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 …
Yes,crocodiles on the beach! We've sailed another 300nm and arrived in this beautiful town of Zihuatanejo (try to pronounce that! we've also picked up a new crew member, Ginny who we met in Barra. Before we left Barra I went back to see the monkey in the Hotel Sands, as I'd bought him a bright yellow toy ball (he'd got nothing to do, or play with) .I also gave him a fresh tomato and he gently held my hand,oh,he was so sweet and so sad in ...
Zihuatanejo was the next destination on the road we call life! It's only about a 30 minute trip on the local bus that passes by the Trancones turn off. We hitched a ride to the highway and waited for a bus to finally stop (we weren't at the most ideal bus stop since the locals were waiting down the road). We bounced around on the bus like rag dolls while it stopped in all the small villages along the way. We got off at the bus terminal and walked around the ...
... and Paul are riding for leisure. After a well deserved rest we get back on the road. It's now midday and the sun is hot as hell. We ride the 3 or 4 kms down to the next bay where we enjoy a swim and a body surf. We hit the road again on our deadly treadlies and head back into town for refreshments and a rest. Later that afternoon we bike down to the other end if the beach. There seemed to be something happening on the beach, there were large groups of ...
... seas and being below made me a little seasick. Then, the prop made a funny noise, so I dove the prop, but started to smell a putrid odor, making me even sicker. The prop was fine, but I was sick. The next few hours involved heavy seas in the wake of Hilary and several instances of your dear author leaning over the side to empty his stomach. Sad, I haven't done that in a while. I slept a lot, but had to help sometimes. Our dinghy was dragged into the water and had to be lifted ...
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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.