July 3 – Zihuatanejo

A few months after George was born, I received an email from the Viceroy Zihuatanejo offering killer promotional room rates and packages for the summertime. Given our great experiences with the Viceroy Zihuatanejo and Viceroy Riviera Maya over the years, we jumped at the chance to introduce George to our beloved Mexico and to escape to paradise again.

For those of you who don’t know, John and I made our first visit to Zihuatanejo in February 2004 to celebrate one year of dating. That was a great trip for us. We have been back every year since, including in 2006 when we got married, 2007 when we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, 2012 to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday and last year to celebrate the expected arrival of George. As you can tell, we’ve enjoyed this place for a decade and it is very special to us.

We took a direct flight from Houston to Zihuatanejo with United. The flight was 2 hours and 10 minutes and was relatively uneventful. George was a great traveler, despite some brief issues with his ears on the descent into Zihuatanejo.

Flying to z Collage

We were met at the airport by a hotel representative who whisked us to the hotel via suburban. The drive took about 15 minutes and before we knew it we were checking in to the hotel. I’ll provide a full hotel review later on (including details of our room), but spoiler alert…the hotel is fabulous!

Hotel Viceroy Lobby

After quickly unpacking and feeding George, we hustled down to the hotel’s La Villa Restaurant for a late lunch. I had the flank steak tacos, John had the chicken tostadas, and we shared an order of guacamole. Actually, I think we inhaled our lunch. Everything tasted better than we remembered and had anticipated. Avocados in Mexico are simply heavenly.

lunch Collage

After lunch, George was ready for a nap…so I joined him. Who am I to interfere with vacation napping? We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on our room’s terrace, relaxing in our plunge pool and playing with George.


For dinner, we decided to keep things very low key and we ordered room service. Staying in the room may have seemed unnecessary and lazy, but we really didn’t want to overwhelm Georgie. In the end, this arrangement was perfect our family – George ended up falling asleep earlier than usual. Well, let’s be honest – it was an early night for all of us!

dinner view

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