A luxurious beachside beauty near Ixtapa
11 Rooms / 35 Suites
Down Mexico’s picturesque western coastline sits the stunning Viceroy Zihuatanejo, about a 30-minute drive from Ixtapa’s main airport. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, the staff will welcome you with a warm abrazo (that’s an embrace, for the uninitiated) and a cold, lavender-scented towel. Here, guests spend their days lounging beneath thatched palapas and sipping citrusy margaritas. The hotel is located in Zihuatanejo, a quaint fishing village on the Pacific edge of Mexico, a place where low buildings in candy colors line streets bursting with stores, markets and bougainvillea. The Viceroy’s small, charmed feel mirrors that of the town, but it also offers impeccable service, gourmet food, top-shelf bebidas, and equal servings of relaxation and recreation.
The grounds are blanketed in tropical trees through which wind pebble-lined pathways. Guests can conveniently walk (barefoot!) from their rooms to a pool, the beach, the spa, or a restaurant. Unlike the neighboring hotels that sit high on the hillsides, the Viceroy is situated beachfront on Playa La Ropa, a roughly mile-long white beach on Zihuatanejo Bay.
The hotel has 11 guest rooms and 35 suites with a range of views and floor plans. Whether it’s a Garden Room or a Beach Suite or a Lagoon Suite, each is unique and has a private terrace or balcony. The varied rooms are either on the first or second story of adobe-like casitas colored in shades of terracotta. Inside, guest rooms are clean and airy with beds draped in white linen and bright accent colors. The elevated rooms, like the Lagoon Suites, are tucked back and positioned higher, affording stunning views of the estate and the sea beyond. Suites also have expansive patios and plunge pools laid with lapis lazuli-hued tiles.
Threaded within the jungle of coconut palms and floral gardens is the Viceroy Spa. Inside, a medley of metal lanterns inlaid with sheets of colored glass, from bougainvillea pink to Pacific blue, hang overhead like clustered jewels. Treatments include a curated menu of massages, facials and body treatments, which are carried out in one of the six treatment rooms. (Massages are also available beneath a palapa with the ocean as backdrop.) A quick walk from here is a fully equipped fitness center wrapped in large glass windows; beachfront yoga is also available for those who prefer breaking a sweat outdoors.
The staff will accommodate a variety of interests, from scuba and yoga to beachfront massages and deep-sea fishing. Given the hot climate, the hotel’s three swimming pools are a year-round fixture, and one of the kid-friendly pools even has a waterfall and swim-up bar for smoothies and nachos. Out on the beach, soft lounge chairs keep cool under shady palapas. If learning to cook a la Mexicana is of intrigue, head to Zihuatanejo’s local market before cooking an authentic Mexican lunch. There’s more: Tennis lessons, swaying daybeds, sunset catamaran rides and more can fill your days here.
Chef Jorge Ildefonso showcases Zihuatanejo’s fresh flavors in the hotel’s two restaurants. La Villa sits beneath a massive thatched roof with twinkling metal stars that dangle from it. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinners on select nights, including Fridays, when a family-style meal is served with live entertainment. Eats include egg dishes like the poblano omelet, savory green enchiladas, and shrimp tacos with chipotle chili, guacamole and black habanera sauce. Beyond La Villa is the Bar Coral — one of the Viceroy’s three bars — complete with a small pool and backgammon boards.
At La Marea, the new sea-to-table menu takes full advantage of the tremendous bounty from the local waters. The menu is both innovative and familiar, infusing local, Mexican and popular international favorites with creative interpretations, like chilled avocado and cucumber soup with crab, charred octopus, and tagliatelle pasta with shrimp. The restaurant also features the first and only sushi and ceviche bar in Zihuatanejo. Marea Sushi & Ceviche offers a bespoke menu prepared with the finest locally sourced ingredients featuring favorites and innovative creations including spicy tuna rolls, aguachile and tuna tiritas ceviches, salmon sashimi, and crispy seafood tostadas. Enjoy the bounty of the sea beachside in La Marea's open-air dining room.