed
the beautiful beach. We took the bus into Zihuatenejo several times
(stops right in front of Club Med), took a boat over to Ixtapa island
for snorkelling, and went horsebacking riding on Playa Linda Beach.
There is so much to do! And the new "book now" rates are very
reasonable: from $80/day per adult and $20/day per child up to age 15.
There is no single adult supplement. This includes all your meals,
sports, and entertainment. I have lots of info and some photos on this
website: ... Definitely an awesome
vacation for families!
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!
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That’s it for this edition of our blog. The next events on our list are a visit from our son Kip and his gal Taylor followed by a visit from Patii’s sister Ruth Ann. That will bring us pretty close to the end of February and time to begin thinking about beginning the last leg of this year's adventure: The Sea of Cortez. Stay tuned!