Cliffside luxury in Ixtapa
Nestled in Mexico’s lush Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounded by sapphire waters, Capella Ixtapa is like a well-kept secret that’s just too hard to keep to yourself. Stunning 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean appear at nearly every corner of the property. Couples cuddle in infinity pools and in hammocks on private terraces with guacamole at their fingertips. The vibe here is all about romantic relaxation.
Part of the Capella Hotel Group, the Ixtapa location offers contemporary design elements that celebrate Mexican culture, including clay pots made from local artisans, books on artist Frida Kahlo’s life and healing herbs from the native Amuzgo tribe available in the 6,000-square-foot spa. And though amenities include a tequila library, seaside yoga deck and personalized cooking lessons, it may be difficult just to leave your room. Each guest room and suite reveals a crystal blue ocean from a cascading hillside, complete with an infinity plunge pool on each terrace ensconced in complete privacy.
The 59 guest rooms and suites are spread throughout five different buildings on the 24-acre mountainside property. (A cable car whisks you to your room quickly and efficiently.) Each room features a large, private terrace and a plunge pool. They range from 550 to 840 square feet and feature furnishings from local artisans and sinfully soft Pratesi sheets. In the bathroom, a fluffy robe, luxe Teva products and a large marble bath await. The five suites are made up of 1,150 square feet of complete seclusion. Perks include an open-air living room that reveals a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and an LCD TV on the terrace and in the bedroom. And like all Capella properties, each room is designated with a personal assistant who can help with everything from spa appointments to sunset cruises.
Due to a secluded seaside location, fresh seafood is plentiful on property. Executive chef Rurik Salazar and sous chef Miguel Baltazar helm the culinary operations, and were both finalists for Mexico’s Chef of the Year Contest. You can get first-hand coaching from Baltazar during a private cooking lesson where a trio of salsas and sea bass caught in the morning await.
For a more formal dining experience, A Mares has a four-course menu coupled with an impressive wine list. An amuse bouche marks the beginning of the meal, and is followed by courses that get playful with seafood, like flavorful coconut shrimp with a mango jelly, and hibiscus and tamarind scallops. For casual dining, Las Rocas Seafood Market is an open-air restaurant that lets guests choose a catch of the day before dining near the pool with the ocean’s crashing waves below.
Tapas are also available at the Terrace Bar. Here, basil margaritas are served alongside tiritas — a local ceviche that nails the diversity of the region’s fish and fresh herbs.
Two infinity pools spill out onto the ocean, with one more secluded one on the west side of the property that rightfully serves as a honeymooners’ paradise. Every evening you can hit up a complimentary tasting in the tequila library, which is equipped with 65 impressive brands. A plethora of juices and snacks are also laid out during the day for midday hunger pains. Excursions to the local fishing town Zihuatanejo can be arranged, as well as snorkeling and kayaking activities.
More relaxation is available to guests at the spa, even if you don’t book an appointment. Here, you can enjoy a whirlpool, steam room, dry sauna and spa showers in the locker room. Those looking to stay active after days of chips and guacamole are can visit the fitness center or open-air yoga deck — it too has spectacular views of the ocean sure to help you get Zen.