Since my vacation this summer at Playa Viva, an eco resort located in Juluchuca, Mexico,
I’ve noticed a slew of eco resorts popping up everywhere. Playa Viva was my first. For my best friend, too, who came along for the adventure. I really wanted to experience a place that was remote, beautiful, peaceful with plenty of outdoor activities, great food and pure luxury.
After doing extensive research on this place and reading the great reviews online I decided to grab Bloomspot’s sensational deal in Playa Viva for 5 days before it ended. All of the activities listed on the eco resort’s website along with the many beautiful photos made Playa Viva even more appealing. After my arrival…
Playa Viva was not what I expected. Visually appealing. Yes! Functional? Fun? Or relaxing? Not really. Upon arrival we were told to beware of scorpions. Uhhhh…Did she just say scorpions?! “Yes, she did”, my friend replied.
Nowhere on the site did it mention to “beware of scorpions”. Suddenly it was a huge turn off. Even the site’s director noticed my cheerful expression go to one of shock and fear. The more she talked, I begin to realize that if anything were to happen to us in Playa Viva, there was no one on site medically trained to help. And that we were at least one to two hours away from any reliable medical facility.
I have to say I was disappointed during our five-day stay here. It rained the first two days. Just a few board games and old paperback books that my best friend nor I found interesting enough to read. I was HOT. She was BORED.
Everyday we had to do something to do to keep us both sane besides STARING at each other all day, reading/looking at the same magazines from our plane ride, SEEING the same scenery, SEEING the same people for breakfast lunch and dinner, on this deserted island that felt more like the reality show Survivor. But without the cameras. I begin counting down the hours and minutes on the second day to get back to my sweet casa in LA. I actually took Tylenol Pm just to get through the night! Lol…
So many bug attacks we endured. Once the mosquito net was closed for the night…That’s it! Don’t even think about getting out. If you did your bed would be filled with a million and one bugs. No lie. Bugs flew in my eyes and face. Zapping me in every direction. I really had no idea what I was getting into when I chose this vacation. I struggled the first two to three days and nights just to get adapted to this wild life.
Trust me—I do understand what eco means and what it is all about. It would’ve been nice to see beautiful wildlife animals like peacocks, amazing birds, dolphins, clean refreshing crisp water, clean pool water, or some with natural healing properties. Maybe it was the location?
In any situation a place that you patronize should be well equipped and prepared for just about anything, regardless of weather conditions. I could go on and on about my experience here but I won’t. Instead I’ll touch on things that affected me :
- POOL WAS DIRTY. POLLUTED. Dead crabs were in the bottom of the pool. The sun came out on the third day of of the trip. Someone finally decided to clean it on our last day. Right when our time was up.
THE BED WAS DAMP AND COLD. Due to the humidity and ocean air.
- NOT A LOT OF ACTIVITIES ON THE PREMISES. ONLY VOLLEYBALL. That was cool. To do more we had to go into town which was an additional fee $$.
- NO WI-FI WAS AVAILABLE. NO CELL PHONE USAGE. But when it was time to use the Visa card for checkout.. It was accessed within minutes!
- MOLDED WOOD IN THE ROOMS. MILDEWED TOILET PAPER . Wood should be treated in this type of environment to prevent any kind of sickness.
- MOSQUITO NETS WERE FILTHY AND UNCLEANED. Nothing more to say. Pictures are self-explanatory.
- PATHS WERE NOT WELL LIT ON PROPERTY AFTER DARK. You really did need a flashlight to see your way back to the casita.
- A STRAY DOG WAS ON THE PROPERTY. DRINKING THE POOL WATER AND UNDER THE TABLE WHEN EVERY MEAL WAS SERVED. Diseases are common among stray animals.
- THE GENERATOR WAS TURNED OFF BETWEEN 12AM AND 6AM TO CONSERVE ENERGY. The island is a complete blackout. Although we were told, it seemed inconsiderate.
- HOW ARE THEY GIVING BACK TO MEXICO?
Okay, so maybe this place wasn’t for me. But there are plenty of spectacular adventurous people who have enjoyed this place and would probably do it again. I can only speak for how I felt. I know for sure there is an Eco resort that is suited just for me and my style. Uxua. More on that later.
On a positive note, I honestly appreciated bonding with the locals and meeting new people, and the friendly staff of Playa Viva. Especially our tour guide Johnny. The people of Juluchuca are hard working and interested in providing a better life for their families.
The Things I appreciated in Mexico:
- MEETING NEW PEOPLE IN TOWN AND THEIR FAMILIES
- LOCAL COCONUT FACTORY TOUR: The locals work so hard for very little money. Earning under $20.00 a day. No lunch breaks at all.
- TRAVELING INTO IXTAPA/ZIHUANTANEJO
- SEEING HOW THE LOCALS LIVE WITHOUT ALL THE OVERRATED THINGS WE CRAVE FOR HERE IN THE STATES
- ABLE TO SPEAK/USE THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
- WAKING UP TO DAYLIGHT! THANK GOD! THE DAYS ARE DIMINISHING
- MEETING AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN BROTHER FROM DETROIT WHO HAS BEEN RESIDING IN MEXICO FOR AT LEAST 12 YEARS.
- MEETING AWESOME INTERNS FROM LOS ANGELES
- ENJOYING BEING ALL NATURAL. NO MAKEUP. NO WEAVES. NO WIGS. NO LASHES. JUST BEING ME!