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Dish of the Week: Coconut Shrimp

The official start of summer is just a few weeks away! If you’re itching to get away, try making this delicious Coconut Shrimp that is sure to make you feel like you’re at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa.  It is popular with our guests and we hope you enjoy it at home. Also, try pairing it with a Margarita or Piña Colata for a true tropical experience!

Coconut Shrimp Recipe


6-8 cups of vegetable oil
12 to 16 large shrimp
1 ½ cup of flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
Salt to taste
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of Captain Morgan’s Rum
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup shredded coconut


  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350ºF
  • Mix together ¾ cup of flour, sugar and salt
  • After thoroughly mixed, stir in milk and Captain Morgan’s rum and let the batter stand for 5 minutes
  • While the batter is resting, combine coconut and bread crumbs in a separate bowl
  • You can then begin coating the shrimp
  • First coat the shrimp in flour, then the wet batter and finally the bread crumb and coconut mixture.
  • After the shrimp is coated, fry the shrimp in the heated oil

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Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Earns a Distintivo “H”!

Executive Chef Daniel Pech and staff at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa

Sunscape Dorado Pacifico was recently awarded with Distintivo “H” Award. The Distintivo “H” program, an initiative of Mexico’s Health Department, is based on requirements established by the World Health Organization and aimed at food and beverage service providers looking to improve the quality of their offerings through better hygiene practices in the process of handling, storing, and preparing food and beverages. Establishments looking to receive the distinction must voluntarily request an inspection of their operations. Obtaining a Distintivo “H” award is recognizing the effort made by hotels and restaurants that are committed to raising their standards of hygiene and quality.

Congratulations to Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, and especially to Executive Chef Daniel Pech and staff in your unrelenting work towards maintaining the highest standards in health and hygiene!

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Hot, Hot, Hot Summer Savings!

Don’t beat the heat this summer – embrace it! Dive into our Hot, Hot, Hot Summer Savings for sizzling discounts, sultry savings, and smokin’ upgrades! All new reservations made at Sunscape Resorts & Spas from May 1, 2012 to July 2, 2012 for travel between May 1, 2012 and December 22, 2012 will be eligible to receive up to 40% off, plus up to $400 in resort coupons!

In addition to Hot, Hot, Hot, we’re offering guests an opportunity to Suiten Up Your Stay! Upgrade to the next available room category during your stay starting from $99 per person for a 7-night stay. Additional upgrades are of course available, for an additional cost.

Reservations can be made with any travel agent or directly at SunscapeResorts.com.

Not hot enough for ya?

Try your luck with our Sizzling Summer Sweepstakes on Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa’s Facebook page! You could be the lucky recipient of a free 3-night Unlimited-Fun® stay for two at Sunscape Resorts & Spas. Share with friends for more opportunities to win – the more entries we get, the more stays we give! At every 500 entries we’ll make one fan a winner…it could be you!

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An Excursion to Potosi’s Lagoon

For guests visiting us at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, an excursion to Potosi’s Lagoon could make their vacation even more complete! Potosi’s Lagoon, located south of Zihuatanejo and the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo airport, is a beautiful area that provides a down-to-earth, authentic Mexican beach experience. The lagoon itself is located at the southern end of the long white stretch of beach known as Playa Larga and Playa Blanca.

When visiting the lagoon, guests can not only enjoy the plentiful sunshine, but they can also tour the mangroves and watch the amazing birdlife in small boats. This area truly is a bird lover’s paradise and birdwatching in this area is an absolutely amazing experience. Kayaks can also be rented to take in the views and birds from a different angle.

If you’re interested in visiting Potosi’s Lagoon during your stay at Sunscape Resorts, simply stop by the activities desk upon arrival and someone will be happy to help you arrange a trip!


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A Recent Guest Review

We love to hear feedback from our guests, and one great way to find out what our guests are thinking is scouring the Internet for reviews, blog posts, photos and videos. Below is a recent review of Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa that we stumbled across on Trip Advisor during our search that we just had to share with you!

We Are Going Back!

First of all, anyone who hasn’t been to Ixtapa should go – it’s amazing. The weather was hot and sunny EVERY DAY – not even a cloud! It’s close enough to other things that you can leave the resort, but not so close that you feel like you’re not getting away. The sand was soft just like in the Caribbean and the water was warm enough to play in.

This resort recently went All Inclusive (November 2011) and I can say what a great decision. I had read that many were not happy about it as they enjoyed it while it was not AI but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Then again we like All Inclusive resorts.

The place was immaculately clean and someone was always tidying or cleaning something. Our room was spotless with a great view of the ocean. The hotel ammenities (gym/spa) were also spotless and well maintained.

The food was the BEST part of the trip – the Italian restaurant was our favourite – we went twice. If you are used to Denny’s then this won’t be for you – but if you enjoy delicious food in reasonable portions then you will enjoy. The food at the resort in general was very very good. The lobby bar had great live music two or three nights we were there. We NEVER had to wait in line for dinner or drinks – contrary to what some reviews stated. However we also went to dinner right at 7pm (since that was 9pm our time) and never once has to wait in line.

The staff and the service were amazing – we never wanted for anything. The staff are friendly and make an effort to make your stay enjoyable.

To read the rest of this review and other great reviews, click here.


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Scrapbook Your Vacation

At Sunscape Resorts & Spas, our motto is Unlimited-Fun®. So when you’re vacationing at one of our resorts, we just know you’ll want to remember all the fun you had with your loved ones during your stay for a lifetime. For those who want to help those memories live on, we think you should consider making a vacation scrapbook.

If you aren’t a pro-scrapbooker, not to worry — there are plenty of resources, tips and tools available to help guide you through the process so you can create a custom scrapbook that will become a cherished keepsake for your family for many years to come.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to round-up all of our vacation pictures for the scrapbook. But memories from your trip should also include token souvenirs such as postcards, luggage tags, restaurant napkins, wine labels, maps, matchbooks and more.  These small inexpensive or free items become symbols of special places you’ve visited and experiences you’ve had and will help tell a story about your trip in a scrapbook.

Next, make a stop at your local craft store to pick-up a scrapbook, some colored paper and photo adhesive. When you start the scrapbook, it’s best to consider how you’d like to arrange the scrapbook (ie. chronologically, geographically, or no particular order). Then you’ll want to plan out each page before attaching anything to it. Make sure you are incorporating a good mix of pictures, souvenirs and colorful backgrounds to make the pages look attractive.

Leave some room on certain pages to include narrative about memorable experiences or fun quotes from the trip. Be sure to decorate the cover of the scrapbook so it ties in with the trip. And don’t forget to include the entire family in creating the scrapbook!! You could even have each member of the family write a short description of their favorite part of the trip.

Whatever you decide to do for your scrapbook, make sure it is a true reflection of your family and the fun memories you shared together on your vacation. Let us know if you have any other tips or tricks to add!

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Kids Stay Free This Summer!

Kids Stay Free This Summer!

Going on vacation as a family doesn’t always have to be expensive. In fact, we’re offering your family a truly budget-friendly summer vacation at Sunscape Resorts & Spas! Book your getaway at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa by May 11th, and bring up to two kids free with the purchase of two paying adults.  Kids eat, stay and play for no additional cost, when booking between June 30th and December 21st, 2012. For terms, conditions and black-out dates, visit our Special Offers page.

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A Day in the Life of the Explorer’s Club

Are you planning a family vacation to Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa? If so, your children are in for the time of their lives! The Explorer’s Club, which is included in your Unlimited-Fun® privileges, is created especially for youngsters 3-12 years. It is filled with daily activities and adventures based around nature, science and exploration.

The Explorer’s Club is wonderful not only for the kids – but for parents who finally get time of their own! Children have the opportunity to make friends from around the world, while parents have the opportunity to reconnect with one another. And no worries, because the entire Explorer’s Club staff is certified in both CPR and First Aid! Plus, parents receive a cell phone should they be needed for any reason.

Want to know what your child can expect during a typical day in the Explorer’s Club? Here’s a rundown:

9:00 am Registration

10:00 am Arts & Crafts

11:00 am It’s time for a sandcastle competition!

12:30 pm Lunch time at Windows

2:00 pm Face painting

3:00 pm Who will climb the highest on our rock climbing wall?!

4:30 pm Soccer on the beach!

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Camp out on the beach (With Mom and Dad’s permission, of course!)

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10 Destination Wedding Tips

Our wedding coordinators at Sunscape Resorts & Spas always aim to please and ensure that our brides and grooms have an extra special big day! For anyone currently planning a wedding, here our 10 tips to help you through the process.

  • Save yourself some money. Few people realize that destination weddings are less expensive than traditional weddings. You’ll be able to combine the wedding and honeymoon for a much more affordable option.
  • Relax before, during and after the wedding. Choosing a destination wedding means you’ll also have time for a mini-vacation. Most countries require couples to arrive a few days prior to the wedding day to finalize details and paperwork. After all this, you’ll have a few days to enjoy quality time with their friends, family and each other.
  • Pick the perfect location.  It is best to decide on a location after you estimate the number of guests who will attend the wedding. This will help narrow your property search.
  • Reserve early. Reserve rooms for the wedding party and guests as early as possible. The sooner the better.
  • Make a budget and stick to it. Once you decide on a budget, it is important to keep track of all of your spending. Go over the budget with the wedding coordinator to ensure all your wedding needs are met while staying within your budget.
  • Get help. An on-site wedding coordinator will ensure your wedding day is simply perfect. They’ll help organize, prepare and coordinate every detail leading up to your special day.
  • Take some time for yourself. As newlyweds, you’ll be exhausted from the wedding. Take a few days to sleep in, slow down and rest.
  • Keep everyone informed. Wedding websites are the perfect way to keep all of your guests informed about your big day. Include photos, addresses, directions, accommodations, travel information and other important information that will help your guests.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. Consider a wedding location with outdoor options. Having an outdoor wedding gives you flexibility in the number of people you can invite and also offers spectacular views.
  • Find the right package for you. Resorts often offer a variety of wedding and honeymoon packages. Each package usually provides an array of services and amenities tailored specifically for the bride, groom and newlyweds. You can find out more about the wedding packages atSunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa here. 

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A Photo Tour of Our Restaurants

At Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, guests can enjoy delicious meal options at our six restaurants. Not only do we have a wide variety of food choices, but also the flexibility to dine at any time and enjoy crowd-free buffets and plenty of open tables. To give you a sneak peek at our restaurants before you stay with us, we thought it would be fun to take you on a photo tour. Enjoy!

Oceana restaurant serves gourmet seafood with a view of the Pacific.

Windows is an international buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Da Mario serves à la carte Italian cuisine in a modern setting.

Gohan restaurant serves sushi with a magnificent view overlooking the Pacific.

Guests can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine for dinner at Tamarindo.

Blue Water Grill welcomes guests to dine pool side.

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