A few months ago, I got an email from the Viceroy Hotel group offering discounts at some of their properties. Since we really enjoyed our stay at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, and because we have enjoyed dining/entertaining at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo (formerly The Tides) over the years, I paid careful attention to the email. To my surprise, the Viceroy Zihuatanejo was offering a smoking deal on rates during the month of May. After a quick look at our calendars and a check on schedules with United, our trip was booked!
We arrived early in the afternoon on Friday — got to love the two hour direct from Houston on United! We made our way to the hotel via taxi and were greeted warmly by the reception staff. John and I did feel a tremendous sense of guilt as we drove past La Quinta Troppo (our hotel of choice in Zihuatanejo), but we were genuinely excited to try something new.
Since our room wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, we happily made our way to La Villa, one of the hotel’s restaurants, for a beach-side lunch. Naturally, we ordered fresh guacamole and shared an order of chicken nachos. Everything tastes better here — just saying! The guacamole was to die for!
Afterwards, we were quickly shown to our room — Lagoon Suite 4. John and I got settled pretty quickly. I am an “unpack and organize” everything person, while John is the opposite. Ha! We lounged in our room for a few hours and I took a short nap. John is a good man — during my nap he took a walk on the beach and visited a nearby shop and purchased a snack for me.
Like I said, he’s a good man.
For dinner, we took a taxi to one of our favorite restaurants in Zihua — Il Mare. I have mentioned this place before — it’s an Italian/Greek/Mexican restaurant with stunning views of Zihuatanejo Bay.
I started off my meal the same way I always do — with the minestrone soup. This evening, the broth was exceptionally flavorful. For my entrée, I ordered the handmade ravioli and asked that it be served with a fra diavolo sauce.
Perfecto! I don’t think I can express how spicy the sauce was, or how much I loved it. I also snagged a few bites of John’s fresh pesto fettucine con camarones. Gah! The food is so good at Il Mare! For dessert we shared a piece of lemon pie and took in the gorgeous sunset.
We walked back to the hotel from the restaurant. Fortunately, the walk was short (about 1/2 a mile), the breeze was strong, and the weather was cool. Much like Houston, Zihua is experiencing milder than usual temperatures this Spring.
We came back to a very quiet hotel and a perfectly turned-down room. It’s amazing how quickly we can go from the go-go-go of our professional lives to tranquil vacation while we are here — Reason #2 why we love Zihuatanejo.