What We Love
- Rate includes all meals, snacks and beverages (excluding alcohol)
- Morning yoga classes by the beach included in the rate (except on Sundays)
- Beach, conservation center and Aztec ruins within walking distance
What To Know
- The property will be closed from July 7 to October 8
- Being far off the beaten path means limited internet, no banks or ATMs, and bug spray is essential
- Taxes, tips, excursions and spa treatments are not included
- Not a destination for partygoers — evenings are about sunsets and stars
- Free WiFi
Part luxury eco-hotel and part nature preserve spanning 200 acres on a milelong white sand beach, Playa Viva’s grounds encompass an Aztec archaeological site, a volunteer-run turtle sanctuary, a mangrove forest and an estuary where saltwater and freshwater ecosystems converge. By the time you arrive, you’ll feel as if you’ve left civilization far behind — and that’s exactly the point.
Bed & Bath
The accommodations are basic but exotic in a stranded-island-chic kinda way. There are just eight rooms in five treehouse-like casitas, constructed of bamboo and palm fronds, with canopy beds, handcrafted furniture, private bathrooms and ocean views. Be prepared to embrace lo-fi living: there’s no air conditioning, TV, minibar and very sporadic cell phone reception.
The main building is open-air and open-plan, encouraging interaction between guests and staff. The communal kitchen produces three meals a day (plus snacks), which are served family-style on shared tables. The food is delicious — especially the homemade tortillas — with lots of fresh fruit, locally caught fish and organic produce grown on-site. Also communal are the living area, yoga pavilion, saltwater pool and soaking tub, all of which overlook the white sand beach.
How to Get There
We decided stay at Playa Viva due to its remote location and sustainability credentials. It is not often that a hotel goes beyond these expectations, but Playa Viva did just that.
They are doing amazing work with the land, sea, staff and local community. The established permaculture farm provides much of the food at mealtimes.
The rooms are made from natural materials, they are much more beautiful and well appointed than the pictures on the website suggest.
The natural swimming pool is a joy to swim in as the sea was rough when we stayed and had strong currents.
The food surpassed exceptions, we had a great selection of vegan and vegetarian options each day.
There is a wide range of tours and activities to choose from, but you may just find yourself wanting to chill and enjoy the wonderful space. Digital detoxing encouraged and easy to do!
Staff are super friendly and the daily yoga was a huge highlight of our stay.
Overall one of the best resorts we have ever stayed at around the world. Would highly recommend.
I left my heart and soul in Playa Viva...at least that is what it feels like.
From the seamless transport to this magical location, the delicious basil margaritas, the food, the beach, the amazing staff, the turtles and the bioluminescence. I think I could write a whole book on things to love about Playa Viva.
We hosted a Filmpreneur Summit in May at this amazing location. The size of the resort was perfect for our small group and we are already making plans for our 2019 Summit!
Playa Viva is a “regenerative hotel” in every sense. Before visiting I thought this would mean I would leave regenerated (which I did!!) but didn’t realise it refers to a style of hotel that doesn’t damage the local environment but goes a step further to repair and contribute positively. I have never seen such attention to detail and commitment to mission / values before... it’s incredibly inspiring.
And it’s just a beautiful place with THE BEST food I have had at any hotel (I really mean it, the best) great massages and a special yoga hut.
We stayed in the treehouse - very cool and I felt so lucky to have the opportunity but didn’t sleep very well - the energy of the ocean is big.
We went into town to do a Zumba class - and it was clear how much Playa Viva is a part of the local community.
The baby turtles could melt anyone’s heart
The tour to the family farm was amazing. A lovely family and utopian home.
A truely unique experience