Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Infinity pool on every suite’s terrace and showers with a view
- Private beach and seaside yoga deck
- The spa’s signature therapy, the Amuzgo Herbal Massage, borrowed from the region’s Amuzgo tribe
What To Know
- Al Mares restaurant is only open for dinner
- On property dining can be expensive
- Geared toward couples
- The oceanfront resort has a small private beach, but it’s not very swimmable — here, it’s all about the private infinity pools
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Capella’s location — hugging a cliff over the Pacific — gives the resort a natural grandeur, yet the rooms and public spaces, such as a sunbathing terrace set among wave-splashed boulders, offer a welcome intimacy. The design lets nature take center stage with muted palettes indoors putting the focus on fuschia flowers, turquoise waters and emerald trees framed by large windows.
Bed & Bath
Nearly every corner of the 59-suite property has the same never-ending sea view, but one of the best vantage points for taking in the expanse of ocean is through the shutters in your suite’s rain forest shower or from the comfort of your private infinity pool. Rather than compete with the glittering view, the room decor is simple but clever. Whitewashed walls are hung with palm frond art and white onyx sconces. Concrete terrace floors are inlaid with small pebbles in graphic designs. Rich wood shutters warm up the spacious bathrooms.
Guests can loll in the large hotel infinity pool that juts out past the cliff’s edge, picnic on the private beach under acacia trees or indulge in a few treatments at the palapa-roofed spa. All on-site amenities are accessible by a network of staircases or, if you’re feeling particularly and happily lazy, via a glass-housed, inclined funicular. For meals, enjoy a sunset dinner at the rustic outdoor restaurant, Las Rocas, which hugs the cliff and allows guests to pick their entree from a display of local catch. If you feel like dressing up, visit the more refined A Mares restaurant, which offers novel dishes such as red snapper with a crust of chorizo, and sushi rolls with a welcome nip of chipotle.
In the Area
Away from the throb of Ixtapa’s main drag, this seaside retreat is within quick striking distance of the town but benefits from a perch on the coast. Get up close and personal with Pacific Coast marine life with Carlo Scuba, a reputable and friendly dive operation in nearby Zihuatanejo. Head away from the tourist crowd to Marisco’s el Tiburon de la Costa (Av Principle, 755-552-62-34), a local lunch spot known for its fresh seafood, bacon-wrapped shrimp and “guac that rocks.” Feast on Argentine steak right on the water at Roberto’s Bistro in nearby Troncones, a classic laid-back beach town. Don’t miss the basil margarita, a zingy twist on the classic cocktail, in the hotel’s Tequila Room, where you can sample more than 65 certified 100-percent agave tequilas.
How to Get There
This boutique hotel has thought of almost everything. The hotel is located right on a cliff side with incredible views. Arriving at the hotel you will be amazed at the view and upon entering your room with you own pivate infinity pool you will be even more impressed. The rooms are large and have an equally large balcony. The rooms are decorated nicely and the layout is perfect for enjoying the view. Although the hotel has 2 very nice pools, you may just want to stay in your room. Breakfast can be delivered to your balcony daily for no extra charge. We were very happy to just stay in the spacious room and relax.
There is a fantastic fresh seafood restaurant in the hotel which we enjoyed. We had the octopus 3 times. The tacos and ceviches were also incredible.
This hotel’s only drawback is that it does allow children. Such a romantic hotel should be enjoyed with your partner or spouse, not with kids around, But we will be back!!!
This is the best hotel, not just in Ixtapa, but anywhere. The rooms are so beautiful and clean. The service is impeccable and I was so happy with everything. Our needs were always met with a smile and I always felt safe and taken care of. They have a great boutique store on the premises and the food is so fresh. We loved everything about this hotel (the room, the pool, the service). We miss this hotel already.
Cala De Mar is by far the best hotel in the area and I HIGHLY recommend this hotel to everyone staying in Ixtapa. You will not be disappointed!!
It was like coming home when we returned here for our second visit. The main reason we have returned is the gracious, considerate, warm and welcoming staff. Their friendliness and enthusiasm for our well-being is the greatest luxury! From Antonio, Daniel and Frank who took care of us at the restaurants and poolside to Adrian who gave the most wonderful massages, to Lucy who checked us in and Francisco who met us when our cab pulled up, they are all like family. As Cala de Mar is perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, the adobe style resort’s architecture and beautiful landscaping of gorgeous cactus and flowering trees also caught our attention. We felt like we were visiting somewhere very distant and foreign, but at the same time, someplace homey and familiar!
We dined at all their restaurants, receiving wonderful attention from the staff while enjoying the freshest seafoods with creative and sophisticated preparation. Not one meal, from breakfast to dinner, ever disappointed. And thumbs up in the modest sized wine and beer offerings. Just enough selection to feel we had options without feeling overwhelmed and overcharged!
We love the main infinity pool at Cala de Mar! Because the size of the hotel is very modest (60 rooms I think?) it’s very quiet and never crowded! At some resorts you have to claim the chaises early in the morning, here there are plenty! All with great views of the pool and sea beyond! We were brought waters and towels as soon as we arrived. The quiet and clean pool and comfy chaise lounges made for a perfect afternoon. And the drink and lunch service we’re equally perfect. Delicious and plentiful. A big thank you to the amazing pool attendants! We cannot wait to return!
We had a wonderful week at Cala de Mar. The pictures don't do it justice! Its serene, relaxing and overall accommodating. It is incredibly peaceful, the way it is designed exudes privacy. It is so quiet you rarely realize there are other guests because you hear the waves crashing against the rocks all day long. The rooms are large and bathroom/closet area is the same length of the room. Definitely upgrade to one of their deluxe rooms so you have sun and a daybed on your balcony. The food is delicious and they will accommodate you for any meal. My husband ended up ordering off the breakfast menu at the bar haha. Las Mares restaurant was closed while we were there but we asked to order off their menu and they accommodated. The staff is incredible, some of the friendliest people we have encountered. Our server Antonio was the most personable, kind and helpful and was so great to chat with. Frank at the pool was A+ and Adrian who served our private dinner was wonderful. Nadia and Fego were so great and the spa is amazing, I had it to myself twice! We did have one issue with the owners having a private party with a DJ well into the night which was very rare for them, just note that there are no noise ordinances in Mexico. But the staff was very accommodating for us. Please don't bring your Kids, it is not kid friendly and most guests don't want the noise of children at this peaceful resort! I can't wait to go back!!!
I cann not say enough about this resort! top notch service from the moment you arrive.Food was amazing and the rooms with your own private pool was the icing on the cake. I've been all around Mexico and this place is the BEST for a quick get away! Not a large resort which makes it so nice to relax and not worrying about getting a chair poolside.If I could rate higher than a 5, I would give it a 10.