This sustainable resort features estuaries, archeological sites, sanctuaries, and a wide array of wildlife.
In this 10-day retreat, nature is the first ingredient in the secret sauce. Add an all-inclusive experience with a sense of community between guests, staff and the local community.
Natural luxury and simple elegance offer you the vacation that you desire: explorer, volunteer, foodie, nature lover, surfer, yogi, family, friends, workshop, reunion or other. Your days can be filled with massages, horseback riding and walks on the beach, or explore the 200 acres open for discovery. Also available is deep sea fishing, scuba, snorkelling and surfing expeditions.
Complimentary yoga is offered every morning except Sundays. Yoga is generally available in the observation tower or sometimes on the poolside. All levels are accommodated. Private classes are available.
The cost of this retreat includes airport transfers to and from the hotel, accommodation, all meals served family-style and snacks, daily yoga classes and other complimentary activities on the property, plus a turtle sanctuary and release of baby marine turtles when available.
Julia Garcia, the General Manager, was born in Juluchuca. Her father was a peanut farmer, but after getting her education, the only place to get a good job was in the "big" city, so she was off to Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. After working for 20 years with Club Med all over the world opening and operating many destinations, she finally came home to Juluchuca and Playa Viva.
Johnny, Head of Activities and bartender, is another one of the local heroes. Juan Carlos Solis, or Johnny as he is so affectionately known, is also from Juluchuca. Like so many of his contemporaries, he moved to the US for economic opportunity and ended up in Portland holding down up to 3 or 4 jobs at a time while trying to raise a family. When his father was ill, Johnny came home to Juluchuca to help tend the family farm.
The kitchen team is lead by Abraham, who is also local to the Juluchuca area. He loves cooking and was trained in larger hotels in nearby Ixtapa. He leads the kitchen team that includes Olga and Ines who are both famous for thier mole and other local Mexican favorites. If you enjoy cooking feel free to ask to join in the kitchen to help out or for a cooking class.
Odin Ruz is the Permaculture Specialist and he manages the regeneration of the preserve and the production of the farm and orchards at Playa Viva. He lives in Tepoztlan and visits with us about once per month, if you have a chance to go out in the field with Odin, it is quite a treat. We recommend you watch the short film entitled Restoration, which stars Odin and perfectly conveys his joy for the landscape.