Azul Ixtapa Resort
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Our OpinionThe Azul Ixtapa is one of the nicer looking resorts in Ixtapa with a spectacular pool area. It is located about a 10-15 minute drive from the hotel zone. Three fun pools and a kids club and baby club make this a popular resort for families.
We just got back from the Azul and we have been telling everyone we know that this is the place they need to go for their next Mexican vacation. The hotel rooms are spacious and clean with balconies overlooking the water. The staff at every level is polite, friendly and helpful. It seems that everyone is willing to go out of their way to ensure that your needs are met. The restaurants (the å la cartes and the buffets) provided a wonderful variety of food. Activities and shows were fun. I will go back for sure.
First let me say we enjoyed this resort and will return. The views across the resort grounds and pool, the island not far away, and the ocean were breathtaking - great sunsets. We enjoyed sitting out on our balcony having a cup of coffee in the mornings and taking in the view. We were very pleased with our 1 BR unit. The unit was clean and roomy. Furniture was in good shape. The bed was comfortable. There was plenty of storage. Although we didn't use it much, the kitchen was well stocked with necessary items. Daily maid service was excellent. There is also a turn down service in the evenings.The 2 themed restaurants, Costa Azul and the Oyster Bar, were very good. They do require reservations and Costa Azul is more formal, requiring slacks for men. With the all-inclusive package you can have 3 dinners at these restaurants and then go to the buffet restaurants for other dinners. However, you can have lunch at the Oyster Bar as much as you want with a prior reservation. We did not eat at the Italian buffet restaurant - it was closed the nights we planned to eat there. The other 2, Colores and the Mexican Plaza, were good but not great. Breakfasts were better than most with a large assortment. While there were a lot of repeat items in the buffets, I always found at least one dish that I really liked. If you like fish, you will really like it because they prepare fish in an outstanding manner. The all-inclusive meal plan was the most reasonable of any all-inclusive resort in which we've stayed. The pools and grounds were well kept. The beach is compact dark sand, not the prettiest but good for running and walking. My only complaint is that the lounge chairs get taken quickly in the mornings by people who put a towel down and don't show up for hours. If you don't play the game by putting a towel on a lounge chair before 10 a.m. you will likely not find a place by the pool. They did have plenty of umbrellas to offer shade from the sun. This is a family resort so be prepared for lots of kids. And be careful around the pools as we saw several people slip and fall.I think there are 3 areas they would need to change to be on par with the best resorts in which we've stayed in Mexico (and to get a five star rating from me): (1) The liquor is not premium and the selection is limited. There is also nothing stocked in the room. (2) The lounge chairs are cheaper, without the comfortable cushions used in some other resorts. (3) There needs to be an option to eat at themed restaurants more often, including those in the sister hotel, the Grand (for a premium).A couple of other tips for first time visitors to the Azul: It helps to speak some Spanish as most of the staff and most of the guests speak limited or no English. (This is pretty much the case for all of the Zihua region and should not be seen as a deterrent to going to this peaceful, relaxing, beautiful area.) The resort is a few miles from the hotel zone and taxi service is most likely to be your best option to go to the marina or into town, so bring some pesos. We think a trip to the nearby island is a must - very relaxing, great snorkeling and very reasonable prices for refreshments. For golfers, there are 2 courses. We also enjoyed going into Zihau for part of a day - there is an artisan area with several shops, a malecon for a leisurely walk, and the fishing pier. Speaking of fishing, opportunities abound for fishermen. And if you just want to get away, its one of the most laid back, inexpensive places to take a vacation.
This was our first visit to Ixtapa. The weather was absolutely fantastic! The staff at the resort were incredible. Sometimes their English wasn't the best but they were attentive (especially some of the waiters around the pool who went out of their way to go get my favorite drink).The room was great - I didn't realize until the second last day that the windows opened and there was a bit of a ledge to hang wet suits on - wish I knew that sooner.Loved the gym they had there. I spoke to the manager though about how the classes were mostly full of staff members who didn't seem very inviting to us and he was very understanding. Really loved the 12:50 class.The food was not the greatest. We had no idea what Chicken in Green Sauce was and many other items as well. I got quite sick one evening - must have been something I ate. We discovered the pizza shack towards the end of our holiday. That food was more up our alley so if you are looking for pizza/hamburgers - make sure you go there for lunch. We didn't love the Michael Jackson show but it was still a free night out!The bike tour was a good excursion as was the kayaking/snorkeling. Our only wish is that the staff interacted and spoke with us more. The parasailing on the beach was fun - we paid $100 Canadian for 4 people. We booked this as a last minute, inexpensive, relaxing family holiday and it was exactly what we were expecting.
Travelled to Ixtapa mid January with my Adult Daughter. This was the first time visiting Ixtapa and we struck it rich by booking our vacation at the Azul Ixtapa Resort!Sunwing reps were awesome and I can't say enough about the Staff and the resort!Rooms were clean and all rooms are Ocean view, we were able to change our room to one with a balcony for a small charge...love sitting on a balcony and taking in all that this resort has to offer.The buffets and the ala cartes were tremendous..fresh and a large selection of foods. The Oyster Bar for Lunch and Dinner was my favourite as well as a huge thumbs up for the Mediterranean ! The lobby bar was the place to be I the evenings, sitting on the deck listening to live music and watching families and couples dance was so nice. Fell in love with Huber the Manager and Vincente, they made sure everyone was looked after and was having fun..can't say enough about all the staff. Met a lot of other visitors and no one had anything bad to say about this resort!Pools were clean as well as the amenities were plenty from mini golf, Zumba dancing, kids activities and it was nice that there was no food allowed at the pool and NO smoking(only allowed in designated areas) So impressed with this resort have decided to return end of March for another week with my husband, step daughter and 4 grandkids( I know they will have a blast!)Would like to stay in the main building this time so hopefully will be able to arrange that are rooms are there and yes have booked a room with a balcony! Counting the days before I can return to the Azul Ixtapa Resort....13 more days to go!
Great resort for an amazing experience. We stayed here last year and am guilty for not reviewing this resort earlier!!Friendly staff, great food, great pools and amazing French fries!!.... the island view from every room is incredible.Cheap massages on the beach on the way to see the crocs!!!...:)Sunny and hot every day...We will be back Ixtapa!!...we loved it!!
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Special Family Dinner Show (once per stay, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m)
- Unlimited Domestic & select International drinks, House wine w/meals
- Non-motorized water sports
- Daytime tennis
- Fitness room
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Free admission to the Disco, selected drinks included
- 320 rooms in several buildings w/elevators
- 3 buffet restaurants
- 2 a la carte restaurants: Mediterranean and Seafood, dress code & reservations required
- Snack bar
- Room service (fee)
- Bars including Swim-up bar
- 3 outdoor pools
- Tennis courts (night - fee)
- Fitness facilities
- Sauna Family Zone Open-air theater
- Beauty salon
- Tour desk
- Laundry service (fee)
- Deep-sea fishing nearby
- 18-hole golf course nearby
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ocean view
- Satellite TV
- Wireless internet (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Iron & ironing board
- In-room safe
- Some rooms w/balcony or terrace
- Max occupancy 4, maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
- Same as above but with 1 king bed
- Living/dining area w/sofa bed
- Balcony or terrace
Resort Location Map
Azul Ixtapa ResortIxtapa,Mexico
- Hotel Contacts
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Boulevar Paseo Punta Ixtapa s/n Lote 2, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880 Mexico
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