My husband and I loved this villa in Zihua during Christmas vacation. Once you enter the gates, it's surprisingly cool around the lush garden and rock pool. We had Villa 1a, upstairs which consisted of two floors - one with a king-bed, double-bed, a patio with a hammock overlooking the pool, and another patio with a couple of chairs overlooking the street. Upstairs was an open-air kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, bar, dinette, 2 twin beds, ceiling fan and great bird-watching views. Everything is made with natural materials - the floor is marble with little fossil imprints, the bed frame is made of palm tree trunks, the closet doors are bamboo, stucco walls, palapa roof. Just lovely.
There is A/C in the bedroom which we didn't even need at night. We stayed cool with just the ceiling fan. Some meowing sounds woke us up in the morning which turned out to be birds that sound just like cats. There was some street noise and music from the neighborhood but I have ear plugs just in case. Ruben, our host, will go to great lengths to make people comfortable. He hired a welder to stop the metal grates outside from rattling whenever cars passed over it!
There's not a lot of hot water in the shower but you don't really need it because you are usually trying to cool off from the day's heat outside! We are used to warm climates being from South Texas but this tropical heat can be brutal. I can't imagine the heat during the summer months. Seriously, take a siesta or a dip in the pool during the heat of the day.
We went to every restaurant Ruben recommended and loved each one! Kau-Kan, Il Mare are both down the street, Jungle Pizza is right next door, El Mango and Pancake House are in El Centro, and Cafe Chuleto is on Playa Principal.
Go to the super mercado for drinks, snacks and breakfast items.
Villa del Palmar is about a 5-minute walk down the street from Playa La Ropa. Use the chairs at Paty's beach shack and order drinks and snacks there.
Visit the new El Refugio ecological park outside of town and ride the chicken bus there! Practice your Spanish but most everyone speaks English anyway.
Although not a luxury place by any means, Villa del Palmar was just our kind of place -- unpretentious, laid-back, comfortable, clean and very relaxing -- just what we needed. And we have a new amigo in Mexico!
See http://dinabwilson.blogspot.com/ for what to do in Zihua!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- These six exclusive villas are ensconced in the heart of a palm grove and surrounded by tropical growth, where you will be able to enjoy the most excellent vacation interlude while still being within a short 4 or 5 minute walk from popular La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. ... more less