Located on the pristine shores of Guerrero, Mexico, Playa Viva is an exquisite eco-retreat that captivates visitors with its natural beauty and tranquil ambiance. Nestled between the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean and lush tropical jungles, this unassuming hideaway offers an idyllic escape.
This spring I had the pleasure of visiting Mexico’s best eco resort for a few nights on invitation. The careful attention to detail, the raw beauty of location, and the dedication to eco practices surpassed my expectations.
The all-inclusive resort of Playa Viva is in the town of Juluchuca, around 40 minutes south of Zihuatanejo’s international airport. We were already in Mexico hiding out in Troncones just north when we made the short journey down Guerrero’s coast.
My daughter, husband and I spent the days at the beach, in the pool, and being present in nature. But intertwined through our stay was a much deeper realization that I didn’t quite expect to experience. Through learning about Playa Viva’s on-site permaculture farm, its practices for supporting the local communities, and the eco standards of things like no plastic on the property, I found myself as a traveler reminded of how much impact I can have when I travel.
Playa Viva just earlier this January (2023) received a B Corporation score of 110, the highest that any hotel in the world has ever received. While relaxing and being offline is certainly part of a getaway at Playa Viva, one can’t help but feel inspired to be a bit more eco and community conscious as a traveler.
With mindful experiences and slowed-down travel, I recommend Playa Viva for the traveler who is curious and socially conscious.
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Playa Viva is a very laidback, all-inclusive resort focused on the highest of eco-standards. You won’t find a television, in-room wifi (available in common areas), air conditioning, or a long list of things to do. Instead, you’ll find slow mornings, farm-fresh food, yoga classes, and opportunities to be present in nature. It’s for the traveler who is okay with sandy feet, open-air rooms, and a connection to nature and community. I do recommend this hotel to adventurous travelers who want to volunteer, disconnect, and reconnect. (PS — Kids under 5 stay for free).
Playa Viva Resort Review
The Location: A Serene Coastal Oasis
Playa Viva is a haven of serenity, where the ebb and flow of the ocean waves can be heard anywhere on the property. The resort’s secluded location on the Pacific Coast ensures that guests can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.
The area is remote, down a long dirt road that is only accessible when the gate is opened (you message on arrival). You’ll feel secluded but not far from the local town and sites of Mexico’s Guerrero state.
Getting to Playa Viva: I would recommend booking a car rental when you land at Zihuatanejo International Airport. You’ll need a car to visit the surrounding area and it’s much easier to get around town this way. I recommend paying for the extra insurance as part of your reservation to avoid any hiccups with Mexico’s mandatory policy for auto insurance. Discover Cars have some of the best options with full coverage policies available at checkout.
The Rooms: Stylish and Sustainable Accommodations
The accommodations at Playa Viva embody a perfect harmony between style and sustainability. Whether you choose a chic beachfront casita, an elegantly designed eco-casita, or a unique treehouse nestled amidst the lush foliage, each option offers an intimate and eco-friendly escape.
From rustic wooden furnishings to locally sourced decor, the attention to detail in every space reflects the resort’s commitment to both aesthetics and environmental stewardship. Wake up to breathtaking views, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and feel instantly connected to the natural wonders that surround you.
In the rooms, you won’t find air conditioning, Wi-Fi, or TVs. It’s “laidback luxury” in the sense that the design is stunning but without technological frills. While we stayed in peak heat, we felt comfortable sleeping at night with mosquito nets and the fans on. While we didn’t see any, you will also be given a black light for scorpions (more frequent in hot months), so if bugs aren’t your thing, you may want to take this into consideration.
Family travelers: If you’re traveling with very young children (toddlers or crawlers), I will note that the treehouse rooms may not be a good fit. They have several staircases, openings, and low-ground windows that open. For our trip since our daughter was 16 months, we opted for the single-floor eco casita which was much easier to navigate with her.
The Food: Farm-to-Table Culinary Delights
Playa Viva takes pride in its farm-to-table culinary philosophy, ensuring that every meal is an exploration of local flavors and sustainability. With an emphasis on using organic and locally sourced ingredients, the resort’s skilled chefs create culinary masterpieces that tantalize the taste buds.
From freshly caught seafood to vibrant fruits and vegetables harvested from the on-site organic farm, each dish is a celebration of the region’s rich gastronomic heritage. Indulge in fresh meals while dining alfresco, where the mesmerizing ocean views provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable dining experience.
Experiences: Outdoor Adventures and Nature Exploration
Playa Viva is a gateway to a world of outdoor adventures and unparalleled natural beauty. Embark on thrilling excursions such as paddleboarding through mangrove forests, or snorkeling in crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life.
For a more serene experience, meander along scenic nature trails that wind through the verdant jungles, leading to hidden waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. Whether you seek exhilaration or contemplation, Playa Viva offers a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature.
One experience that I do recommend and is part of your nightly rate is the opportunity to release baby sea turtles. The sea turtle sanctuary “La Tortuga Viva” is founded by the resort and every morning if there are turtles to release, you can join for free.
Sustainability and Community Engagement
At the heart of Playa Viva’s ethos is a deep commitment to sustainability and community engagement. The resort actively champions regenerative practices, including solar power usage, water conservation initiatives, and organic farming.
Guests are invited to participate in educational programs and workshops that shed light on these sustainable practices, fostering a greater understanding of the interconnectedness between humanity and the environment. By supporting local communities and initiatives, Playa Viva nurtures a sense of shared responsibility and ensures a positive impact on both guests and the surrounding area.
Playa Viva, located on the serene shores of Guerrero, Mexico, is an enchanting retreat that beckons travelers seeking solace in nature’s embrace. With its eco-conscious accommodations, delectable farm-to-table cuisine, and a plethora of outdoor adventures, the resort provides an ideal sanctuary for those yearning to disconnect from the chaos of modern life.
Looking to explore more of Mexico? Here are some helpful guides:
- See why Sayulita is a fun-filled adventure
- Explore Mexico’s most beautiful city: San Miguel de Allende
- Dive deep into Mexico City’s design and food scene
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