We have become wrist band people, well at least for 24 hours. At the sail –fest auction the Senor successfully bid on an all inclusive overnight stay at the Pacifica in Ixtapa. So this morning we became the wrist band people. The people we so often we so often make fun of.
The all inclusive places have guards at the entrance and you can’t enter without a wrist band or special permission. We joke that they won’t let them leave either until their time is up Or they get a short furlough. Many people never leave the resort and subsequently never experience the real Mexico. But for 24 hours we are living the life of luxury.
We arrived at 0930 hungry, ready for breakfast. Our room is exceptionally nice with a small kitchen plus eating area, large room opening up with a full wall of sliding glass to a very large and totally private terrace with a hot tub, hammock, 2 lounge chairs and umbrella table. Views to die for with surprisingly easy access to the pool and beach area considering this place it tacked onto the side of a hill with tons of stairs and vans to drive you from one point to another as the roads are too steep for comfortable walking.
First order of business was the breakfast buffet. Buffets are not normally my favorite as the food is usually quite ordinary, but the selection they had there was quite interesting. The Senor had pancakes, but I had peppers in cream sauce, sautéed mushrooms, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola.
After lounging around in our room, reading in my hammock we were off to the pool. We swam, ordered screw drivers and mango daiquiris. We swam, well I swam, the Senor and everyone else just sits in the pool and drinks; we visited with new friends and generally enjoyed the afternoon. We did the lunch buffet as it was seafood buffet today. This gave me the opportunity to taste many different items that I’ve never knew enough about to order off the menu. The items were all labeled or otherwise I wouldn’t have known what I was getting. Then back to the room for a siesta, reading and TV watching.
For dinner we opted to go to the Moon Bar, a small cozy patio area on the beach, with a nice view of the new moon thru the palm trees. Since we are all inclusive I ordered an appetizer, soup and main course. I never order that much food as I have a small appetite. But with all inclusive I could sample items I never heard of before and not worry if I liked them or not. I just wanted to try them. The soup was oyster cream, excellent, but didn’t find any oysters, the appetizer I think was called “sashimi” raw fish in citrus dressing and it was good. Main course was fish for me and chop suey for the Senor. And because I was only able to eat a little of each they thought I didn’t like the food. I did take the Oyster Cream back to the room for a late night snack. After dinner, our friends Jo and Des who stay here at the Pacifica invited us up to their place where we had a nice visit before calling it a night.
Pacifica is a beautiful place, its fun to order your meals and drinks without regard to price. They do make you so comfortable that you have no desire or need to leave the property and that’s where I have the problem. You don’t experience the real Mexico; you could be located on any warm weather beach. Some of the people we visit with said they go into Ixtapa and eat in one of the restaurants
occasionally and do experience the real Mexico. But Ixtapa isn’t a real town, it just a series of resorts and businesses to serve the people who visit the resorts and now with so many of the all inclusive resorts, the business that were once thriving are disappearing. It was great fun for a day, but it’s not our style. Besides the check out time is 10:00 am which is way too early in the morning.
Our 24 hours of luxury is over, we got our gate pass, our permission to leave, walked out the gate and didn’t even wait for a taxi caught the first bus back to Zihuatanejo. Signing off KO