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Redwood City, California
Reviewed 12 December 2011

It's just not fair. Playa Viva has all the butterflies. And baby turtles. And friendly people. Man, it was painful to leave. We want very much to go back and hone our sitting-around-and-doing-nothing skills.

1Thank Lynn J
Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 6 December 2011

What an amazing trip from start to finish! The perfect family vacation that combines pure relaxation, adventure, learning, culture and never ending fun. The staff at Playa Viva is truly incredible with absolutely everyone going out of their way to make you feel at home. A week after being home and my children are still talking about writing Johny (tour...

1Thank Steve R
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 30 November 2011

Places like Playa Viva are difficult to define without sounding cliche; stunning, redefining, idyllic. Playa Viva hits those marks and goes over and above with their commitment to sustainability, the environment, and the surrounding community. Their staff is on-point, attentive, and entertaining. Our group was always taken care of, with no complaints, worries, or issues - hands-down an unbelievable experience....

2Thank Casey C
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 21 November 2011

Imagine Mexico without the tourists. You can walk on the beach for an hour and may see a local net fisherman, if anyone. We released baby turtles in thre morning and at night gathered the eggs from the large ones that came onto shore. The staff is incredible, the activities second to none, the vibe authentic, faciltiies immaculate, and food...

Thank travelingtk
Olympia, Washington
Reviewed 20 November 2011

After walking under butterflies, vines and flowers towards the common area of the property, my husband and I were met by Julia (the manager) and David (the owner) with iced tea and the ocean. This trip was amazing from the start. The staff is kind, easy to talk to, and took care of all of our needs. We asked about...

Thank Sarah W
Washington DC
Reviewed 17 November 2011

The team at Playa Viva has done an amazing job at establishing a small, low impact paradise. Warm, friendly staff, great service, beautiful setting and a fantastic beach. When you also consider what they do for turtle conservation and their local community, this really is "travel as it should be". Everything you could possibly need on a relaxing vacation is...

Thank Inamd
Janesville, Wisconsin
Reviewed 24 October 2011

I used to daydream about visiting some remote paradise while reading adventure stories like Robinson Crusoe, Richard Halliburton's adventures and Swiss Family Robinson. After 30 years of traveling to faraway places, the dream of actually experiencing something like it had almost died when, suddenly, it came true. This small, self-contained resort is a paradise. Inside our casita, up on stilts...

Thank IbnBattutaRyan
New York City, New York
Reviewed 10 August 2011

We felt blessed to be able to spend a week at Playa Viva! What an amazing experience! A unique eco friendly and self-sustainable resort with meals so fresh!, Every meal was cooked with love from the incredibly friendly staff, with produce from their own organic garden. Do not miss the basil margaritas by Johnny!

2Thank aleny86
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 August 2011

This place was a wonderful surprise! With 5 beach front villas and communal dining - it was a great retreat and very enjoyable to co-mingle with other guests. Just enough privacy and just enough socialization. Being able to release some newborn turtles in to the ocean was really cool! The cell and internet service are spotty. So, prepare to set...

Thank WellnessProphet
Reading, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 27 June 2011

We just returned from a trip to Playa Viva. This is a very different type of all-inclusive resort. Ideal for folks who enjoy nature, great healthy food and wonderful yoga. Julia, the amazing manager, arranges for whatever guests would like, including some great cooking lessons. Heidi offered great morning yoga classes on the deck with the ocean view. Johnny kept...

1Thank lindabell322

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel with 8 rooms on a private beach located 30 minutes from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International airport. Play Viva is located on 200 acres with 1.3 kilometers of beach front. 85% of the property is in a Private Reserve for use of guests and includes a turtle sanctuary, archaeological site, working permaculture farm, forest restoration, estuary and much more. Come enjoy yoga, surfing or any of the many local activities. Playa Viva is off grid, operating 100% on solar power, solar thermal water heating, grey and black water management systems and built with local materials and craftsmanship. We specialize in farm to table, sourcing much of our food locally and can handle a wide variety of dietary concerns from vegetarian and vegan to many types of allergies. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Playa Viva

Address: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco | Playa Icacos Juluchuca, GRO, Petatlan 40834, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Guerrero > Petatlan
Price Range: $424 - $586 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Also Known As:
Playa Viva Hotel Petatlan
Playa Viva Mexico/Petatlan
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“Ask for a room closest to the main dining area”
CrowdFundDiva, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Of course the Tree House is the signature room!”
nandabear, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have an ocean view. We liked our Queen Casita”
Dunk539, 1 May 2016 | Read review
“The studio room seemed scary for night pee-ers. You'd have to go OUTSIDE, down the stairs and into your bathroom.”
tracema, 18 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the "Tree House"”
  • The Tree House, two levels with a second sleeping area in back. Floor level hammock.
Packer220, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
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