My husband and I visited Las Brisas for 6 nights in August 2012. We were on the all-inclusive meal plan. We have been to several AI resorts in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area including LeBlanc (3x), Iberostar Grand (2x), Secrets Maroma and Secrets Silversands.
I would recommend the AI component. I thought the price paid for it was worth it and contrary to what others have written, it is not confusing at all as to what is included and what is not as they provide you with a detailed sheet outlining exactly what the AI plan includes. They actually came to our room and took away the minibar items that were not included so there would be no confusion, which was not necessary but probably saves them headaches with people who do not bother to read the information sheet. The AI includes 2 small bottles of water, one 1.5 liter of water, 2 sodas and 4 beers replenished daily in your mini bar fridge. We found this more than adequate.
The AI plan also includes 50% off of room service but we never took advantage of it so I cannot comment on the quality.
The AI also included 3 dinners in their “premier” restaurants. Since it was off-season, Brisas II was closed so the premier restaurants available for us were the Mexican and the Italian. We ate one meal in the International restaurant (where the breakfast buffet is, there is no limit on how many times you can visit here during your visit) and ate 2 dinners in Zihua. I highly recommend Kau Kan in Zihuah for excellent food, service, and gorgeous view of the bay.
Having read some of the reviews of the food, we were not expecting much. We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the dinners in the Italian and Mexican restaurants and well as the service and atmosphere. I can understand how some people would be confused and perhaps put-off by the Mexican restaurant. Do not expect Tex Mex! If your experience with Mexican food is limited to fast food and chain restaurants, you may be surprised by the menu here. This is authentic Mexican cuisine with an international flair and it is EXCELLENT! If you are confused as to what to order because you are not familiar with this type of cuisine, ask the servers their recommendations. They are very knowledgeable and they will not steer you wrong. Some of the highlights of the Mexican restaurant are the queso served in a molcajete ( I cannot think of the name of this dish but it is similar to queso flameado minus the flameado because it’s baked in the molcajete), the black bean soup, and the osso bucco ( sounds like an odd item for a Mexican restaurant but it had a uniquely Mexican flair and it was delicious).
The Italian restaurant was equally as delicious and the atmosphere is very elegant. This is the restaurant we dined at twice. We really enjoyed the ceasar salad for two prepared tableside. Did you know the ceasar salad was invented in Tijuana? I absolutely love the way ceasar salad is prepared in Mexico and Las Brisas did not disappoint. In fact, on our second visit the salad was prepared by Moises and it was the best salad I have ever had. Please be warned that the ceasar dressing in Mexico is prepared with raw egg yolks so if this concerns you, don’t order it. Other highlights of the Italian restaurant are the steak flambé, bananas foster and the tiramisu. Moises was our server each of the 3 nights we dined in the premier restaurants and he made each meal very special, especially our last night. He is a gracious host and an excellent waiter.
You are presented with a check after each meal since some guests are not on AI. I thought that for the quality of food and the dining experience the total for the meal was very fair. For drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts with coffee (2 people)the totals were in the $130 (US) range. Far below what we would have paid for the same meal in an equally nice restaurant in the DFW area. We also tipped around 15%-20% of the total. We felt strongly that the quality of service and food warranted this.
We spent our days at the beach. The beach service was very good. They have an excellent selection of Mexican beers that they serve to you in a bucket of ice along with bottled water. The beers include XXs, Tecate, Bohemia, Victoria, Indio, Corona, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, and Pacifico. We also ordered lunch on the beach each day. The food was served promptly and it was fresh and for the most part very good snack bar fare. The only thing we didn’t like was the Cuban sandwich but the fries, guacamole, quesadilla, nachos, cheeseburger, and provolone salad were really yummy.
The breakfast buffet was fine, nothing exceptional but more than adequate. Certainly better than what I usually scrounge up at home. I especially liked the pastries, coffee and the chilaquiles.
The lobby bar is a great place to have a cocktail before dinner. Polo and Paulino are great. They have good suggestions if you want to try something different and they’re very nice to chat with. The view from the bar is spectacular and we enjoyed the sunsets very much.
Overall, we had a great time at Las Brisas. As others have said, the fact that the beach is secluded is very nice. It gives it a very exclusive feel. The only drawback to our visit was the timing of it. It was right before school started and there were A LOT of children there, although they were well behaved for the most part…where there are waves, there are screams and squeals. We just would have preferred a little more peace and quiet but overall it was not bad. Most of the guests were nationals this time of year and most families consist of at least 2 and often 3 kids. That’s a lot of kids. However, because the guests were nationals we kept very different schedules. They took breakfast and dinner much later than a typical US family. It was not unusual for us to be finishing up our dinner at 9:15 or 9:30 and notice the restaurants just starting to fill up. There was obviously a long nap involved in their schedules because all the kids were well behaved and not cranky like you might see late night in the US.
You also have to check the pool/beach towels in and out. I’m not used to this and don’t really like having to mess with that but the benefit of this system is that there is no “chair game”. That was nice. I also didn’t really care for the pools. It is a shame that there is no view of the ocean from them. However, I do not go on a beach vacation to sit at a pool so this did not affect our trip at all.
Las Brisas is a AAA 4 diamond resort and it shows. It shows from the speedy check-in and check-out, to the professional staff, the great service and the quality of the food. I thought that all the prices at the hotel ranged from reasonable in the restaurants to typical resort prices in the bar, room service, and mini bar. I do not understand people complaining about the prices. It makes me wonder if they have ever traveled to even moderate level resorts before. Yes, some price gouging occurs. Yes, the price for a bottle of water they put in your room is more than what you pay at an OXXO. This occurs everywhere from sporting events, to restaurants, to airports and amusement parks all over the planet. This is just how it is and why I think the AI component is such a great deal here. It was great and we didn’t even feel bad for eating a couple of dinners off the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by tropical vegetation on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera is where you will find this secluded tropical paradise that offers the perfect balance between recreation and relaxation. A private hilltop entrance leads into a stone courtyard with dramatic fountain, where porters escort new arrivals to the open-air reception area. Bright colors, high ceilings, and keyhole views of the Pacific Ocean highlight hotel's striking architecture. Las Brisas Ixtapa is a particular favorite of honeymooners for its romantic setting and rooms with private terraces, all with ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Brisas Resort Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Resort
- Las Brisas Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Ixtapa
- Las Brisas Ixtapa Mexico