I know, I know, I wanted to write this blogpost for ages but I just couldn't find the time for it, so well, better late than never, right? You definitely don't want to miss this post if you are a beach, nature, yoga and vegan food lover. So let's get right into it with everything you need to know about the stunning ecoresort Playa Viva.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Playa Viva is located on the west coast of Mexico, right at the Pacific ocean. It is about 35 minutes away from Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo airport and you can request a pickup service without extra charge.
The best time to go is during the low-season, which is from end of october to mid december or february to march. We went there in the beginning of november and it was incredible. We were literally alone on this huge beautiful property with miles and miles of white sand beach. The only thing to keep in mind is that there is a heavy rainy season from july to october in my opinion, so make sure to check that out before booking your stay.
THE TREE HOUSE
The tree house is one of their private "rooms" for up to 3 persons and it is absolutely stunning. You can see the ocean from your bed, have a hammock that is build into your floor and a private bathroom with an open shower. It is a super open, eco-friendly structure built with sustainable materials that blend perfectly into its surroundings and you literally feel like you are part of the jungle.
All the other rooms are on the other side of the common area so you enjoy total privacy although it is such an open room. Of course it is not cheap, it is actually the most expensive room they have, so you will have to decide for yourself if you want to spend so much money just on the room, personally I didn't regret one dollar (peso) that I spent on it.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Playa Viva is a paradise for yoga lovers, they offer free classes every morning on their wooden deck right next to the beach. An incredible experience and view.
Besides, they offer a variety of excursions that take you exploring the nearby landscapes and villages. We didn't do any of the excursions because we just had 3 days and literally just relaxed and enjoyed doing absolutely nothing, but some of them sounded really interesting, you should check them out if you have more time.
My favourite part about this stunning resort is that there is a turtle sanctuary right on the property which aims at protecting the turtles from predators and hunters alike. As a guest at Playa Viva you can join a turtle release and watch the babies disappear into the ocean. I was totally amazed by how small and cute these little turtle babies are.
If you are super adventurous you can even participate in digging up the turtle eggs and bringing them to the sanctuary to protect them, we couldn't get ourselves out of bed because it is very early in the morning, but if you are a morning person you should definitely go for it.
But the sanctuary is not the only effort Playa Viva is making to impact the local community positively. The whole resort is build in a sustainable manner, meaning that they made the choices about building materials, electricity, water etc. with the intention of not impacting the area negatively (to the least) and if possible, impact the area positively.
Besides, they are growing a lot of their own food on the property, lots of fresh spinach and other yummy vegetables that you get to enjoy at the meals.
Another thing that really impressed me is that they have a whole team of volunteers from all over the world that takes on different projects in order to make a positive change in the local community, even beyond the Playa Viva site.
Oh yes, finally, let's talk about the food. It was truly amazing.
The three meals per day are included in the room price and the food is served in form of a buffet. We notified them that we are vegans before our arrival and there were always loads of options to choose from. For breakfast they served amazing horchata soaked muesli with homemade coconut milk from their own trees, green juice, fresh fruit and more, there were always salads with vegetables from the garden and my personal highlight were the eggplant cannelloni, the vegan tamales and the vegan chocolate cake with homemade chocolate (yes, from scratch, so from cocoa bean to chocolate, crazy cool if you ask me). The chef Abraham is a sweetheart and from the beginning of our stay he wanted to make us happy with his food. He also always came to explain the different dishes and even told us some of his secrets in the kitchen. I actually bought the Playa Viva cookbook because I was so impressed with the food.
I hope you liked reading about this amazing experience and if you did, well you can always book your own. ;)
Telephone: +52 758 688 0144