Writer Rhonda Lawrence sought honeymoon hideaways in
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo on a trip sponsored by Sectur, Mexico's Ministry
of Tourism. Her report follows:
ZIHUATANEJO -- Located 150 miles north of Acapulco on what is
known as both the Mexican Riviera and the Costa Dorada (golden
coast), Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is really two destinations in one.
The modern resort destination of Ixtapa offers newlyweds a wide
range of high-rise properties along the two-and-a-half-mile-long
beach, two golf courses, tennis facilities, water sports, disco
dancing and several shopping centers.
Although only four miles away, the small fishing village of
Zihuatanejo offers an entirely different ambience for guests in
search of local color. Zihuatanejo is just the place for a couple
to nestle into one of the three small but luxurious inns situated
along La Ropa Beach or amid the stalls of Mexican vendors and
Between the two destinations, the accommodations can suit any
couple's taste and pocketbook.
In Zihuatanejo, Villa del Sol, La Casa Que Canta and Hotel
Puerto Mio are particularly well-suited for newlyweds.Villa del Sol, a member of both Small Luxury Hotels and Relais
& Chateaux, continues to shine as the jewel of Zihuatanejo.
Situated on a private expanse of La Ropa Beach, Villa del Sol
offers private moonlight dinners for two on the beach, with
strolling mariachis. The hotel contains more than 40 suites,
including nine new beach suites ranging in size from 1,200 to 2,000
square feet, each with its own private terrace (or beach-level
veranda), plunge pool and hammock for two. Nightly rates start at
$210, double, through March 31 and $160 from April 1 to Nov.
Villa del Sol
Phone: (888) 389-2645
Small Luxury Hotels
Phone: (800) 525-4800
Relais & Chateaux
Phone: (800) 860-4930
Robert Reid Associates
Phone: (800) 223-6510.Like a storybook villa complete with thatched roofs, the
24-suite La Casa Que Canta rises above Zihuatanejo Bay. The
property has pools that seemingly blend into the blue horizon of
the bay, and a cozy nook lurks behind every corner. The feeling of
sunlight and fresh air surrounds guests whether they are enjoying a
private terrace or dining next to the pool overlooking the
bay.Rates start at $280 per night, double, through April.
La Casa Que Canta
Phone: (888) 523-5050.The 22-suite Hotel Puerto Mio is perched on a peninsula above a
stony cove. Most suites feature balconies with views from the cliff
overlooking Zihuatanejo Bay. Next to the property is a full-service
marina offering slips for yachts; sailing, scuba diving and
big-game fishing excursions; Jet Skis and motorboats. Nightly rates
start at $150, double, from April through November.
Hotel Puerto Mio
Phone: (888) 633-3295.
Two good resort choices for honeymooning clients in Ixtapa are
Westin Brisas and Sheraton Ixtapa.Taking cues from the pre-Hispanic traditions of Mexico, the
monumental architecture of Westin Brisas presides over a
sugar-white stretch of beach. Every room has a private balcony
overlooking the Pacific Ocean, perfect for a quiet evening after a
day spent at one of the four pools or the beach. One of Ixtapa's
two golf courses is situated across the avenue from Westin Brisas,
and the other is nearby. There are four lighted championship tennis
courts and plenty of opportunities to hike, horseback ride, snorkel
and scuba. Westin Brisas also has an on-site wedding planner. Two-
to seven-night honeymoon packages are available. Among the many
inclusions are an oceanview junior suite, a bottle of champagne, a
20% discount on greens fees, one dinner and airport transfers.
Rates start at $1,204 per couple through April 11 and $962 April 12
to Dec. 20.
Phone: (800) 228-3000.Sheraton Ixtapa features an open-air atrium and accommodations
in two 12-story towers. Every Wednesday evening, brightly colored
lights and streamers decorate the outdoor fiesta area of the
Sheraton. The fiesta features the ballet folklorico, rope-wielding
caballeros and a Mexican buffet. Nightly rates start at $230,
double, through March 31 and $170 from April 1 to Nov. 14.
Phone: (800) 325-3535.