My husband and I had our wedding at Aura del Mar in April and the only way to describe it was absolute perfection! We had never been to Zihua before arriving in town and so it was extremely scary to choose our wedding location solely by what we found online. However, we could not have been happier with our choice and feel lucky to have found this little slice of heaven on earth! We set up transportation with Carlos for all of our guests through the hotel and it was a breeze as we walked out of customs to find our shuttle vans. The hotel itself is charming with beautiful grounds and it's own unique, rustic feel. We were looking for a small hotel with an authentic Mexican feel but that was very clean, well-kept and offered amenities similar to a large resort. Everyone felt Aura del Mar nailed this! We were in room #19 which is quite private and has an amazing view. Our guests were scattered throughout the hotel and it was fun to bump into family and friends on the stairs, in the lobby and at breakfast.
Specific to our wedding, we worked very closely with Janet, the hotel's wedding coordinator, for months. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Janet! She's absolutely outstanding at her job and she is ALWAYS available and answers your emails/phone calls within 24 hours or less and never misses a question or detail. I am ridiculously organized and sent her long emails with lots of questions and she was all over it - I was never worried that something would be missed. In fact, she did everything exactly as I asked and even added a couple additional touches on top of it all! She accommodated me in absolutely everything including going to town to make purchases on my behalf when I was too busy to go myself, driving me and my mom around town to vendor appointments so we didn't have to take a cab, steaming my dress at the last minute and setting me and my bridesmaids up with a gorgeous suite to get ready in on the day of.
The wedding and reception were all we could have hoped for and more! There were about 10 staff members preparing the grounds all day doing everything from trimming plants to sweeping, yes sweeping, the sand. The beauty of the hotel and it's surroundings made for incredible pictures (I've included a couple). The harpist during the ceremony was beautiful, the mariachi band was everyone's favorite, the food was excellent, no one was ever without a drink in their hand all night and the party really got going with the pinatas. I was worried about: noise on the beach - no worries b/c of the sound system; walking on the sand in heels - no problem b/c of the mats laid out; the flowers - the local florist has anything you could want (or will special order it) and everything was fresh; the reception on the pool deck instead of in the restaurant - was better b/c it was private and just ours. We were having so much fun that we added not 1, not 2.5 extra hours of open bar b/c we just didn't want it to end. The staff had been there since the morning but didn't even bat an eye - they kept smiling and pouring drinks until the wee hours of the night.
We've had countless friends and family tell us this was the best wedding they'd ever been to and much of that is due to Hotel Aura del Mar and their amazing staff. So, thank you to Janet, Miguel, Fabian, Alexander, Francisco and Carlos from the bottom of our hearts. You made the week leading up to it and our wedding day so very special. We can't wait to return! - Scott and Brittany
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aura del Mar is a boutique-hotel in a Mexican fishing village, known for its hospitality and privacy. It's the perfect choice to get to know Zihuatanejo, relax and enjoy the sea. We offer a privileged location at the seashore in La Madera beach. Walking distance to downtown Zihua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Del Mar Zihuatanejo
- Hotel Brisas Del Mar