We just returned from a five-day family trip to Las Brisas Ixtapa in February, 2005. I must say that Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo was not our first choice of destinations -- we enjoy the Mayan Riviera -- but we were pleasantly surprised and very glad that we chose Las Brisas.
The structure and rooms are what I would call simple Mexican elegance. Little touches, such as the fresh flowers and petals on the bed each day, make it seem special. The employees, for the most part, seem focused on service, eager to please, and trustworthy.
The pools are clean and relaxing. Lounge chairs were readily available both at the pools and at the large, private beach. The only drawback to the setting was that the water at the beach could get quite rough at times. (Although our children enjoyed playing in the rough surf, a hotel lifeguard repeatedly warned us not to let them venture too far into the water. One adult guest was finally instructed to get out of the water after he repeatedly ventured too far on a "red flag" day.) We did, however, take side trips to two other excellent (though public) beaches at Las Gatas and Playa la Ropa.
The majority of our dining at the hotel consisted of the buffet breakfast; we largely skipped lunch after this, and only had dinner twice at the hotel. The breakfast was excellent. The dinner was fine but it was no bargain; from my point of view there are better (and for the most part) less pricey places to have dinner in Zihuatanejo, which is only a four dollar cab ride each way.
If you enjoy an elegant, relaxing setting and real Mexican hotels, Las Brisas Ixtapa would probably be a good choice for you. However, if you enjoy blaring music or loudspeakers announcing the next wet t-shirt contest or beach volleyball game, drunken tourists guzzling free booze out of dixie cups, or screaming unsupervised children, this is not the place for you. Personally, we are glad we went.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by tropical vegetation on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera is where you will find this secluded tropical paradise that offers the perfect balance between recreation and relaxation. A private hilltop entrance leads into a stone courtyard with dramatic fountain, where porters escort new arrivals to the open-air reception area. Bright colors, high ceilings, and keyhole views of the Pacific Ocean highlight hotel's striking architecture. Las Brisas Ixtapa is a particular favorite of honeymooners for its romantic setting and rooms with private terraces, all with ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Brisas Resort Ixtapa Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Resort
- Las Brisas Hotel Ixtapa
- Brisas Ixtapa
- Las Brisas Ixtapa Mexico