We would not have asked for ANYTHING more.
1 - the staff are hands down the sweetest people in the world. So nice, i almost didn't want to ask for anything because i was afraid what trouble they'd go through to make sure it happened! And not only are they sweet, they are efficient and genuine. They are all personable, and like their jobs (what a concept!). There is such a difference, and it allows the guests to enjoy everything as well.
2 - the rooms are gorgeous. Spacious, soft, fluffy beds, FREE mini bar that is refilled with cokes, waters, etc. The view of double doors overlooking the ocean from your bed every day is so amazing. The open air patios were my favorite part! we started and ended our days there. int he morning we'd make some coffee and sit in the plunge pool or on the large open air bed and watch the sun rise :) in the evenings, they brnig you fresh chips, salsa and guac (plus 2 cervesas!) at 5pm - every day! so we'd sit out on our terrace and enjoy our snack before our later dinner. (Tip: its a tropical climate, so there are some bugs at dusk! If you're prone to bites, pack some bug spray) The bathrooms were also gorgeous and spacious.
3 - the FOOD!!!! Oh my gosh, i cannot stop thinking about the food. this morning, our first day at home, i am so depressed to eat cereal. The breakfast was my absolute favorite! Nothing "weird", just delicious. Avoid the omlettes and pancakes... you can get those at home ANYTIME! I urge you to try the Roasted Eggs - get it with the mexican rolls and flour tortillas. It was all delcious, but that was our favorite! We usually were not that hungry for lunch, so we would get a snack by the pool or share something at Las Rocas terrace restaruant. They offer you a starter and a main, so we would get Guatemalan Ceviche and Fajitas and share them - it was great! The Seafood market was our favorite, fresh catches of the day and it includes a couple starters plus dessert. We went twice and enjoyed it SO MUCH! We never ate at the slightly fancier restarant, mostly because we got so cozy in our room most nights, we'd just skip dinner or order some room service :) But don't skip taco night! It was delicious.
4 - the spa. Knowing you can go to the steam room, use the hot tub, or just relax in there ANYTIME was great. We got the Hot Stone Massage in a couples room and it was to die for! 80 minutes of total relaxation.
5 - the location itself - absolutely breathtaking! The cliffs, the flowers, the sunshine... i am from Florida originally and am a total sun worshipper, and this place was good for my heart :) Every time i woke up and looked outside, i would smile! It was so pretty! Anywhere you were, from the lobby to the pool, to your room. it was just gorgeous and perfectly done.
*Walk down to the little beach area in the morning (high tide) and find some shells!
*They bring home made popsicles around the pools during the early afternoon (around 1pm) and they are so yummy! And complimentary!
*Fresh chips and guac come to your door at 5pm every day. Yum!
*There is no "tap" water here - the water in your room and the water by the pool is complimentary. Being served water at breakfast/lunch/dinner will cost you about $5 per bottle. I would bring a bottle of water with me to breakfast, as i was mainly drinking coffee but might want a few sips of agua! So i just kept a bottle in my purse most times if i just wanted a few sips.
*Do the fish market at least once!
*Try the roasted eggs - trust me :)
*Don't be afraid to ask for something modified - i am a pescatarian (no meat, fish/seafood only) so many dishes were served w/ Chorizo - after a couple days, the sweet staff mostly rememered and would offer before i asked to request it without! And if you prefer corn/flour tortillas, it's never set in stone. They are so flexible and everything is FRESH! So enjoy it :)
*Don't forget your sun screen, it's really sunny!
*There is an iguana named Lola who sits on a large rock in the ocean near the larger pool (by las rocas restaurant). She's black with white markings. See if you can find her :)
*The fish on the door means "do not disturb" - the will always knock, but if you're going to enjoy some aloooone time... put the fish out so you don't have to awkwardly answer the door and ask for turndown service later ;) Also to be said, if you go for a bike ride or at dinner, we overheard the staff saying "Mr and Mrs Jones in room 100 are at breakfast" - signalling housekeeping that it was a good time to service the room!
my last and most important tip..... BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW! We are already planning our next trip. I would say this is a great romantic get away, honeymoon, or trip for a few couples to do together. The last day we were there a few families showed up, but apparently this is not very common. It's very much a "couples" place.
HAVE FUN! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capella Ixtapa is a Mexico luxury resort set inside a rock cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The property features suites, private plunge pools, a world-class spa, restaurants, tequila bar, beach wedding locations, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capella Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Capella Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
- Capella Ixtapa Hotel Zihuatanejo