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Here's What a Perfect Cabana Can Do at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S/N , Zihuatanejo, Guerrero , Mexico, 40880
September 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

Warning: parents with young children may cry over this view at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

When it comes to family-friendly hotel stays, those of us who are parents at HotelChatter can’t help but to be hyper aware of what works and what doesn’t. Is there a place for the littles to burn off energy, will they really find this or that fun (or is it just another backpack with crayons), do the sleeping arrangements make sense, and, hey, what's in it for the parents?

Which is why we're anxious to tell you about what we saw recently at Viceroy Zihuatanejo. While lounging in the sun and looking out at lovely Playa La Ropa, the happening beach on which the resort sits, we spied a young family with an adorable curly-haired daughter, say two or three years old, enjoying a chill afternoon at the beach. Families on vacation with kids this age are rarely as relaxed as these folks were and while we may never know for certain why, we're banking on one reason: a great family-style cabana.

Arranged by request at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, cabanas consist of a huge floating bed with towels and pillows under a generous palapa, all right at the water's edge; ask for the family style touch and for no extra charge you also get beach toys in a basket and a table set up that includes a high chair (yes, a HIGH CHAIR!).

The family had been eating lunch at their table when we first saw them, their daughter noshing finger foods on the tray of her high chair while her parents thanked the server for beers served in a bucket of ice. Over the next couple hours, they wandered back and forth to the beach to splash around, then back to the bed to lounge, read and even nap together.

It was all so breezy, jaw dropping—and simple! So many resorts fall into the trap of complicating their child offerings for fear that may not be offering enough. When really all you need to satisfy a young family is the beach, a nearby cabana, and sand-free dining (yeah, that beer in an ice bucket is nice, too). We know plenty of parents with toddlers that would fork over a pretty penny for a beach experience like this, which is why we almost feel off of our chaise when we heard Viceroy Zihuatenjo’s cabanas costs a mere $30 a day.

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Family in tow or not, these cabanas provide a dreamy beach retreat with constant breezes gently swaying the bed and great views all across Playa La Ropa. And now is a great time to beeline for a Viceroy Zihuatanejo cabana as the resort is offering 50% off low-season rates from $178 through October 31.

Disclaimer: We were visiting the resort as a guest of Viceroy Zihuatanejo, but all opinions and views expressed here are our own.

Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn for HotelChatter

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