We recently spent a week (April 1-8) at the Brisas del Mar. We absolutely loved it! We stayed in a Jr. Suite and it was exactly what we were looking for. The bathrooms were large, the king-size bed (although a little hard) had different flower arrangements on it everyday and the balcony was the perfect size and had an amazing view. The air condioner worked great, the toilets flushed, we had hot water at all times of the day and the maid came in to clean often.
The hotel itself was amazing! It had everything we needed. (Along with a little store across the street to buy water, snacks and beer). The location was beautiful! It is high enough up to get a great view, but not too high, otherwise the walk up the stairs would be a little tough. The service was great - everyone was really friendly and happy to help.
The beach and pool areas were beautiful! There are plenty of chairs, so you do not have to get up early to stake your claim. The sand on the beach is super soft with little to no shells or rocks. You can tell how soft and fine the sand is when you look in the water - it is not clear, it has little sand particles in it. The water is warm and the waves are good-sized - perfect for boogie boarding. We even saw a bunch of dolphins playing in the bay one of the days. There are not too many people out on the beach during the week. It is kind of nice, it feels secluded. It does get much busier on the weekends when the locals come out to play.
The restaurant had decent food. We had lunch there twice. We opted to go to MJ and Richie's (right down the beach) for lunch most of the days. It was much less expensive. They had great pico de gallo and guacamole that they made to order. We tried most things on the menu and always had a great meal. For dinner, we went out every night. There are a bunch of really great restaurants in Zihuatanejo; La Cala, Il Mare and Coconuts. La Cala and Il Mare both have breathtaking views and great food. Coconuts is right in downtown and was definitely one of our favorites. We also went to Bucaneros and Reuben's Hamburgers in Ixtapa, which were both great!
The bar up near the reservation desk has the best bartender - Frederico. Fred makes the best sangria. He speaks little English, but tries hard and loves to smile and laugh. Make sure to stop up there for happy hour.
All in all, it was a great trip! If you are looking for a incredibly relaxing week or weekend this is the place!
- 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