Upon arrival for our honeymoon week of May 18 in Acapulco at Las Brisas resort, we were picked up at the airport by our driver we had prearranged, Sebastian Hernandez. We arrived at Las Brisas to the big smiling faces of the staff, who grabbed our luggage, served us pink margaritas and made check-in a “breeze”. Eduardo and Demetrio drove us uphill to casita 468, which was in the awesome El Fuerte section. They were so friendly and helpful. Of all the research we had done on Tripadvisor, all the pictures we’d seen of Acapulco, some even from the balcony of casita 468, nothing prepared us for the amazing view of Acapulco Bay! It exceeded all our expectations. The casita was immaculate. We loved the rock floors, walls and shower. Our pool was great, decorated with hibiscus flowers as noted by others here. The sunsets were stunning, as well as the backdrop of the Acapulco city lights. We agreed we had chosen the absolute perfect place to honeymoon. Thank goodness we did not cancel due to the swine flu scare, because we would have missed this heaven on earth that we simply could not match in the States. The only people wearing masks were in the airport and an occasional restaurant, but we did not encounter anyone who was sick from swine flu or otherwise.
We ordered room service the first night and the food was spectacular. The waiters set our outdoor table by the pool with china, tablecloth, and made it a stunning display of traditional Mexican fare. We learned that what Las Brisas called a “snack” on the menu, we called a meal! Excellent tacos, cheese enchiladas, black beans, tortillas, and salsas. I’ve always liked Mexican fare in the US, but this was more flavorful. Seafood was also outstanding, especially at Belle Vista on Las Brisas resort and we had an exceptional meal at Linda Vista later in the week downtown. We were happy with the choice of all-inclusive plan for 2 of the days, which included all food including room service anywhere on the resort minus lobster, caviar, champagne and beer. Strangely enough, beer is more expensive in Mexico than liquor. We were happy with margaritas, but one warning here...they are not stingy with alcohol in any drink. We could have beer when we came home!
I won’t write about every day, but will mention that all of the staff at Las Brisas was so friendly to us, from our maid who created pretty designs on our bed and around the room (and we unfortunately never got her name), to Hazael at the La Concha Beach club, to Eduardo and Osiris Torres the concierges, to Leonardo at the Sunset Bar where we spent many evenings, to Alonso at the Tulipan restaurant at breakfast, to the invisible person/s who delivered our breakfast to the room’s secret box each morning and our bonus honeymoon wine each afternoon, to Demetrio who remembered our names each time we got on his pink jeep to be transported around the resort, and to the only person the whole week that we could not converse with at all, a young maintenance man who successfully worked on our casita air conditioning while smiling and saying Gracias! Our goal is to learn some more Spanish before returning to Las Brisas, although we were so grateful to everyone who rather effortlessly switched from Spanish to English as soon as we returned their “Ola” with “Hi”. We also met a nice couple from Indiana who frequented Acapulco and gave us some good suggestions.
We toured Acapulco with our driver, Sebastian, including the Chapel of Peace, markets downtown (Zocalo), some silver shops, saw the cliff divers twice, once during the day and the last show of the night performed with fire, Diego Rivera’s mural, and the Los Flamingos hotel. We loved the city in general and were surprised at how much American influence there is….Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Coca Cola, etc. Sebastian was awesome, always on time, always full of history and information about Acapulco, life in Mexico, most anything we were interested in. He went everywhere with us, waiting while we ate, shopped, toured and we felt safe with him driving. I wouldn’t advise the best driver in NYC to attempt driving in downtown Acapulco! We would highly recommend Sebastian Hernandez and understood why he received rave reviews from people on Tripadvisor. I’m sure we learned more and spent more time at places we liked than we would have been able to had we chosen a comparable bus or group tour. You can find his contact info here on Tripadvisor for hotmail under certified tour guides and drivers. He responded very quickly over email and helped us choose what we wanted to see weeks before we arrived.
The only downside to Acapulco (if you can call it that) was the extreme heat that we were not accustomed to. The temperatures were approaching 100 degrees with a fairly high humidity. I wore SPF 55 sunscreen most of the trip and my husband, who never wears sunscreen, was glad to have SPF 15 on! Both of us got a little crispy at times. Just be prepared and bring sunscreen….you are fairly close to the equator and the sun is more direct. Sunscreen was 1 item that we noticed was more expensive in Mexico at the Wal-Mart than in the US.
Unfortunately, it was time to check out and come home on Friday, but we have vowed to come back to Las Brisas. Checkout was just as much a breeze as check in. Ms. Solis got us right out the door with no hassle and on the way to the airport. One more thing…tipping is not recommended on the resort since your service charge each day covers tipping, but we still tipped the folks that made special efforts to help us. They were so gracious for anything we gave them, which made us want to tip more!
I could go on and on with how we loved the service of the whole Las Brisas staff, the casita, the common areas, the pool, the immaculate condition of everything on the resort, the beach club, the jeeps transporting us around, the location on the steep mountain overlooking the city and bay, the resort shops, the flowers everywhere, the amazing views, the food. If you're looking for glitzy, trendy, a high rise with a standard "hotel room" feel, a hopping bar scene or to be in the middle of "the action" this is not your place. If you are looking to relax, romance, constant great service with a smile, great views, sunny weather, excellent food, and having your own pool and privacy, this is definitely your place. I will post pictures after I get a chance to upload. Thank you to Las Brisas for making our honeymoon a truly memorable experience from start to finish!
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