Juluchuca Travel Guide

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Kicking It Eco-Style at Playa Viva

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  Site Where: Carretera Zihuatenejo-Acapulco, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico, 40834
November 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

We already brought you an interview with David Leventhal, the owner of Playa Viva outside Zihuatanejo, as part of our Pitch Your Hotel series, and told you about the tasty organic basil margaritas they blend there.

Now that we’ve gotten the chance to fly down there and experience all its eco-luxury for ourselves, however, we’re going to share this photo gallery of the boutique hotel’s facilities, and a video walk-through of our room. Just listen for the waves crashing in the background.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Playa Viva's Organic Basil Margarita

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  Site Where: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco, Juluchuca, Mexico
May 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

It's no big secret that HotelChatter loves margaritas and in honor of our favorite holiday, Cinco De Mayo, we've found the most perfect margarita recipe--The Organic Basil Margarita from Playa Viva in Juluchuca, Mexico.

That's right, our favorite drink has gone organic, using organic tequila and organic basil grown by local farmers. And what makes this marg extra special is that the salted rim is done using Sal Viva, the hotel's very own brand of salt. Here's how they cultivate it:

Originally gifted as tribute to Aztec kings, Sal Viva has been harvested by hand in Juluchuca, Mexico in the same fashion for centuries. Summer rains wash the rich minerals off the Sierra Madre range filling seaside lagoons, eventually bursting past sand barriers, fusing with the salty Pacific Ocean. As heat evaporates the lagoons, peasant farmers hand form calcium drying ponds and rake in Sal Viva.

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Every Day is Earth Day at Playa Viva

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  Site Where: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco, Juluchuca, Mexico
April 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM | by | ()

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this very important day, we decided to have David Leventhal, the proprietor of Playa Viva resort in Mexico tell us what his new eco boutique hotel is doing, not just today but every day, to minimize the damage to the area's ecosystem and in fact, make it better than it was before by using several regenerative practices.

Playa Viva in the Juluchuca village near Zihuatenjo, is an all-inclusive resort situated on a mile of private beach and its 200 acres include an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem that supports a wide variety of wildlife.

Yeah, this isn't your typical beach resort.

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