There's a major new player in the Mexican luxury resort market, and with introductory rates of $350/night through October, EliteTravelGal highly recommends booking a flight NOW to Zihuatanejo (just over 3 hours nonstop from LA) and settling in for a relaxing stay at the new, 59-room Capella Ixtapa.
The brainchild of Horst Schultze, the same genius hotelier who created the ritzy Ritz-Carlton brand, Capella Ixtapa is located amidst the priciest real estate in a town (Ixtapa) surrounded by breathtaking cliffs and Pacific ocean views. Not a detail at this resort is left untended, thanks to the friendly personal assistants at every guests' beck & call, and a staff that's been trained by the legendary Schultze himself.
Understated casual luxury is the name of the game at this Mediterranean-infused-with-Mexican-style, 7-story property that feels much larger than its 59 rooms and suites (each of which has its own private oceanview plunge pool!). Delicious dining options include freshly caught fish on the cliffside terrace; tapas & tequila at the alfresco Terrace Bar; fabulous Mexican-style breakfasts and light lunch options poolside at Las Rocas; and gourmet specialties at the stylishly designed Al Mares (where we especially love the window nook, oceanview tables for two).
Other reasons to book Capella Ixtapa NOW before word spreads & rates climb include: a gorgeous cliffside spa (complete with an outdoor treatment room for two!) and amazing therapists (request my favorite, Maricru, formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman); an ultra-friendly & eager to please staff; and an overall relaxing vibe complete with a high-level of discreetness & privacy combined with convenient high-tech touches (one-touch controls for lights/fans/tv, free wireless internet and electronic "do not disturb" notifications).
EliteTravelGal's favorite part of the resort? The huge private terrace with its ultra-cushy day bed steps from both my bed & my plunge pool, blending the line between indoor living & out. It's a style of living we just lovemoon. NB: This is a PERFECT option for honeymooners & couples seeking a romantic getaway. The setting and vibe just invite coupledom (the tequila bar helps too!).