Three trips to Ixtapa and the Barcelo and my 4th trip is already scheduled. The staff are very nice and helpful - if needed. The food was great at all four restaurants and there was always a good selection.
The rooms are very clean and maintained. The suites are huge and well equipped. The smaller rooms are also very nice. Almost all the rooms have ocean view with a balcony overlooking the beach and pools.
The pools were very clean and the Swim-up bar was awesome. After a couple of trips to the bar the bartenders started to recognize you and had your drink half made by the time you got there. There are also plenty of "runner's" bringing drinks and snacks and often had your next drink there before you finished the first one.
The beach is very clean and I'd guess that there is atleast a mile of it right in from of the resort. There are plenty of lawn chairs available on the beach. The water is clean (unlike Peurto Vallarta) and warm. The waves are mild - good for boardless body surfing.More