2BR/3BA + Den. Elevator opens into great room. Gourmet kitchen. Daily maid.
- English, French, Spanish
About Harriet Garfinkle
From our home in the UK, we visit our penthouse two or three times a year to meet up with friends and enjoy the local beaches & fresh seafood!
Harriet Garfinkle purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Harriet Garfinkle chose Playa La Ropa
Sun - Sea - Sand in an authentic Mexican fishing village. We love the slow paced life & friendly people Zihuatanejo.
What makes this Villa unique
Our 2500 square foot penthouse with stunning sunset views & a private pool is regarded as the best condo at Casa Que Ve Al Mar & one of Zihuatanejo's finest also!
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed
NOT suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
NO Children under 12 year of age, please.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
When we first walked into the condo everyone's mouth dropped open....the view is INCREDIBLE. The rooms were comfortable and the dipping pool being right there was always a great way to relax and cool down. Erica, Sonia, and Yesi were on top of any request we made and the rest of the staff at CVM were fantastic. The only thing that was troubling was the family of 6 bats that lived with us the entire time. One morning one almost flew into my sons chest coming from under the hood over the stove. On another night one got into the master bedroom and bathroom as we were getting ready to go to bed. We were very diligent about keeping bedroom doors closed. I realized we are on the top floor and this is very hard to control but we had bat poop on the kitchen counters and all over the floors each morning. We kept the lights on all the time throughout the condo especially at night. I do not blame the staff but there has to be a better way to control this. Possibly more lights around the beams in front of the elevator which is where they seemed to hover the most.
Other than the bats this is a fantastic place to stay and a view that can't be beaten each morning and night!!!
Stunning views - treehouse living!
You cannot beat the views of this place. The pool is also one of its best features - awesome. We have stayed at this complex before so we know it is a great location and staying in this penthouse was a real treat! You are in an open air jungle atmosphere (which I knew) so you need to be comfortable with the residents of that jungle to stay here.
Erika the property manager was awesome. Any issue we had she was very responsive to so she is a real gem - thank you Erika!
Beds are comfortable - maid service was great!
Thank you,Cam! We are delighted that you enjoyed your authentic experience of jungle living in Mexico.
Wow, beautiful, amazing! These are just a few words to describe this property! It's just an absolutely amazing place to stay. Plenty of room, beautifully set up and laid out, and the dipping pool! We loved it all and can't wait to go back. My husband and i traveled to Zihuatanejo for the first time to celebrate his birthday. We have always stayed at AI and wanted to try something different. We couldn't have picked a better property and location. As others have said Harriet, Erica and Sonjia make this a wonderful place to stay. All of their help and services are amazing. Harriet was great to work with prior to arriving, sending helpful emails and information. Erica greeted us on arrival and showed us everything we needed to know about the condo. She also checked in with us regularly which I really appreciated. We didn't meet Sonia but used her services every other day and she left everything fresh and clean for us. Having never been to Zihua I found the location of this condo to be perfect. It's an easy walk to the beach or to town or the Marina, we even walked to Mega. We walked everywhere and loved it, we saw so much more that way! We did use taxis on occasion at night and for a ride back up the hill when it was hot :) and that worked out perfectly too and very inexpensive. And we met some wonderful taxi drivers and learned a lot about the area that way - it was perfect! Their are many amazing restaurants and shops nearby. We never had a bad meal, a few of our favorites were Espuma for breakfast, La Perla a few times, El Manglar and don't miss Jungle Pizza, Rueben is the best! Harriet's guide is invaluable and we referenced it frequently. Don't leave home without it! There were many things contained in that guide that were very helpful once we arrived, I'm go glad I brought it with me! The property is on a hill, which makes for a magnificent view, the walking was good and didn't make us feel so guilty about all of the wonderful food we ate! Also we chatted with the front security guards and got to know them as we were leaving for the day, a great bunch to talk with and learn about the area, and their services are great as well for calling taxis and waving as you come back to the property. Just all in all an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend this property!
WOW!!!! What can I say? You made ALL of the management team so happy! I am thrilled beyond measure that you had such a fantastic vacation. We try very hard to make that so ...and I am so happy that we succeeded!
Luxury Stay in Perfect Location
The Penthouse was the perfect choice for our annual family rendezvous in Zihua. The three bedroom suites and private entrance were ideal for our needs. The unit is very spacious with fantastic views of Playa la Ropa and the dipping pool off the terrace was a great place to relax and cool off. The kitchen was very well equipped and we especially appreciated two coffee makers, an electric tea kettle and the dishwasher. Sonia, the housekeeper, was available on a daily basis, though we had her come every other day. Erica, the local hostess, met us on arrival and showed us around. Erica also made useful suggestions and arranged local transportation, when needed. Both Erica & Sonia helped make the experience even nicer for us. The location of this unit was ideal for walking to the beach or to town and the mercados and restaurants. All-in-all, we had had a perfect stay in the perfect town.
I am so pleased that you had a perfect stay! What more could one ask for on a vacation? We are very lucky to have onboard incredible, helpful and friendly staff who go out of their way to make your vacation enjoyable.
Please stay with us again!
This condo is even more beautiful than the pictures. It’s super inviting and it faces the water with views of La Ropa and Las Gatos beach.
In addition to the views, this condo has all the
amenities of a high end resort. Daily maid service, 2 infinity resort pools, private dipping pool and security.
Another bonus of staying at this unit is the service from both the property manager and the onsite manager. The property manager, Harriet reached out to me before the trip and answered all my questions . She’ll also send you info outlining what do do as soon as your plane lands in Zihua! The on-site manger Erica will greet you at the condo and make sure that everything is A-ok. She’s very pleasant and is a great source for excursions, drivers, etc..
I definitely recommend this place!
Thank you Kathy, Patricia and I are the owners. It gives us great pleasure to have others share our home in Mexico. Harriet, Erica and Sonia are a great team and we know they take great trouble to ensure guests have a wonderful time. The penthouse is very special to us and we hope you will consider staying there in the future.
Robert & Patricia
Vista to behold anytime of day / Well maintained* / Exceeded our expectations
A review written at Harriet's behest. Selfishly, we ponder the value in making a future booking more difficult to obtain?
That aside, the PH condo at CVM was an awesome base for a very relaxing latter half of January in Zihuatanejo. The location is very peaceful: no disruptive neighbours; the sound of surf does not keep you awake; just contemplate the view. We appreciated the spacious layout. Based on experience with previous rentals of this nature, the kitchen is well equipped. We slept well, and found that after a few days, we acclimatized; air conditioning was not necessary.
*For those who have read the previous comment stream, bats do appreciate the condo too...not many...and rarely seen. We drew the blinds down each evening before bed - I believe this helped. In the morning a quick sweep got rid of any evidence, mostly localized in the entry area. We opted not to have Sonia visit us daily, she would attend to this otherwise.
Our preferred winter destination is Barbados, north of Bridgetown. This was a last minute booking for which we have absolutely no regret. Weather-wise it is on par with Barbados: preponderantly sunny, not too humid, and not too hot, daytime highs of around 31 degrees Celsius. The very enjoyable beach (Playa la Ropa), about a seven minute walk, downhill; many restaurants offered beach chairs for a 100 pesos each, and would serve you chair-side should you not want to enjoy lunch at a sheltered table. Vendors were not too intrusive (we had forgotten about this aspect of Mexican beach life). We rented SUP boards (not too far to the left once you hit the beach) early one morning and spent a few hours on the water - we'll repeat in the future. This is not a walking beach. We did spend a day at Playa Larga which more than met our expectations in this regard.
Market shopping at the Mercado, and the shops in downtown Zihua was fun...the Mercado's fresh seafood vendors offer fantastic product. The walk, once you orient yourself is fairly easy, and offers another view of life's slice in Zihuatanejo.
If you are independent travellers who do not get off on all-inclusive pampering and excess, and want primarily to look after your own meal planning, the PH at CVM should meet your needs. Surrounding restaurants are great! The pictures posted on the site Harriet manages speak the truth. This is not a tourist-trap location.
Debbie and Bastiaan, Columbia Valley, British Columbia
Patricia and I are the owners of the Penthouse at CVM. We are delighted that others share our joy with the property. It is our home in Mexico and we will be there soon enjoying its magnificent views. We know that the team Sonia the maid and Eli the concierge do a great job in keeping the place as we, and we hope our guests, would like.
We bought the penthouse when it was being built so much of the credit for the design and content must go to Patricia my wife. We have tried over the years to maintain high standards of decoration for us and others to enjoy.
We too love the town and the local beaches and virtually without exception have found local people friendly, helpful and very tolerant of my self-taught Spanish. Although there are many great local restaurants in town and on the beaches, we love to shop locally, cook in the Penthouse and dine overlooking the bay. To us at least, it is truly magical.
Thank you for your kind comments and we hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future.
Robert and Patricia, London, England
Yoga classes on the beach, private in-penthouse massage service, private tour guide available, private cook can be arranged