Playa Viva

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Type: Retreat

No. of Rooms: 19

City/Area: Juluchuca


Playa Viva is a unique, eco-friendly hotel located in Juluchuca, just 35 minutes away from Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Playa Viva is an environmentally-conscious resort located in rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico – off the grid. Choose from the EcoLuxury rooms each with a beachfront view, or the unique oceanfront treehouse. With a strong sense of place and community, Playa Viva immerses guests in nature and sustainability, whether it’s volunteering at the turtle sanctuary, touring and giving back to the local nearby communities, engaging in a workshop, supporting the hotel’s mangrove restoration efforts, or enjoying the garden-to-table dining – guests are sure to positively impact the health, environment, and economic development of the Playa Viva community.


Be ready to wake up early! Playa Viva has their own turtle sanctuary and when the hatchlings are born, a bell is rung at sunrise so guests can release them into the ocean.

  • All meals included
  • Daily yoga
  • Wi-fi in common areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Private bathroom
  • In-room safe
  • Aztec archaeological site
  • Turtle sanctuary
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Free parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bar on site
  • Minimarket on site


  • Daily yoga
  • Snorkeling tour
  • Horseback riding
  • Social impact experience/Cultural encounter in local community
  • Turtle release activities
  • Farm tour to pick up veggies
  • Optional cooking class to make your own salad

*4 Nights minimum stay

Playa Viva has been ranked as one of the most ethical hotels in the world and attained its B-Corp certification at the start of 2023. Some of the initiatives that helped the property reach this status include 100% off-grid operations using solar energy, choosing locally and sustainably harvested building materials, its farm-to-table program with an onsite farm/garden that provides 15-20% of the hotel´s food stock, while items such as milk, cheese, and eggs are sourced from local small-scale farms. The property features waste stream management with on-site composting, a grey water system that irrigates nearby gardens, and blackwater processing using mini living systems.

Additionally, the hotel´s turtle sanctuary protects endangered species, coastal forest and mangrove restoration and regeneration is carried out to maintain long-term biodiversity, and a dedicated social and environmental impact officer supports guests to engage in voluntourism projects in the local community.