Built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Capella Ixtapa is a luxurious resort hotel with 59 rooms, all suites with ocean-facing views. As might be expected, accommodations are generous in size, with each guestroom featuring a master bedroom, a living room, and a private terrace with its own plunge pool. Decor features tiled floors, dark wood furniture, and local handwoven crafts as accents. Included in the room fee is a range of personal services and amenities, from standards like Wi-Fi and nightly turndown service to more coveted benefits such as a personal assistant who provides individualized concierge services. There are lots of common spaces in the hotel for guests to enjoy, among them an open-air lobby and a library, where drinks and snacks are served nightly. Two pools, an award-winning spa, and three restaurants round out what's on offer here.
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Capella Ixtapa is named after Ixtapa, the town where it's located. Ixtapa enjoys a unique climate and gorgeous mountain and sea views thanks to its placement between the Sierra Madre mountains, visible in the background, and the Pacific Ocean. Ixtapa, which is adjacent to Zihuatanejo, is the newer of the two towns, and is a planned community that caters primarily to travelers. Zihuatanejo is the more historic Mexican town, with a central plaza, traditional food market, and colorfully painted homes on cobblestone streets. Visitors love walking along the Paseo del Pescador, where fishermen sell their fresh catch. The hotel offers an orientation tour of the two towns for guests who want to explore off-property, and it can coordinate numerous other excursions; thanks to the Pacific location, numerous marine-oriented activities include snorkeling, diving, and deep-sea fishing.
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Rooms: 54 junior suites, 5 penthouses; from $400. Check-in: Flexible check-in and check-out times—guests determine their own. Dining options: There are three restaurants on-site—Las Rocas, A Mares, and Seafood Market—all offering Mexican and international cuisine, served in settings with oceanfront views. Room service is available 24 hours. Spa and gym details: Spa treatments are performed in a natural, alfresco setting using Mexican herbs and ingredients. Signature spa services include “raindrops,” a massage incorporating a variety of essential oils, and “bamboo” therapy, in which the masseuse uses three different sizes of bamboo stick to give a vigorous massage. The hotel also has an outdoor yoga deck, and the views of the sea from the sixth-floor gym are inspirational.
Who it's for: Luxury lovers who always want an ocean view. Our favorite rooms: Any of the hotel's five penthouses. All have particularly stunning ocean views because of their placement on the cliff. Freebies:Numerous amenities and services are included in the room rate, among them coffee and tea service offered each morning in the library; a juice and fruit station in the lobby; and complimentary minibar items (alcohol excluded).