We had a wonderful time and experience, great villa at a ideal location. Peace and quiet, exactly as we wanted. We had villa 607, which offers fantastic and unobstructed ocean view and great privacy, we were very happy in our home-away-from-home. The villa is well decorated and maintained. Gardens are also well maintained and growing fast, Wifi is fast, pool was heated to our wishes.
This was low season, so the hotel was not very full, in fact we did not see many guests at all. We were always alone (and early) for breakfast and mostly alone for dinner.
Yes, you need a buggy to get around, but just let it be part of the experience. All buggy drivers are very friendly, very attendive and making a good conversation.
The hotel seems to cater mostly for local or Spanish speaking tourists. One example to demonstrate this: one evening the Chef was visiting all the people having dinner outside. Good initiative, but we were offended when the Chef just passed us by, just nodding, not even speaking a word. Our Spanish is not perfect, but a few words would have done. The Thai assistant chef was much more friendly and open for discussion, he deserves a big node on the back (and a promotion).
As we were here for 2 weeks, we ventured out into the city for dinner quite a number of times. Based on other TripAdvisor comments, we contacted Sebastian Hernandez of acapulcoforall.com for our local travel. We found him very helpful and we used his service several times, good price, good service, safe driving. You won´t be disappointed!
It seems the whole of Acapulco is bitten by the Asian Cooking flu, as most (if not all) restaurants were serving Thai cuisine, or a Thai-Mexican (con)fusion. Are there any Mexican restaurants still out there?
Only one restaurant was open in the hotel and offering – guess what – a Thai menu. No complains though, good quality, big portions and a beautiful outside setting, although the music was quite loud to our taste. Dinner gets busy on weekends and the place attracts - as far as we could understand them - jetset locals coming for the great sunset view and a drink. As in any restaurant in Acapulco we visited, there are a lot of table waiters walking around, not sure what they all do, must be a local habit.
Pity you could not have dinner at the sea side restaurant, it was only open for lunch and the other one was closed for renovation, although we never saw anybody working here, I guess they are still in the planning phase. Great view though from here as well.
On a very personal note, we found the experience and service in Banyan Tree Koh Samui in 2012 even more personal, more attentive and more responsive. Breakfast in Koh Samui was much more elaborate than here. We assume this is something cultural and definitely not related to the quality of the resort and the people.
If we come back to Acapulco, we will definitely stay here again. If we can choose between Acapulco and Koh Samui, we go to Koh Samui again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rediscover the charm, romance, and dramatic sunsets of Acapulco at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, nestled in an exclusive hideaway of Punta Diamante. The Valley View Pool Villa has its own private pool and floor to ceiling windows to capture inspiring cliff-side views, of Acapulco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The resort boasts a distinctively Asian flavour, with steeply pitched roofs, wide eaves, and the entire villa built on stilts. ... more less
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