Prior to Mexico’s efforts in the 1960s to encourage tourism through the creation of new resort cities, the Ixtapa area in the state of Guerrero was known for cultivating mangroves and coconuts; today, Ixtapa is an unforgettable vacation destination. With 16 miles of beaches, easy access to the charming fishing village of Zihuatanejo, and luxuriously appointed resort hotels, it’s the ideal place for Royal Holiday members looking to relax in the sun. Members have two excellent options for staying in Ixtapa.
The Park Royal Ixtapa, with its restaurants, lounges, swim-up bar, all-inclusive resort options, and solarium, offers the full range of lodging options for Royal Holiday members, from cozy studios to presidential suites. Families and honeymooning couples alike will feel at home here. Just south of the Park Royal, Las Brisas Ixtapa is an AAA Four Diamond resort, with concierge services, 24-hour room service, and six in-house restaurants, as well as handsome studio rooms appointed with handcrafted Mexican artwork. Both resorts are convenient to the beach, golf courses, and everything else Ixtapa has to offer.
The area’s main attraction is the beautiful waters of the Pacific, although it wasn’t until recently that vacationers outside of Mexico began flocking to the town. The north end of Ixtapa features a marina with boats and ships of all sizes, and Royal Holiday travelers visiting the area for the first time may wish to charter a craft to visit Isla Ixtapa, a small island that offers a full range of activities for water sports enthusiasts and beach bums alike. Snorkel in the clear waters off the island’s coast, rent a hammock and nap away the afternoon, or enjoy a delicious meal at a beachfront restaurant; you’ll find plenty of ways to pass the time amid the natural beauty of the Ixtapan coast. The crown jewel of the beachfront in Ixtapa can be found at El Palmar Beach, the only beach in the state of Guerrero to earn the Clean Beach certification from the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification.
While Ixtapa specializes in relaxation, those looking for adventure will find it waiting around every corner. The nearby Playa Linda offers Royal Holiday members the opportunity to visit native crocodiles at the cocodrilario, or crocodile reserve. Surfing enthusiasts can pay a visit to Catcha L’Ola Surf & Stuff and other shops, which rent out gear to those looking to ride the excellent waves that wash against the Ixtapan coast. Sporting outlets like Parque Aventura and Adventours provide guided experiences such as zip-lining through the woodlands or bird-watching along the coast, and horseback riding and ATV tours are also available via other outfitters.
Other Royal Holiday members may want to make the short trip to Zihuatanejo, a charming town with numerous diversions. With its curving streets dotted with art galleries, boutiques, and seafood restaurants offering a taste of the unique palapa style, it’s been regarded as the perfect walking village by Mexican backpackers for decades. Families visiting the region, however, will be delighted to know Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo also offers many kid-friendly activities and attractions, such as the Delfiniti Ixtapa water park.
Narrator: Between the years of 1890 and 1910, Zihuatanejo began as a quaint fishing village nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on the Mexican Riviera. By 1972, just four miles north, on the Palmar Bay, the famous resort town Ixtapa was born. And located in the heart of this exclusive resort town is the Park Royal Ixtapa, a grand, all-inclusive resort retreat that will leave you breathless.
Patrick Shockey: Here at Park Royal Ixtapa, the grounds are lush, the beach is convenient and close, and the open air is just marvelous.
Narrator: No matter your choice of comfortable rooms or spacious suites, the soft pastels of your environment translate into a cool and calming escape, all with ocean views, all with a private balcony or terrace. Here you’ll find that relaxation, comfort, and luxury are indeed all included. Whether you are simply seeking a tranquil getaway or an array of activities, Park Royal Ixtapa offers both and much more. Refresh yourself poolside with exotic beverages, and when your appetite is raised, reward yourself with a wide variety of culinary delights.
Michele Shockey: At the Park Royal Ixtapa, there’s such a variety of food, much more than what I expected on an all-inclusive. A wonderful variety of Italian, pasta, risotto, and very good desserts too.
Narrator: Ignite your senses at El Pescador, appease the appetite with rich Italian cuisine from El Italiano, and for greater variety, feast buffet style at La Veranda. The choices are yours to enjoy. The fun continues when you venture off-site. Reconnect with family and friends over a fun-filled round of miniature golf. Hit a round or two of real golf at two championship golf courses. Or splash and play with one of the smartest mammals of the sea at the Dolphinarium. Wander a few minutes south and turn your vacation into an adventure in history. To this day, Zihuatanejo continues to be the quaint fishing village discovered at the dawn of the 20th century, offering visitors the opportunity to see the more traditional side of Mexico. Surrounded by tradition, culture, and history, embraced by luxury, comfort, and superb service, a true vacation destination can be found at Park Royal Ixtapa, all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Indulge in paradise.