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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


  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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South of Zihuatanejo, eight-casita Playa Viva is a beachfront eco-escape to get completely off the grid

The Look

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

Playa Viva
Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco, Playa Icacos, Juluchuca
Guerrero, 40834 Mexico


5.0 Excellent 209 Reviews
Peak Experience at Playa Viva
Reviewed 1 year ago

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!

Incredible place - true to its mission in every way
Reviewed 1 year ago

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

Breathtaking beauty, mouthwatering food, kindest staff
Reviewed 1 year ago

Wow! Playa Viva just blew my mind! Everything there was intentionally designed to be ecologically and culturally sensitive. The food was amazing, The staff and owner were kind and generous with their time and knowledge. I cannot wait to go back!

A fantastic place to unwind & great staff
Reviewed 1 year ago

The very best thing about Playa Viva is its people. They are genuinely caring and deliver a great experience. Julia and her team make you feel at home, cater to your needs & help - and are never intrusive. The place is away from it all - with the sound of the crashing waves being the playlist. The facilities & rooms are charming and well maintained. The food is very good (all fresh and mainly sourced locally and on the premises) and has a homely feeling & taste. Doing yoga in the morning before breakfast by the beach (Michelle is a top instructor and also excellent company) is a bliss. This is not a place for partying & air conditioning - but to reconnect. One small improvement that could be made: arrange for an additional pair of loungers & umbrellas on the beach (when the resort is full, there are not enough for all guests). For the rest, just keep it the way it is!

Heaven on Earth
Reviewed 1 year ago

I absolutely LOVED everything about my stay at Playa Viva. It exceeded any of my expectations. We stayed in the Treehouse and it was magical to fall asleep each night to the sound of the crashing waves. I loved sitting on the little deck and watching the stars and the waves at night. The food is unreal and the staff hold a warmth and kindness that inspired me! I was there with my husband and 2 young boys who are 5 and 8 years old. They felt so welcome at Playa Viva. It is a wonderful place for families. Yoga and massage with Kameko was a real treat. The sunsets were exquisite. We did the Sierra mountain ATV tour and also the Lagoon Kayak excursion in Zihuatenejo. I have been home for a week now and I am still in awe of my amazing experience at Playa Viva! We already booked for next year!