While doing research for a post on the best family-friendly boutique hotels in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I came across the Viceroy, a luxury beachfront resort on gorgeous Playa La Ropa. Formerly Villa del Sol and then The Tides, we were thrilled to discover that under the Viceroy management, our kids would be welcomed (which has not always been the case under previous management). We couldn’t wait for our stay ! See our 1 minute YouTube video of the Viceroy Zihuatanejo with kids, or just read on.
Almost any suite on the property could be suitable for a family, with the crème de la crème being the beach front suites. We chose a more modestly priced 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom garden unit which was perfect for our family of four and simply huge (they range from 1100-1500 square feet !).
The room was well appointed with nice toiletries, crisp white robes and slippers, and plenty of room for us to spread out. It had a small bar area, living room, and huge deck with plunge pool. My kids found the plunge pool temperature to be a little cool for their liking and opted instead for the other pools on the property. One of my favourite things about our stay, was the morning delivery of tea or coffee and pastries to our bedroom door. I would look forward to its arrival so I could sit on the patio, listening the birds and enjoying my coffee before the kids awoke.
Of the three pools at the resort, two allow children. The largest family pool is perfect in that it is right beside one of the restaurants, has floatation noodles for new swimmers, and a waterfall to play under. It is also located close to the beach, the ping pong table, Lucy the resident parrot and, most importantly, the bathrooms. At the risk of sounding like a bit of a lush, I would also like to mention that this family pool has a swim-up bar. When it was time to take a break from the pool we would move into the shade and enjoy a few games of backgammon.
The food at the resort is fine (not outstanding), but what is outstanding is the atmosphere in which you get to enjoy it. You simply could not find a nicer spot along Playa La Ropa to have your breakfast, lunch, sunset cocktails or dinner. The waiters were very kind to our children (not even batting an eye when my daughter spilled her berry smoothie all over the white fabric chair). The kids’ menu is creative and has many healthy choices, something I always appreciate as a parent.
The beach front area is simply gorgeous with plenty of room for guests to find a secluded lounge chair or hammock. The day beds are lovely and can be rented for $30 a day. From them, you can relax in the shade, watching the ocean, while the beach butler brings toys for your child, sets up your lunch at a nearby table, and pretty much caters to your every whim. My apologies to the Viceroy as we did not realize that you needed to pay for the day beds, and would simply take one over at happy hour (or perhaps they didn’t mind as it was the end of the day and they were all empty at this time anyway).
I have a thing about a nice cocktail, especially a proper margarita on the rocks. The Viceroy has by far the best margaritas on La Ropa beach (using only 100% agave tequila). Their menu is also full of other fresh and creative cocktails, served in reusable acrylic glasses for the beach (not cheap disposable plastic cups which is a pet peeve of mine). Although I read some reviews complaining about the high price of these cocktails, their quality is very high and during the evening happy hour (5-6pm) they are two for the price of one.
While the Viceroy is a luxury resort, for what you get the pricing is fair. Our room included a $100 USD/day credit which was a nice bonus. I appreciated that on the morning of our departure, the front desk actually called to remind us that we still had not used up our full room credit. I think the Viceroy could be a very good choice for a family looking for a quiet and relaxing beach holiday in Mexico.
Note: While I know there are many people who would choose never to leave the resort (it is so pretty that this could be tempting), I would encourage you to venture out and see a little of the quaint fishing village of Zihuatanejo. Please see my list of the top 10 things for kids in Zihuatanejo.
More about the Viceroy, Zihuatanejo:
price range: $$$$
hotel class: 4.5 star
reviews: 80% of family reviewers rate as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor
for availability: see the Viceroy Zihuatanejo website
room tip: Although the beach front suites are stunning, the 2 bedroom garden suites are huge, quiet and a great value.
disclaimer: We were offered a media stay at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo. All opinions about the resort are entirely my own. As always on my website, I encourage you to read current reviews and room tips from other family travelers on Tripadvisor before booking.
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