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Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

Mark your calendars – Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner! Each year, a bevy of famous chefs and sommeliers descend on the quaint Pacific town to serve up culinary masterpieces under the Mexican sun. The event, sponsored by renowned magazine Food & Wine, runs from March 22nd – March 24th.

This year’s festival aims to combine traditional Mexican flavors with new modern cuisine. Celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelson and wine expert Mark Oldman will be on hand, joining some of Mexico’s preeminent masters to create authentic new dishes – all for you to sample! There will be cooking classes, wine pairings, tastings, and other activities in conjunction with the festival.

Tempted? We think Food & Wine Magazine says it best:

There’s a spot in Mexico where your family is part visitor-and part local. Where a resort-style getaway meets the everyday life of fisherman. Where stories are shared in the market, then retold on the beach. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. The perfect combination.”

If you’re a foodie looking for respite during the festival, give Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa a try! With have 7 gourmet restaurants, we’re culinary specialists in our own right; plus, we’re within walking distance to all the action in town! So buy your tickets, then book with us!

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Learn to Make Mexican Black Bean Salsa

At Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, salsa is one of our staples. It makes a delicious side to our dishes or the perfect afternoon snack! With the Super Bowl right around the corner, this Mexican Black Bean Salsa is the perfect dish to quickly whip up before your big party. Your guests will absolutely love it!


  • Two 15-ounce cans of black beans, or the equivalent of fresh soaked beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 17-ounce can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Simply combine all ingredients in a large jar or bowl then cover and chill for a few hours. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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Enter Our Facebook Sweepstake To Win A 4-Night Stay

Are you a Facebook fan of our Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa page yet? If you aren’t, you should be! Like our page to give you access to the latest news, updates and promotions on our luxury resorts and now you can win big during an exclusive Facebook sweepstakes.

We’re giving away an Unlimited-Fun® 4-night stay 40 Days & 40 Nights Sweepstakes. All you have to do to win is click on the 40/40 tab on the left and then enter.  But hurry because the 40 Days & 40 Nights Sweepstakes ends on March 3rd!

Don’t want to wait to win? Then book now with rates starting at $92 per person! Plus receive up to $400 in resort coupons to be redeemed for spa treatments, romantic dinning and more.  Book your trip now to save big!

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Sunny Punch

When guests first walk through the doors and into the lobby of Sunscape Dorado Pacifico, they are welcomed with smiling faces and a signature drink. The “mock”-tail is named Sunny Punch after the mascot of Sunscape Resorts & Spas, Sunny the Turtle.

The recipe is a well-kept secret; however, we can tell you it’s a non-alcoholic, refreshing drink with pineapple and orange juices, and mimics the same tropical orange color of Sunny the Turtle. It’s sweet, fruity, and sets the tone for the fun you’ll experience when you’re there! Cheers to vacation!

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Happy New Year from Sunscape!

3….2….1…Happy New Year! At Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, guests rang in 2012 with a resort-wide celebration! Performers gathered to entertain the crowd, clowns engaged guests in an interactive comedy show, and all ages took to the floor to dance in the new year.

At the stroke of midnight, everyone toasted to 2012, sounded their noisemakers, and threw their hats into the air! Our entertainment crew and guests certainly proved that Times Square can’t hold a candle to Ixtapa on New Year!

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#7 Reason To Visit Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa

7. Brand New Spa!

Sunscape Hydrotherapy

Outdoor Jacuzzis are part of Ixtapa's only hydrotherapy circuit

Not only is the Spa at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico brand new, it is also the first of its kind in Ixtapa! Indulge in specialized treatments in the brand new luxurious Spa, the only one in Ixtapa with hydrotherapy facilities. The indoor/outdoor water circuit of rejuvenating therapies uses jets, underwater massage, steam baths and showers, and is available to all Spa patrons at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico.

Before you enjoy a relaxing float, be sure to check out some of the other features that make the Sunscape Spa by Pevnonia so delightfully indulgent! The two-story, 1,960+ sq. ft. space houses two luxurious locker rooms and steam rooms, couples’ cabins, single cabins on the top floor (imagine the view!), with pools and Jacuzzis on the terrace. If you want the sea breeze in your hair and a masseuse’s hands on your back, take it outside to the oceanfront massage cabanas. All treatments use Pevonia products, the worldwide leader in professional spa skincare.

With a full menu of treatments, salon and beauty services, and a fully-equipped fitness center, you will return from vacation looking and feeling great. If that’s not relaxing, we don’t know what is. Ahhhhh!

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Unlimited-Fun® Weddings and Honeymoons

Sure, we’re all about Unlimited-Fun® at Sunscape Resorts & Spas, but we also know all about romance. We love planning weddings at our resorts and make sure our brides and grooms are beyond satisfied.

In fact, we believe that weddings are monumental events that call for romance, beauty, and excitement and that Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa is the perfect backdrop for these special occasions. Situated on the sand with a beautiful view of Palamar Beach, this resort is the ultimate location when it comes to a destination wedding.

Couples will have access to their very own wedding planner who will help them work out all the details of their big day. To help our couples as they plan their special day, we offer a selection of wedding packages including:

  • Sunkissed Wedding Package (Complimentary with stay requirements)
  • Love in the Sun Wedding Package
  • Forever Wedding Package

Plus- all of our wedding packages offer the newlyweds Free Anniversary Nights! That means that if you stay a minimum of 5 nights over first anniversary date you will receive 2 additional nights for free or stay 4 nights over first anniversary date and receive one additional night stay.

The fun doesn’t stop at the wedding. As couples begin their new journey together in marriage we offer blissful honeymoons packages. Sunscape Dorado Pacifico is a great destination for a beachfront Mexican honeymoon. We offer the following two packages for honeymoons:

  • Sunscape Sweet Escape Honeymoon Package
  • Honeymoon & Anniversary Package (Complimentary with stay requirements)

For more information on planning your wedding or honeymoon with us visit our website and check out our wedding guide.



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5 Ways to Have Unlimited-Fun® in the Sun

As all of you may know, we can’t get enough Unlimited-Fun® at Sunscape Resorts & Spas. In fact, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to have more fun. If you and your family are visiting us soon, you’ll want to take advantage of the numerous activities our resort has to offer.

Below we’ve put together a list of 5 Ways for Families to have Unlimited-Fun® in the Sun during their stay at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa. Warning: These activities may cause excessive family bonding, but that’s what vacation is for, right?!

1. Play a Game of Beach Volleyball: A game of beach volleyball can be both fun and exciting. Play kids vs. parents. If kids win, reward them with a special treat!

2. Build a Sandcastle: Our beaches are perfect for building a sandcastle. Make sure you have all the right supplies and give each family member a task to do.

3. Take on Our Waterslides: Our waterslides scream fun! Have waterslide races and see who can get to the bottom first!

4. Enjoy a Walk on the Beach: Take a walk as a family on the beach and while you’re walking look for interesting shells and rocks to take home as souvenirs.

5. Have Lunch Outside at Oceana: Take a break from the pool or the beach to enjoy a delicious outdoor lunch at Oceana restaurant. Be sure to try the fish tacos, they’re delicious!


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#8 Reason To Visit Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa

This one’s for the kids!

8. Sunscape Dorado Pacifico is the only resort in Ixtapa with a supervised Explorer’s Club for kids (ages 3-12) and Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13-17)!

Brand new Core Zone Teen Club at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico

Brand new Core Zone Teen Club at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico

With the recently remodeled and revamped Explorer’s Club and the brand new Core Zone, kids and teens will never have a chance to be bored on vacation. Every member of the family has an individual place to participate in age-appropriate activities, make new friends, and make memories. For example, here’s a sample of some of the great stuff going on weekly at the resort’s hip new Core Zone:

  • Xbox with all recent releases
  • Kinnect on a giant screen at night
  • Foosbal table
  • Pool table
  • Hi-speed internet with 2 computers (no charge!)
  • Nightly movies
  • Ping Pong table
  • Table Games
  • Rifle shooting
  • Eurobungee
  • Bicycle tours
  • Weekly surfing lessons with trained professionals

This is great news for kids, and even better news for parents! Adults can take the opportunity to relax while their kids are entertained. You’re welcome!

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How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle

We’re always looking for ways to have Unlimited-Fun® at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa and our sandcastle building contests have become a favorite activity at our Explorer’s Club for Kids.  In fact, they’re so popular that we decided to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for building a sandcastle with you! 

Here is a list of the supplies you will need:

  • A shovel
  • Buckets
  • Sandcastle carving tools (plastic utensils do the trick)
  • Sunscreen

The most important part of a sand castle is building the foundation. When choosing a location for your castle, pick a spot that is just the right distance from the water to keep waves at bay. Water plays a key role in the sturdiness of the castle so easy access to it is important. When you’ve finally found your perfect spot, dig a shallow hole in the sand until you hit the water table. Having a moat around the finished castle will help to keep the waves from washing it away.

Now, it’s time to start building! Heavily pack wet sand into a structure of pillars that will form the corners of your castle. Then pack sand into bricks and stack the bricks to form the walls of your castle.

After you’ve packed and stacked your sand, it’s time to get creative! Use your carving tools to give the castle its final smooth shape. This is where artistic skill comes in so you may want to enlist the help of Mom and Dad if you need too! Be sure to add fun details like bricks, steps and shingles.

We hope you get the chance to create your own castles out of the beautiful sands of our beaches at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa. But until then, give these tricks a try in your local playground’s sand box!


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