We stayed at the Las Brisas in April of 2013. The property is located on a hillside overlooking a beautiful private beach. Because of this, the building is stair-step shaped with each unit having its own private balcony overlooking the ocean and beach. The resort has four swimming pools, several restaurants, and a lounge near the lobby with a beautiful view and cooling breezes. The staff was unfailingly attentive and kind. I'd like to mention Victor at the pool as well as Ramon and Jesus at the buffet who were especially kind and courteous.
That said, there are some things that a visitor should know. First, if you have any mobility issues, this is not a great choice. The walk to the pool area is long and involves stairs as is the walk to the beach. Also, the food served at the buffet was OK (it came with our room, otherwise it is 250 pesos or about $20 per person and seemed expensive). The snacks served at the pool were disappointing at best and overpriced.
Our room was fairly nice and featured a decent air conditioner, ceiling fan, room safe, a walk in shower, stone floor, deck, honor bar fridge, and the other amenities you would expect.
We had intended to rent a car, and thankfully we chose not to. A taxi ride to or from the airport ran about $20 USD. Once at the hotel, you can walk about 1/4 mile to the main highway between Ixtapa and Zihuatanajo where private buses run back and forth every few minutes. This is a much more convenient and inexpensive way to get around (about $0.75 per person). You can walk to the public beach access in Ixtapa, it's about a mile. Because Ixtapa is not in a bay, the water is a lot rougher than at the beaches around Zihua. On that note, I'd add that we were a little disappointed with the sea water quality. Unlike the Caribbean or Hawaiian islands, the water was somewhat murky and visibility was negligible at both locations. There are boats that will take you to a nearby island from the marina in Zihua for snorkeling. Water conditions may be better there, we didn't go and therefore can't say either way.
For those of you that have never been to this area, Zihuatanejo began as a fishing village in a protected bay. It has grown a lot but still has an active fishing industry. Most of the tourist shops are located along Avenue Cinco de Mayo which you can get to easily via bus and then walk the four blocks or so to the water, where there are lots of restaurants and bars. While we had no safety issues there, the town is a bit gritty in places, but that's par for the course.
Ixtapa is entirely different than its neighbor. It is a resort town on the Pacific Ocean. The hotels are all high rise buildings that span the two miles or so of beach. If you like the look of Miami beach, you'll like Ixtapa. We are not fans, so for us despite the fact that getting to the pool and beach at Las Brisas is a bit of a hike, the privacy and quiet of our hotel were well worth it.
For what it's worth, we ate at many restaurants of all kinds, had drinks with ice cubes, and ate fruits and vegetables and had no issues. We especially liked several restaurants we tried on the beach in Zihua. Reasonable prices and very fresh and flavorful fish and seafood. Not fancy, but tasty!
- 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