Crafts to Make for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is finally here and today at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, we’ll be celebrating with festive attire, upbeat music, delicious food and fun games for all to enjoy! Kids of our Explorer’s Club will also have the opportunity to make masks and other fun crafts creating even more Unlimited-Fun®!

If you’re not visiting us today, have no fear! Below are some crafts that you and your family can make in honor of this holiday. Click the linked words below for instructions!

Party Plate Masks: Create a fun, glittery mask to keep family members guessing who’s who!

Clink-Clank Noisemaker: Make some noise with this easy to create noisemaker!

King Cake: A traditional Mardi Gras cake has a surprise inside. Bake this cake for your kiddies and watch their shocked faces as the inside treat is revealed!

Throw-Me Beads: Mardi Gras isn’t complete without beads. Make these to wear or throw in the air!

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5 Tips for a Fun Family Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a time to celebrate the love between couples. It’s also a time to celebrate the love between families. Here at Sunscape Resorts & Spas, we value family time together and always aim to ensure that the moms, dads and kids visiting our resort have Unlimited-Fun® while they stay with us!

For the lucky families visiting us this special holiday, we have plenty of fun activities planned for everyone to enjoy. However, if you’re unable to be with us, there’s still plenty of fun to be had at home. Below are a five tips for making this Valentine’s Day a special and fun-filled holiday for everyone at home!

Create a Fun Dinner at Home: Make your kid’s favorite dinner, even if it is hot dogs and mac & cheese, and eat together as a family. Feeling crafty? You can even decorate your house with balloons, and red and pink crepe paper.

Bake Valentine’s Day Treats: Get out the baking supplies and let everyone chip in to help! Bake cookies, cakes or brownies and then decorate them with red icing or candy hearts.

Read Together: Choose a book your whole family will enjoy and read it out loud. You may even want to pick a book with a love theme such as the classic, “Love You, Forever” written by Robert N. Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw.

Take a Family Portrait: Have everyone dress in their favorite red or pink shirt and take a family photo then place it in a heart-shaped frame or make your own frames. You will have this to cherish for Valentine’s Days for years to come.

Donate to a Good Cause: Express your love for your community by making a donation to a charity. For example, make a donation in your children’s names to the American Heart Association or gather old clothes and shoes and donate them to the less fortunate.


Bake Valentine's Day Treats Together


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Unlimited-Fun® With The Game of Bocce

Fun, fun and more fun–we’re all about Unlimited-Fun® at Sunscape Resorts & Spas. Our energetic Entertainment Tem aims to keep guests pleased each and everyday with games, shows and sporting events. One of our most popular activities, which takes place almost every afternoon, is Bocce.

Bocce is one of the oldest games known to mankind. There’s evidence that as early as 5000 B.C., the Egyptians played Bocce with polished rocks. However, the early Romans were the ones who played the game most closely to the way we do today.

How to Play:

Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller ball, called the pallino. The game can be played with 2, 4, or 8 players.  Once the number of players is decided, divide the bocce balls evenly between them. The purpose of the game is to get your bocce balls as close to the pallino as possible. Points will be awarded based on the distance of a player’s balls from the pallino.

To begin, choose a player at random to throw the pallino. This player must also throw the first bocce ball. After the first player has thrown his first bocce ball, he is now as the “inside” player and will not throw again until someone throws his or her ball closer to the pallino. Once someone throws closer to the pallino, he is now considered the “inside” player. The “inside” player cannot throw twice in a row.

After all players have thrown their bocce balls, points will be awarded to the “inside” player whose ball is closest to the pallino. One point will be awarded for every ball that is closer to the pallino than his or her closest competitor’s ball.  The game is won when a player reaches 13 points.

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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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5 Fun Ways to Relive Your Vacation

Let’s face it–everyone feels a little bummed when their vacation is over. If you’ve visited us recently at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, you most likely know the feeling! But who says the Unlimited-Fun® has to end just because vacation is over?

Below are a few ways that you and your family can relive your vacation at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa when you return home.

1. Make a Picture Collage or Scrapbook: We’re sure you’ve taken countless pictures during your vacation so why not showcase them? Take a trip to your local craft store and pick up either a picture frame for a collage or a scrapbook where you can keep all your photos. Put it together as a family and talk about the fun you had during your stay!

2. Watch Videos from Your Vacation: Video cameras were created for a reason. Be sure to take one with you on vacation and when you get home, pick a night, make popcorn and watch your videos as a family! If you are traveling with your loved one other this could also be a great date night after your trip to share memories!

3. Enjoy Yummy Cocktails or Mocktails: You most likely enjoyed delicious cocktails such as a Mango Tango, Pina Colada or Margarita during your stay with us! If the kids are around, create these drinks without alcohol and have a mocktail party. If the kids aren’t around, you and your spouse can enjoy a quiet night alone with one of these yummy drinks!

4. Book Next Year’s Vacation: The best way to relive a vacation is plan the next one! Pick a night, get your whole family together and book next year’s vacation! While you’re booking it, talk about all the fun you had on your vacation this year.

5. Make a Mexican Dinner: Couldn’t get enough of the Mexican food while on vacation? To enjoy this at home, make fish tacos, fajitas or another one of your favorite dishes and sit down as a family for dinner!


Don't let the fun stop after your vacation!

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A Guest Review

As I’m sure you know, we’re all about Unlimited-Fun® at Sunscape Resorts & Spas and we always want to hear from our guests about how much fun they had when they visited our resorts. Below is a review that a recent guest posted on Trip Advisor about her stay at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa and we couldn’t help but share it with you!

Excellent All-Inclusive for Families!

Positives: The BEST all inclusive our family of 4 has ever stayed at! Good value for your money. Entire facility exceptionally clean, very helpful friendly staff, excellent food with good variety (arrives hot, not cold!), waterslides very enjoyable for the entire family, beautiful large pool, excellent gym facility (looks like all new equipment), Concerns and/or maintenance issues addressed promptly by staff and with good results. Minibar fridge stocked daily and included in price, Excellent coffee at coffee bar …. staff will prepare it the way you request it! Most staff speak adequate or very good English. Beautiful beach, great for body surfing, excellent games room with air hockey, foosball, x-box, etc. Outstanding ocean view from our family suite. Family suite spacious. Kids explorers club has wide variety of activities for all ages & utilizes entire facility (ie. supervised swimming in pool, games on the beach, Wii, crafts, etc. staff excellent with kids & speak English). A/C temp levels controlled by occupants. Water system worked in rooms.

You can read the remainder of this review here. If you’re visiting us in the near future, be sure to tell us what you thought of your stay on Trip Advisor. Also, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or post photos to our Facebook page!


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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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Make Traveling with Children Easier

Let’s face it–no one enjoys a cranky child on an airplane! And not even Mother Goose can deal with a screaming, upset child on a jammed packed plane for several hours. To help avoid this and make traveling with children easier, we always recommend that parents pack some simple activities to keep their little ones busy the whole plane ride and get them ready for the Unlimited-Fun® they will experience when they arrive at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa.

Our sister-resorts, Dreams Resorts & Spas have great printable games, coloring pages,  puzzles and more that are sure to keep the little ones entertained the entire trip. Visit the Dreams Resorts & Spas’ Activity Center before your trip and print them out. Don’t forget to pack crayons!

Some other tips for keeping kids occupied while traveling include:

  • Bringing hearty snacks for them to enjoy on the plane ride. A well-fed child is a happy child!
  • Bringing a sippy cup or a straw so that your child can drink milk or water during takeoff and landing so it doesn’t bother their ears.
  • Bringing your child’s blanket or stuffed animal so they feel at home on the plane.

Also, don’t forget to pack activities for the ride home when kids are tired and worn out from vacation!

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