Travel Blogs from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Woke up weary in our hot stuffy room. We started out a little earlier than usual because we wanted to get into flowing air as soon as possible. The little bit of rain we had was welcomed to help cool us down. Highway 200 down the coast of Mexico is so gorgeous with curvy roads, lush flowered plants, donkeys, cows, pigs and ocean views. The road was …
... the morning;Leaving San Miguel, we retraced our steps somewhat to spend a bit more time in the interior at Guanajuato (GTO, for short) where Joan had a place to stay with friends from the Spanish school in San Miguel. Before reaching GTO we made a couple of stops in Delores Hidalgo looking at some of the fine and colourful earthenware that is produced in this area. With very animated colors, I find this ...
... ways too.
One day when I was in one of my typical annoying ****** moods, he told me to relax and count my blessings. I can hardly count that far in any language, but he certainly is one of them.
So besides mathematic-, philosophy- and Photoshop-conversations in the kitchen with James (the kitchen is basically the only space we share as he is upstairs and I am downstairs), I've been busy photographing at various locations and ...
... of control. The vertigo was so strong I nearly panicked. It was like being stuck on a carousel gone haywire, causing nausea. With blurred vision and flickering images, I caught a glimpse of my pale face in the mirror, almost expecting my hair to stand out to one side, caused by the experienced centrifugal force that really didn't exist. It was awful.
Several days later and I'm still on that damn carousel, it has slowed down, but I really ...
... my" terrace, overlooking a clear blue ocean where I could spot marine turtles swim in the morning sun! I'm not going to bore you with details, but if you want to visit, or have questions, please don't hesitate to ask me, and visit their website: www.lacasaquecanta.com.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Azul Ixtapa Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
A nice hotel with great service and people, but thats about where it ends. Id stay there again, even taking into account the less than appealing beach (head to Ixtapa Island for their beautiful beach), if theyd just fix the meals and drinks.
Now let me start by saying that I am not a world traveler. I am not used to staying in 5 star hotels. That being said, I loved this place. For an all-inclusive hotel, I thought the food was pretty good. It's not gourmet, but its just as good as if you went to a buffet-type restaurant in the States. This is the only time I've been to Mexico and not gotten sick. I think it is because the food was so good, we ate all our meals at the hotel.
Honeymooned for 7 days at the Melia Azul at the end of Aug 2002. The beach is dirty from the raw sewage being pumped into the water about 150 yards north of the resort. The pools close at 7pm and the swim up bar closes at 6pm. The bar in the hotel closes at midnight, and there is no entertainment, but low budget skits in which you are encouraged to star in. The beer is warm and flat, because they pour from keg into pitcher, and then place pitcher on top of ice block. When you get a glass, the beer has been sitting around for 15-20 minutes. The food throughout the entire resort is HORRIBLE. The restaurant Costa Azul tries to pass a tough-as-jerky flank steak as Filet Mignon. The buffets are rice, potatoes, and a meat with sauce, everyday. The pizzaria has bad food with bees flying around all the time. The food has no flavor. We couldn't kiak, play ping pong, play foosball. The shuffleboard was made out of broom stick handles. The trip was much worse--advise: ****DO NOT VISIT MELIA AZUL****
In an effort to keep it very simple, I will tell you of my honeymoon experience at the Melia Azul Ixtapa in 08/02. Drive from the airport in an old Chevy Suburban= fast. Hotel staff= nice. Room= beautiful view, firm queen bed, worn blankets, 2 English speaking channels on TV and $3 plastic chairs on adjoining balcony. Maid service= excellent (she put flower petals on our bed every day and folded towels into swans.) Beach= dirty sand and murky water. Outdoor activity coordinator (poolside DJ)= obnoxious with blaring music (no curse words in rap). Pool= spacious but kids would jump off the swim-up bar stools. Bartenders at pool will serve children drinks for their parents (bees are everywhere.) Poolside buffet= lousy. Other meal buffets= hit and miss. Fish was horrible, meat was fatty, pancakes were dry. We only enjoyed the ready-made omelets. Dinner with reservation (part of all-inclusive)= good.....not very good. Nightly hotel shows= dubbed with english, stylish, but not very good. Seek a hotel closer to the downtown area. The cabbies will try to rip you off and my wife thought the buses were disgusting.
I am amazed at the reviews I have read on this web-site saying how poor the stay at the Melia Azul was. We were there February 2nd - the 9th 2002 and had a wonderful time. Yes the pools and the surroundings are wonderful, not the nicest beach in the world in front of the hotel, but we do not sit on the beach anyway. The beach at Playa Linda which is a short walk away is very nice. The food we had was wonderful... I am not a picky eater but nobody in our party of 5 had a bad experience. Everything was not perfect, but where can you go that will be perfect when it comes to everything!? I highly recommend the Melia and will not hesitate to return again.
My wife and I are professional, late 30 somethings that enjoy
I have traveled to many all inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. I felt that the Melia Azul was one of the best that I have experienced.
First of all, I DID have a nice time being with my husband and a group of friends, however, here's my personal opinion of the Melia Azul Ixtapa... The hotel and grounds are beautiful! Lovely flowers and trees, nice walkways winding through the complex, the 3 large pools (one with a swim-up bar) are clean (there are also 2 children's pools) surrounded by comfortable chaises and umbrellas and tables. A young man or lady would take orders for beverages while you lounged around the pools. The waitstaff, housekeepers, and desk clerks were friendly and helpful and their service was great. Children's activities were plentiful and safe and the activities department put much effort into their entertainment programs - water aerobics, water polo, water volley ball, beach volley ball, and a nightly song and dance show (not professional, but good). HOWEVER..... the food was not very good nor was there much variety in the buffets nor menus. The two fancy restaurants were NOT GOOD at all - a waste of time! (Although we had all inclusive, it wasn't worth making reservations at these two restaurants.) The hotel was away from the hub of the tourist area, so if you wanted to shop, you had to take a taxi or a local bus to go three miles into town (Ixtapa) for any shopping or other dining options, or night life. The WORST PART of all was that the beach was filthy dirty! Not from trash, but the actual sand was blended with dirt and the water was NOT CLEAR, but murky. If you want to go to a beach with white sand and clear water, don't go to this hotel, the Melia Azul Ixtapa. If you just want to go to an all-inclusive resort and enjoy the pool and sun, it is an OK place, (remember, the food wasn't good)but pricey for what you actually get. I'd recommend getting your money's worth elsewhere.
I will start with the postive. The resort is beautiful! The pools are sensational, the views gorgeous and the people very nice. There is much to do that is included in the price. Parasailing, wave-running, banana boating are all available for extra fees, which are reasonable. Shopping in Zihuatanejo was interesting albeit slightly irritating with the constant bartering for prices and vendors annoying you. Hint: Never pay full price! We got prices down to half or almost half of what they started at.